Homily for the Feast of Christ Our King November 26, 2017 by Father Guerric Heckel

I think back, not to 1926 when this feast of Christ the King was instituted but over the years which I have been celebrating the feast, the liturgy has gradually shed its triumphalism and militarism. We do not march into the feast of Christ the King with trumpet blasts and drumbeats but with the Son of Man’s words about his identification with the poor and needy echoing in the ears of our heart. The pilgrimage of the Church year we have made with Matthew’s Gospel this year leads us to the last and defining Gospel about entrance into the Kingdom of God where those who have been a blessing to others now receive the definitive blessing of the inheritance of the kingdom.

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Joy Never Ending — 2017

Genesis 28: 11 – 18;  I Peter 2 : 4 – 9;  John 15 : 9 – 17

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Abide in my love….  I do not call you servants, but friends.

What sweeter words can we hear from the mouth of Jesus than these words, my brothers and sisters?  As we sing so often: Friends of Jesus, servants no more.  These are not just words, they are the living reality of our lives.  Each one of us is a friend of Jesus, each one of us is loved by Jesus as Jesus is loved by the Father.

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Homily for the Memorial of the Passion of John the Baptist September 29, 2017

Jeremiah 1:17-19; Psalm 71; Mark 6:17-29

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Homily for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8, 2017

Romans 8:28-30; Psalm 13; Matthew 1:1-16; 18-23

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Homily for the Twenty-second Sunday of the Year, September 3, 2017

Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 63; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27

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Father Columba’s Entrance into Novitiate — August 19, 2017

Father Columba, if Brother Juan’s journey has been a long one on many fronts, as I remarked at his First Vows on Tuesday, yours I would characterize as an unexpected one. When you came to Mepkin for a retreat in 2013 on your way back to Ireland from a missionary trip to El Salvador, you came only for a retreat. It had been your custom to visit various monasteries over your long priestly ministry to keep the flame of love burning in your heart. You drew much sustenance from the great Western monastic tradition of spirituality. You were particularly attracted by the example and writings of the abbot of Maredsous, Columba Marmion, an Irish priest who became a Benedictine monk in Belgium. But you were very happy in your priestly ministry in Dublin and if you thought of a monastic vocation you always figured it would be to a Benedictine community. You were familiar with the Trappists, of course, but were never drawn to our more cloistered way of life.

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Homily on the Feast of Saint Bernard — Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Wisdom 8: 2 – 3a, 10 – 11, 13 – 15a, 16; I John 4: 7 – 16; John 15: 9 – 17

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Brother Juan First Vows — Assumption Vespers, August 14, 2017 Given by Fr. Stan

Romans 8: 9 – 30

When we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’ it is the very Spirit of God bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

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