Series: Heroic Confidence

Timidity and fear are not meant to be a part of the Christian life.

Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

We all need a teacher in whom we can have confidence. Jesus gave us this teacher when He founded the Catholic Church. You can have confidence that Jesus Christ founded and guides the Catholic Church. And even when you don’t understand a teaching…or if you fail to live up to the teachings of the Church, this is where you belong.

Mass Readings from May 1, 2016:
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
John 14:23-29
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Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

There are times when we can avoid a problem. And there are times when there is no other option than to go through the difficulty. Lives change when we learn how to not merely avoid adversity, but to pass through adversity. Resilience is the ability to pass through adversity, and it is possible for everyone to develop this crucial trait. Without it, we will remain unchanged and unable. With resilience, we will become capable.

Mass Readings from April 24, 2016:
Acts 14:21-27
Psalm 145:8-13
Revelation 21:1-5
John 13:31-35
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Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

When a person has confidence, they are entrusting themselves to another. Christian hope is not centered around an idea; it is focused on a Person. One of the things we know about God is that God is always faithful. One of the ways we grow in heroic confidence is by remaining faithful even if we are not delivered.

Mass Readings from April 17, 2016:
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5
Revelation 7:9, 14-17
John 10:27-30
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Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.

After Pentecost, the early Christians had a unique strength. Not only did they boldly proclaim the Gospel, but they were immune to insults and taking offense. As followers of Christ, we must choose to avoid giving offense, but we must also choose to not take offense. Being offended is always a sign of immaturity. Christians must be so grounded in the truth and rooted in our identity in Jesus that we choose to become unoffendable.

Mass Readings from April 10, 2016:
Acts 5:27-32, 40B-41
Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19
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Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday.

Timidity and fear are not meant to be a part of the Christian life. While we may experience these emotions, our hope is fortified by the solid conviction that Jesus Christ has conquered all that threatens to conquer us…and He has triumphed. With this solid conviction, we first confidently claim the mercy that He offers us.

Mass Readings from April 3, 2016:
Acts 5:12-16
Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Revelation 1:9-11A, 12-13, 17-19
John 20:19-31
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