Homilies

A collection of the profound, thoughtful and beautiful homilies presented by Father Pasala.

Feast Day Reflections

Synopsis: Easter Sunday (April 16) Homily (on John 20:1-9) L-17

Anecdote:

The Phoenix: The late Catholic Archbishop of Hartford, John Whealon, had undergone cancer surgery resulting in a permanent colostomy when he wrote these very personal words in one of his last Easter messages: "I am now a member of an association of people who have been wounded by cancer.  That association has as its symbol the phoenix, a bird of Egyptian mythology.

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Lent V

Ez 37:12-14; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45

Anecdote:

A sign of resurrection:  As Vice President, George Bush represented the U.S. at the funeral of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Bush was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev’s widow.  She stood motionless by the coffin until seconds before it was closed.  Then, just as the soldiers touched the lid, Brezhnev’s wife performed an act of great courage and hope, a gesture that must surely rank as one of the most profound acts of civil disobedience ever committed in Communist Russia: she made the sign of the cross on her husband’s chest.  There in the citadel of secular, atheistic power, the wife of the man who had run it all made a gesture suggesting that her husband had been wrong.  She hoped that there was another way of life – a life best represented by Jesus who died on the cross, and that this same Jesus might yet have mercy on her husband and raise him up on the Day of the Judgment.  In today's Gospel, Martha expresses her Faith in Jesus’ assurance of the resurrection of her brother Lazarus.

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