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:

The Podcasts

A parish adult-education event on the importance of understanding ourselves as feeling people and allowing the power of anger, fear and love to make us the persons we want to be.

Direct download: Power_of_Feelings.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:51pm CDT

A parish adult-education event on Christianity and its relation to the other four most prominent religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam.

Direct download: World_Religions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm CDT

We will not prevent God from using us for his purposes, even if that means we end up becoming, like Jonah, an example of how not to be a prophet or disciple.

Direct download: KML_2012-01-22_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:43pm CDT

God's call of all the faithful to holiness is not otherworldly.  We need to be aware of the call being worked out in the social situation in which we find ourselves.

Direct download: KML_2012-01-15_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm CDT

Can a childhood friendship change the world?  On Epiphany, when we consider the frontiers of our contacts with the human family, we examine the friendship of Karol Wojtyla and Jerzy Kluger.

Direct download: KML_2012-01-08_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:46pm CDT

My apologies, first of all, for not recording a Christmas homily.  -- As we contemplate Mary's role in the coming of the Savior, and as we consider the Savior's act of sacrificial love, we come to understand how personal the gift of salvation is, and we know that we must respond to this gift in our personal commitments.

Direct download: KML_2012-01-01_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm CDT

Warning: About four and a half minutes into this homily, I have a coughing fit.  Joy is not found in arranging the circumstances of our life according to our taste.  Joy is found when we acknowledge the source of life, God, and as we celebrate the Creator-creature relationship.

Direct download: KML_2011-12-11_945am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT

The egos of some -- kings, for instance -- can expand to the point that they think they can do favors for God.  We consider today the ways in which God, who is in need of nothing from us, reaches out to us in our helplessness and provides for the birth of the Son of God into our world.

Direct download: KML_2011-12-18_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm CDT