Category: Ordinary Time

  • The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time & the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist

    The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time & the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist

    Complete Doctrinal Homily Outlines for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Nativity of John the Baptist can be found by clicking here and scrolling down. The readings for Sunday focus on water, culminating with Our Lord’s mastery over nature in the calming of the storm. In the Sacred Scriptures, water is a big…

  • Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

      Here is a link to two doctrinal homily outlines for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. Click here and scroll down. Both involve the idea of the King of the Kingdom of God and the citizens of the kingdom. The Kingdom of God grows by hearing the Word The King and the…

  • The Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    The Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Here is a link to the Doctrinal Homily Outline for the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B. The three parts are Central idea: Christ’s victory over our sin. Doctrine: Man in paradise. Practical application: Foretaste of paradise. Here is a sample: God begins the redemption of fallen and wounded man by asking questions.…

  • The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

    The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

    Here is the link to a doctrinal homily outline for The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. How shall I make a return to the LORD for all the good he has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of…

  • Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Kindness and Artigas

    Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Kindness and Artigas

    For a Doctrinal Homily Outline for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, click here. Its focus is on kindness. After this Sunday, Lent begins. These reflections on books that I have found especially helpful in my life as a Catholic man seem to have turned into reflections on authors I have found especially useful. This…

  • Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Optimism and Hope, and the CCC

    Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Optimism and Hope, and the CCC

    For a Doctrinal Homily Outline for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, click here. Its focus is on the natural virtue of optimism and the theological virtue of hope. A final book or author I have found especially helpful is the Catechism of the Catholic Church. As a writer about Catholic things, the Catechism is…

  • The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Marriage, and the Problem of Evil

    The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Marriage, and the Problem of Evil

    For a Doctrinal Homily Outline for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, click here. Its focus is on the vocation to marriage and its defense. Another book that has done me a lot of good is hardly a book at all. It is hard bound (like a book should be) but only 46 pages long.…

  • Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Contrition, and Fr. John Hardon, S.J.

    Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Contrition, and Fr. John Hardon, S.J.

    For a Doctrinal Homily Outline for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, click here. Its focus is contrition. Some theologians, even some who have received the Sacrament of Holy Orders, make ambiguous statements that seem to mean it is not necessary for a sinner to repent, that is, to turn away from his sin. Yet,…

  • The Baptism of the Lord, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, and another book

    The Baptism of the Lord, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, and another book

    For three Doctrinal Homily Outlines for the Baptism of the Lord (January 8) and one for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 14), please click here and then scroll down. A Catholic philosopher and religious writer that 20th Century popes considered perhaps the greatest of their time was Dietrich von Hildebrand. One of his…

  • Four levels of happiness

    Four levels of happiness

    The four levels of happiness One of the wisest Catholic writers alive is Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. Just one of his many insights into human nature and our salvation and sanctification is his model of the four levels of happiness. These four types of happiness, ranked in their natural order of value and importance, are…

  • The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Understanding

    The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Understanding

    This is the last of seven little reflections on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Etymologically, to understand means to stand-under, but the older meaning of under is in the midst of. When you understand something, you are standing within it. You are intellectually grasping what is around you. You get “it,” it being the…

  • The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Wisdom

    The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Wisdom

    The word wisdom is one we may use casually without really thinking about what it means. If we reflect on how we use it, the word wisdom relates to truth. It has to do with seeing the truth about something. The truth about that something might have many dimensions. In addition, we are not wise…