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Author: Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA

COVID-19 and the secret place

04.07.2020 in Doctrines

What looks like a couple of very frustrating Months for many Christians may be easing in some places, but in many other parts of the world Church doors are still closed. There seem to be a kind of resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic, barring many from...

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Homily for the second Sunday of Easter

19.04.2020 in Sermons

Homily for the second Sunday of Easter Divine Mercy The resurrection power of Jesus Christ came with restoration power, He arose to raise us to unimaginable height, a height no other power except ourselves can pull down. We certainly do not deserve this favour, but the unfathomable...

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Homily for Easter Sunday

12.04.2020 in Sermons

Homily for Easter Sunday He is risen! In most parts of the world, the Lenten journey this year was uniquely private and personal due to the pandemic that shook the world and still ravaging parts of the world today. Devastating as the pandemic is, it reminded the...

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Homily for the fifth Sunday of Lent, year A.

27.03.2020 in Sermons

Homily for the fifth Sunday of Lent, year A Lets pray and trust God for protections and healing. We are in a very trying moment, the world is in turmoil, and Church doors are closed all over the word in fear of the tsunamic spread of coronavirus...

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Homily for second Sunday of Lent, A

07.03.2020 in Sermons

Today's celebration reminds us once again of the Lenten call to be renewed and transformed like Christ who let three of his apostles see an amazing transformation of himself at the mountaintop. He took with him Peter, James and John and led them up the...

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Homily for the first Sunday of Lent, year A

28.02.2020 in Sermons

Sometime ago I had the privilege of directing a retreat in one of the female religious institutes in Nigeria, and in one of the sections we reflected on the topic, “Do not close the door.” The retreatants were all encouraged never to close the door...

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Ash Wednesday: Beauty for ashes

26.02.2020 in Doctrines

Ash Wednesday: Beauty for ashes It is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lenten season again, and it is an amazing reality that the season begins in ashes but ends in glory. Signed with ashes is certainly not a condemnation to ashes but a call to...

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Homily for third Sunday, ordinary tiHme year A.

25.01.2020 in Sermons

Homily for third Sunday in ordinary time, year A It is mostly attributed to St. Augustine to have said, “the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” In other words, in the Old Testament lies hidden the...

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The Two Popes

06.01.2020 in Doctrines

Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins no doubt displayed their proficiencies in their respective roles in the recently released movie, The Two Popes. They played the roles of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict respectively. Though the movie is obviously a fiction and maybe with some...

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Homily For New Year (2020)

31.12.2019 in Sermons

It is with a grateful heart I stand before you all to thank God for the amazing blessing of this New Year, God is indeed merciful to let us be counted among the living. To him be glory forever. God did not create us...

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Homily for New Year Vigil

30.12.2019 in Sermons

In the ancient Roman religion was a god believed to be called Janus, it was a conviction among the people of the time that Janus was two faced and that he sees the beginning and end of all things. In what looks like an attempt...

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Homily for the feast of the holy family

27.12.2019 in Sermons

We celebrate today with great joy the feast of the Holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph; the Church presents this family as a model for the families of the world rocked by crisis of all kinds. The Church presents this holy family not as...

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Christianity and seed sowing

04.12.2019 in Doctrines

The biblical understanding and usage of seed sowing has been rebranded and relaunched by many Christian leaders to further complicate the already confused understanding of Christianity among many African Christians. It is even more hurting realizing that many unsuspecting Christians trapped in this spiritual robbery...

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Homily for Thirty-third Sunday C

15.11.2019 in Sermons

To many in our world today where secularism is praised and celebrated as a virtue, our first reading this morning from the book of the prophet Malachi will mean nothing. The secular nature of so many nations around the world blinds people to the fact...

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The reality of guardian angels

06.10.2019 in Doctrines

Every second day of the Month of October is set aside by the Catholic Church to celebrate the memorial of the holy guardian angels, and I won't be wrong to connect the celebration to our Catholic faith in the communion of saints. This doctrine like...

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The most beautiful woman

28.09.2019 in Mater Dei

Beauty may be a combination of stuffs that stimulates the pleasure of the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. But her beauty surpasses what the ordinary eye alone can grasp to connect to Saint Paul’s walk in the spirit; for we walk by faith, not by...

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The power of inner healing

18.09.2019 in Doctrines

The news of the Lord’s return to Capernaum may have so hit the airwaves in the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry in such a manner that it attracted a titanic crowd to him, the mammoth crowd obviously left no option for those four caring friends...

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The Bread of life in Genesis

02.09.2019 in Doctrines

The attempt could be made to pair the Old and the New Testaments with the aim of drawing a conclusion about which is more important, but such comparison is inconsequential because both are interlaced. However, the New Testament explains the intertwined nature of the bible...

