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Catholic Online Resources (COR) offers a Roman Catholic homily writing service specifically designed to assist Priests, Deacons and Lay Preachers with their weekly sermons. For those times when, despite your best efforts, your busy schedule or unexpected interruptions keep you from finding time to properly prepare your homilies, or when you need a fresh idea for an upcoming sermon, Catholic Online Resources' homily service is here to help you deliver a relevant, high impact message.
Our mission is to make available powerful sermons to help those who preach the Word of God. Our homilies are completely faithful to the Scriptures and to the Catholic Church's teaching. Each homily is poignantly written to help make a meaningful connection with your congregation. They're inspirational, concise and can be easily committed to memory.
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Whenever we are blessed with any good thing, whenever we are able to accomplish any good whatsoever, we must be quick to give Jesus all the glory. He tells us in the gospel of Saint John, “…without me, you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). And it is absolutely true. Without God, we would not even exist. What could we ever possibly accomplish in this life that would be possible without God’s help and guidance?Add to cart
Life is full of difficulties.
No matter how much experience we have, no matter how much money we accumulate and no matter what our attitude is, we will all suffer. It is true for sinners as well as for saints. It is true for both rich and poor. If we are human and live on planet Earth, we will have to deal with problems on a daily basis.Add to cart
None of us wants to give offense. However, we have no power over how people will react to what we say. If I stand up and defend my faith when it’s being attacked, some people will feel empowered by it and will want to stand next to us. Others may feel shocked or offended and want to denounce us. We have no way of telling. Our only responsibility is to witness to our faith. How others react is totally up to them.Add to cart
If there is little passion and drive in your life, it could very well be that striving for the things of this world has worn you out and left you disappointed. Jesus has the answer, “Seek first the Kingdom and everything else will be provided as well.” Take the first step today in living a more meaningful and fulfilling life by, first, welcoming God into your heart and, then, giving your possessions away, even if it is only a few. Almost immediately, you will realize what a burden those possessions have been.Add to cart
Simply look to Jesus. Get to know Him, seek to love Him and everything else will fall into place. It will mean giving up many of the comforts that we used to distract ourselves from our loneliness and emptiness. But we will find something better, something truly fulfilling and ultimately satisfying. We will find the love of our hearts and the purpose of our lives nowhere else than in Jesus Christ Himself.Add to cart
The desire to pray is itself a prayer. If we desire to pray, it is because the Holy Spirit is stirring in our hearts and inviting us to friendship with Him. We should indulge that desire to pray every day including by reciting prayers such as the Our Father and the thousands of other prayers written by holy women and men down through the centuries.Add to cart
Let us get to know our Lord by reading the Bible and meditating on His word. Then we will have a stronger sense of His presence in our midst and be able to make Him feel welcome in our lives. Choosing the “better part” as Mary did will also bring more serenity into our hearts when our days get stressful and busy. Then, when we finally meet our Lord face to face, we can say that we truly knew Him and loved Him.Add to cart
As we begin a new week, let us reflect on the people we may be neglecting. Is there someone whom we can call just to let them know we are thinking of them? Is there someone at school or work who would benefit from our just spending time listening to them? There are sad and wounded people all around us. Bringing them the love of God requires that we set aside our own needs and concerns, if just for a moment, to let them know that someone cares. In doing so, we will also experience the love of God flowing through us and come to understand what life is really all about.Add to cart
By our words and good deeds, we are to proclaim the Kingdom of God. To do that we cannot hold on to our possessions or regrets. We need to be really free if the Holy Spirit is going to move us out of our comfort zones and toward those who really need our help. By focusing on Jesus rather than ourselves, all things become possible. Then we can rejoice that our names are written in heaven.Add to cart
When we stop looking to what others expect of us and set aside our fears, it will become clear to us what we truly desire. If that means getting married, becoming a deacon or spending our lives in silent prayer in a convent, no other life will make us happier. Until we say “yes”, we will always have that gnawing sense that we are missing out on all that God has planned for us. On the other hand, when we do find the courage to say “yes”, God does great things through us and leads us down paths we could never have imagined.Add to cart
Jesus came to give us a full, joyful and abundant life – not an easy one and not necessarily a successful one, at least not as the world measures success. We experience that full, joyful and abundant life by embracing the cross. That does not mean that we have to go looking for suffering. Rather, it is a matter of accepting in love whatever difficulties and challenges arise throughout our day. It also means helping our neighbors carry their burden of pain. It is as simple as making the sacrifice to wake up an hour early to pray or not watching television at night to visit someone in the hospital. If we can do that every day with the love and strength that God provides, our hearts will know the peace that only comes from being close to Jesus and we will be truly alive as Jesus promised, “whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”Add to cart
At the Last Supper Jesus washed the apostles feet and commanded them to do the same. Where do you suppose He got that idea? Could it be that Jesus was so moved by the love and faith of the sinful woman that He was inspired to imitate Her gesture by washing the apostles feet? And if Jesus could be so moved by her example how much more should we wash one another’s feet understanding how much we have been forgiven and showing the same mercy and tenderness to everyone, especially those the world cast aside?Add to cart