Fr. James’s Homilies
Do These 2 Things and You Will Be Set on Fire With the Holy Spirit

Do These 2 Things and You Will Be Set on Fire With the Holy Spirit

June 9, 2019

Why don't most Catholics burn with fire for souls -- like the Apostles did? Why aren't we willing to risk everything to spread the Gospel? Isn't the Holy Spirit working in our day? The answer is, YES, the Holy Spirit is working. But we need to do 2 things to make sure we can receive all the gifts He wants to give us. Most don't...

If your faith is fed by these homilies, would you kindly consider helping support the Basilica? We have big goals and little in the way of resources. Your support would mean a lot.  https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/the-source-of-all-hope/

Significance and Relevance of the Ascension

Significance and Relevance of the Ascension

June 2, 2019

What does the Ascension have to do with the Annunciation? What about the Ascension and the Crucifixion? And how does any of this apply to YOU? Believe me, it does...

If your faith is fed by these homilies, would you kindly consider helping support the Basilica? We have big goals and little in the way of resources. Your support would mean a lot.  https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/the-source-of-all-hope/

Memorial Day: How to TRULY Remember Our Dead

Memorial Day: How to TRULY Remember Our Dead

May 27, 2019

Memorial Day was originally known as "Decoration Day" -- because people would decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers with flowers. Decorating their graves with flowers is a "good" way to remember them. But there is a far better (and more powerful) way to honor and remember them. This is the stuff of saints...

If your faith is fed by these homilies, would you kindly consider helping support the Basilica? We have big goals and little in the way of resources. Your support would mean a lot.  https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/the-source-of-all-hope/

Heaven: How many people actually think of it? You Must!

Heaven: How many people actually think of it? You Must!

May 19, 2019

Great athletes are impelled forward by dreams of grandeur. Talented musicians are wiling to practice and suffer for years because they have a dream to make it big. What about us? Our end is heaven. It is far greater than anything pertaining to athletics or music. And yet, how few of us actually dream about heaven? Those who do are willing to do anything it takes to get there. We need more Catholic to dream big...

If your faith is fed by these homilies, would you kindly consider helping support the Basilica? We have big goals and little in the way of resources. Your support would mean a lot.  https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/the-source-of-all-hope/

How to Hear and Follow the Voice of God…With Ease!

How to Hear and Follow the Voice of God…With Ease!

May 12, 2019

Jesus promises that those who hear AND follow His Voice will inherit eternal life. Yet most people say that they struggle to ever hear His voice. Once you know how God speaks to you, I promise you can hear Him at any time. He is so accessible...

Read the Bible and the catechism in a year: https://d2wldr9tsuuj1b.cloudfront.net/11757/documents/2016/1/RSV-CE_Cat_chart.pdf

Help us Evangelize in Baltimore: https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/the-source-of-all-hope/

 

Feed My Sheep

Feed My Sheep

May 5, 2019

Jesus empowered his disciples to fish...for souls. Then He commanded His disciples to "feed" them with the truth of the Gospel. We are called to do the same. I feel God calling me to FISH in Baltimore--to hit the streets and bring the Gospel message to the people. Sound difficult? God never asks us to be successful. He simply asks us to try hard. He will take care of the rest...

If you are looking to help me evangelize in Baltimore, please click here: https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/the-source-of-all-hope/

The Greatest Day of the Year!

The Greatest Day of the Year!

April 28, 2019

This is the greatest day of the year. Divine Mercy Sunday gives the Resurrection its meaning. Jesus rose to forgive sins. The promise offered to souls on this day who cooperate with His mercy is unfathomable...

Jesus I trust in you!

If your faith is fed by these homilies, would you kindly consider helping support the Basilica? We have big goals and little in the way of resources. Your support would mean a lot.  https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/the-source-of-all-hope/

The Resurrection: A Radical New Beginning (for You!)

The Resurrection: A Radical New Beginning (for You!)

April 21, 2019

Jesus did not rise from the dead so that we could give each other Easter baskets and chocolate eggs! He died so that we could receive mercy and forgiveness. Mercy is the fruit of the Resurrection. When His mercy is accepted, we are re-created anew. The Resurrection is applied to our souls. But it isn't an automatic "Jesus died and I'm saved." No. We must actively accept His mercy...

If your faith is fed by these homilies, would you kindly consider helping support the Basilica? We have big goals and little in the way of resources. Your support would mean a lot.  https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/the-source-of-all-hope/

God bless,

-- Fr. James 

How her Bitter, Atheistic Husband became a Catholic Priest…

How her Bitter, Atheistic Husband became a Catholic Priest…

April 19, 2019

Think someone is beyond hope? Have a loved-one who is away from God and the true Catholic faith? So did Elizabeth. Her husband hated the Church, God and faith in general. He was a radical atheist. But then this happened, and it all changed...

Here is a link to the actual story of Elizabeth and Felix: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/client/COL_ads/COL_bkst_diary.html

If your faith is fed by these homilies, would you kindly consider helping support the Basilica? We have big goals and little in the way of resources. Your support would mean a lot.  https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/the-source-of-all-hope/

God bless,

-- Fr. James 

Do NOT be defined by your past sins…

Do NOT be defined by your past sins…

April 7, 2019

St. Augustine, St. Paul, St. Margaret of Cortona, St. Mary of Egypt and many other saints committed atrocious sins in their past. None of them were defined by those sins. Because of God's mercy, they are saints today. We are called to follow suit. They all remind us that: Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future. 

My goal at the Basilica is to promote the fullness of the faith--in my preaching, teaching, worship and outreach. I want the Basilica to become a place of refuge in Baltimore. I want to show the world that simply doing what Christ asks is enough to renew a Church, a City and the World. But I need help in achieving this goal. Please read my letter below and consider supporting our efforts. Thanks and God bless, Fr. James

https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/the-source-of-all-hope/