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The priceless Gift from the cross

29.08.2019 in Mater Dei

It is almost a universally accepted feelings that the wish of a dying person carries some level of importance, and that explains how significantly important Jesus’ giving of his Mother to John was to him in his last moments on the cross. In whatever way you think appropriate to...

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The feast of saints Monica and Augustine

27.08.2019 in Augustinians

The Month of August is truly Augustinian, a Month the Augustinian family with great excitement joins the universal Church to specially celebrate the feasts of St. Monica (27th) and her son St. Augustine (28th). The amazing story of a mother and son’s journey to sainthood...

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Her queenship points to your identity

23.08.2019 in Mater Dei

The Catholic Church teaches and celebrates the queen-ship of the Blessed Virgin Mary which flows from the kingship of Jesus Christ. This certainly provokes the spirit of protest in many none Catholics who rejects and insist on the none biblical nature of the doctrine. Mary...

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Homily for twenty-first Sunday, year C

22.08.2019 in Sermons

Jesus preaching from one town to another and making his way to Jerusalem, someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved? The seriousness and the heavy weight of Jesus’ teachings may have triggered the question; Lord, will only a few be...

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Homily for twentirth Sunday, year C

17.08.2019 in Sermons

The prophet Jeremiah was a great prophet of God even though some people saw him as a prophet of doom because he spoke the truth. He was ignored and maltreated; some refer to him as the weeping prophet. He warned the people about the coming doom,...

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Homily for eighteenth Sunday C

02.08.2019 in Sermons

"Vanity of vanity, the Preacher says. Vanity of vanity. All is vanity!" This reminds me of what I once told a close friend. We were together listening to national news on the national TV, and they showed and talked about the glamorous wedding ceremony of...

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Homily for Sixteenth Sunday C

18.07.2019 in Sermons

The story about the two sisters in our gospel passage this morning and how they reacted to the visit of Jesus reminds me of the journey I made some years ago to Israel. We left Nigeria in high spirit, and many people requested we pray...

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Homily for fifteenth Sunday C

12.07.2019 in Sermons

Our gospel reading today opens with a lawyer who to disconcert Jesus, stood up and asked; Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus’ interaction with this lawyer led to the parable of the good Samaritan. Most people pay so much attention....

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Homily for fourteenth Sunday C

05.07.2019 in Sermons

Jesus appointed seventy others and sent them out in pairs to towns and villages to proclaim the word of God. In chapter 9 of the same gospel according Luke, he had sent the twelve on the same mission and with the same instructions. By sending...

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Homily for Corpus Christi C

22.06.2019 in Sermons

The Solemnity we celebrate today, Corpus Christi or the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ dates back to the 13th century, though it celebrates something much older. The word of God did not take flesh in the 13th century just as the Holy Spirit did...

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The faith of our fathers

01.06.2019 in Doctrines

About how our fathers lived their Christian faith we refer to today as the good old days; how I wish our children will not call today their good old days. This may sound like not wishing our children well, but it’s far from it. It...

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Is there salvation outside the Catholic Church?

24.05.2019 in Doctrines

One of the most misunderstood teachings of the Catholic Church is this one: “Outside the Church there is no salvation” (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus). Those trying to grasp the meaning of this teaching often struggle with its formulations by various Church Fathers and Church Councils down through history. Of course,...

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The Church and the resurrection power

23.04.2019 in Doctrines

To sketch the image of the Catholic Church as a rock will not be a mere artistic imagination, but a reality that reflects the foundation upon which the Church is built. Even though that “solid mineral material forming part of the surface of the earth”...

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Holy Mary; the spouse of the Holy Spirit.

25.03.2019 in Mater Dei

Today we celebrate the solemnity of the annunciation of the Lord, a celebration that echos how close God is to us, especially to the Blessed Virgin Mary who became his souse. The Catholic Church has given so many devotional titles to the Blessed Virgin Mary, many...

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Homily for first Sunday of Lent C

07.03.2019 in Sermons

We celebrate today the first Sunday of Lent, a season we are invited to journey into ourselves to ask some fundamental questions about our relationship with God. A Journey into ourselves helps in rediscovery our true identity, who we truly are in Christ. To confuse our...

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Homily for the baptism of our Lord

10.01.2019 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ; God been baptized by man, a mystery like the incarnation. At the incarnation, a creature, a woman  gave birth to her creator. Really amazing! That is the reason the angel Gabriel said she is highly favoured. Today we see...

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Homily for the feast of the holy family C

28.12.2018 in Sermons

We celebrate today the feast of the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The Church presents this family as an example of a perfect family, and a source of encouragement to so many families that may be facing challenging situations at the moment. The...

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Homily for fourth Sunday of advent C

21.12.2018 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the fourth Sunday of advent and the last Sunday before Christmas. The Church calls us this week to renew our commitment to wait together with Mary in hope for the birth of her Son; the savor of the world. The birth place...

