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! Naming the devils within us
Lent B-4

Al Carino
Lent is a time for prayer. One very helpful way to do this is to read the Word of God, specially the gospels and spend time in silent reflection thus allowing Him to address us directly, to talk to us about His concerns. Then we will realize that His concerns are really those that are best for us -- scatter the darkness from our lives by helping us name our "devils" and allow ourselves to be reborn -- as Nicodemus did.

New! A Merciful God
4th Sunday of Lent (B)

Antonio P. Pueyo
Our image of God may have been formed by our experiences with people who influenced us in our growing years.

New! The Light of the World
Fourth Sunday of Lent B

Frank Enderle
A good Christian should show to the world the light received in the Holy Mass. The light should shine in him or her so brightly that they should be the image of Christ for others.

New! The Serpent and the Cross
4th Sunday of Lent (B)

Antonio P. Pueyo
The suffering that diminishes us may be the same suffering that can magnify us. As examples we may cite the various letters from prison that became sources of strength and inspiration. Our great national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal wrote the beautiful poem “Mi Ultimo Adios” while waiting for his execution. Who can forget its opening lines, “Adios Patria adorada, region del sol querida”? From his experiences of Hitler’s concentration camp, Dr. Viktor Frankl came up with logotheraphy and his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning.” The theologian Bonhoeffer who resisted Hitler wrote his “Letters from Prison”. St. Paul himself wrote some of his letters from prison (Col. 4:7-10).

New! From Exile to Freedom
4th Sunday of Lent (Year B)

Jeremiah R. Grosse
The people are taken from their homeland and brought to a place where they are forced to surrender their faith and customs and required to live among a group of people who have no regard for them. This is confirmed in Psalm 137 when the author writes that the people hung up their harps and wept by the rivers of Babylon as their remembered their lives in Zion. Whenever the people remembered Zion they wept and the author of the psalm asks God to make his right hand wither if he ever forgets about Jerusalem. He asks God to let his tongue cling to the roof of his mouth if he does not prize Jerusalem above his highest joys.