Sermons in “Lent”

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A Truly Good Friday

Monsignor Michael Billian: Good Friday is good. It is a day of solemn remembrance, not a day of mourning and sadness.

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Holy Thursday: Eating at the Big Table

Monsignor Michael Billian: The Lord invites all of us to come to the Big Table, to listen to the stories that belong to our faith family, to share in the one bread and the one cup, to enjoy the strength that we receive by being together around the Big Table.

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Palm Sunday: Making Time for Jesus

Father Philip Smith: The great thing that will happen if we make time for Jesus this week, and really every day, is that we will see what Jesus has done for us.

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Coming out of our Tombs

Monsignor Michael Billian: What are those self-inflicted places of isolation? What are our tombs?

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Looking Beyond Appearances

Father Philip Smith: Jesus today wants us to see the full story, to see life at a deeper level, so that we can be slower to gossip and quicker to pray for people whose decisions we don’t understand.

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The True Gift of Hope

Monsignor Michael Billian: That true gift of hope keeps us from discouragement. It sustains us in times when we feel abandoned. It opens our hearts. And it actually preserves us from being selfish.

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Three Ways to be a Better Listener

Father Philip Smith: Listening is what builds intimacy. It bonds people together. Even when we disagree with other people, it helps us understand where they’re coming from.

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Exercising our Spiritual Hearts

Monsignor Michael Billian: Just as the heart muscle benefits from exercise so our spiritual hearts benefit from the Lenten observances and practices.

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Ash Wednesday: Relying on God for Strength

Father Philip Smith: We can’t ever do it all, only God can do it all. We’re weak. We need each other for help and support.

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Good Friday: Choosing to Help and Serve

Father Philip Smith: If we were there on Good Friday, would we have stepped up like Joseph and Nicodemus to care for Jesus’ body? It had been bruised and was hanging lifeless on the cross. Would we have worried what other people would think of us for wasting our time on such thankless work?

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