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Homily for second Sunday of Advent C

07.12.2018 in Sermons

In our first reading this morning, God calls on Jerusalem to take off her dress of sorrow and distress, and put on the beauty of the glory of God. It is a call to preparation for a triumphant return, a reminder to Jerusalem that even...

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Homily for first Sunday of advent C

30.11.2018 in Sermons

Today we begin the season of advent, the season of special preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The word advent is from the Latin word adventus, meaning coming. The season of advent is of expectation, anticipation and waiting in hope. Our liturgy of...

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The message from the rose flower

28.11.2018 in Augustinians

One cannot help but continually reflect on the story of St. Rita of Cascia and her miraculous rose flower, an event that is indeed an amazing testimony of her holiness and God’s love for her. The miracle of the rose flower from her family garden...

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Homily for Christ the universal king B

23.11.2018 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the universal king, and this feast marks the end of the Church's liturgical calendar. It is a celebration we can consider ancient and new. It is ancient because God did not become king in time, and it is...

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Homily for thirty-third Sunday B

16.11.2018 in Sermons

We are gradually coming to the close of the year, and also we are reminded that we are gradually coming close to the end of time. End time message is no longer sellable in our generation, that is not the kind of message people want...

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Homily for thirty-second Sunday B

09.11.2018 in Sermons

The widows and the orphans are no doubt special to God. He said he is the father to the fatherless and the defender of widows (Psalm 68:5). Also in Isaiah 1:17, he calls us to defend the fatherless and plead for widows. They are indeed...

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Homily for the thirty-first Sunday, year B

03.11.2018 in Sermons

A scribe asked Jesus; which commandment is the first of all? There must be a kind of build up to this question, something must have made the scribe to ask the question. The scribe heard the religious authorities disputing with one another about resurrection, and...

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Homily for Thirtieth Sunday B

26.10.2018 in Sermons

In our first reading today, the prophet Jeremiah prophesied about the coming freedom and restoration of the people of Israel. They were led into captivity as a result of their disobedience to God, they turned their back against the God that brought them out of...

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Homily for Twenty-Ninth Sunday B

18.10.2018 in Sermons

Our gospel passage this morning reminds me of the story about an old man and his two sons. The younger son lived far away from home while the senior son was always with their father. But the younger son who lived far away from home...

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Homily for Twenty-Eighth Sunday B

12.10.2018 in Sermons

In our first reading this morning from the book of wisdom, the writer, probably Solomon, prayed and he was given understanding or wisdom. He treasured this understanding above every other thing, he believes strongly that if the  understanding he was given  is compared to gold,...

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Homily for Twenty-Seventh Sunday B

05.10.2018 in Sermons

God created man and said, it is not good that man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate. So, God created all kinds of animals, but man found no helpmate in any. So, the Lord God made the man fall into a deep...

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Homily for twenty sixth Sunday B

28.09.2018 in Sermons

Christianity in our generation has being turned into something else, it is not an exaggeration to say that anti-Christian/Catholic tendencies have eaten deep into the Church; particularly the Nigerian Church. Our readings this morning addresses some of these anomalies; all scripture is inspired by God...

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The Church and in vitro fertilization (IVF)

24.09.2018 in Doctrines

The pains of unintentional childlessness in marriage is unimaginable, only those who faces it or had gone through it knows the extent. Why so many are thanking God for the technological and medical advancement that seem to have provided a kind of succour through in...

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Homily for Twenty-fifth Sunday B

21.09.2018 in Sermons

We see Jesus in our gospel passage this morning making his way gradually towards Jerusalem and the cross by implication. He came down from the mountain with his apostles and made their way through Galilee to Capernaum. He did not want anyone else to know...

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The cross and the crucifix

20.09.2018 in Doctrines

The bare cross is simply referred to as a cross, while the cross with an image of the crucified Jesus is crucifix. I once got a beautiful crucifix for a non-Catholic friend, and he appreciated it but later removed the image of Jesus from it....

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Homily for twenty-fourth Sunday B

14.09.2018 in Sermons

Our gospel passage this morning is a very familiar one, we all may have read it so many times and listened to so many homilies on it. But one thing that may not be too familiar is the nature of that region of Caesarea Philippi. Mark...

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Homily for twenty third Sunday B

08.09.2018 in Sermons

Today’s first reading sounds like its advent season already, the prophet Isaiah prophesied about the coming of the messiah. He is coming, vengeance is coming he says. He is also coming with healing power to open the eyes of the blind, the ears of the...

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Homily for twenty-second Sunday B

31.08.2018 in Sermons

Jesus, the redeemer of the world was born and initiated into the Jewish culture, he grew up among Jews and must have known the importance of the ritual wash to his people. For the Jews do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands in...

