LOVE STORY

May 10th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

One day, when I was in college, I was taking the train from Connecticut to New York City for the weekend. Just before the train left the station, a man sat down in the seat next to me.

I thought that the man looked vaguely familiar, and I soon realized that I was sitting next to the professor of a very popular lecture course I was taking on Roman comedyRead More


“Herding Cats”

April 26th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“Herding Cats”

April 26th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Jn 10.11-18

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

 Our Seminarian Assistant owns a Border Collie.

 For centuries, this breed of dog has been a tremendous help to shepherds. If a border collie approaches a field, and he sees sheep wandering around, he will naturally start circling the flock to bring them together.

I once met an owner of this breed who worked out an arrangement with a sheep farmer in her rural town. The Read More


“Witness Protection”

April 19th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Lk 24

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

 “You are witnesses of these things.”

 So Jesus says to his disciples during one of his appearances to them after his resurrection. The term, “witness” came to be a kind of code word for the evangelism of Christians. Because they had seen the Risen Christ with their own eyes, they were able to testify to God’s miraculous work.

 And the Greek word for “witness” is Read More


“Witness Protection”

April 19th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“That’s Life”

April 5th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“That’s Life”

April 5th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

Easter 2015

Mk. 16.1-8 

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

Once in a while, you hear the Frank Sinatra song, “That’s Life.”

The song’s enduring popularity is probably due to the gritty toughness of the lyrics—a toughness Sinatra himself personified. For example, the song begins:

 “That’s life, that’s what all the people say.

You’re ridin’ high in April, shot down in May.”

And the famous refrain of the song reminds us of the need Read More


“Signs of Victory”

March 29th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“Signs of Victory”

March 29th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Homily—Palm Sunday15

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

 After the cold snowy winter we just endured in our region of the country, it’s nice to think of palm trees!

 It’s nice to imagine palm trees swaying in a soft, warm breeze, alongside a sandy beach and the blue ocean. Palm trees make us in the Northeast think of a peaceful vacation, far away from the stresses of urban life.

 Now the events that Read More


“The Troubled Soul of Jesus”

March 22nd, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley