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Homily 227 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: November 11th, 2012, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

The Temple and the Mass

Today’s 2nd reading continues from the the Letter to the Hebrews. It was written by Christians to a Jewish audience attempting to explain how Jesus is the fulfillment of everything God had promised his chosen people throughout history. One of the most significant aspects of Jewish life at the time of Jesus was the presence of the Temple in Jerusalem. Today’s homily looks at the history and meaning of the Jewish Temple and the worship that went on there. The Temple provides an important key in understanding what happens at Mass today.

Homily 226 – Why All The Chanting?

Posted: October 28th, 2012, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Something Beautiful for God

This is the first in a series of homilies explaining various elements of the Mass and Catholic worship in honor of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Vatican II. Today’s homily focuses on some aspects of  the role of Sacred Music in the liturgy. It is also an answer to a question that comes up from time to time with regard to the role of the priest celebrant. I hope this homily is both informative and clears up some confusion.

Catholic Voting Principles

Posted: October 20th, 2012, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Here is a half hour show that I did for Catholic radio on principles that Catholics need to be aware of as we enter the voting booth.

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Topics Covered Include

  • What is conscience?
  • How do I form my conscience?
  • Can my conscience be wrong?
  • Prudential Judgement
  • Intrinsic Evils
  • Being a “Single Issue” Voter
  • Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and Care for the Poor

We have a duty as Catholics to participate in the political process so as to help bring about the common good for all people. Participation means not only voting, but being an informed voter. As Catholics this includes making sure that we form our consciences well as true disciples of Jesus. I hope this show helps you in that process.

Intrinsic Evils and Voting

Posted: October 18th, 2012, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Here’s a 3 minute spot I did for Catholic radio on intrinsic evils and voting. It’s kind of neat to be in my car and hear myself come on the air.

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Most moral issues aren’t so black and white as to be always right or always wrong. However, there are certain actions that the Church teaches are always wrong, regardless of the intentions or circumstances. These acts are called “intrinsically evil” because they are evil in themselves and can never be made right. There are 5 issues that fall into this category which we have to confront today:

5 Instrically Evil Actions

  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Embryonic Stem Cell Research
  • Human Cloning
  • Redefining Marriage

These issues are non-negotiable for Catholics and must be opposed. There are 70 million Catholics in this country. If we all stick together, we won’t have to be voting on these issues much longer.

Homily 225 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: October 14th, 2012, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Answer the Call

In today’s Gospel Jesus calls a young man to follow him. It is the greatest moment in his life, and yet we are told he goes away sad. His riches stand in the way of his answering the call. What stands in the way of us saying yes to God? Whatever it is, sell it, be free, and follow Jesus. God will not be outdone in generosity!

Homily 224 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: October 7th, 2012, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

From Worse to Better

As you survey the state of marriage in our society today, it would be easy to get discouraged. Yet we see in our gospel today that even at the time of Jesus they struggled with marriage. When Jesus explains what is required of married people, some of the apostles even question if maybe it would be better not to get married at all. Today’s homily speaks of some of the tough issues surrounding marriage today, including divorce, contraception, so-called “same sex marriage” and others. Things may look grim now, but a new springtime is taking root. If we follow Jesus’ words to return to God’s plan “from the beginning” then we will soon see our society, and marriage in particular, go from worse to better.

Homily 223 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: September 30th, 2012, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Prophet Training

You are a prophet! Maybe you didn’t know it, but in your baptism you were anointed “priest, prophet, and king.” Perhaps you’re wondering about just what a prophet is supposed to do. Today’s homily looks at the Old Testament for examples and especially St. John the Baptist. A prophet is someone who speaks for God, with their actions and words. What kind of prophet are you? What message are you sending by the words and actions of your life?

Homily 222 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: September 9th, 2012, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Be Opened

In today’s gospel, Jesus opens the ears of a deaf man. Maybe we think all of our senses are working just fine, but what about our spiritual senses? What about our ability to recognize someone in need? Today’s homily tells the amazing story of what God did with one simple scout who had this awareness. If we’re a little closed off to the needs of others, perhaps we need to ask God for healing, that we might hear him say to us “be opened.”

Homily 221 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: September 2nd, 2012, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

All That Jazz

When we’re growing up, no kid seems to like rules. I remember a similar experience learning to play the trumpet. My teacher wanted me to learn a bunch of scales. I just wanted to play songs. Our readings today also speak of rules, but especially having them in the right balance. It’s good to follow the rules, but we can’t become obsessed with the rules. No musician will perform scales for a concert.

In music, perhaps the best analogy to the kind of life God wants for us is found in Jazz. You’ve got to know the rules…the scales, the key, the changes, etc…but then you get to make it up. You improvise. May we all learn well the rules of life and then improvise with our unique lives as we give God glory with all that jazz.

Homily 220 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: August 26th, 2012, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

How Important is the Eucharist

We’ve spent the last several weeks learning about the Eucharist as we read St. John’s gospel. However, there comes a time when you have to make a decision to act. It’s not enough just to think about the Eucharist or understand it. Ultimately, our lives must answer the key question, “How important is the Eucharist?” Today’s homily looks at how three different priests answered this question.

St. Edmund Campion, S.J.  Fr. Walter Ciszek  Cardinal Francis Van Thuan
St. Edmund Campion, Fr. Walter Ciszek, and Cardinal Francis Van Thuan