Homilies and talks delivered by Father Nick Blaha, pastor of Christ the King, Blessed Sacrament, and Our Lady & St. Rose parishes in Kansas City, Kansas
ONE YEAR IN - Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
After a brief note on the Good & the Bad over my first year as pastor of Christ the King, Blessed Sacrament, and Our Lady & St. Rose, I present the possibility that the coming year will be not Ugly, but Beautiful. The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful.
In this lengthier homily, I try to articulate the reasons--both practical and fundamental--as to why the style of music is changing at our parishes. Comments and feedback is always appreciated.
SAINT PETER AND SAINT NEWMAN PRAY BIG - Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle in all the events of life; in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of others, in the insincerity of those I trusted, in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied. Let me put myself aside to think of the happiness of others, to hide my little pains and heartaches, so that I may be the only one to suffer from them.
Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes across my path. Let me so use it that it may mellow me, not harden or embitter me; that it may make me patient, not irritable; that it may make me broad in my forgiveness, not narrow, haughty or overbearing. May no one be less good for having come within my influence.
No one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble for having been a fellow‐traveler in our journey toward eternal life. As I go my rounds from one distraction to another let me whisper, from time to time, a word of love to You. May my life be lived in the supernatural, full of power for good, and strong in its purpose of sanctity.
Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere. Flood my soul with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life may be only a radiance of Yours. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus.
Saint John Henry Newman
The Father Gilbert Prayer Book © 1965
SO WHAT - Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The story I reference can be read in full here.
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DELIVERED FROM SIN - Homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Virtue and holiness is its own reward; sin is its own punishment. Deliver us, Lord, from hoping from any reward other than You.
HOPE IS NOT PROGRESS - Homily for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Holy Father's address, from which Archbishop Naumann's remarks were taken, can be found here:
THE MORAL ECONOMY OF GUILT - Essay by Wilfred McClay
The following podcast is an audio version of an essay that attempts to peer into the spiritual and moral machinery of our culture and discern its workings. I have personally returned to this essay many times since its publication, and I regard it as one of the most important for getting a handle on what is happening in our country at the present time. A teaser:
"How can one account for the rise of the extraordinary prestige of victims , as a category, in the contemporary world? The explanation is traceable to the extraordinary weight of guilt in our time, the pervasive need to find innocence through moral absolution, to discharge one’s moral burden, and to the fact that the conventional means of finding that absolution”or even of keeping the range of one’s responsibility for one’s sins within some kind of reasonable boundaries”are no longer generally available. Making a claim to the status of certified victim, or to identification with victims, however, offers itself as a substitute means by which the moral burden of sin can be shifted and one’s innocence affirmed."
You can read the essay online here: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2011/05/the-moral-economy-of-guilt
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The long wait is over. Fr Nick Blaha (who many may only remember as Huckleberry number 2), has finally made his wisdom available in podcast form. These well-crafted, pithy homilies recall the lovesick soul of Bernard of Clairvaux while summoning the playful wit and charm of Chesterton and Lewis. Metaphors abound and no prisoners are taken. Pure gospel, vacations and grocery store anecdotes need not apply.