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The Church’s apology and the priesthood

27.08.2018 in Doctrines

Pope Francis recently apologised in the name of the Catholic Church in response to a disturbing revelation as noted in his apology letter; “In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand survivors, victims of sexual abuse,...

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Homily for twenty-first Sunday B

24.08.2018 in Sermons

For the past four Sundays, our readings have been on Jesus the bread of life. We have been talking about the Eucharist and its place in our lives, and today we conclude the discourse on the Eucharist. As we celebrate this Sunday, we are challanged...

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Marriage, divorce, and annulment

23.08.2018 in Doctrines

Marriage, or the sacrament of matrimony in the Catholic Church has a very strong and unbreakable binding force that keeps those who go into it together in good times and in bad, till death do them part. It is a sacrament through which the grace...

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Homily for Eighteenth Sunday B

03.08.2018 in Sermons

The Israelites have very interesting history. They were slaves in Egypt, but liberated by God using Moses and Aaron. He made a way for them through the sea and led them out of the land of slavery, but they complained against Moses and Aaron. They...

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The non-Catholics and the holy rosary

30.07.2018 in Mater Dei

Has any traditional Catholic made heaven? This question may sound so crazy or even childish, especially when it's coming from a Catholic priest. But I had to think aloud in response to the antagonistic tendencies of some Christians who spend so much of their time...

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Homily for seventeenth Sunday B

27.07.2018 in Sermons

Our readings today draws attention to the ability of God to provide for his people, he knows our needs and he is able to provide. In the first reading, a man brought twenty barley loaves and fresh grain to the prophet Elisha as an offering...

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Homily for sixteenth Sunday B

20.07.2018 in Sermons

I remember years ago as seminarians how we were been sent out to different parishes for some pastoral experience. Whenever we returned, we met with our master individually to share our experiences with him. It was more exciting when we come together as a group...

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Homily for fifteenth Sunday B

13.07.2018 in Sermons

In my homily a week ago, I reflected on how we can go beyond the limit the world sets for us with the help of God. Jesus was rejected by his own people because they said he was supposed to be a carpenter and not...

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Homily for fourteenth Sunday B

07.07.2018 in Sermons

Recently I was reading some stuff posted on the internet by a lady named Lara Parker, she was talking about growing up. She presented 25 things she claims no one would tell you about growing up, and one of the points she raised was that...

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Homily for Thirteenth Sunday B

30.06.2018 in Sermons

Our gospel reading today is a continuation of the gospel passage of the twelveth Sunday of year b, where Jesus and his apostles decided to cross over to the other side. I remember that on that Sunday in my homily I talked about the things...

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The Blessed Virgine Mary at every Mass

28.06.2018 in Mater Dei

That the Blessed Virgine Mary attends every Mass sounds so weird; really a very strange way of thinking you may say. Before I continue, its good I let you know that this is not an official doctrine of the Catholic Church as far as I...

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The nativity of John the Baptist

23.06.2018 in Sermons

John the Baptist was a great man, even Jesus praised his greatness. The Church specially celebrates his birthday, unlike the other saints. The Church mostly celebrates the feast days of saints on their birth day into heaven; the day they died, and not their birth...

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Homily for eleventh Sunday B

15.06.2018 in Sermons

In our first reading this morning, we read about the promise of God. He promised that he was going to plant a cedar that will grow to become the biggest of all, a cedar that will grow to provide shade and resting place for other...

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The social media and our Catholic faith

04.06.2018 in Doctrines

The Catholic Church once every year dedicates a Sunday for the celebration of the gift of communication; Communication Sunday. The power of communication cannot be over emphasized, especially in our world today that has recorded tremendous growth in communication technology. The social media has made...

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Homily for Corpus Christi B

01.06.2018 in Sermons

The Solemnity we celebrate today, Corpus Christi or the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ dates back to the 13th century, though it celebrates something much older. The word of God did not take flesh in the 13th century just as the Holy Spirit did...

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VICTORY AGAINST THE CHURCH OR SELF?

28.05.2018 in Doctrines

In many parts of the world today, especially in Africa, violence against women and children is becoming rampant. And more evil is the taking up of arms against the unborn, and they call it victory against the Church. Ireland! Ireland!! O Republic of Ireland!!! What have...

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Homily for Trinity Sunday B

25.05.2018 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Holy Trinity, the mystery of the three persons in one Godhead. This is a mystery, we cannot fully understand it just as it is written in Isaiah 55:8-9; for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your...

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Living with the human side of the Church

16.05.2018 in Doctrines

Are you born again? Wow! You may exclaim and say; he sounds like a none Catholic! Yes; I think so myself. Many people seem to have a very erroneous understanding of the Catholic Church’s attitude towards the term, “born again”. A none Catholic friend told me...

