Sunday Homilies with Fr. Mike Schmitz

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

281 episodes of Sunday Homilies with Fr. Mike Schmitz since the first episode, which aired on October 8th, 2018.

  • 02/25/24 He Leadeth Me: As Long As...

    February 24th, 2024  |  25 mins 19 secs
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    Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent. If I know Who, then I can say yes without knowing why. Do I have any conditions on my response to God? Will I pray or serve or say yes to Him as long as I understand why He is asking?

  • 02/18/24 He Leadeth Me: Great Expectations

    February 17th, 2024  |  25 mins 8 secs
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    Homily from the First Sunday of Lent. When expectation meets reality, we have a choice. All of our lives are marked by a certain degree of expectation. But what do we do when we encounter the reality of life? We can choose to either avoid reality or accept reality.

  • 02/14/24 Ash Wednesday: Hope, Faith, Love in Lent

    February 14th, 2024  |  14 mins 47 secs
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    Homily from Ash Wednesday. We hope He sees. We have faith it matters to Him. We do it because He said so. During Lent, we have the chance to make our lives an act of hope, faith, and love. More than growing in discipline or self-improvement, Lent is a chance to live what we believe by prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

  • 02/11/24 Holy Moments: His Moments

    February 10th, 2024  |  18 mins 28 secs
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    Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The moments are holy when the moments are His...and the moments are His when the motive is Him. When something is dedicated, it is transformed. It is elevated and becomes something more. When a moment is dedicated to God, it becomes a holy moment.

  • 02/04/24 Holy Moments: Shared Moments

    February 3rd, 2024  |  22 mins 49 secs
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    Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. You can only share what you have. Holy moments are shared moments. We share like Jesus (and make moments holy) when we are generous and honest.

  • 01/28/24 Holy Moments: Present Moment

    January 27th, 2024  |  23 mins 28 secs
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    Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Holy Moment is the present moment. When we live lives of distraction we cannot live lives of wonder or joy or holiness. Distraction steals life away because it takes us away from the present moment. And the present moment is the only moment that has the potential to be a holy moment.

  • 01/21/24 Holy Moments: Ordinary Moments

    January 20th, 2024  |  19 mins 31 secs
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    Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Holy moments are ordinary moments reconsidered. An ordinary life is not an obstacle to a holy life. In fact, every extraordinary life is made up of ordinary moments that we choose to make into holy moments.

  • 01/14/24 Claimed and Called

    January 13th, 2024  |  25 mins 44 secs
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    Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. God has a claim on your life...and God has a call for your life. We can often be hesitant to make decisions in life. Not only because we do not want to make the wrong decision, but also because we want to make the best decision. But the point of life is not merely to optimize our happiness. We experience a new freedom and meaning when we realize that our lives are not our own...and we live to respond to God's call.

  • 01/07/24 Worship is the Only Proper Response

    January 6th, 2024  |  19 mins 50 secs
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    Homily from the Epiphany of the Lord. We give God our best, our heart, and what He has asked for. As we know, the heart of religion is worship. But we need to put our hearts into worship. We give God our best, our heart, and what God has asked for. Not because He needs anything, but because it is right and just.

  • 12/31/23 Family Life

    December 30th, 2023  |  14 mins 19 secs
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    Homily from the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The Holy Family was holy, but not without struggles. Jesus entered into this broken world by entering into the reality that all of us have experienced: family life. He did not insulate Himself from the harsh realities of life by embracing a life of wealth. Rather, all He had was borrowed.

  • 12/25/23 The Amateur

    December 24th, 2023  |  18 mins
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    Homily from the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas). The reality is that God is not a professional. He is an amateur. There are many things in life where we merely like the "idea" of that thing. The reality is another story, because the reality makes demands on us. Christmas is a reminder that we not only cannot love the "idea" of God, but that He does not merely love the idea of us.

  • 12/24/23 Main Character: No Small Parts

    December 23rd, 2023  |  14 mins 38 secs
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    Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Whatever You ask of me, the answer is yes. One of the more challenging reminders of this series is that God is the point of all of this. He is not only the Main Character, but this is also His Story. Nonetheless, we have been given a role; we have been created and redeemed in order to play our part.

  • 12/17/23 Main Character: Don't Wait

    December 16th, 2023  |  21 mins 2 secs
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    Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent. We won't be able to rejoice, pray, or give thanks always unless we rejoice, pray, and give thanks now. Main Character syndrome can lead us to believe that we are in control. But there are many circumstances that are out of our control. We can often only control how we respond to our circumstances. As Christians, we choose to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances.

  • 12/10/23 Main Character: Perfect

    December 9th, 2023  |  25 mins 45 secs
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    Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent. Perfectionism can move us from caring to quitting. Spiritual perfectionism can lead people who care about the Faith and who love God to a place of harshness and hurry so much that they just want to give up. But the Gospel reminds us that God is gentle and patient.

  • 12/8/23 The New Eve

    December 8th, 2023  |  14 mins 4 secs
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    Homily from the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary was preserved from sin by the merits of her Son's life, death, and resurrection. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a testament to God's goodness. He gives what we need for the mission to which we have been called. And He calls all of us to enter into deeper relationship with the Family of God by cultivating a relationship with Mary, the Mother of God.

  • 12/3/23 Main Character: An Average Star

    December 2nd, 2023  |  24 mins 58 secs
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    Homily from the First Sunday of Advent. You are God. I am not. When we encounter the true and living God, there is only one response...it involves six little words, but makes a world of difference.