You have arrived at my cyberspace home. Enter and browse, won’t you? Here you will find ideas that I have expressed in articles, essays and homilies, as well as in my newly published book, ENTERING THE HEART OF GOD:Praying the Lord’s Prayer In Our Times.
Forty-six years of being a priest have shaped me. I have been formed by the hands of people among whom God has sent me to love and serve. Within them God dwells; through them He reaches me. I am what I am because of so very many good souls. All of which means that the thoughts shared here are certainly not mine alone. They come from souls sharing a Faith, a Faith inspired by the One whom God has sent us. “We are not on earth as museum-keepers, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life and to prepare for a glorious future.” (Pope John XXIII)
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Yours in the Lord,
Fr. Charles Irvin Continue Reading →

4th Sun [B] 2015

Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28 Imagine, in you will, a Supreme Court of the World comprised of the chief justices from nine of the world’s greatest countries. Imagine, too, that this court has been assembled to adjudicate the question: Who Is Jesus Christ? All of the world’s citizens, Continue Reading →

3rd Sun[B] 2015

3rd Sun [B] 2015                                                                                Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 Very often preachers must preach about what is right and what is wrong. They can focus too much on what is wrong, preach too often about how awful things are — the divorce rate, the abuse of others, violence, Continue Reading →


Fr. Charles Irvin Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 We’ve all used expressions such as “Oh, now I see”, “I’ve seen the light”, “Well, seen in that light…” and so forth. Historians speak of the Age of Enlightenment; indeed our own university’s crest displays the lamp of knowledge in Continue Reading →

5th Lent [A] 2011

Fr. Charles Irvin 5th Lent [A] 2011 Ezekiel 37:12-14; Roman 8:8-11; John 11:1-45   The football game is over and the sportscaster is interviewing the coach of the winning team. They talk knowledgably about the players and critical plays and then the sportscaster asks the coach the big question: “What Continue Reading →

1st Lent [A] 2011

Fr. Charles Irvin 1st Sunday of Lent [A] 2011                                                                                                    Genesis 2:7-9,3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 It strikes me that over the past two years we’ve heard much about how deeply our government is in debt, about bankruptcies, downsizing, the reorganization of our corporate businesses, eliminating governmental waste, and determining our Continue Reading →

8th Sun [A] 2011

Fr. Charles Irvin 8th Sun [A] 2011                                                                                                                                  Isaiah 49:14-15; 1Corinthians 4: 1-5; Matthew 6:24-34 Today’s scripture readings provoke the question: What kind of God is God? Who among us has not pondered the answer to that question? What do we expect God to do for us? As revealing as the Continue Reading →