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Homily for seventh Sunday of Easter B

11.05.2018 in Sermons

Before the passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, he prayed for his apostles, he consecrated them, he ordained them and handed his ministry over to them. In this prayer of consecration, Jesus reveals that the apostles were specially chosen by the Father. He said, Holy...

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Homily for Ascension Sunday, year B

11.05.2018 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven, a feast that seem to emphasize the departure of Jesus Christ from his apostle and from all of us. But it is actually a feast that celebrates his mysterious and unending presence with us. Jesus had...

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Homily for sixth Sunday of Easter B

05.05.2018 in Sermons

In our first reading today, Peter went to the house of Cornelius and he talked about how God has no  favorite. We are all God's children, God sent his Son to die for all of us and not for a few. Anyone who fears God and does...

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An amazing joy of silence

30.04.2018 in Augustinians

In the spirit of St. Augustine our holy father, we the Augustinians of the 21st century continue to promote the necessity of the inward journey. It is not about running away from the world but going into one’s self to rediscover who we are, our...

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Homily for fifth Sunday of Easter B

27.04.2018 in Sermons

A week ago we celebrated the good shepherd Sunday and Jesus called himself the good shepherd, a title that suggest that the opposite exist. That is, there are bad shepherds. The same message is reflected in our gospel reading today, he calls himself the true...

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The Sorrowful and Most Powerful Mother

24.04.2018 in Mater Dei

The season of Easter is no doubt a joyous one, a season we specially glory in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the victory we have in him. The crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ certainly changed the pre-resurrection meaning of the cross, but...

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Homily for fourth Sunday of Easter B

21.04.2018 in Sermons

Today is the fourth Sunday of Easter, good shepherd Sunday and a day set aside by the Church to pray for vocation to the priesthood and the religious life; hence the name vocation Sunday. Jesus said he is the good shepherd, a shepherd who knows his...

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The Church and the gates of hell

17.04.2018 in Doctrines

Figuratively speaking, Jesus promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against his Church (Mt. 16:18). The word “gate” here could mean different things to different people, depending on their own interpretations. But in the passage of the scripture quoted above, where Jesus handed...

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Homily for third Sunday of Easter B

13.04.2018 in Sermons

Our readings today reflects the talk about the resurrected Christ. In the first reading Peter addressed the people of Israel, reminding them of how they accused and handed Jesus over to be crucified and how the father glorified him through his resurrection. This reminder was...

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Homily for second Sunday of Easter B

06.04.2018 in Sermons

After the resurrection of Jesus Christ and before the apostles were convinced of his resurrection, they locked themselves up in a room. They were afraid of the Jews, they were afraid that they might be the next target. But Devin Mercy refused to let them...

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It is a reality, not “April fool”

01.04.2018 in Doctrines

It is undeniably true that the playing of pranks, or practical jokes have become part of us. In almost every society and culture, pranking each other is accepted. Though we know that pranks sometimes go wrong and become disastrous, but it is something that has...

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The holiness of the holy week

26.03.2018 in Doctrines

The holy week is the pick of the Lenten season, it begins with the Passion Sunday. The holy week as it is called suggest perfection, a week of holiness, peace and tranquillity. But when we juxtapose the name and the events of the week, we...

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Homily for Palm Sunday A, B and C

23.03.2018 in Sermons

Today marks the beginning of the holy week, the hight of Lenten season. This week is the week of betrayal and tragedy, yet remains a holy week. It is the week the Passover lamb will be sacrificed just as it was slaughtered in Egypt to...

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The beauty of pains

19.03.2018 in Doctrines

There is no doubt that man keeps eventing ways of making life easier, which is a great thing because, God directed man to conquer the earth. So, to talk about the beauty of pains sounds like the craziest thing ever, how could one ever think...

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Homily for fifth Sunday of Lent B

15.03.2018 in Sermons

Our first reading today talks about the Old and the New Covenant; Jeremiah foretells the new and everlasting covenant sealed with the blood of Jesus. “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel...

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Homily for fourth Sunday of Lent B

09.03.2018 in Sermons

Jesus said that "the Son of man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. The serpent was lifted up for a purpose; it was lifted that the people...

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Homily for the third Sunday of Lent B

03.03.2018 in Sermons

. Today, the third Sunday of Lent we find ourselves in the Temple. We were with Jesus in the desert the first Sunday of Lent, second Sunday of Lent we were with him on the mountain of transfiguration and today the third Sunday of Lent...

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Homily for second Sunday of Lent B

24.02.2018 in Sermons

Today, we are reminded once again to be renewed, to be transformed. Jesus took with him Three of his apostles; Peter, James and John and led them up the mountain where he was transformed or transfigured in their presence. They saw his glory, the glory...

