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Fr. Kirby Longo is a priest of the Diocese of Helena. These are his homilies. God bless you!

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Fr. Kirby Longo is a priest of the Diocese of Helena. These are his homilies. God bless you!

    December 25th, 2019 - Is Happiness Synthetic?

    December 25th, 2019 - Is Happiness Synthetic?

    As it turns out, when we get the exact thing we want, it doesn’t make us as happy as we think it will. When we are denied our deepest desire, it’s not as disastrous as we assume it will be. You finally get your dream truck, that beautiful F350 Platinum, and a month later when the newness wears off, it’s just a truck with a lot of chrome and a substantial monthly payment. You get your dream promotion, yet you still have all the insecurities you thought would disappear when the announcement was made. Reverse the fortunes: you wreck your new truck or lose your great job. The initial shock wears off, it’s a year later and here you are, your life didn’t implode.
     What does this tell us about happiness and who we are as humans?
     

    • 9 min
    December 22nd, 2019 - St. Joseph & the Divine Invasion

    December 22nd, 2019 - St. Joseph & the Divine Invasion

    What a role Joseph played! To care for and protect the crowned jewel of the human race- Mary, Queen of heaven, Seat of Wisdom, New Ark of the Covenant- and to foster the Incarnate God himself. My great love for Joseph comes not only from his faithful acts, but his willingness to be faithful in obscurity. To be faithful, then gladly forgotten. 

    • 10 min
    November 24th, 2019 - Jesus, President of the Universe?

    November 24th, 2019 - Jesus, President of the Universe?

    Praised be Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe! Our last address to an earthly king was a collection of 27 grievances against his majesty, George III (which were promptly ignored), followed by Declaration of Independence which changed the course of history. Yet here we stand as Catholics declaring ourselves subservient to another king. Not just any king, but the King of the Universe! There is nothing democratic about this feast. We can make no grievances, declare no inalienable rights, nor can we rebel against him who admits he harvests where he has not sown and gathers where he has not scattered seed. So are we taking part in a fundamentally unamerican celebration? Should we rather name Jesus President of the Universe that we can maintain our dignity?

    • 9 min
    Adam & Eve... & Evolution.

    Adam & Eve... & Evolution.

    Can Christians reconcile the story of creation with evolutionary theory without compromising an authentic reading of scripture or Christian anthropology? 
    Is it necessary to see evolutionary theory with an openness to God in order if we are to explain the process reasonably? 
    I assert the answer to both of those questions is: Yes.
    Listen in and let me know what you think!
    Note: I purposely avoid the phrase Intelligent Design in my talk because of all the baggage it currently carries with it. However, David Galernter puts forth a formidable argument for it in his article Giving up Darwin. He is mostly citing Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt, which i have not had the chance to read yet. 
    Bibliography (not comprehensive but these were my main sources):
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind. Yuval Noah Harari
    The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How our Brains Became Remarkable.Suzana Herculano-Houzel, MIT Press, 2016
    What is so Special about the Human Brain? Ted Talk, Suzana Herculano-Houzel 
    Giving up Darwin, David Galernter
    Jordan Peterson, Various Talks and Lectures on brain development as well as his lectures on the creation story. 
    Did Adam and Eve Exist? Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP, this is a lecture series that Fr. Nicanor gives in various contexts,but I have listened to various lectures from him on similar topics.

    • 33 min
    November 17th, 2019 - Tired of Being (Trying to Be) Good

    November 17th, 2019 - Tired of Being (Trying to Be) Good

    Whenever Jesus talks about the end times, final judgment, heaven, hell, or anything in the field we refer to as eschatological, his advice to the disciples is to be vigilant, to watch, to be ready at all times. We must focus our lives on the Lord in a focused and vigilant way, listening to Paul’s two crucial commands to “pray unceasingly” and “Never grow weary in going good.” 

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    November 10th, 2019 - All Joy Wills Eternity, Wills Deep, Deep, Eternity!

    November 10th, 2019 - All Joy Wills Eternity, Wills Deep, Deep, Eternity!

    Since the dawn of time, humans have yearned for immortality. Even Friedrich Neitzsche, certainly no Christian thinker, said “All joy wills eternity, wills deep, deep, eternity.”
    Today’s reading ends with the proclamation, “I choose to die at the hands of men and to cherish the hope that God gives of being raised again. But for you there will be no resurrection to life!” 

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