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Moderator: Deacon Bob Yerhot of the Diocese of Winona, Minnesota.

“A Dignified Shame, and a Shamed Dignity” and the call for Gratitude before God

The Holy Father’s homily in today’s Chrism Mass at the Vatican once again offers us much upon which to reflect. It is addressed, of course, to priests, especially to those priests that were in attendance, and can be taken for … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis!

At six o’clock this morning, local time, Pope Francis named Bishop Bernard A. Hebda the archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Archbishop Hebda has been serving St. Paul and Minneapolis for several months as administrator following the resignation of Archbishop … Continue reading

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Deacon Bob’s Homily for Palm Sunday – Cycle C, 2016

Palm Sunday – Cycle C March 19/20, 2016 Isaiah 50: 4-7; Philippians 2: 6-11; Luke 22: 14- 23: 56 We must take a moment to pause here, after hearing the Passion of our Lord proclaimed. We cannot do much else … Continue reading

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Deacon Bob’s Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C, 2016

Here is my homily for this weekend. God bless you! 2nd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C Gen 15:5-12, 17-18; Phil 3: 17-4:1; Lk 9: 28b-36 February 20/21, 2016 In the Transfiguration, Jesus reveals his divinity and his glory as the … Continue reading

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The Holy Father’s Homily at the Mexican-U.S. Border

I have to admit that I have not been paying close attention to the Holy Father’s pastoral visit to Mexico this week. There have been multiple responsibilities that have kept me from such an attendance. He has, I am finding, … Continue reading

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Deacon Bob’s Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C, 2016

Here is my homily for this weekend. God bless all! 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C Neh 8: 2-4a. 5-6, 8-10; 1Cor 12: 12-30; Lk 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21 January 23/24, 2016 Can you imagine what it would be like … Continue reading

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Beware! From the Experience of an Exorcist

I read with interest over at Catholic News Agency¬†an interview with a Spanish exorcist during which he spoke of the Satan’s favorite sin (pride) and the danger of ¬†“New Age” practices, such as Reiki and Yoga. I have often said … Continue reading

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Deacon Bob’s Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Here is my homily for this year’s Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. May each of you be abundantly blessed in 2016. Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God December 31, 2015/January 1, 2016 Humble and bold. Two words … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Christmas Homily

A belated Merry Christmas to all my readers! Blessings for 2016 also! Here is the homily Pope Francis delivered for Christmas night Mass this year. As usual, I let it speak for itself. HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS THE NATIVITY OF … Continue reading

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Deacon Bob’s Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Cycle C, 2015

Here is my homily for this weekend. God’s blessings on each of you! 4th Sunday of Advent – Cycle C December 19/20 , 2015 Micah 5:1-4; Heb 10: 5-10; Luke 1: 39-45 He is almost here! Jesus,the Son of God … Continue reading

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Deacon Bob’s Homily at the Advent Clergy Day 2015

Here is the homily I was asked to give at the Advent Clergy Day for the Diocese of Winona. God bless each of you! Advent Day of Reflection for Clergy of Winona Diocese December 17, 2015 Owatonna, Minnesota Scripture: Isaiah … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

To all my readers, I wish to extend to you my blessing on this obligatory solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Mother of God. Since this solemnity is often misunderstood as a celebration of Mary conceiving Jesus in her … Continue reading

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Martyrdom, Spiritual and Physical

I came across this icon painted by Nicola Savic, a Serbian artist (click here for source). It depicts the 20 Libyan Coptic Christian martyrs who were beheaded by ISIS this February after refusing to renounce the faith in Jesus. The … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Words to the Poor in Nairobi

Here is the Pope’s address to the poor of Nairobi, Kenya. As you most probably are aware, he is visiting that country in recent days. His words speak for themselves. APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO KENYA, UGANDA … Continue reading

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Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

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