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Homily for first Sunday of Lent B

16.02.2018 in Sermons

In our first reading we are reminded of God’s covenant with Noah, it is a covenant we cannot talk about without the story of creation, the fall and the destruction of man. God created man in his image and likeness and blessed him with everything,...

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You are God’s Valentine!

14.02.2018 in Doctrines

It may appear to be most unfortunate for many young people that we celebrate Ash Wednesday today, February 14th, 2018. On this day, popularly known as Valentine’s Day, the world celebrates love. Celebrating Ash Wednesday this day is not just a coincident, but a reminder...

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Homily for Sixth Sunday in ordinary time B

09.02.2018 in Sermons

Today, we celebrate the last Sunday before the Season of Lent, and our readings today are very appropriate and timely. We are reminded in our readings this Sunday to step into the season of Lent knowing who we are and what we can be by...

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THE TRUTH THE DEVIL DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW

05.02.2018 in Mater Dei

One of the biggest tricks of the devil is to make you believe that he doesn’t exist, he makes you feel that the stories you hear about him and his demons are just imaginations of people. And many Christians have fallen to this satanic tricks...

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Homily for the fifth Sunday in ordinary time, B

02.02.2018 in Sermons

We all know that Jesus chose twelve men to be his apostles, but three of them seemed to be very close to him and special; Peter, James and John. Whenever Jesus was going to special places, he went with these three. They were with him...

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Homily for Fourth Sunday in ordinary time B

26.01.2018 in Sermons

Moses spoke to the people , saying, the Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren as you desired (Deut. 18:15). The people probably observed that Moses was growing old, and that he may soon...

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LATENESS TO MASS

22.01.2018 in Doctrines, Sacraments

I have being asked a particular question severally, a question I find disturbing, un-Catholic and in fact unchristian. They asked; at what point in the Mass is it considered late or sinful to join? Many of those who ask this question expects a very specific...

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Homily for third Sunday in ordinary time B

19.01.2018 in Sermons

The City of Nineveh was once a great City, but also a City of sin, a city that needed cleansing. That is to tell us that greatness is not measured by what you possess but by what you do with what you possess. Nineveh was...

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Homily for the second Sunday, year B.

12.01.2018 in Sermons

I remember as a seminarian, I was told not to say that God has called me to be a priest in the Augustinian Order, but rather to say, I am here to see if God is calling me to be an Augustinian priest. When I was told...

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Homily for the epiphany of the Lord

05.01.2018 in Sermons

We join the universal Church today to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, it is one of the ancient holy day observed by the Church; it is a feast celebrated within the Christmas season. Christmas itself is an Epiphany, and the baptism of the Lord...

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Homily for the feast of the Holy Family, B.

30.12.2017 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the feast of the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Today the Church presents this family as an example of a perfect family, an encouragement to so many families that may be facing some challenging situations at the moment. The holy family...

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Homily for the fourth Sunday of advent, year B

22.12.2017 in Sermons

We celebrate today the last Sunday before Christmas, and in fact, tomorrow is Christmas, the feast we have been preparing for. The Church offers us four Sundays to prepare for this feast; in the first two weeks, the Church calls us to prepare, for the...

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Looking beyond the vows

18.12.2017 in Augustinians

Both the male and female religious in the Catholic Church are known to live a vowed life, they vow to live a life of poverty, chastity and obedience. A vow by its very nature binds us to something, and in the case of the religious,...

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Homily for the third Sunday of advent, year A.

15.12.2017 in Sermons

Today is the third Sunday of advent, and it is traditionally called ‘gaudete’. The word ‘gaudate’ is a Latin word that translate the opening word for our entrance antiphon this morning; "rejoice". On this Sunday the Church calls her children to rejoice, to rejoice not...

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Celibacy in the Catholic priesthood

12.12.2017 in Doctrines

Seating before a medical consultant and talking as doctor and patient, she smiled and with all respect asked me a question that was completely outside why we were together; probably that was another way to make a patient relax. She asked me; what do you...

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Homily for the second Sunday of advent, year B

08.12.2017 in Sermons

This morning we hear the beginning or the opening of the gospel of Mark, it introduces the two great figures of the New Testament; John the Baptist and Jesus Christ the Lord. The angel Gabriel announced the coming of Jesus as a baby, the incarnation of...

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Homily for the first Sunday of advent, year B

01.12.2017 in Sermons

Today we begin the advent season, the season of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The word “advent” is from the Latin word “adventus”, meaning “coming”. Advent is a season of expectation, anticipation and a season of waiting in hope. In our first...

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Homily for Christ the universal king, year A

24.11.2017 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the universal king, and this feast marks the end of the Church’s liturgical calendar. It is a celebration we can consider ancient and new. It is ancient because God did not become king in time, and it is...

