Homilies preached by Fr. Michael Schmitz, Chaplain for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Catholic Campus Ministry.
10/25/20 Roadmap: Reclaimed and Repurposed
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Holiness isn’t always changing your what as much as changing your why. Our lives have been reclaimed by Christ and we have become a new creation. Because of this, every moment of our lives can be lived with and for a new purpose. Every moment can be repurposed to be a sacrament, and sacrifice, and an act of surrender. Mass Readings from October 25, 2020: Exodus 22:20-26 Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 Matthew 22:34-40 TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc): https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/roadmap-reclaimed-and-repurposed.pdf
10/18/20 Roadmap: Be A Saint
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The roadmap begins with “Who”. There is one true goal in life: to be a saint. Many of us believe this, but is there a path? Without a plan, we will certainly fail to hit the goal. Without a roadmap, we will spend our time on this planet wandering as if we neither know where we are or where we are going. Mass Readings from October 18, 2020: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5B Matthew 22:15-21 To view the "Your Life in Weeks" chart that's referenced in the homily, click here! TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc): https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/roadmap-homily-series.pdf
10/11/20 No Difference
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. There are many goods. There is only one best. Modern indifference is the inability to take joy in in one's situation regardless of the circumstances. It is seeing "no difference" between the awesome and the awful...as well as the awesome alright. Mass Readings from October 11, 2020: Isaiah 25:6-10 Psalm 23:1-6 Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 Matthew 22:1-14
10/04/20 It's Not Your Vineyard
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. God has made you for freedom from anxiety over the unforeseeable future, the unchangeable past, and your present responsibilities. Many people are overwhelmed by anxiety. Anxiety over all the things that need to get done and over all that they have been through. But God calls us to have no anxiety at all. And to surrender our past, present, and future to His dominion. Mass Readings from October 4, 2020: Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:9,12,13-16,19-20 Philippians 4:6-9 Matthew 21:33-43
09/27/20 How Do I Look? Change Your Mind
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. If you can choose your thoughts you can change your thoughts. In the garden of the mind, our thoughts are constantly growing. Some we want, others we do not. As the gardeners of our own minds, we must think about what we think about, weed out the thoughts that poison our minds, and allow the Word of God to shape how we look. Mass Readings from September 27, 2020: Ezekiel 18:25-28 Psalm 25:4-9 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32 TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/how-do-i-look_-change-your-mind.pdf
09/20/20 How Do I Look? Highlighter
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. It doesn’t matter how long you live. What matters is how you live. Our lives will magnify (or highlight) something. Will they be so full of nice things that they will miss the most excellent things? Or will we be wise so that, no matter the outcome, Christ will be highlighted? Mass Readings from September 20, 2020: Isaiah 55:6-9 Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 Philippians 1:20-24, 27 Matthew 20:1-16 TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/how-do-i-look_-highlighter.pdf"
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