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! The 'yes' that changed history
Advent B-4

Al Carino
What has been our response to God's choice of us? Is it like Mary's - unhesitating and full? Then, like in Mary, God's Son will be born in us. Then, like Mary, we, can change the course of history -- of our lives as well as of those we touch - our families, friends, neighbors, etc., - and in the process, the whole of society itself.

New! "I Need You."
Advent B-4

Frank Enderle
Sometimes our road to redemption seems to be a rocky one. We imagine ourselves as playing a minor role in salvation history. We buy into the idea of a distant God who set the world into motion and then walked off and forgot about it—and us! An all-powerful God calling out to us to say “I need you” is beyond our imagination. Yet that is what God is saying to each and every one of us. In Mary we find the perfect example of the ideal disciple who hears the word, says “yes” in total openness, and acts upon it.

New! Listen
Advent B-4

Antonio P. Pueyo
A mother and daughter were having some kind of argument and the mother said, "Listen to me." The daughter answered, "I am listening , mom." The mother told her daughter, "No, you're not. Turn around and look at me." And the daughter said, "I listen with my ears, mom."

New! Dominus Vobiscum
4th Sunday of Advent

Antonio P. Pueyo
This greeting affirms the mystery of the Incarnation that we celebrate every Chirstmas. The greeting expresses our belief that Jesus' birth made a difference. God at one time physically joined the human condition and showed us what it meant to be truly human. Following the way of Jesus in His humanity also reveals to us the way to divinity.

New! The “Yes” that Changed the World
4th Sunday of Advent (B)

Jeremiah R. Grosse
Direct encounters with the Divine are not that uncommon in our day; however, given the fact that we have been heavily influenced by science and its reliance upon empirical evidence, we often do not recognize such encounters.

New! 'Tis the season, Part Four

Tom Bartolomeo
Today, December 21st, the Winter solstice, is the darkest day of the year. We are enshrouded in nearly sixteen hours of darkness three days before the birth of Christ who becomes the light of the world.