Homilies

Lifeissues is mainly concerned with publishing thoughtful articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae. However, from the very beginning, we have also published a few related homilies, notably by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.

Please use the pulldowns below to select a homily by Liturgical Calendar date.

New! An invitation never to be refused
Ordinary Sunday A-28

Al Carino
Weddings are happy occasions. More so in barrios where all the people join the feast regardless of age, gender, social status and religion. The feast is a celebration not only of the families of the bride and groom but of the entire barrio. It becomes a time for renewing friendships, showing generosity and thanksgiving for blessings received.

New! God First
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Antonio P. Pueyo
God takes precedence over anybody and anything else. Peter and the apostles acclaimed, “We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). In the same vein, St. Thomas More affirmed that although he was the king’s servant and friend, he was God’s servant first.

New! RSVP
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Antonio P. Pueyo
The invitation has been sent out. It has an RSVP. The King is waiting for your response. You do not have to mail it, or phone it in, or send a text message. All you need to do is get down on your knees and say, "Yes, Lord, I come to do your will."

New! Healing and Gratitude
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Douglas P. McManaman
I don’t know about you, but I notice that fewer and fewer people say “thank you” when you hold the door open for them, either at the Mall or a Tim Horton’s, or at school. People say “please” less frequently as well. In former times, parents used to stress the importance of “please” and “thank you” to their kids. It was regarded as the primary way to relate to others.

New! The Wedding Banquet
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Douglas P. McManaman
I believe that one of the reasons that so many people think heaven is practically guaranteed is that they imagine it to be an eternal Club Med vacation. Conversely, many people regard Hell as the ultimate prison sentence, and so they conclude that since they have done nothing in this life to deserve the penultimate prison sentence-they haven’t broken the law in any serious matter-, it would be unthinkable that they could deserve the ultimate prison sentence.

New! The Mountain of the Lord

Douglas P. McManaman
Many were invited to the wedding, and many refused the invitation; they took it lightly, for they had other business to attend to. And this is typical, even today. Many people will come to this banquet, the Mass - which is a real wedding banquet in which we feast on the bread of life and in which we become joined to the bridegroom in a one flesh union - when they have time, if there is nothing more important to do, as if there is something in this world that is more important than preparing for eternal life.