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Sunday Homilies with Fr. Mike Schmitz

Every week, Catholic priest Fr. Mike Schmitz delivers powerful homilies based on the Sunday Mass Scripture readings, inviting you to live more fully as the person God created you to be. Engaging and motivating, these 20-30 minute homilies will help ground your faith, fortify your heart, and transform your life. Fr. Mike Schmitz preaches from Duluth Minnesota, where he serves as the Newman chaplain for University Minnesota Duluth’s Bulldog Catholic campus ministry.

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11/17/19 CompariSIN: Stealing Joy

Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.If comparison is a thief of joy, then we have to learn how to steal it back.In the battle to escape the comparison trap, we can become invincible to bad comparison by actively looking for the blessings, giving thanks, and inviting others into celebrating them. Because there are some things worth celebrating. Mass Readings from November 17, 2019: Malachi 3:19-20 Psalms 98:5-92 Thessalonians 3:7-12 Luke 21:5-19 Download the Homily Study


18 Nov 2019

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04/26/20 Insecure: Not Home

Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.Back to normal might not be what we think.Our lives can be spent wishing for certain outcomes. But a security built on specific outcomes is a conditional and temporary security. We need true hope to walk in confidence. Mass Readings from April 26, 2020: Acts 2:14, 22-33 Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-111 Peter 1:17-21 Luke 24:13-35 Download the Homily Study


27 Apr 2020

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10/20/19 The Hardest Step: The Next Step

Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.Often, the next hardest step is the next step.Continuing to walk in the midst of failure, rejection, and imperfection is a sign of a great life. In your life, you will take hundreds of first steps. Mass Readings from October 20, 2019: Ezekiel 17:8-13 Luke 18:1-82 Timothy 3:14-4:2 Mark 10:2-16 Download the Homily Study


21 Oct 2019

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12/02/18 Be Ready, Get Ready

Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.You will never be ready unless you get ready.Advent is a season of preparation. We get ready to celebrate the first coming of Christ into this world. We also get ready for His Second Coming at the end of the world…or at the end of our individual lives. During Advent, we get ready to die. Mass Readings from December 02, 2018: Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalms 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 141 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2 Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Download the Homily Study


3 Dec 2018

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03/06/19 Behind Enemy Lines: Isolated and Disoriented

Homily from Ash Wednesday. You are in a fight; what comes next?For many of us, our default assumption about life is: it’s fine. Even when things are obviously broken, we can pretend that they will “fix themselves.” But Lent reminds us that we are in a battle that won’t be won unless we are ready to engage the enemy who will attack us like our Lord was attacked in the wilderness...behind enemy lines. Mass Readings from March 6, 2019: Joel 2:12-18 Psalms 51:3-6, 12-14Corinthians 5:20—6:2 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Download the Homily Study


7 Mar 2019

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03/01/20 Un-Done: We've Come Undone

Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.The decision that broke the world.This world is not perfect. And we are not perfect. But imperfect does not mean unloved. Mass Readings from March 1, 2020: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 Psalms 51:3-6, 12-13, 17Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 Download the Homily Study


1 Mar 2020

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11/03/19 CompariSIN: Infinitely Preferred

Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.What makes them so great? What makes me so awful?When someone else being honored or loved more than we are meets our insecurity, we are tempted to tell stories…about them and about ourselves. But when we know who we are and are grateful for what we have, we have security. And comparison is powerless. Mass Readings from November 3, 2019: Wisdom 11:22-12:2 Psalms 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 142 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2 Luke 19:1-10 Download the Homily Study


4 Nov 2019

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01/26/20 Underestimated: Silence is Not Absence

Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.Do not underestimate what God is doing when it seems like God is doing nothing.There are seasons of silence, and hiddenness, and brokenness in all of our lives. These times are not just useful, they are necessary for us to become the kind of people God needs us to be. Mass Readings from January 26, 2020: Isaiah 8:23-9:3 Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-141 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 Matthew 4:12-23 Download the Homily Study


26 Jan 2020

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04/11/20 Witnesses

Homily from Holy Saturday, the Easter Vigil. We profess the faith today so we can persevere in the faith tomorrow. Christianity is an historical religion that is not based on feelings, philosophies, or myths. It is based on a fact: the fact of the resurrection of Jesus. The one thing that changes everything.


13 Apr 2020

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05/12/19 #Fail: Failure is Feedback

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.Failure either gives us clarity and conviction or course correction.Failure is not final and failure is not fatal. As long as we don’t stop, and as long as we are willing to learn from our failures, they have no power to defeat us but only to educate us and make us better. Mass Readings from May 12, 2019: Acts 13:14, 43-52 Psalms 100:1-2, 3, 5Revelation 7:9, 14-17 John 10:27-30 Download the Homily Study


13 May 2019

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