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Homily given by Archbishop Carlson at the Annual Humanae Vitae Mass in 2012

As we gather this afternoon for our weekly Mass we also mark the anniversary of Pope Paul VI Encyclical on the Transmission of Life frequently referred to by its Latin title Humanae Vitae. Tuesday's gospel about the Good Samaritan captures this document beautifully. To begin with this parable about compassion forces us to look within ourselves to see what motivates us. Once confronted with the truth we have to properly form our consciences and respond in faith – compassion becomes care – becomes love.

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Homily given by Bishop Rice at the Annual Infertility Mass in 2014

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – the Shrine known for its healing properties. People go to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes seeking healing for physical or spiritual problems. Over the years there have been a rather large number of miracles submitted to Rome for documentation, but actually the number of authenticated miracles is much smaller. There is a great wisdom in the Church. The Church proceeds cautiously, never wanting to be premature in declaring something to be a miracle. The last thing that we would want is for a miracle to be viewed years later, and to be discovered that it wasn't a miracle at all - it was rather misguided, and that could possibly maybe hurt people's faith.

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Homily on contraception by Fr. Charles Samson

Two weeks ago, I ran in my high school cross country team's annual Alumni Race. It's an occasion to which I look forward every year; the current SLUH cross country team invites its alumni back to Forest Park for a day of camaraderie, reminiscing and, well, competition (we're guys, after all!). It always humors me to see how we alumni have changed over the years, but it always humors me even more to note that one thing which doesn't ever seem to change among the alumni: some are still convinced that they are in the same shape that they were in high school. These fellas take off like a shot out of a gun and burn a way-too-fast first mile, only to crater in the then quite painful second mile. That 2nd mile makes these alumni face the facts, own up to the truth, about themselves; they are not in high school anymore.

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Kenrick Glennon Seminarian Homily Contest

Each year, as part of the Marriage Family and Sexuality Course, seminarians at Kenrick Glennon Seminary submit homilies on Natural Family Planning. These are reviewed by a small panel of judges with one homily selected as the winner.


Winning homily in 2016 given by Mr. Drew Hoffman

A couple of weeks ago I was attempting to explain the Trinity to a 2nd Grade PSR class. We discussed the sign of the Cross, the three persons in one God, and the shamrock as a helpful image. Their receptivity to it was impressive—children have an insight into these difficult subjects that sometimes adults do not—but as you can imagine, the task was not an easy one. The Trinity is a complex and difficult issue, one full of thoughts and questions, even for the greatest theological mind. Even St. Augustine, one of the great thinkers in history, was told by an angel that attempting to fully comprehend the Trinity was as possible as putting all of the water in the ocean into a hole in the sand on the beach.

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Winning Homily for 2014 given by Deacon Edward Voltz

Suppose a young married couple, deeply in love, was told that their dream house was in grave danger. This was a home that reminded them of all of the joys and happiness they had formed together.  They could not afford to buy another home, and on top of that, this was a home of exquisite beauty and worth.  Yet they were informed one day that there was a 50% chance that it would burn to the ground at some inopportune time in the years ahead, with little to no warning.  They were told there would be no loss of life involved, but still, the house would be lost.

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Winning homily for 2013 given by Deacon Burkemper

I imagine that most of us here- yes, I even have to admit it for myself- have had the unfortunate experience of being lost. Maybe we were in unfamiliar territory, or maybe we thought we knew where we were going but eventually found out that we didn't. Either way, we were lost and likely very glad when we found our way. I also imagine that each one of us, at least once in our lives, has been wrong about something. Maybe it was a question on a math test or our belief that the Cubs would actually win a World Series. In whatever the case, we have all been wrong and, though we may not immediately admit it, we are glad when we are brought from error to truth.

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Winning Homily for 2012 given by Deacon Thomas Grafsgaard

Perhaps the biggest craze right now is "reducing your carbon footprint". "Buy organic" and "going green" are the new slogans of the day. Compared with 20 or even 10 years ago, it's clear that there has been a surge in the availability of organic foods and number of health stores that carry only 100% whole foods and products. No company or business that promotes products and practices that are "100% sustainable", "all- organic", or "not tested on animals", are ever afraid to admit of that fact and to make sure that every consumer knows it.

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