Articles by: Fr. George Smiga

Homilies

The Power to Touch the Moon

The Power to Touch the Moon

In Jesus’ vision, true authority is not the authority of importance. It is the ability to ground and enhance the lives of others.

Bible Study

Peter Walks on Water

Peter Walks on Water

Matthew 14:22-36–Only in Matthew’s Gospel does Peter walk on water. He acts as the representative of what belonging to the church means.

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A Hint

A Hint

Why do people believe in a God who guides their lives? People believe because when they examine their own experience they find indications, hints if you will, that there is a power in this world other than chance.

Homilies

Doing the Impossible

Doing the Impossible

Why does Jesus ask his disciples to do the impossible, to feed 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish? And why is he asking us to do the same?

Bible Study

The Spirit Is a Portrait of God

The Spirit Is a Portrait of God

God is beyond human understanding. How then can the actions of this unknowable God be expressed? Only through limited human language. The descriptions of the Spirit of God in the scriptures are efforts to express the inexpressible God. A history of the Spirit’s actions etches a portrait of our invisible God.

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Heartbreak

Heartbreak

What can we do when pain and loss enter our lives? Although we cannot explain evil, we can negotiate its presence though acceptance and “throwing together.”

Homilies

Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible

Seeing is more than taking light and color into our eyes. It also involves our minds and our hearts. Seeing includes believing.

Homilies

A Pair of Parables

A Pair of Parables

The parables of the pearl and the treasure tell us that sometimes we find the kingdom of God by searching for it, and other times we simply stumble upon it.

Homilies

The Non-Violent Farmer

The Non-Violent Farmer

The parable of the weeds and the wheat tells us that refusing to use violence is not a lesser way or a cowardly way but Christ’s way. When we refuse to use our authority and power to coerce others, we are not settling for second best.

Homilies

Discipleship and Irony

Discipleship and Irony

The lives of St. Peter and St. Paul are a model of both discipleship and irony.

Homilies

Doubt as a Friend

Doubt as a Friend

Normally we see doubt as the opposite of faith. But there are times doubt can be the companion of faith. Doubt can call faith to deepen and to mature.

Homilies

You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

If you receive the Eucharist well, you are what you eat. Be what you see. Receive what you already are.