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Homilly Notes – July 16, 2017

Words can be found on our computers, televisions, radios, smart phones, tablets, other electronic devices, billboards and advertisements.  Let’s not forget books, readers, newspapers, magazines, and blogs.  There are somewhere between 250,000 and 1,000,000 words in the English language depending upon whom you ask.  Our library in downtown Beckley has tens of thousands of books [...]

Homily Notes – July 9, 2017

A rich man entered a village and called all the poor people together in the town square.  He told them that he wanted to share his wealth with them by giving each person enough money to begin a new life.  Some of the poor people rushed forward, grateful to the rich man and eager to [...]

Homily Notes – July 2, 2017

The great patriarch Abraham who is the Father of the Chosen People of Israel was a nomad who spent much of his life in the desert.   Perhaps that is why hospitality was so important to him and to his people.  This story or legend is so old, it is quite possible that Jesus heard it [...]

Homily Notes – Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ             Blessed John Henry Newman was an Anglican Bishop who joined the Catholic Church and became a Cardinal.  He famously said, “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” Many Protestants who studies the Church to better attack it, end up become Catholic themselves.  [...]

Homily Notes – Feast of Pentecost

Feast of Pentecost Jesus once told his disciples, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.  For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”  How true were those words for Mary, [...]

Homily Notes – May 28, 2017

HOMILY NOTES In “Fiddler on the Roof” Tevye is a pious Russian-Jewish peasant who loves to stare up at the sky and argue with God.  In one particularly dark moment when everything seems to be going wrong for his family and the Jewish community, Tevye looks to heaven and says, “It’s true we are the [...]

Homily Notes – May 21, 2017

When I was a senior in high school, our Civics Class went to the Wood County Court House to observe a trial.  It was a whiplash case in which a man was suing a woman who caused the accident.  (The man’s lawyer had him name all the different injuries which included the back of his [...]

Homily Notes – May 14th

The story is told about a flight from LA, California to Tokyo, Japan.  When they were a little more than half-way there, the pilot announced: "We have lost one of our engines. No need to worry, we will be arriving 1 hour later than anticipated." 30 minutes later he said: "We have lost another engine; [...]

Homily Notes – April 30, 2017

All of us grown-ups have had this experience.  We see someone, know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we know him or her, but for the life of us cannot put a name with the face or even from where we know him or her. Recognition frequently depends on expectation -- something we live [...]

Easter Sunday – Homily Notes

EASTER SUNDAY HOMILY NOTES  From house arrest in Rome awaiting death, Saint Paul wrote, "Rejoice in the Lord always.  I say again, 'Rejoice.'"  Around 350 years later, Saint Augustine declared, "We are an Easter people and 'Alleluia!' is our song.  We were made for joy, not sadness, hope, not despair, peace, not turmoil, grace, not [...]