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Homily for the Thirty-third Sunday, year A.

18.11.2017 in Sermons

Jesus tells another parable today, a very familiar one with beautiful messages. It is a parable popularly referred to as the parable of the talents. Even though this parable was originally directed at the Scribes and especially the Pharisees, it remains the word of God...

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Homily for thirty second Sunday, year A

10.11.2017 in Sermons

As we approach the last Month of the year, we are reminded of the fact that each passing day brings us closer to our last day on earth. We all know that Christmas is approaching, and we all know that it is on December 25th. But unlike...

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Homily for thirty-first Sunday, year A

03.11.2017 in Sermons

In our first reading this morning, the Lord says that he is a great king and the Lord of hosts, and his name is to be feared throughout the nations. In other words, there is no other king apart from him. The priest is not...

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The Catholic Church is right!

30.10.2017 in Doctrines

For many none-Catholics, Catholic doctrine sounds so bizarre and hard to accept. But the acceptability is less a concern, what matters most is the truthfulness of the teaching. She teaches with authority from Christ, and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit teaches somethings that...

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Homily for the thirtieth Sunday, year A.

27.10.2017 in Sermons

In our gospel passage a week ago, the Pharisees and the Herodians tried to set Jesus up with a question about paying tax to Caesar, but Jesus knowing their minds escaped their trap. But that same day, the Sadducees came with their own trouble. They...

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The uniqueness of Catholicism!

25.10.2017 in Doctrines

The Catholic Church is not just the oldest but also the largest in the world, it is a Church many none Catholics do not really understand and so are tempted to criticise her mode of worship. This criticism sometimes make me wonder if some people...

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Homily for Twenty-ninth Sunday, year A

20.10.2017 in Sermons

In some of Jesus parables, he directly attacked the chief priests, the elders of the people, the scribes and the Pharisees. He condemned their attitude towards religion, their legalistic approach to the worship of God. They were the rejected guests in the parable of the...

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Homily for the Twenty-eight Sunday, year A

13.10.2017 in Sermons

I remember a few years ago I co-celebrated at the funeral of a dear one, and the scripture passage from the book of the prophet Isaiah we read this morning was the exact text of that day. On this mountain, the Lord of host will prepare...

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Homily for the Twenty-seventh Sunday, year A.

06.10.2017 in Sermons

Jesus said, listen to another parable, which means he has being speaking in parables. In our part of the world, we are very familiar with parables, we as Africans and particularly Nigerians are blessed with that. In many cases, very important messages are passed through parables...

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A call for re-dedication

01.10.2017 in Mater Dei

The Catholic Church in Nigeria joins every Nigerian to celebrate the nation's 57th independence anniversary. There may be no much to celebrate today, but our hopes must not be quenched. On this day, the Catholic Church in Nigeria specially prays and re-dedicate our Country Nigeria to the maternal intercessions...

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Homily for Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria

29.09.2017 in Sermons

Today, the twenty-sixth Sunday of the year (A), we celebrate the solemnity of Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria, and it is not a coincident that we also celebrate the anniversary of our national independence today. The Church in Nigeria consciously joins every Nigerian...

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Homily for the Twenty-sixth Sunday, year A.

29.09.2017 in Sermons

Our first reading this morning reminds us of the gospel passage we read a week ago, about how some hired servants saw injustice in the generosity of the landowner and complained. In our first reading this morning, the people of Israel saw injustice in some...

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Homily for Twenty-fifth Sunday, year A

22.09.2017 in Sermons

One can confidently call Pope Francis, an apostle of mercy, for he has been on the side of mercy and simplicity of life. He declared extraordinary jubilee year of mercy (8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016) that gave so many people the opportunity to...

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Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

19.09.2017 in Doctrines, Events

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL   RESTORATION A Communiqué issued at the End of Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, 7-15 September 2017. 1. PREAMBLE: We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our...

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Homily for the Twenty-fourth Sunday, year A.

15.09.2017 in Sermons

Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world as man, not to condemn the Old Testament but to fulfil it. He came to explain the law and the prophets, to lead us beyond mere words, beyond the letters of the Law into the spirit of...

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St. Augustine’s College, Oghara

15.09.2017 in Augustinians

The 14th day of the Month of September is a day set aside by the Catholic Church to celebrate the power, the exaltation and the victory of the cross. Celebrating an achievement is an exciting thing to do, and that was the mood at Oghara yesterday...

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The cincture as part of the Augustinian habit

11.09.2017 in Augustinians

Augustinians are those men and women who dedicated their lives to following Christ in the spirit of St. Augustine, calling nothing their own but own everything in common like the early Christian community. The Augustinians are easily recognised in midst of many others by their habit, and so also...

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Homily for the Twenty-third Sunday, year A.

