Fr. Rick's Sermons
Sunday, September 20, 2015
There is a story about a monk who despaired of the cross God had given him and complained of it constantly. God finally relented and offered him a chance to select a different cross. He led the monk into a room filled with several crosses from which to pick.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
When you were younger, perhaps a young teenager, do you remember playing a game in which you grabbed a flower and began to pick off the petals? The game was meant to determine if someone you liked, liked you.
Sunday, September 06, 2015
I have nothing to wear! I need to buy a new outfit! Sound familiar? This is a refrain we might hear when our kids say with the start of a new school year upon us. Or we might hear this when adults are invited to an important social gathering like a charity banquet or a wedding and reception.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Take a moment to think of some of the most talented people in the world, the ones you really admire. They can be an athlete, a singer, a performer, a scientist, a teacher, or anything. I would assert that these very talented persons become that way often because of two extremes.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
During the many church tours we give during our Greek Festival and at other times during the year.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
A great deal of discussion has occurred recently about the problem of mass criminal incarceration in the United States. State and federal prisons have approximately 1.5 million in mates. On any given day about 700,000 persons are in local jails but millions more pass in and out of the jail system every year.
Sunday, August 09, 2015
Are brothers and sisters in certain parts of our country continue to grieve as family and friends are lost to tragic and violent deaths carried out by certain perpetrators.
Sunday, August 02, 2015
When Presvytera and I moved to Boston to attend the seminary, it was the first time that either one of us had lived anyplace other than the Twin Cities as adults. Both of us had moved around quite a bit as kids but Minnesota was definitely home. Many new and different things caught our attention.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Picture this: a teenager standing in front of refrigerator or a cupboard full of food and saying, “There is nothing to eat around here.” Sound familiar? We ourselves have probably done the same thing and then decided to go out to eat or ord
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Have you ever heard someone say, “It doesn’t make one iota of difference.”? What does a person mean when they say that? It means, no matter what you do, it will not make the smallest difference in the outcome.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Last evening a group of parishioners attended the professional soccer game between our home team Minnesota United and the Ottowa Fury at the National Sports Center in Blaine. We watched a hard fought match that resulted in a 1-1 tie.
Sunday, July 05, 2015
When you stay in a hotel or motel, there is a little sign that you can hang on the outside of your door that says, “Do Not Disturb!” How many of us have taken one of these signs and used them at home? Do Not Disturb! This is basically what the two demoniacs say to Jesus in today’s Gospel reading from t
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Happy Father’s Day! A father was reading a bedtime story to his young daughter and the story concluded with an emphasis on a parents’ love for their child.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Learning a foreign language is difficult for some people, especially if they are adults and especially if it is their first second language. Probably one of the more difficult tasks in learning a language is not the nouns but the verbs.
Sunday, June 07, 2015
What is a white lie? It is defined as “a harmless or trivial lie, especially one told to avoid hurting someone's feelings.” Bu
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