Newsletter - Homilies by Fr. Alan Philliphttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillipen-us2020-04-07T17:18:21.0451202-05:00Palm Sunday (A) What's Next?https://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4714/5/2020 4:41:41 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;When does Lent end?&nbsp;&nbsp;The official end of Lent is on Holy Thursday.&nbsp;&nbsp;Once the Evening Mass of the Lord&#8217;s Supper begins, we start what we call the Sacred Triduum, the Sacred Three Days, our High Holy Days.5th Sunday of Lent (A) Three Steps To Lifehttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4703/29/2020 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Did you hear about the guy who was eating breakfast at a restaurant and he finds a worm in his scrambled eggs?&nbsp;&nbsp;He calls to the waiter and complains,&nbsp;<i>&#8220;Waiter, there is a</i>&nbsp;<i>worm in my scrambled eggs.&#8221;</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<i>&#8220;Sir,&#8221;</i>&nbsp;the waiter responds,&nbsp;<i>&#8220; you did order the early bird special.&#8221;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></i></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;That was a long gospel reading today about Lazarus. Amongst all those words, did any words stand out for you?&nbsp;&nbsp;Seven words stood out for me.Feast of the Annunciation, All About Game Changershttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4693/25/2020 8:50:12 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&#8220;Game changer.&#8221;</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;That&#8217;s a good phrase to state that things will never be the same.&nbsp;&nbsp;The invention of the wheel was certainly a game changer.4th Sunday of Lent (A) Oh, Say, Can You See?https://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4683/22/2020 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Three and a half weeks ago we celebrated&nbsp;<i>Ash Wednesday</i>.&nbsp;&nbsp;At that time we were considering what kind of penance we would do this this Lent.3rd Sunday of Lent (A) What Are You Thirsting For?https://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4673/15/2020 8:40:26 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Imagine this scene: A group of guys goes up to a bar.&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;First guy says to the bartender, &#8220;<i>I&#8217;m thirsting for a soft drink.&#8221;</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;So the bartender gives him a Pepsi.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Second guy says, &#8220;I&#8217;m thirsting for a beer.&#8221; So the bartender gives his a Bud Lite.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Third guy says,&nbsp;<i>&#8220;I&#8217;m thirsting for some wine.&#8221;</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;So the bartender gives his a glass of Merlot.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The fourth guy says,&nbsp;<i>&#8220;I&#8217;m thirsting for peace.&#8221;</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;So the&nbsp;&nbsp;bartender hands him a Pepsi.2nd Sunday of Lent (A) Letting Go and Letting Godhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4663/8/2020 8:20:02 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: Courier; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><font face="Times, New Times Roman">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Sometimes a cartoon can be thought provoking. I recall seeing a cartoon with a little boy named Eddie taking a few yellow and brown autumn leaves and painting them green.1st Sunday of Lent (A) How do the children of God respond?https://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4653/1/2020 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: rgb(29, 34, 40);">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Did you notice how the devil addressed Jesus in two of the temptations?&nbsp;&nbsp;He said,&nbsp;<i>&#8220;<u>If</u>&nbsp;you are the Son of God&#8230;&#8221;</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;It was a subtle trick that didn&#8217;t work.</span><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; color: rgb(29, 34, 40);"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: rgb(29, 34, 40);">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; color: rgb(29, 34, 40);"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: rgb(29, 34, 40);">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Jesus knew who he was and, yes, he was indeed the Son of God.&nbsp;&nbsp;So he quickly, without hesitation, showed the devil how the Son of God thinks and acts.Ash Wednesday, 2020 (A) A New Look at Fasting and Almsgivinghttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4642/26/2020 9:27:27 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b><i>&nbsp;</i></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;As most of you know, I live and work at Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center in Sierra Madre.&nbsp;&nbsp;&#8220;Mater Dolorosa&#8221; means &#8220;Mother of Sorrows.&#8221;&nbsp;&nbsp;I&#8217;m going to suggest to the staff that they change the name to the &#8220;Hokey Pokey&#8221; Retreat Center.7th Sunday (A) I Want To Be On That Listhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4632/23/2020 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Did you hear about the priest who arrived in a new town to conduct a parish mission?&nbsp;&nbsp;He didn&#8217;t know where the&nbsp;&nbsp;church was, so he stopped a young boy in the street and asked,&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&#8220;Son, can you tell me how I can get to the St. Patrick&#8217;s church?&#8221;<o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&#8220;Sure, Mister,&#8221;</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;the boy responded.6th Sunday (A) God's Valentinehttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4622/16/2020 10:07:49 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>&nbsp;</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; line-height: 14.4pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Did you hear about the man who provided $ 30,000 in his will for an elaborate funeral? When the funeral was over, a friend of the widow asked her,<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; line-height: 14.4pt;"><i>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"How much did this really&nbsp;cost?"&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; line-height: 14.4pt;"><i>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"Thirty thousand,"</i>&nbsp;the widow replied.<i><o:p></o:p></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; line-height: 14.4pt;"><i>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"No, way,&#8221; her friend said.&nbsp;&nbsp;"I&nbsp;mean, it was very nice, but $ 30,000?"&nbsp;</i><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; line-height: 14.4pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The widow answered.Fifth Sunday (A) You Light Up My Lifehttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4612/9/2020 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Did you hear about the elderly gentleman who was driving down the freeway when his car phone rang?&nbsp;&nbsp;He answered.