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! Be Made Clean!
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time - B

Frank Enderle
When we know that we have sinned, that are spiritually sick, we go to Jesus, as the leper did, and in the Sacrament of Penance we confess our sins. We take our spiritual medicine and we move on to healthier choices in our lives.

New! A Valentine Story
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Antonio P. Pueyo
It was like any other wedding except that the bride and groom were both lepers, so were most of the guests at the table. The couple were both young when they met at the Sanitarium. They have fallen in love with each other. The disease may have afflicted their skin but not their hearts.

New! From the Margins to the Center
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Antonio P. Pueyo
Beside leprosy, there are other diseases today that leads to marginalization. The great freedom fighter Nelson Mandela of South Africa is not just an advocate of freedom and racial equality. He also advocates support for the victims of AIDS. This new form of leprosy is taking its toll on so many people around the world. He tells the story of visiting an AIDS patient. Many people accompanied him to the door of the house. After he talked to the patient and went out of the house, all the people fled away from him!

New! Marriage and the Touch of Christ
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B.

Douglas McManaman
Every marriage needs healing, and the touch of Christ alone heals. It’s up to the couple to approach the Lord with the very same faith as the leper in the gospel: “If you choose, you can make me clean. You can heal us Lord”. If he sees that faith in a couple struggling to love one another as Christ loves his Bride, he will be moved with pity, stretch out his hand and touch them, saying: “I do choose. Be made clean.”

New! Exercising one's priesthood in dying

Douglas McManaman
Death is our final act; it becomes a holy act, a final and definitive prayer in fact, when we join our suffering and our death to the suffering and death of Christ. At death, we get to exercise our office of priesthood in the act of dying, by offering ourselves and our entire life to God.

New! The Healing Touch

Proclaim Sermons
Jesus touched a man with leprosy and healed him, and then instructed him to say nothing to anyone about who had healed him. But the man proclaimed it to everyone he saw. This man who could previously go nowhere now moved about freely; Jesus, who had been going anywhere he wanted, could now no longer go into town openly. Jesus paid a price to heal, and he paid a greater price when he went to the cross for us all.

New! Willing and Able (Ordinary Times 6)

Proclaim Sermons
When our Lord reached out to heal a leper, one of the untouchables of his day, he set for us an example by feeling both heartfelt pity and perhaps even righteous anger at the customs of his day, customs that isolated those who needed support and love the most. The leper set for us an example by coming forward boldly in faith -- recognizing that Jesus was able to heal miraculously -- but also acknowledging that it's up to God to decide when healing would take place.