Monday, November 24, 2014

St. Columban: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, November 24th, 2014 (Mass at St. Columban in honor of our patron's feast)

I prayed two Masses today with different homilies--thus the two daily Mass homilies on the same day.  Since the feast of St. Columban took place on Sunday this year, I offered a Mass at St. Columban's to commemorate our patron.

I also gave a talk about St. Columban as he is relatively unknown (at least in our parishes).  Listen to this talk here.

(Listen to this homily here).  

           The Psalmist asks an important question this evening: “Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?  or who may stand in his holy place?”  The answer: “He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain.”
            St. Columban did just this.  As a young man his education was interrupted by profound lustful temptations.  He visited a religious woman who told him, “…turn from the river [ of lust] into which so many have fallen.” 
Columban took this seriously.  He fled from his regular life into the monastery.  In so doing, his hands became sinless, his heart became clean and he desired not what was vain.
Would that we would take sin and temptation so seriously to also become sinless and have clean hearts.
St. Columban, our patron, pray for us!

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