&nbsp;&nbsp;It was his wife.Feast of the Presentation. "Father, into your hands..."https://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4602/2/2020 8:50:15 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Today is the&nbsp;<i>Feast of the Presentation of the Lord</i>&nbsp;in the temple.&nbsp;&nbsp;Joseph and Mary present, offer, dedicate their child, Jesus, to God.3rd Sunday (A) We Are Wonderfully Madehttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4591/26/2020 9:04:50 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I read some facts that I would like to share with you.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Did you know that the human nose can pick up 10,000 different smells, like flowers, bacon, skunks, etc.?<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Did you know that our tongue has about 10,000 taste buds?&nbsp;&nbsp;That&#8217;s so we can taste sweet and sour, bitter and salty, ice cream and pizza.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Our eyes can distinguish 10 million different colors.&nbsp;&nbsp;I didn&#8217;t even know there were that many.2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) The Power of Both Suffering and Funhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4581/19/2020 8:07:13 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Did you hear about the lady who is driving and is stopped by a red light?&nbsp;&nbsp;Hers is the second car.&nbsp;&nbsp;The light turns green, but the car in front of her doesn&#8217;t move.Baptism of the Lord (A) Bold, Committed and Lovinghttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4571/12/2020 9:34:40 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Did you hear about the mother having supper at a restaurant with her daughter?&nbsp;&nbsp;Suddenly, the daughter starts choking.&nbsp;&nbsp;The mother yells out.Feast of the Epiphany (A) Three New Year's Resolutionshttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=4561/5/2020 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Did you hear about the doctor who, everyday after work, would stop by a bar for a drink?&nbsp;&nbsp;He favorite drink was an almond daiquiri.&nbsp;&nbsp;One day, the bartender, whose name was Dick, ran out of almonds.Feast of the Holy Family (A) Three Building Blocks to a Great Family Lifehttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=45512/29/2019 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;On of the things I like to do is collect quotes.&nbsp;&nbsp;And today being the feast of the Holy Family, I would like to share a few quotes I came across about family life.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&#8220;We worry about what a child will be tomorrow and forget that he or she is someone today.Christmas 2019 (A) God's Gifts of Bronze, Silver and Goldhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=45412/25/2019 10:09:29 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;What did the peanut butter say to the grape on Christmas Day?&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&#8216;Tis the season to be jelly.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">A) After singing or listening to Christmas carols for some weeks now, I think I must have had a deprived childhood.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">-- I never saw chestnuts roasting on an open fire.<br>-- We never decked the halls with boughs of holly.4th Sunday of Advent (A) The Power of "Yes"https://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=45312/22/2019 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></b><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Did you hear about the guy who was walking down the street feeling very sad and lonely?&nbsp;Suddenly a voice came out of nowhere and said,&nbsp;<i>&#8220;Cheer up.&nbsp;&nbsp;Things could be worse.&#8221;</i>&nbsp;So he cheered up.3rd Sunday of Advent (A) The Blind See. The Deaf Hear.https://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=45212/15/2019 7:26:29 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;One day two elderly friends were playing cards.&nbsp;&nbsp;One looked at the other and said,&nbsp;<i>"Now don't get mad at me.2nd Sunday of Advent (A) Five Steps to Peacehttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=45112/8/2019 8:39:22 PM<p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>&nbsp;</b></p><p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>&nbsp;</b></p><p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;As you know, I live and work at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center.&nbsp;&nbsp;&#8220;Mater Dolorosa&#8221; means &#8220;Mother of Sorrows.&#8221;&nbsp;&nbsp;My suggestion to the staff is that we change the name to the &#8220;Hokey-Pokey Retreat Center.&#8221;&nbsp;&nbsp;Just imagine the slogan,&nbsp;<i>&#8220;Come on in and turn yourself around!&#8221;<o:p></o:p></i></p><p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;That is the challenge that John the Baptist gives us today.1st Sunday of Advent (A) The Time is Nowhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=45012/1/2019 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Imagine that there is a bank that credits our bank account each morning with $86,400.00.&nbsp;&nbsp;It carries over no balance from day to day.Feast of Christ the King (C) What an Inheritance!https://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=44911/24/2019 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Have you ever been bullied, made fun of, insulted or picked on?&nbsp;&nbsp;Yes, it happens doesn&#8217;t it?&nbsp;&nbsp;We&#8217;ve all had the experience.&nbsp;&nbsp;It&#8217;s not a nice experience, but there is some comfort to know that we are in good company.33rd Sunday (C) You have 24 Hours to Get Readyhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=44811/17/2019 5:55:36 PM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b><i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></i></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b><i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></i></b><span style="font-size: 14pt;">A wise man was once asked,&nbsp;<i>&#8220;If your house caught fire, and you could grab only on book to take with you when</i>&nbsp;you&nbsp;<i>left, what book would you grab?&#8221;</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;He quickly answered,&nbsp;<i>&#8220;The book&nbsp;&nbsp;nearest the door.&#8221;&nbsp;&nbsp;</i><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 16pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;That&#8217;s a lead into today&#8217;s readings.&nbsp;&nbsp;Today&#8217;s readings focus our attention on the end of time, the last day, the&nbsp;<i>Day of the Lord.</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;When will we reach the end of time, the Second Coming of Christ?&nbsp;&nbsp;Nobody knows.32nd Sunday (C) Lord, Stiffen Our Backboneshttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Homilies by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=44711/10/2019 12:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;In our first reading today&nbsp;from the Second Book of Maccabees, we see the king trying to force the seven brothers and their mother to eat pork in violation of their conscience.&nbsp;&nbsp;Today we have those in authority who want to force people to pay for abortions in violation of their conscience.