Homily: God’s Instrument | by Fr. Deepak D’Souza | July 8, 2018

July 11, 2018
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This beautiful reflection on the Sunday readings is Fr. Deepak D’Souza’s first homily for the parishes of Dayton Region XII. He introduces himself and implores the parishioners: “Pray for me, that every day I become His instrument…that whatever I do in His name is for His greater glory.”

Homily: Be Not Afraid | by Fr. Tony Cutcher | July 1, 2018

July 3, 2018
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Overcoming fear can be difficult, especially in a world full of suffering and death. Focusing on two of Christ’s pivotal phrases in conjunction with his reputation as a miracle worker, Fr. Tony Cutcher sheds light on the problem of fear. He says: “Jesus knows that it’s fear that puts the breaks on faith. It’s faith that drives out fear. They are polar opposites.”

Homily: With Great Faith | by Fr. Ethan Moore | July 1, 2018

July 3, 2018
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With great faith, God shows up. This theme is central to the story of the healing of the Samaritan woman. Fr. Ethan Moore reflects on this idea in his final homily to the parishes of Region XII. He says: “At every Mass our Lord takes the initiative. And he is the one who reaches out to us as he gives us the touch, the embrace of his Eucharist.”

Homily: Pointing to Jesus | by Fr. Tony Cutcher | June 24, 2018

June 29, 2018
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John the Baptist is a pivotal character in our story of faith. Fr. Tony Cutcher explains John’s mission and purpose and how we are all called to imitate him. He says: “Just like John, we are called to be New Testament prophets. We are called to point to Jesus. We are called to say: We are not worthy, but we know someone who is.”

Homily: The Importance of Family | by Fr. Joseph Kindel | June 24, 2018

June 29, 2018
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On the feast of the Nativity of John Baptist, Fr. Joseph Kindel talks about the importance of family. He addresses current concerns about families being separated at the border, emphasizing the dignity of human life and asking the necessary question: “How do we formulate a policy where the respect for the human person is acknowledged for every person?”

Homily: Spiritual Growth | by Fr. Joseph Kindel | June 17, 2018

June 19, 2018
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What do we do to nourish our growth spiritually? Fr. Joseph Kindel talks about the time and patience required to grow things. On reaching spiritual maturity, he asks the necessary questions: “What’s it all about? What’s this pattern I see in my life? Am I growing? Am I getting closer to the Lord? Or am I growing away from the Lord? Is Jesus more important to me now than ever before in my life?”

Homily: Children of the Same Father | by Fr. Tony Cutcher | June 10, 2018

June 16, 2018
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As the old adage goes: a house divided against itself will fall. So many of the gospel stories are about relationships — taking responsibility for our actions and making things right. How do we make things right with our family members? With our friends? With God? Fr. Tony Cutcher reflects on this, emphasizing: “We must never lose sight of the fact that no matter how we feel about one another…we are all children of God.”

Homily: Faith’s Expectation | by Fr. Ethan Moore | June 3, 2018

June 7, 2018
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On the feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Ethan Moore reflects on the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and all the implications and expectations that mystery holds for our faith. He says: “We come here to church because we know who’s going to be here. We know who’s going to arrive in our presence, in our midst, and it is Jesus Christ, our Lord, the Son of the living God — at every Mass. Every sacrifice that we offer on this altar, He shows up.”

Homily: We Are the Kingdom | by Fr. Tony Cutcher | May 27, 2018

June 7, 2018
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The feast of the Holy Trinity is a celebration of the “intimate life of God.” Explaining the intentional and essential Trinitarian language used in the sacrament of Baptism, Fr. Tony Cutcher reflects on the foundation of our Christian creed in a profound way in his homily from Trinity Sunday. He says: “We celebrate the mystery of that infinite community of Father, Son, and Spirit, and the eternal unity that is God.”

Homily: Trinity Sunday | by Fr. Ethan Moore | May 27, 2018

May 30, 2018
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While our memories only exist and make sense within the context of time, God is outside of time. Fr. Ethan Moore reflects on the mystery, directing our memories towards gratitude to the Triune God. He says: “Everything can be for us a reminder of our Creator…Take a moment to reflect on what we have received from God, to recall the graces once given that we can stir up again in living in union with Him.”