Fr. Kirby Longo is a priest of the Diocese of Helena. These are his homilies. God bless you!
November 8th, 2020 - God Loves You,. I Love You
Our first reading today speaks of God’s wisdom, saying “She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire; Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed, for he shall find her sitting by his gate.” God yearns to know us, he sits by the gate awaiting us while we insist he is far away, that we must go on a great journey and hope against hope that we might find him.
November 1, 2020 - Saints with Cool Names
Growing up, perhaps more than any other thing in the modern world, is the difference between us (me) and the saints. If we look at the beatitudes, we see a collection of simple and mysterious blessings. We see Jesus raising up very particular states of life as makarios. This is hard to translate but we generally say blessed or fortunate. The word suggests those who possess these beatitudes possess something others desire but cannot, for whatever reason, attain. It is not some psychological state but a state of being.
It’s a subtle thing, a rising tide that fascinates us until it overwhelms us. Because again, we may grow in worldly respect, outward success, and education, yet we are nonetheless slaves to the world. What are we to do? What did the saints do? Soren Keirkergaard, the great father of Existentialism, when speaking to the beatitudes, said the saint is the one with a pure heart, and “purity of heart is to will one thing.”
October 25th, 2020 - Will America Ever be Pro-Life?
We speak of women making the heroic choice to keep their child. It is heroic because they are moving forward into an unknown world- most likely poor and alone. Having a child is terrifying when you have a spouse, a stable home and a job.
If we are going to win the battle for the protection of the unborn, this most important and fundamental of issues, we have to step forward heroically, we have to sacrifice so women who find themselves poor and alone can do so confidently.
Preaching on Politics? Church and State
What does Jesus say today? “Whose image is this on the inscription? (Ceaser’s) Then render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” What belongs to the state? The things of the world. If we put our hopes in worldly things, we will put our hopes in the state and every new failure- the state always fails- will bring bitterness, rage, and resentment.
[HOMILY] Theomachy: Battle of the Gods. 19th Sunday OT_A_2020
Jesus appears when the storm is peaking, casually walking upon the waves, and when they cry out in terror, he calls to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” When he steps into the boat, the storm dies. There is no battle, and Erasmo points out that this story is “restructured to deploy only one truth, the unquestionable and eternal supremacy of the incarnate Word.”
The only battle left is the battle within our hearts. Do we believe Christ has already won? Are we convinced the powers of evil have been overcome and subdued? Or are we cowering before the storm wondering if Jesus will ever show up? Look at the shift in the gospel when Peter realizes the implications of Jesus words. He yells out “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
August 2nd, 2020 - Can Power be Good?
Power is a fact of life, it’s a part of nature and will always be acquired by the capable and the ambitious. How we employ it will change the world. Do we employ the power we possess as Christ shows us? Do you wield it with charity, with mercy, and always with an eye to the poor? Or do you let your passions dictate your actions? Do we use the power we’ve been given to preserve our reputation, raise ourselves up at the expense of those around us?
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Fantastic homily by Father Longo
What this homily episode stated is absolutely correct for a Living Christian
We met Fr. Kirby at Legendary Lodge last summer. This was the first time that my kids met a priest who really spoke to their lives - he made the scriptures relevant to their lives, at their age. We’ve been so blessed by the ability to keep listening to his homilies now that camp is over, and tune in frequently to hear what he has to say. Fr. Kirby definitely answered God’s call on his life, and by doing so, he has blessed so many people!
A true witness & teacher
Fr. Kirby's preaching is a great gift to the Church, and is always worth a listen. A beautiful pairing of someone who loves to be in the world – fishing, hiking, biking, camping – but loves to lift people's minds toward heaven more.