Fr. Mike uses a memory from seminary to discuss a lesson about self-identity. He asks us what we would like to be known for at the end of the day. Some of us want to be recognized for our talents or for our interests, but Fr. Mike narrows it down to the identity in life that matters most.Read More
Some people reject the idea of purgatory because they misunderstand its purpose. In this video, Fr. Mike explains why purgatory is needed and straightens out some of those misunderstandings.
There are three simple ways to judge how much you value with your relationship with God. Answer these three questions. Is God first in your time? Is God first when it comes to money/stuff? Is God first when it comes to your media? Fr. Mike explains the details.
What do we need to do as Catholic Christians to convey that the message of our religion is one of pure love? So often we misrepresent what it means to be Christian, causing many people to just see judgment when they see us upholding our principles. In this video, Fr. Mike emphasizes how important it is to live what we believe, and that means loving people so much that even when they harm us, we continue to love them.Read More
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.
We often move from one thing that dominates our time and attention to the next thing that dominates our time and attention. When we realize that Jesus Christ has ransomed us from our sin and from all that dominates our lives, when we realize that He is present and active, when we realize that He is still teaching and feeding us, then we live lives of reverence and meaning.
Mass Readings from April 30, 2017:
Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-8,9-10, 11
1 Peter 1:17-21
A Journal for Your Journey: Interested in the “God Is… Journal” mentioned in the homily? Download this card to use as a guide with your own journal as you journey with the Lord this summer:
Many of us have learned the hard way that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. In this video, Fr. Mike shows us how to savor life’s delights without losing our ability to enjoy life. He gives palpable examples as he demonstrates how our favorite things—when enjoyed in the right quantity and for the right reasons—can give us more patience, temperance, freedom, and joy.Read More
Homily from the Sunday of Divine Mercy.
The Little Way of Saint Terese is “little the entire way.” This means coming face to face with struggles and wounds we may battle our entire lives. With our confidence firmly centered on Jesus, we can love God as much as He possibly can be loved by our wounded hearts…by our hearts with holes.
Mass Readings from April 23, 2017:
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Peter 1:3-9
To Read the Promises Attached to the Divine Mercy Chaplet that are mentioned in the homily:
To Learn More About the Consecration to Merciful Love:
When we’re going through hard times, it’s easy to think we deserve better from God. In this video, Fr. Mike uses a compelling story from the book of Daniel to exemplify the challenging but proper response to adversity. As tough as it may be, finding a way to thank God no matter the situation is a sure way to holiness.Read More
Homily from Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion.
Jesus allows himself to be humiliated for us. Our shame isolated us. And the isolation is often greater when the shame is hidden or exposed but not understood. Jesus embraces both forms of shame. Because of that, we do not need to fear to embrace Him.
Mass Readings from April 14, 2017:
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
TO PRAY THE DIVINE MERCY NOVENA: http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/novena.htm
TO WATCH THE MERCY SERIES ON FORMED: https://formed.org/course/568c41decc00e2a00d468ed7
Many people wonder, and even become angry, about God’s ways. In this video for Good Friday, Fr. Mike explains why God’s answers often seem like contradictions to us. While Jesus dying on the Cross makes no sense according to human wisdom, according to God’s perfect wisdom, the Cross answers all our most burning questions in a way only God can answer them.Read More