Formation MattersSep 03, 2022
Homily for St. Cecilia
Concluding the retreat, Fr. Martin preached the homily.
What attracts young men to the Legion today?
Fr. Martin Connor shares a talk with the California LC's reflecting on what attracts men to the Legion today.
David vs. Goliath and the Vocation
Fr. Martin Connor preaches the retreat to the California LC's.
Desarrollar sus Talentos
Cuando Cristo habla de los talentos nos prepara para la vida eterna.
The Price of Greatness
Parable of the Talents.
God wants us to discover, develop and deploy our talents.
Don de vida contemplativa
El Evangelio de las vírgenes prudentes nos muestra el valor de "ser" antes que "actuar". Es una lección muy importante para nuestro mundo.
Gift of Contemplative Life
We live in a world that is so focused on output and production to determine value. Contemplative religious help us to remember that life is not only about production. Being comes before action. Their being in the presence of God comes before any particular actions that they may need to perform to preserve their monastery’s way of life. They take as their model the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the fruit of the Immaculate Conception, as we remember from the apparition at Lourdes. She had an absolute purity. Contemplative religious reflect this through their dedicated service in the shadows of the world. They are not famous. They do not appear on the cover of Vogue magazine. And yet, they are the women who have the deepest impact in the world. Their time of solitude and seclusion is the very definition of leisure. They have time to dedicate to the noblest of pursuits – the contemplation of God and his good works.
No digas "padre" a un hombre
¿Cómo Jesús quiere que amemos al Padre?
Don't Call Any Man Father
What does Jesus mean when he says this?
How are we called to love our Heavenly Father?
3 Keys to Be a Saint
Be faithful, true, and tough.
Saints Joan of Arc, Thomas More, and Isaac Jogues show us what we need to do if we are going to be saints.
Talk given at Guadalupe Radio to the boys and girls at the Family Retreat.
Call no man Father
How do we overcome our false sense of independence and let go of the bitterness of orphanhood?
In the faith, there are no orphans. We all come from the Father, and Jesus knows that we need to remember that. His prohibition to call others “father” is not a quick phrase to give evangelical apologists fodder to attack Catholics for calling priests “father.”
We call priests “father” as a sign of respect and hopefully it can help us bridge the gap to see God as our father. Unfortunately, the situation Jesus describes in the Gospel does not feel 2,000 years away. We are all too familiar with false teachers and hypocrites. But it would be a mistake to allow the foundation of our faith to crumble because of their bad example.
Homily for David and Miranda's Wedding
Getting married in the Church is a challenge and a mission.
Celibato por el Reino de Dios
Newman Night 10.28.2023 Q&A
Shakespeare, Sex, and the Art of Friendship
Dar a César lo que es de César
Homilía 22 de octubre de 2023
How do I vote as a Christian?
Solo Dios Basta
Podemos sentir que somos indignos del amor de Cristo. Pero el nos reviste con su traje de bodas. Así nos hace dignos.
Only God is Enough
The movie The Greatest Showman tells a powerful story of a man who had to overcome tremendous obstacles to take care of his family and do something amazing with his life, beginning a whole new type of circus. And yet, one of the refrains of his life is expressed through the words: “never enough.” For so many of us, these words echo in our minds and hearts as well. We fear that we are “never enough.” Today’s Gospel gives us a clue about how to establish our identity in God and know that He is enough.
Los viñadores rechazaron al dueño. Se habían olvidado de la importancia de conectarse con Dios.
Learning to Love what is Right
We need to learn to have an ordered love.
St. Augustine spoke a lot about this when reflecting on happiness.
Amor a lo ordenado
"Puesto que el amor crece dentro de ti, así crece la belleza. Porque el amor es la belleza del alma". (San Agustín)"Puesto que el amor crece dentro de ti, así crece la belleza. Porque el amor es la belleza del alma". (San Agustín)
Loving What is Right
Loving What is Right
Mt. 21:33-43 The evil workers in the vineyard show us what happens when love is disordered. We need to learn to love rightly and respond to God's grace in our lives.
“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” (St. Augustine)
¿Soy yo, Señor?
La imagen del hijo mayor en el Evangelio de hoy me llama mucho la atención. Pues siento que soy yo. ¿Qué te está diciendo el Evangelio sobre tu tendencia de justificarte?
We tend to justify ourselves. This leads to a bad attitude in relation to God. We have to overcome this if we are going to be fully happy with God.
God Remembers us in his Grace
New Age and Catholicism - Intro
3 Ways to Pray the Rosary
Today’s Spiritual Warfare
Do you seek peace? Of course, you do. Jesus knew the deepest longings of the human heart. This is why so much of his preaching goes to the core of our being. He is talking about life and he is talking about us. Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves.
Today, Fight Fear
How do you face fear? We all have fears that threaten to invade our life.
3 Ways to Beat Fear
We all have secret fears to face. We all experience fear, but not everyone is honest about this universal experience. Do you have fear about the future? Are you afraid of your past? How do you deal with fear?
God conquers fear
If God is walking before us or with us, why would we be afraid of anything? And yet, we often feel afraid.
The Gift of Endurance
Do you ever see the fruits of endurance in your own life? Does it make you feel closer to God?