3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time 2011

Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort, Springfield, Va. 38 years ago today/yesterday1 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 1 January 22, 1973 that women have a fundamental right to abort their babies —the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. Since then pro-life advocates, including the Catholic Church, have been waging a peaceful war to mitigate and eventually overturn that barbaric decision. The war continues. Over the last 16 years or so I have preached on the evil of abortion, and the need to fight that evil at every turn, including in the public square and … Continue reading

Solemnity of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph 2010

December 26, 2010 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort, Springfield, Va. Yesterday, of course, we celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The day when, in the fullness of time, the eternal God became one of us. But his birth didn’t occur in a vacuum. He didn’t just arrive on a cloud fully grown and ready to preach his gospel: no, he chose to be born into a human family, and so today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. On Christmas, at Masses during the day, we read … Continue reading

Christmas 2010

Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Penafort, Springfield, Va. “Merry Christmas.” Wonderful words, aren.t they? Yesterday someone left me a message on my voice mail, ending with a cheery “Happy Holidays.” It was kind of them, and I appreciated it, but I couldn.t help but thinking, “nooo…„Merry Christmas..” Because words have meaning. God bless „em, but “Happy Holiday” could refer to one of several “holidays” I really don.t celebrate—including “winter solstice.” But you say “Merry Christmas” and it means something wonderful: the joyful birth of God the Son, Jesus Christ. Words have meaning. Last night at midnight … Continue reading

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2010

Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church, Springfield, Va. Last Wednesday, Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Of course, he is not the first public official to attempt to make so-called “gay-marriage” legal. But he is the first federal judge to find a US constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry each other. And while his decision will be appealed, probably eventually to the Supreme Court, it nevertheless signals the most important attack on marriage, family and American society in the history of … Continue reading