08.09.2017 in Sermons

Christianity in our generation is gradually losing its focus, it is gradually becoming mere entertainment, politics, physical manifestation of power, signs and wonders. The object of focus is gradually shifting from eternal life in Christ to a beautiful life here on earth. It is definitely...

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Homily for the Twenty-second Sunday, year A

01.09.2017 in Sermons

In my homily a week ago, I did mentioned about how the devil put a thought in Peter, and how Jesus rebuked the satanic thought immediately. That incident happened when Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he was going to surfer...

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Homily for the Twenty-first Sunday, year A.

25.08.2017 in Sermons

Whenever we read this passage of the scripture, the passage that talks about Jesus and his apostles in the region of Caesarea Philippi, the first thing that comes to mind is the authority of St. Peter. When Jesus and his apostles came to this region, he...

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The Blessed Virgin Mary and the color blue

21.08.2017 in Mater Dei

I've had the opportunities to talk to people, especially to none Catholics about Catholic worship. Our liturgy has a lot of signs and symbols, and it is very important that you understand these signs and symbols to flow with us. Lack of proper understanding of...

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Homily for the Twentieth Sunday, year A.

18.08.2017 in Sermons

In our first reading this morning we heard the prophet Isaiah foretelling that the expected messianic kingdom is not exclusive, it is not a kingdom meant for the Jews alone but for all nations. It does not matter where you come from; your colour, race...

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The Catholic Church and contraception

14.08.2017 in Doctrines

The Catholic Church is often criticized for her firm position on some issues; this is true, and not an exaggeration to say that the world is always etching to know the stand of the Catholic Church. But this has not stopped the Church from proclaiming...

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Homily for the Nineteenth Sunday, year A.

11.08.2017 in Sermons

A week ago in our gospel passage, we read about the mountaintop experience, how the apostles saw the glory of God on the  mountaintop. And today in our first reading, we see another kind of mountaintop experience. The prophet Elijah had defeated the prophets of Baal...

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The Catholic priesthood

07.08.2017 in Sacraments

The media recently reported the resignation of an ordained Catholic Priest who has served God faithfully through the priestly ministry for some good years. I cannot help but appreciate the services he rendered as a priest, especially for the souls he must have brought to...

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Homily for the seventeenth Sunday, year A.

27.07.2017 in Sermons

The Wisdom of Solomon was and is still unrivalled, it is the promise of God that none before or after Solomon will be as wise as he. The queen of Sheba came all the way to test the Wisdom of Solomon with hard questions (1...

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Homily for the sixteenth Sunday, year A.

21.07.2017 in Sermons

Today, when I listen to news or go through the social media, I begin to wonder what this world would have been like if men were God. We hear all kinds of stories and see all kinds of disturbing videos on the internet, videos of...

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Homily for the Fifteenth Sunday, A

14.07.2017 in Sermons

A priest friend told me how he visited a particular Country and was given the privilege to preach the gospel in one of the Masses he concelebrated. He preached for about twenty minutes, and at the end he was told he preached for too long....

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Homily for the fourteenth Sunday, A.

06.07.2017 in Sermons

Jesus exclaimed, "I bless you Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.” This is not a condemnation of intellectual power, but intellectual pride. God did not hide the truth...

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Why the priest kisses the altar

01.07.2017 in Doctrines

I once told a new convert to Catholicism that he needs to understand the Church very well to enjoy our way of worship. In many cases, our Catholic faith is enshrined, and our liturgy is full of signs and symbol that makes some none Catholics...

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Homily for the thirteenth Sunday, A

29.06.2017 in Sermons

Traveling in our generation is made much easier and exciting even though many of the roads are not wonderful. I believe it is far better than the days of Elisha, they never thought of or even imagined traveling by air as we do today. They...

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Homily for the Twelfth Sunday, year A.

23.06.2017 in Sermons

In our first reading we see the attempt to terrorize the prophet Jeremiah, but he refuses to be terrorized or intimidated by terrorism. He hears so many disparaging him, terror from every side. Those who used to be his friends turned against him, they set...

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The solemnity in Catholic worship

17.06.2017 in Doctrines

In the gospel according to John (Jn. 4:1-42), Jesus engaged a Samaritan woman in a discussion, it was beside Jacob’s well in a Samaritan town called Sychar. One point led to the other and the woman brought up the issue of worship, she said to...

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Homily for Trinity Sunday, A

08.06.2017 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Holy Trinity, the mystery of the three persons in one Godhead. This is a mystery, we cannot fully understand it just as it is written in Isaiah 55:8-9; for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your...

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Homily for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, A

26.05.2017 in Sermons

Few days ago we celebrated the ascension of Jesus Christ, he promised to send the advocate, the Holy Spirit. After Jesus was taken up to heaven, we see in our first reading this morning that the apostles together with the other women returned to Jerusalem...

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