Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Saturday 6th Week in Easter 5-28 -2022

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/052822.cfm THE FATHER HIMSELF LOVES YOU. God bless the 19 children and two teachers shot in the elementary school in Texas. The shooting is something we can’t begin to wrap around our little brains. How can someone commit such horrendous murders on innocent children? What is there to gain? Something in the report is quite […]

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Friday 6th Week in Easter 2022, 27 -2022

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/052722.cfm REJOICE ALWAYS; THE LORD IS ALWAYS NEARBY.  A common theme that arises in a spiritual direction is dryness in prayer. “I’m not getting anything out of it,” people say. This dryness in prayer is a moment of dramatic conversion. The desire is to be with the Lord, but He seems to be on vacation. […]

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Thursday 6th Week in Easter 2022

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/052622-weekday.cfm A LITTLE WHILE.  I meet with someone who lost a spouse, parent, or sibling almost every week. I wish there were a magic word or phrase that would lift them from their grief. But unfortunately, our words can barely touch what the soul is experiencing through their tears. Those tears slowly but surely wash […]

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Tuesday 6th Week in Easter 2022, 05-2-2022

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/tuesday-sixth-week-easter “GRIEF HAS FILLED YOUR HEARTS.” It doesn’t take much for us to recall a memory when a family member or someone close to us died. The sorrow in our hearts is unbearable. Jesus told the disciples that He was leaving them. If that was me, I would have recalled the three times he predicted […]

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Monday 6th Week in Easter 2022, 05-23-2022

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/monday-sixth-week-easter THE COMING OF THE ADVOCATE. Struggling with a shoulder full of arthritis is no fun. My surgeon delayed the surgery because I was so young. He didn’t want to replace it again in 12 years. That is the life of a titanium replacement shoulder. Finally, the day came for the surgery, and how I […]

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Friday 5th Week in Easter 2022-05-20-2022

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/052022.cfm OUR FIRST RESPONDERS For the first eight years of my priesthood, I was the police chaplain of Knox County, Illinois. As a result, I developed a deep love and appreciation for the police. The love and respect I have for them grew immensely over the last years when they faced terrible abuse at the […]

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Wednesday 5th Week in Easter 2022-05-18-2022

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/051922.cfm THE HAPPIEST MOMENTS Two of the happiest moments in life have to be a bride and groom’s wedding day and the birth of a child. The joy and total contentment we experience in these graced moments blow us away. I can close my eyes and relive the moment the bishop laid hands on me […]

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Wednesday 5th Week in Easter 2022-05-18-2022

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/051822.cfm A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. We often see a contractor who didn’t complete his work on the news. Or a few months or a couple of years later, problems with their work or the material they used start surfacing. Some of these problems can be very expensive. We certainly would not refer that contractor to our […]