Homily from the 7:30 and 9 a.m. Masses at St. Mary's Church in Crown Point, Ind. Have you ever had a garden? The best gardens start out with the best soil, good seeds and a lot of care. At times, watering a garden can seem like a part-time job – maybe not recently. But no matter how good your soil, no matter how good your seed, no matter how well you tend your garden, those dreaded weeds will always appear. Gardens always have weeds. And so too in our lives, those “weeds” wil
Homily from the 11:15 a.m. Totus Tuus Youth Masses at St. Anastasia's Church in Waukegan, Ill. Editor's note: When preaching at school or youth Masses, I try to be as interactive as possible, posing a lot of questions and fielding a lot of impromptu responses. Usually, this means that my homily is fairly off the cuff, with some notes to keep me on message. This is one such homily.
A couple of summers ago, I was assigned to be a camp counselor at Sharing Meadows in Rolling Prairie. It’s a residential program started by a priest of our diocese about 20 years ago, and other-abled adults live there in community, perform certain tasks and are able to socialize with one another. During the summer months, they run a series of week-long camps for other-abled adults who still live at home, whether with their parents, other family members or in group homes. Coll