Articles by: Fr. George Smiga

Homilies

Pruning the Dead Away

Pruning the Dead Away

Cutting off what is dead is not cruelty, but an act of a loving God. If we want life, we must let God take what is dead and prune it away.

Homilies

The Difference Between Sheep and Cows

The Difference Between Sheep and Cows

One way to understand the biblical image of the shepherd and the sheep is to appreciate the difference between sheep and cows.

Video

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.

Bible Study

The Peril of Holy Week

The Peril of Holy Week

If we listen to the accounts of Jesus’ passion without reflection, we can draw the false conclusion that the Jewish people are responsible for the crucifixion of Christ.

Video

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

The Anger That Is Good

The Anger That Is Good

Constructive anger is healthy. It helps us identify what is wrong, and it motivates us to work against it.

Books

Punctuating the Resurrection

Punctuating the Resurrection

“Jesus has been raised” How would you punctuate that sentence? Choose carefully. It could change your life.

Homilies

Good News, Bad News, and Faith

Good News, Bad News, and Faith

A 2,000-year-old Taoist story can offer a particular perspective on Jesus’ Transfiguration.

Homilies

When Do the Angels Come?

When Do the Angels Come?

It is easy to recognize God’s presence with us once a trial is over. But, it takes faith for us to see the angels who are with us even as we suffer.

Homilies

The Danger of the Cross

The Danger of the Cross

Without making an evil thing good, we believe that God has the power to make good come from it.

Homilies

Marks of Wounds and Glory

Marks of Wounds and Glory

In his risen body Jesus bears the marks of his passion to show us that when we admit our failures and our brokenness in light of his resurrection, they can lead to life.

Homilies

Troubled by Angels

Troubled by Angels

The angel appears to Mary and begins with a beautiful greeting: “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” Why then does the next line tell us that Mary was greatly disturbed?