Daily homily thoughts, 2/3

O Blessed St Blaise, you received from God the power to protect men from throat diseases and other maladies. Take away the illness that afflicts me, keep my throat healthy and perfect so that I can talk correctly and be able to proclaim and sing praises to God. I promise you, St Blaise, that the words coming from my mouth will always speak:

the truth and not lies;
justice and not calumnies;
goodness and not harshness;
comprehension and not intransigence;
forgiveness and not condemnation;
pardon and not accusation;
respect and not disparagement;
conciliation and not intrigue;
calmness and not irritation;
unselfishness and not egotism;
edification and not scandal;
enthusiasm and not defeatism;
conformity and not complaint;
love and not hate;
joyfulness and not sadness;
faith and not disbelief;
hope and not despair.

St Blaise, keep my throat free from illness so that I can praise God, my Creator, and thank you, my protector. Amen.

To whom and how do you present Our Lord? A homily for the Feast of the Presentation

To whom and how are you presenting our Lord?
– when Mary and Jospeh, everyone saw him and he lit up the world (simeon, candles)
– when you present Jesus to someone, you can light up his/her world
– present Jesus in a Way fitting to our station in life. Wife/husband, father/mother, class. Wherever you are.
– Tom the Bomb – “Are you Catholic dear?”
– 2nd grader to me:  “Jesus loves you, you know.”
– Harrison butlker, chiefs’ kicker: Confession brought me back to the Lord
– Helen: “I’ll forget nothing of that encounter”
– St. John Vianney, proposed Jesus, 700 sinners in one year
– every time you show concern, care, love, and every time you talk about Jesus, you present the Lord……and the world is lit up

Our Catholic school teachers have a special duty and calling, to present the Lord to those entrusted to their care.  Thank you for doing it well.  We have Catholic schools to teach kids to let Jesus live in them, and to live in Jesus….so that Jesus acts, loves, speaks, prays through them…….such that they’re walking tabernacles…. so that they can presnt our Lord and the salvation he offers wherever they go