Monday, November 7, 2016

Homily 32nd Sunday OT: Are You Prepared For The Journey?

Luke 20:27-38

There's a legend about a master and servant. It seems the servant wasn’t very smart The master would get very exasperated with him. Finally, one day, in a fit of temper, the master said, “You're really the stupidest man I know. Here, I want you to carry this staff wherever you go. And if you ever meet a person stupider than yourself... give them the staff.”

So time went by, the servant would encounter some pretty stupid people. But he never found someone stupid enough to give the staff to. Years later, he returned to his master's home. The master said, “I see you haven’t found anyone stupid to give that staff to”.

After a while the master said, I am very sick “I'm going on a journey soon.” A journey from which I won’t return,” The servant asked, “Have you made all the necessary arrangements?” “No, I guess I haven’t.” “Well, could you have made all the arrangements?” “Oh yes, I've had time. I've had all my life. But I've been busy with other things.” The servant said, “Let me be sure about this. You're going on a journey from which you will never return You've had all your life to make the arrangements, but you haven't.” The master said, “Yes, I guess that's right.” The servant replied, “Master, take this staff. At last, I have truly found a man stupider than myself.”

Maybe that’s just a story, but it reflects the way many people treat death. Everyone knows that it’s going to happen people just don't want to think or talk about it's impact on them personally. Like the man in the story, too many people know they are going on this journey… but don’t prepare for it.

On the other hand, all of us would like to know what happens when we die. Behind all of this interest in death there's a deep down feeling that there is more…something beyond this life. There's curiosity… There's the desire to want to believe that our purpose is more than our years here on earth.

Some people believe that we will be reincarnated… hopefully into a higher living being each time. Others say that everyone's born with an immortal soul, regardless who the person is, that soul will rest in peace forever in paradise. Then there's those, like the Sadducees in today's gospel, who simply say that when you die, that's it... there's nothing else beyond your last breath.                                                                                                                                                                    

Jesus' reply in today’s gospel affirms beyond all doubt that there is a resurrection and that there is life after death. That we can’t take what we experience in this life and project those experiences into the new life in heaven. Heaven's way beyond anything we experience here. One new day, we will awake to a day beyond all other days by the love of God. All trouble, all doubts, all fears, all pain will be gone. We will become “like angels” by “the God of the living”. We are raised to a joy and peace beyond anything that mortal minds can conceive.

When that happens, the words of this homily will seem trivial, and even the visions of heaven in the Bible will seem an inadequate description of the real thing. Now we see dimly... then we shall see with absolute clarity.

Thanks be to God!

Preached by Deacon Gerry Mattingly on the Mass of the Air broadcast on November 6, 2016.

MUST SEE VIDEO: Carpool Karaoke with Bishop Malloy!


For your Election Eve viewing and listening pleasure, two priests of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, and their bishop are the stars of a new video making the rounds on the internet that parodies the “Carpool Karaoke” segments made famous by James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” on CBS.

According to the Rockford Register Star, the video was unveiled a couple of Sunday's ago at an annual youth summit in the diocese attended by 1,700 teens. Father Keith Romke and Father Kyle Manno pretend they’re driving to the summit. Halfway there they pick up their “boss,” Bishop David Malloy, to give him a ride. You gotta see this!

I hope this brings you a few laughs at the end of this Election Season 2016!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Congratulations to the Deacon Class of 2016!

On August 20, 2016, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz ordained 18 men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Louisville at St. Patrick Church in Louisville. May they serve Christ humbly and zealously, and may their wives and families be blessed.

Photos from Ordination Mass and practice.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Simone Biles, Olympic Gold, St. Sebastian and her Rosary

From LifeSite News

When three-time world champion gymnast Simone Biles flew to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games, the 19-year-old carried a rosary her mother gave her and a St. Sebastian medal from her family’s spiritual home, St. James the Apostle Catholic Church in Spring, Texas.

Simone is already the most decorated woman gymnast in her sport’s history, winning golds at the world level in all-around and individual events. But as the young daughter of a fatherless home who was shunted between a drug-addicted mother and foster homes, her chances of excelling in any sport let alone one so intense as gymnastics seemed slim indeed.

Then her grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles, stepped in, took her and three siblings into their home and then adopted Simone and her sister, while Ron’s sister adopted her two brothers. Simone grew up in a family of achievers, who were also devout Catholics, not incidentally, according the social science findings showing strong correlation between family stability, regular and frequent church attendance, and success.

According to this week’s story in Independent Journal Review, “Little Girl Abandoned by Father and Drug-Addict Mother Is Adopted by Christian Texas Family, Becomes Best Athlete in the World,” her faith plays an important role in her life and success.

“Her parents,” reporter Benny Johnson wrote, “also introduced Simone to her Christian faith. She attends mass [sic] with her family every Sunday when she is not competing. Simone prays regularly and carries a rosary that her mother gave her.”

Read the entire article here...

