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! Loving in the concrete
Ordinary Sunday A-30

Al Carino
Concretely speaking, are not the best moments of our lives those spent in loving and caring for others? This happens when a mother spends sleepless nights to care for a sick child. This happens when from the little we have, we share food or money or both with someone really in need. This happens when we set aside our pride and ask for forgiveness or extend forgiveness, thus bringing back peace in our relationships. It is in these moments when we forget ourselves.

New! Doing Love
30th Sunday in Ordinary time (A)

Antonio P. Pueyo
Love is a willed act. Like any act we have to learn, it might be difficult in the beginning, just as a baby finds it difficult to walk at first. But when one does it often enough it becomes a habit. It becomes easier to love. To love somebody who is lovable is easy to do, just like it is easy for a child to eat candies. To love somebody who is unlovable, or an enemy, is difficult. It is like the child who finds it hard to eat vegetables. One therefore has to learn how to love.

New! Loving in Difficult Times
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Antonio P. Pueyo
Clearly tough times do not only demand toughness. Tough times demand tenderness and compassion. There are the times to demonstrate love. Love here is understood not just as a feeling or a sentiment but as acting for the good of the other. An enemy of love during these times is opportunism. Opportunism is taking advantage of the misery of others

New! The Lord hears the cry of the poor
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Douglas P. McManaman
The poor referred to in the Responsorial Psalm, the ones whom the Lord hears, are those who cry out to God because they have become aware of their utter helplessness and need for God. The poor are indeed those who suffer innocently, but the poor can very well be those who have screwed up their lives as a result of the bad choices that they’ve made in life, but who have finally come to acknowledge that and who now cry out to God to forgive them and to come to their aid.

New! Land of the Giants
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Douglas P. McManaman
In heaven, we will be among giants, the heroic souls of the centuries, the great martyrs, like St. Jean de Brebeuf, St. Isaac Jogues, St. Thomas More and St. John Fischer, St. Lawrence, St. Stephen. Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. St. Paul and St. Peter, and so many more. There’s no doubt that we’ll be tiny in their presence, but the more we learn to love in this life, the more comfortable we are going to be in their presence.