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 'all the way'
Easter Sunday B-6

Al Carino
Imitating the kind of love Jesus has for us will make us better persons. It will enable us to love even those whom we consider unlovable, e.g., those who look down on us or who destroy our reputation, etc. And who knows, our love and forgiveness for them may also lead them to the source of our own love, Jesus, and make them His friends, too.

New! Love one another as I have loved you.
Sixth Sunday of Easter B

Frank Enderle
In our society the word 'love' is heard everywhere. It is repeated ad nauseum. And, above all, we hear a lot about love of neighbor. "Our neighbors have to be helped" is said repeatedly. Many times I ask myself, "If there is so much love and so much yearning to help others in this world, why do we feel so little love and understanding in the people that we come across every day, in those who are nearest to us and with whom we live?"

New! Deus Caritas Est
6th Sunday of Easter B

Antonio P. Pueyo
hose who experienced love in its instinctive state of eros may feel a need to go farther forward to that state called caritas-agape.

New! Do Not Call Unclean what the Lord has Made Clean
6th Sunday of Ordinatry Time (B)

Jeremiah R. Grosse
While the Book of Leviticus states that the leper is to be placed outside the community, the Gospel presents us with a very different image of how to deal with our brothers and sisters who struggle with a socially unacceptable illness. A leper approaches Jesus, kneels down in front of Him and says, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” This leper does not ask to be healed, but to be made clean. It is the feeling of being a social outcast which plagues this leper more than the pain of the illness.

New! Music Strengthens the Human Heart
6th Sunday of Easter (B)

Jeremiah R. Grosse
Music is powerful. Music does not forget. Emotions are never dead, only dormant. Singing a joyful song to the Lord has the power to summon each of us to our history, to the Apostles and martyrs who helped to lay the foundation for the Church, and to all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.

New! A Higher Kind of Love
6th Sunday of Easter

Antonio P. Pueyo
Jesus is more than just a heroic figure to emulate and an image to inspire us. Jesus continues to be a living presence in the world and in His community of friends. The Holy Spirit came down on the household of Cornelius and amazed the disciples that “the Holy Spirit should be poured out on pagans too.” So will the Spirit of Jesus amaze us and urge us to ge beyond what we think we are capable of, even to the point of heroic love.