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In this homily given on Sunday February 11th, 2024 Fr Mathias challenges us to imitate Jesus' posture toward those caught in the leprosy of sin: to hate the sin but love the sinner. After naming the two extremes of emphasizing one over the other, Father offers one tip on how to live in the difficult tension: remembering that we are a community of m…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on February 4th, 2024, Fr. Miguel preaches on how our Lord took the time in today's Gospel to pray so to give us an example of how we are to incorporate prayer in our Christian lives. As Christians, we are invited to open our hearts to the Lord in prayer and speak to him as a friend.…
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In this homily given on Sunday January 28th, 2024 Fr Mathias preaches on the Church's mission to destroy the works of the Devil. Christianity is not a passive or a private faith. We were born into a battle between good and evil. We who have been baptized have been enlisted by the King of the winning side to advance against the enemy. Every Christia…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on January 21, 2024, Fr. Miguel preaches how the proper context of Jesus' call to repentance is always our relationship with God the Father. For all of us, the invitation away from sin is always an invitation to return to the Father's embraceDe către St. Patrick Catholic Parish
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Excited about Michigan's recent National Championship, Deacon Joshua Fons preaches about the kinds of moments that alter the course of our lives. But seldom do these moments happen on a football field; rather, they are moments of encounter with the Living God.De către St. Patrick Catholic Parish
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In this homily given on the Solemnity of the Epiphany (January 7 2024), Fr Mathias suggests that Herod's response to the coming of Jesus the newborn king may have been rooted in a fear that Jesus was a threat to his kingship. Even though we don't know if this was the case with Herod, the dynamic of fear in the heart that sees Jesus a threat is prec…
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In this homily given at St. Pats on Sunday, December 31st, 2023 Deacon Dave preached on the Holy Family and encouraged every family to seek after holiness, to be different from the world around it. Deacon Dave emphasized the need for deliberate expressions of love within the family and how it can transform the culture and the world. “The future of …
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In this homily given on the Third Sunday of Advent (Dec 17 2023), Fr. Mathias exhorts us to rejoice at the coming of Jesus. After noting that deep abiding Christian joy is a gift from God, that it is a fruit of the Spirit that is borne by us when we are rooted in Christ, Father also describes joy as the soul's response to the presence and action of…
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In this homily given on the First Sunday of Advent (Dec 3 2023), Fr Mathias preaches on being watchful and awake for the coming of Christ upon our own death when each of us will be judged by Christ on our love. The biggest temptation to spiritual sleepiness is a kind of worldliness that is nothing other than a self-absorbed rejection of God and his…
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In this homily given on Sunday November 12 2023, Fr Mathias preaches on parable of the ten virgins and the suddenness of Jesus' return. Perhaps the safest sign that we will have oil in our relationship with God to enter the Wedding Feast of Heaven is the presence of a sincere desire and longing for God in our lives. Contrary to what the world think…
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In this homily given on Sunday October 29th 2023, Fr. Mathias preaches on the need for us to turn away from dead idols in order to serve the living and true God. Anytime we put something above God and our obedience to him, that thing becomes and idol and acts like poison on our lives, taking us away from God who alone can bring us the love, joy and…
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On World Mission Sunday, October 22nd, 2023, Deacon Dave shares a story from a parishioner that illustrates with great clarity the truth that even our own neighborhoods are mission territory. Deacon Dave also reads an excerpt from a mid-second century letter that describes how a Christian is called to live in the world. The main focus of the homily…
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In this homily given at St. Pat's on Sunday, October 15th, 2023 Deacon Joshua Fons unpacks the scripture readings for this Sunday, reflecting on how we are all invited to the Wedding Feast of Heaven, but that this is an invitation we either accept or reject. He highlights the sad reality that we often reject the invitation because we can't imagine …
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In this homily given at St Pat's on October 8, 2023, Fr. Miguel draws from Covenant Eyes' book, "Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture '', and preaches on how we can make our families safe haven's from online pornography. A link to Resources from Covenant Eyes: Resources on Porn Recovery and Internet Safety | Covenant Eyes http…
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In this homily given on Sunday September 24th 2023, Fr Mathias talks about how gratitude for what God has given to us in Christ is the fundamental shape of our response to all he's done for us. As a result we are called to live as thankful stewards of what God is entrusting to us: our time, talent and treasure. Disciples of Christ are good stewards…
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In this homily given on Sunday September 17th, 2023, Fr Mathias breaks open Jesus' parable about the unforgiving servant. Forgiveness means to release someone from the debt they owe to us, a debt they incurred when they committed an injustice against us. Because we've been forgiven a massive debt we cannot possibly repay, we are to forgive those wh…
