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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on July 29, 1990

Readings: Kings 3:5, 7-12; Romans 8: 28-30; Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

Fr. Healy begins this homily with a few favorite Healy family stories. We are encouraged to treasure those things that are really valuable in the eyes of God. In the first reading, Solomon asks for understanding.  In the Gospel, we hear that “the reign of God is also like a dragnet thrown into the lake, which collected all sorts of things.”  We are challenged to think about whether we care more about people and human relationships over things, success, or fame? Do we subscribe to structures and agreements that keep some of our sisters and brothers marginalized?

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on July 22, 1990

Readings: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43 or 13:24-30

We must resist the temptation to solve complex problems with quick and dramatic solutions.  We, as God’s children, must learn to live in the midst of perceived evils because uprooting the bad is always at the risk of destroying what God alone knows to be good.  Therefore, we must accept what we perceive as evil because we might be wrong. We must nurture, encourage, and courageously sacrificing and allow God to sort things out later.  What we must do then is to call ourselves and others to do good.  Through careful, loving cultivation of each individual, can we deal appropriately with the presence of evil?  Jesus spoke in parables for us to come to a deeper, fuller understanding of the truth. We must trust in God.

 

 

Will you help the poorest of the poor?

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Fr. Healy was passionate about the need for change to address the issues in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.  Today, I’m asking for your support for a particular project in the village of Medor, Haiti.  The church where Fr. Healy was pastor, Our Lady Queen of Peace, has a Haiti Committee that began a relationship with a sister parish, St. Joseph’s, in rural Medor, Haiti.  The committee, lead by Dr. Sue Carlson (who could be sainted as far as I am concerned) has done some amazing projects including building schools, ensuring safe drinking water, reforestation, agricultural programs, hot school lunches, medical clincs, etc.  The list literally goes on and on and is a testament to the relationship and love between the two parishes.  You can read more about the OLQP’s Haiti Committee or follow Dr. Sue Carlson’s blog.

Currently, the Committee is working on bringing solar energy to the convent.  To see the full presentation on the project click Medor. The solar power will bring electricity and needed lights to the convent so that the sisters, who have been serving this community for nearly 50 years.  The light in the convent will allow them to work after hours to do needed paperwork, lesson planning, etc.

If you’ve appreciated this site and the passionate homilies, I urge you to please make a donation of any size.  To do so online, follow these steps:

1. go to www.faithdirect.net
2. Click Give Now
3. Enter church code VA271
4. Click “One Time Gift”
5. Click “Haiti – St. Joseph’s Parish, Medor”
6. Enter credit card info
7. Under Optional Informaiton at the bottom of the page, enter “solar project”
8. Click “Continue” at the bottom of the page and proceed through the check out process.

If you’d prefer to write a check, you can make it payable to “Our Lady Queen of Peace Church Haiti Committee” and in the memo line write “Haiti-solar energy.” Mail it to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 2700 19th St. South Arlington, VA 22204.

 

Thank you, in advance, for any support that you can provide to this solar project.

Sincerely,

Frank Finamore

Site Administrator

 

 

2nd Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on March 15, 1992

Readings: Genesis: 15:5-12, 17-18; Letter of Paul to Philippians 3:17-4:1 or 3:20-4:1: Luke 9:28-36

In this homily, Fr. Healy reminds us that our perspective is important in understanding events.  In this week’s Gospel, Jesus takes the apostles up the mountain to see a glimpse of the Glory of God.  Fr. Healy points out that rather than stay on that mountain, Jesus leads Peter, James, and John back down the mountain to be with and to care for those living below.

5th Sunday of Lent

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5th Sunday of Lent

Originally delivered on April 1, 1990

Readings: Ezekial 37: 12-14; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45

In today’s readings, we are reminded that God can restore life. We are reminded that through Jesus, there are no human experiences from which God can’t restore us.  He reflects on the life of Sr. Thea Bowman whose example shows us how to answer the call for new life. Furthermore, Fr. Healy reflects on the events in Sri Lanka and South Africa.  He urges us to risk our own lives so that life may be more full, more real for our sisters and brothers in our communities and around the world. But first, we must believe.