Sunday Homilies

from Father Kevin Laughery, Troy St. Jerome and St. Jacob St. James Parishes, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Note: Comments from this page do not reach me; instead, email:

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My friend Brian Noe has posted his concerns about recent U.S. Catholic mobilization against some federal legislation: I concur with him that prophecy can only be based on the reality of possible laws -- not on extremes of speculation.
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 12:21pm CDT

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 22, 2009 Ah, performance anxiety! I had said exactly what I wanted to say at the 8 am Mass. Regrettably, I had not recorded that one. So at 10:15 I was trying to duplicate the earlier delivery. I was way off. And it is a complicated thing to think about -- the qualitative difference between sight and insight. I find I sound better than I think I'm sounding, so this one is probably not bad. Anyway, we trust in the power of the Word for our deepest healing.
Direct download: KML_2009-02-22_1015am.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 11:35am CDT

Catholics are hearing a lot about a bill before Congress called the "Freedom of Choice Act." I recommend your checking out a couple of recent articles in the Catholic press: Commonweal The Tablet
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:35am CDT

This homily is a little different from the other one because of a rite of acceptance for a new catechumen.
Direct download: KML_2009-02-15_1015am.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 1:56pm CDT

Hear the word "leper," think the word "leopard"? I do.
Direct download: KML_2009-02-15_8am.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 1:55pm CDT

"Thou shalt not whine." Is it possible to live according to this commandment?
Direct download: KML_2009-02-08.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 2:24pm CDT

What might I have talked about on this weekend? You'll have to listen to find out.
Direct download: KML_2009-02-01.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 2:23pm CDT

Today is the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII's call for an ecumenical council.
Direct download: KML_2009-01-25.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 2:20pm CDT

I do recall that I made mention of the historic character of Barack Obama's assumption of the Presidency.
Direct download: KML_2009-01-18.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 2:18pm CDT

Again, I am uploading this on 2/14/09 and I do not recollect the substance of this homily.
Direct download: KML_2009-01-11.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 2:16pm CDT

I was traveling this weekend; hence, no homily.
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 2:15pm CDT

Once again, this homily has disappeared into the mists of history, at least as far as my own mind is concerned.
Direct download: KML_2008-12-28.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 2:13pm CDT

I did not manage to record a Christmas homily.
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 2:12pm CDT

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 21, 2008 Hello, Fr. Kevin is back in business. The other six will upload shortly. I have to run. I'm sorry I can't remember exactly what I was talking about on this occasion.
Direct download: KML_2008-12-21.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 12:24pm CDT

I am indeed taking a little break from tribunal business. It has been a long time since I have posted anything. I am recording my Sunday homilies; I am currently experiencing a technical problem which prevents me from uploading them. Friday I will be engaging in some troubleshooting. Blogs, I know, tend to be brief opinion-pieces. I am not necessarily comfortable with such, because I find that important societal issues require more than a statement of opinion. Indeed, I was recently reading a Commonweal article from a Catholic legal expert who finds the blogosphere odious because of the unthoughtful way in which so many super-Catholic bloggers respond. He finds it difficult to see charity being practiced. I can get into this frame of mind -- the short, sharp opinion! -- when I want to: say, when it comes to English grammar??? Garrison Keillor once did a sketch in which his character asks whether there is some kind of rule about the use of "whom." I find that there are a lot of people who vaguely know that "whom" is supposed to be used in certain cases. They have no idea, however, what the rule is. And then there's "between you and I." I'm told that President Obama is an egregious offender in this department. These situations are related, because both require a working knowledge of the objective case. English-speakers are not well aware of the case of nouns and pronouns. We tend to rely upon the order of words in a sentence as our indication of what's the subject and what's the object. Inflected languages, on the other hand, have noun endings which remove all doubt about the case. In English we encounter some inflection in "who/whom," "I/me," etc. The second of each pair is the objective-case form, while the first is what we call the nominative case. Direct objects, indirect objects, and objects of prepositions are to be in the objective case. So, for instance, it's always "between you and me." "I was heard by whomever was in the room." Sorry! This statement has to be analyzed so we see that "I was heard by whoever was in the room." We can rephrase this as "I was heard by anyone who was in the room." "Who" is the subject of the clause "who was in the room," and the form of "whoever" follows the case of "who"'s function -- as the subject of the clause -- and therefore it is in the nominative case: "whoever," not "whomever." I've been wanting to express this for years. If you've enjoyed this, tell all your friends you seen it here.
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 12:15pm CDT