Articles by: Fr. George Smiga

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

Cutting Off What Kills

Cutting Off What Kills

Sometimes the things that most endanger us appear normal and acceptable. The greatest threats may seem a part of our very selves.

Homilies

All the Saints

All the Saints

There are saints all around us. They come in all ages, genders, and occupations. They make good things happen in our world.

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?

Bible Study

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Silence destroys relationships. Psalms push through our barrier of silence with God. When a psalm is prayed sincerely it breaks through emptiness and takes the risk of opening communication with the Almighty.

Jewish-Christian Resources

A Catholic Approach to the Passion Narratives

A Catholic Approach to the Passion Narratives

Catholic teaching insists that the Jewish people are not cursed or responsible for Jesus’ death. Yet Matthew 27:15-26 presents the Jewish crowd “as a whole” calling for crucifixion and saying that Jesus’ blood might fall upon them!

Homilies

Three Gifts, Three Kings

Three Gifts, Three Kings

The scriptures do not tell us how many wise men came to honor the Christ Child. But the Christian imagination concluded that if there were three gifts, there were three magi. This insight has deep spiritual meaning.

Homilies

The Goats Speak Back

The Goats Speak Back

Giving is is eternally important. Yet it is impossible to give unless someone is willing to receive.

Homilies

When God Keeps Calling

When God Keeps Calling

The story of Samuel asks us not to be prepared in case God calls us but to recognize signs in our life that God has already called us.