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! No Cross, No Crown
Lent B-2

Al Carino
In short, though Jesus promised us eternal life, He never promised that life would be a rose garden. What He did promise us was the cross -- twenty four hours a day, seven days a week -- and that suffering was necessary before eternal glory can be ours.

New! The True Message of Lent
Second Sunday of Lent B

Frank Enderle
Sometimes we have problems understanding the whys and wherefores of daily life. We donít know how we are going to resolve the trials and tribulations that confront us on what seems to be a continuous basis. At times like this, the Lord asks us to have faith in him.

New! You are my Beloved
2nd Sunday of Lent (B)

Antonio P. Pueyo
At a time when "being real" is portrayed in songs, television shows, and movies as being rude, bad-mannered, vulgar, and mean it may take some extra effort to show the better real self - the decent, civil, charitable, and kind.

New! Off to a Holy Place
Second Sunday of Lent (B)

Antonio P. Pueyo
The season of Lent is a good time to create a holy space where a meeting with God can take place. It may mean literally going off to a mountain for a retreat or a recollection. The teachers of the spiritual life in the early years of Christianity, otherwise called the Church Fathers, preferred to go to the desert. There in silence and isolation they sought to overcome the forces of sin in themselves and even literally fought off the devil.

New! Where in the Lamb for a Burnt Offering?
Second Sunday of Lent (2009)

Jeremiah R. Grosse
One of the most challenging passages in the Hebrew Scriptures is the story known in Hebrew as "The Akedah", the binding of Isaac. Abraham waited until he was in his nineties to have God's promise of a son with his wife, Sarah, fulfilled and he is asked by God to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. Why in the world would God do this? The God of Abraham had given no indication that He was like many of the other deities around Him who needed to be appeased by human sacrifice. In fact, up until now, the relationship which Abraham had with God has been intensely personal. God spoke to Abraham, unlike those idols of wood or stone, which were incapable of giving, even the slightest indication, that they heard the prayers that the people offered to them.

New! Jesus Teaches Discipleship

Proclaim Sermons
Jesus understood our need for instruction. He offers himself as a model and teacher. But are we willing to follow someone who tells us we must "lose our life"?