Author: Kelli Hartley

Two workshops with Fr. Ray Carey, PH.D

“Philippians: The Epistle of Joy”- January 29, 2018

From a Roman prison, Paul, “in chains,” writes to his converts in the thoroughly Roman city of Philippi to thank them for their supportive gift. In his letter, Paul specifies how being “in Christ” is an enterprise of joy, even in the midst of suffering. Paul’s advice to his beloved Philippians applies to us as well, teaching us that the joy of our lives is proclaiming “Jesus Christ is Lord!”


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” The Art of Forgiveness”- January 30, 2018

Clearly in Jesus’ teaching a requirement for discipleship is to have a forgiving heart. Jesus Himself modeled his teaching from the cross. But forgiveness is really a process with specific steps toward the goal of forgiveness. In our time together, we will identify those steps of forgiveness and in the end perhaps make the idea of forgiveness less daunting.

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Homily, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 28, 2018, Fr. Ray Carey

Today’s Gospel finds Jesus teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. The people were surprised that he taught with such authority. They were amazed when he confronted and cast out an evil spirit from a man who was among them. The evil spirit called Jesus “the Holy One of God.” Those who witnessed this power and authority spread word of Jesus throughout Galilee.


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Homily, Third Sunday of Advent, December 17, 2017, Fr. Eric Tellez

How do we respond to God’s word when the message does not measure up to our expectations? We all hear the same word and some receive its message with joy while others hearing the same message respond with not wanting to believe that is what God wants from us. What do we do when does does not measure up to what we think?


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Homily, Christ the King Sunday, November 26, 2017, Fr. Eric Tellez

The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25 shares a judgement parable from Jesus that says the criterion to enter eternal life is love of neighbor, especially those who are not seen as valued or important. That would be the poor. Who are the poor? What are some steps to give importance to those who are not always valued?


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Homily, Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 12, 2017, Fr. Eric Tellez

“The forgiveness of sins for the Anointing of the Sick reminds us that sin can blind us to God working in such challenging moments. Lack of oil for the lamps of the 5 foolish maidens reminds us it is hard to see in darkness. The oil (good works) for our lamps helps us see God in such difficult moments”.

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Homily, Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 5, 2017, Fr. Eric Tellez

The Gospel of Jesus Christ has something to say about everything humanity experiences. Recently in the news, stories about people misusing their power, authority and leadership against people who are vulnerable, powerless, dreams, naive. What does God think of people who misuse their power against the people? Jesus reminds us of what leadership should be like.


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