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Fr. Alan Wharton

Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
April 25, 2017

Apr 25 – Homily – Fr Alan: St. Mark – Fallible, but Faithful

  St. Mark the Evangelist, always a disciple of Jesus Christ from his youth, had his ups and downs, just like his mentor, St. Peter, whose Gospel he presents. After falling out of…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
April 20, 2017

Apr 20 – Homily – Fr Alan: Limitless Grace, Limited Vessels

  God's grace working through us may not produce such spectacular results as it did through Peter, but we too are called nonetheless to be His instruments in building up the Church. Ave Maria!…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
April 18, 2017

Apr 18 – Homily – Fr Alan: Peter’s Pentecost Exhortation, For Us Today

  "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Peter's words will have meaning until the last day. "The day the LORD has made" is the day of salvation, for those who choose it, but…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
April 11, 2017

Apr 11 – Homily – Fidelity, Denial, Martyrdom: Peter Symbolizes Struggle for Sanctity

  Peter's extreme reversals, from empassioned protestations of fidelity to Our Lord, to his denial of Jesus in the courtyard of Caiaphas, to his eventual martyrdom in Rome, should be a reminder and…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
April 6, 2017

Apr 06 – Homily – Fr Alan: Breaking the Covenant, Dissent & Unbelief

  God made an everlasting pact with Abraham, promising him the land of Canaan, and obligating Abraham and his descendants to acknowledge Him as their God, and to "keep my covenant through the ages"…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
April 4, 2017

Apr 04 – Homily – Fr Alan: Willfully Blind & Cut Off from Life in Christ

  Jesus makes it abundantly clear that salvation is to be found in him. In today's Gospel, he tells the Pharisees: "If you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
March 28, 2017

Mar 28 – Homily – Fr Alan: Learning Patience

  Jesus cured the sick man at the Pool of Bethesda, but as thanks was persecuted, with help from the man he cured. Patience is a necessary element in working out our salvation,…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
March 21, 2017

Mar 21 – Homily – Fr Alan: Mercy, Our Hope for Salvation

  Our Lord teaches us the meaning and misery of unforgiveness through the parable of the wicked servant. When we withhold forgiveness we are no different than the wicked servant who would not…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
March 20, 2017

Mar 20 – Homily – Fr Alan: St. Joseph, Protector of Purity

  The following prayer sums up the great value of St. Joseph for our moral and spiritual life: O Guardian and Father of virgins, Saint Joseph, to whose faithful care Jesus Himself and…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
March 7, 2017

Mar 07 – Homily – Fr Alan: Our Father’s Mercy: Not Unconditional

  Implicit in the words Our Lord taught us to use when we pray is the pledge to practice mercy. In fact, being merciful with others is the condition for our receiving mercy…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
February 21, 2017

Feb 21 – Homily – Fr Alan: St. Peter Damian’s Book of Gomorrah & Today’s Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal

  Roughly 1,000 years have passed since St. Peter Damian graced the Church with his fiery wisdom. The Church today can and should profit from his Liber Gomorrhianus, a fearless treatise on the…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
February 14, 2017

Feb 14 – Homily – Fr Alan: True Love – Conversion to God

  On the day our neo-pagan culture goes ga-ga for romantic love to the point of immorality (once a religious feast dedicated to St. Valentine, bishop & martyr), three months from the Centennial…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
February 7, 2017

Feb 07 – Homily – Fr Alan: The Fruitful Virginity of St. Colette

  The virgin St. Colette stands as an example of womanly purity for the sake of the Kingdom of God, especially in our age of immodesty. With her renunciation of self and of the…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
January 31, 2017

Jan 31 – Homily – Fr Alan: St. John Bosco – Visionary Father to the Fatherless

  St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesian Society and of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, dedicated himself to providing for the spiritual and material welfare of disadvantaged youth. To aid…
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Fr. Alan WhartonHomilyNew Bedford, MA
January 24, 2017

Jan 24 – Homily – Fr. Alan: The Writing Apostolate – A Pathway to Sanctity

  Declared Patron Saint of Catholic Writers by Pope Pius XI in 1923, St. Francis de Sales was an exemplary practitioner of what Fr. John Hardon called the writing apostolate. By means of…
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