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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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EPIPHANY (B) 2003

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 →

Assumption – 2010

Fr. Charles Irvin The Assumption of Mary – 2010 Rev. 11:19, 12:1-6,10; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56 Throughout Christian history it has become quite clear that those who seek Mary’s love and care find something that only a Holy Mother can give. Try as the worldly might, they cannot rid Continue Reading →

Corpus Christi (C) 2010

Fr. Charles Irvin Genesis 14:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 9:11-17   Our celebration today brings welcome relief, relief from the flood of depressing attention we have been forced to give to our Church as an institution. The doleful accounts of our institutional failure to protect our children from sexual predators Continue Reading →

Trinity Sunday – 2010

Fr. Charles Irvin Proverbs 8:22-31; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 You may wonder why the Church gives so much attention to our human experience of community. In a nation built on rugged individualism, why is our worship experience focused so much on our common prayers at Mass, the Kiss of Peace, Continue Reading →

Palm Sunday 2010

Fr. Charles Irvin Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22-14:23 – 23:56   Once again the Book of Life is opened and the Liturgy calls us to recognize ourselves and recognize our God. Once again the Church places the Passion of our Lord before our eyes. In it we can see Continue Reading →

All Souls Day – 2003

Fr. Charles Irvin ALL SOULS DAY – 2003 Isaiah 25:6-9; Romans 8:31-35,37-39; John 11:17-27 [Note to homilists: For this Mass you may choose from a wide range of scripture passages. I have chosen the above] The way a question is asked sets the direction in which one goes in pursuit Continue Reading →

All SAints Day – 2009

Fr. Charles Irvin Revelations 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12   The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery has buried within it soldiers representing all of our Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives that we might enjoy the blessings we have as American citizens. Their commitment Continue Reading →

CORPUS CHRISTI – 2009

Fr. Charles Irvin Exodus 24:3-8; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-26, 22-26   One of the lesser-known tragedies of WWII was that thousands of orphaned European children were left after the war with no one to care for them. They roamed the streets of Europe heaped with rubble while slowly and surely Continue Reading →