The "Iron Nun", Sister Madonna Buder

Next time you think you're getting a bit too creaky for an afternoon run or early morning ride, think about Sister Madonna Buder. The 86-year-old nun is a record-breaking Ironman triathlete…


Monday, August 15, 2016

Usain Bolt and his most powerful medal

On the evening of Sunday, August 14, 2016, famed Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won gold in a characteristically dynamic and seemingly effortless 100-meter performance at his third consecutive Olympics, this time in Rio de Janeiro, making him the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter dash.

In addition to his other inspirational outward signs of faith, more encouraging than Bolt’s hard-earned gold medals is that he wears an even more powerful medal: the Miraculous Medal...

Read entire EpicPew article here

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Decluttering is a growing lifestyle trend. Google the word and you'll get thousands of hits. If you need help decluttering there are even decluttering consultants who for a price will come to your home or office to help you declutter. Why the sudden emphasis on de-cluttering one's life, one's home, one's mind, and one's schedule? Is it simply a fad, or is there something else fueling this desire to simplify? Could it be that the speed with which our culture hurtles through life is simply becoming unmanageable for some? Is it possible that others are simply tired of being scattered and smothered? Most of my decluttering projects have failed miserably But, what if less really is more?

I think this last question gets to the heart of both the Old Testament and Gospel readings. Widows playkey roles in both readings. Widows in the days of the prophets were a marginalized group. Without the support of a husband, adult son, or extended family they were vulnerable. Poverty was often their lot. In fact, the widow at in the first reading was so desperate that she was out gathering firewood for a last supper when she met Elijah. She and her young son were on the brink of starvation. When comes Elijah tells her not to be afraid and asks for hospitality in the form of water and a small cake of bread. What does she have to lose? 
The widow complies, giving out of her poverty. She gives all that is left and she is blessed. By giving all, she always HAS from that point forward.

The widow in Mark's gospel is putting all that she has in the temple treasury. Her act goes unnoticed by most, After all, two small coins is nothing compared to the lavish gifts of the rich and famous. But Jesus notices, and he takes full advantage of this teaching moment with his disciples. Little do they know that he is about to give all that he has for the sake of the world. The actions of both widows seem foolhardy, even crazy, to 21st century ears.

Why would a poor woman give everything she has and risk starvation? What's the point of giving when you have nothing left to give? Who among us would literally give everything we possess, putting it all in the hands of the church or giving it to a random stranger we meet in a mall parking lot? What kind of wise stewardship is that? Perhaps there's more to these stories than meets the eye, more than money, bread, and oil. Is Jesus is trying to teach his disciples about where to put their faith, their trust, and their absolute fidelity.

You know, Jesus spent a good deal of his precious time here on earth attempting to explain that his ways are not the ways of the world. Following his path is not the one that leads to power and might. Yet following Jesus is THE way to experience abundant life forever. Being a disciple is about much more than two coins in the collection or one last meal before you cash in the chips. Is what Jesus is getting at is the removal of anything that stands between us and his love. Perhaps it's the seeming security of the contents of our kitchen pantry or our earning power or even control over how we spend and give.

What would it look like for us as Christians to be the equivalent of these biblical widows? How can we experience utter and complete reliance on God for every breath we take? After all, everything we have is gift. In the final analysis, We don't really own anything. We are entrusted with the management of the goodness an abundance of the Creator. My suspicion is... that if we gather together as the Body of Christ and trust that the our jug of oil and jar of meal will not turn up empty. Then we will see and experience amazing things. God is good... and in God's economy less is indeed more... less reliance on self... yields a more abundant life... Our challenge as it was for the widows... Do we trust enough to try it?

Obituary for Deacon Joe Filiatreau

Deacon Joseph H. “Joe” Filiatreau of Bardstown, Ky., died on June 27 at Episcopal Church Home in Louisville. He was 73 and had been a permanent deacon since 1978.

Deacon Filiatreau, a native of Bardstown, was assigned to St. Gregory Church in Samuels, Ky., in 2002. He is also the retired owner of Joe Filiatreau Floor Covering and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as the Knights’ regional representative in the Bardstown/Central region.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon B. Filiatreau; four children Chris (Pam) Filiatreau, Tim (Julia) Filiatreau, Chad (Jessica) Filiatreau and Beth (Jeff) Filiatreau Lear, all of Bardstown; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter; nine siblings, Theresa (Sherrill) Jones of Loretto, Ky.; Edna Boone, Margaret (Phillip) Mattingly, John (Elaine) Filiatreau and Pat (Vicki) Filiatreau of Bardstown; Frankie (Rick) Robinson of New Hampshire, Ann (Scott) Hornblower of Fort Wright, Ky., Paul (Vickie) Filiatreau of Oneida, Ky., and Bill (Beth) Filiatreau of La Grange, Ky.; several nieces and nephews.

 The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on June 30 at St. Gregory. A private burial will be held at a later date in St. Gregory Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 29 and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 30 at St. Gregory.

Please pray for Deacon Joe's eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom and peace and comfort for his family and friends.