Browsing Fr. Matt's Homilies

August 18, 2019

Posted by Michelle Fox on 8/19/19

This weekend the Deacons of the Diocese are on retreat. I went over to help with confessions on Friday, and before we started we were talking just outside the chapel.  I leaned against this wall that separated the chapel from the vestibule, and all of the sudden I noticed ... Read More »

August 11, 2019

Posted by Michelle Fox on 8/15/19

One of the best descriptions of faith I ever heard compared it to a glass of water.  We are the glass.  Faith is the water.  When we are young, our glass is very small, and so it doesn’t take much water to fill it.  But as we grow older, ... Read More »

August 4, 2019

Posted by Michelle Fox on 8/05/19

  Vanity is a powerful thing.  It pervades our lives.  It pervades our world.         All the focus on self.  Instead of the focus on Jesus.  If we spent 10% of the energy on Jesus that we spend on ourselves, then so much in our lives, our families, our ... Read More »

July 21, 2019

Posted by Michelle Fox on 7/23/19

There’s been some great stuff on tv with the Apollo 11 anniversary this week - I love watching that stuff, and I marvel reflecting on how complicated and how incredibly insane the entire thing was. And if the right one thing went wrong, well it would have spun completely ... Read More »

July 14, 2019

Posted by Michelle Fox on 7/23/19

So much is complicated in our lives, isn’t it?  Rarely, if ever, is anything simple.

          Except today.  Today is simple.  God proclaims to us today what He wants of us, and it’s very simple.  It’s not high in the sky.  You don’t need a degree in Theology.  It’s ... Read More »

July 1, 2019

Posted by Michelle Fox on 7/08/19

Are you at peace?  That’s kind of a heavy question for the middle of the summer, but it’s a good one - are you at peace?

I don’t know about you, but so much in life works against that for me - or rather I allow so much in ... Read More »

June 30, 2019

Posted by Michelle Fox on 7/08/19

How appropriate that our readings this weekend before Independence day speak to us about Freedom. 

Saint Paul reminds us how we are supposed to use our God given freedom - by actually loving one another.  I read a quote this past week - ‘I really only love God as ... Read More »

June 23, 2019

Posted by Michelle Fox on 7/08/19

If the Sharon Herald tomorrow morning had a front page story that said ‘Jesus Christ will appear at the borough building Tuesday at 12 Noon’ I think Sharpsville would be filled with people rushing down there to see the Lord.  Maybe even more people than drive by to check ... Read More »

June 16, 2019

Posted by Michelle Fox on 7/08/19

This Trinity Sunday is all about pondering and considering our relationship with God.  A brief review of the doctrine of Trinitarian Monotheism is a fancy way to remind us that God is all about relationship, in fact God is pure relationship - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

That relationship ... Read More »

Pentecost

Posted by Michelle Fox on 6/10/19

When I was still in Oil City, in the Jubilee year 2000, we started coming together as a community of 5 separate Parishes to celebrate one common Mass on Pentecost.  There was only one Mass in town that Sunday and we all, surprisingly, worked together and had an incredible ... Read More »