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! Feast of Christian responsibility
Ascension Sunday (B)

Al Carino
Since His Spirit is now with us and in the world, we live not only with hope but also with strength. Thus we must stand confident that with Him we can live according to the teachings and deeds of Jesus and build His Kingdom on earth.

New! That they may be one just as we are one.
Seventh Sunday of Easter B

Frank Enderle
We Catholics are the spiritual descendents of the first disciples that Christ chose, prepared and strengthened. With this in mind, we should meditate on the importance that prayer had for them and how much we need it. Today especially, we should pray for the unity of the Christian community.

New! Something to Proclaim
Ascension Day (B)

Antonio P. Pueyo
How can we be effective communicators of the good news? I propose that we pay attention to the following elements: a)the message must be worth sending, b)the communicator-sender must be convinced and enthusiastic about the message, c)the medium must be appropriate and effective, d) the receivers must be clearly identified, e)the time, place, and situation must be taken into account.

New! The Power of the Holy Spirit Enlivens the Church

Jeremiah R. Grosse
While it is true that the Church grew by leaps and bounds, being one of the Twelve was not easy. These men were dragged before the Sanhedrin on a regular basis, imprisoned, beaten, and, aside from St. John, all were eventually killed. Tradition teaches us that St. Peter felt that he was unworthy of being crucified as Jesus was, so he was crucified upside down. St. James the Great was killed in Jerusalem, and the others were killed elsewhere.

New! The “All Ready and Not Yet” Tension
Ascension Thursday (Year B)

Jeremiah R. Grosse
These eleven men were living in the tension of the'already but not yet'. They had spent three years traveling with Jesus from Capernaum to Jerusalem. They were all locked in the Upper Room after Jesus' crucifixion and had seen Him again after He had risen from the dead. They heard the story from Cleopas how he had met Jesus on the road to Emmaus and how Jesus had opened the Scriptures to him and how Cleopas and his companion had come to know that it was Jesus in the breaking of the bread.

New! I Count on You
Ascension (B)

Antonio P. Pueyo
We are proud of the Filipino boxer, Manny Paquiao. The President of the Philippines has appointed him ambassador of peace after his latest boxing victory. The Christian disciple is also an ambassador. Your appointment as ambassador comes from a higher source. It is Christ who appoints you. Live in a manner worthy of your call.

New! Rolling the Dice

Proclaim Sermons
After the death of Judas, the disciples met, nominated two candidates to replace him, prayed and then cast lots. That seems like an odd way to go about the work of the Lord. But regardless of what method we use to call leadership in the church, prayer is essential, as well as faith that it is God who strengthens us and makes us equal to the task.