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In this homily given at St. Pat's on Sunday, September 10th, 2023 Deacon Joshua Fons preaches on how the call of the Prophet Ezekiel to be a watchman is a call for all of us today. He lays out practical ways that we can be watchman over our own hearts and minds, and those of our family's, in a culture that is growing increasingly hostile to the Fai…
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In this homily given on Sunday August 20, 2023, Fr Mathias applies Isaiah's prophecy about the Temple being a "house of prayer for all peoples" to the Church and St Pat's church sanctuary for Sunday Mass. The church sanctuary is to be a place of prayer in which we can encounter the living God and be a place where visitors, guests and strangers can …
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What does it look like to be in a relationship with the Living God? In this homily given at St. Pat's on Sunday, August 13th, 2023 Deacon Joshua Fons breaks open the story of St. Peter walking on the water and what it teaches us about following Jesus wherever He calls us to go.De către St. Patrick Catholic Parish
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The Divine Mercy Foundation is a nonprofit organization, based in Texas, USA, that makes education accessible to the economically disadvantaged. They envision a world where the disadvantaged are able to reach their highest potential in keeping with their human dignity. For more information and to donate to this appeal visit https://divinemercyfound…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on July 30, 2023, Fr. Miguel preaches on the rich and insightful parable Jesus gives today, the parable of the treasure hidden in the field. In this parable, Jesus reveals to us how the Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, a treasure that fulfills the deepest desires of our hearts. When we find it, we can no longer…
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In this homily given on Sunday July 9, 2023, Fr Mathias preaches on Jesus' invitation to us, "Come to me who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest." (Mt 11:28). When we're exhausted, overwhelmed or even discouraged in the Christian life we all the more need to come to Jesus for rest. Child-like humility is the key to coming to Jesus in pr…
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In this homily given on Sunday June 18, 2023, Fr. Mathias begins his homily with how to understand the celebration of "Pride Month" from a Christian perspective. Each Christian is invited to see the world through the lens of compassion that flows from Jesus' heart. This means we are called to look upon people who have fallen victim to gender ideolo…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on June 11, 2023, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Fr. Miguel breaks open the great love contained within the Eucharist, and then offers two ways we can receive in greater measure the love of our Eucharistic Lord in our lives. Fr. Miguel then finishes with some practical reminders of how to receive the Lord in Commu…
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In this homily given on Trinity Sunday at St Pat's on Sunday June 4, 2023, Fr. Mathias preaches on three reasons why we hesitate or struggle to believe that God is for us, not against us. 1) Sin distorts our view of God. 2) Unprocessed suffering 3) Not thanking God enough Fr. Mathias walks through the inner dynamic of the heart on each of these poi…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on Sunday May 14, 2023, Fr Mathias expounds on what it means to praise the Lord with joy. Since praising the Lord with joy is not an optional command of Scripture, the lack of joyful praise of the Lord in the Church is concerning. Because of who God is and what he's done for us in Jesus, our joyful praise of God sho…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on Sunday May 7, 2023, Fr Mathias addresses one of the most liberating and controversial claims of Jesus: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (Jn 14:6). Is it arrogant or insensitive to claim to those who don't believe in Jesus that he is the only way to God? If…
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Deacon Dave preached on how we must be prepared for the moment when Jesus meets us along the way. Deacon Dave also shared his own personal experience of having to learn the hard way how humility is not something automatic but more of an openness to the opportunity. Life is filled with opportunities and virtue is often found in the space between exp…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on April 16, 2023, Fr Miguel preaches on the ocean of graces made available to us on Divine Mercy Sunday. By living in and out of God's mercy through trust, receiving his love, seeking his forgiveness, and the works of mercy; we can experience the fullness of Christ's peace as well as the unfathomable riches of God'…
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In this homily given on Easter Sunday morning, April 10th, guest preacher, Fr Gregg Pedersen from the Archdiocese of Denver, reminds us of the joy and power of the Resurrection! He shares his testimony of encountering the Risen Lord and his journey to the Catholic faith. He reminds us that Jesus came to “release captives and to set the prisoners fr…
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In this homily given at St Patrick's on Holy Thursday (April 6, 2023), Fr Mathias preaches on the mystery of the ministerial priesthood as a gift to the Church. Father shares his personal story on how the love of the Heart of Jesus stirred in him to become a priest. Priests are to love and serve the Church as a husband is to love and serve his wife…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on March 26, 2023, Fr Mathias correlates how Jesus responds to Martha and Mary in their suffering at the death of Lazarus is how he responds to us. Jesus weeps in our suffering and speaks his promise of the resurrection. In saying to Martha that he is the Resurrection and the Life, Jesus identifies himself with the …
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