Fr. Frank's homilies from the EWTN Live televised Mass
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January 8, 2007 – Jesus’ Baptism and Ours
Fr. Frank answers the question of why Jesus was baptized even though he was incapable
of sin. Fr. Frank then reminds us of what our baptism does for us and how it
changes us in this world and in the world to come.
January 9, 2007 - Jesus’ Authority Over the Devil
Fr. Frank reminds us that the devil is real and wants to destroy us. He also
examines what set Jesus’ teaching apart from those of any other religious
leaders through history.
January 10, 2007 – The Destruction of Embryos and the Triumph of
Fr. Frank affirms the church’s support of medical research as well as its
opposition to killing people in order to advance that research. He details a
stirring historical parallel and a call to our conscience.
January 11, 2007 – The Sacred Obligation to Trust
Fr. Frank explores why people who crossed the Red Sea were not allowed to
enter the Promised Land. He shows why a lack of trust offends God and then
applies lessons on trust to today’s abortion tragedy.
July 10, 2006 - An Invitation to those Far Away
Through his prophets, God has always called his people back to him after
their sin. Today, he does the same through the Church, as Fr. Frank
July 11, 2006 – Discernment
Reflecting on the example of St. Benedict, Fr. Frank offers some help in
hearing the voice of God, who gives each person a unique vocation.
July 12, 2006 - Fruit of Piety
Fr. Frank reflects on how authentic faith changes us, and when we are
changed we can change others.
July 13, 2006 - Living Wills
Fr. Frank explains why living wills are both dangerous and unnecessary, and
offers a positive alternative.
July 14, 2006 – Persecution from Church, Family and State
Fr. Frank reminds us that persecution is one of the promises of Christ, and
urges us to embrace it in a manner worthy of Christ’s disciples.
July 15, 2006 – To Know Thee in Order to Love Thee
Fr. Frank explores the example and teaching of Saint Bonaventure, and the
fact that knowing about God is important only inasmuch as it leads us to
July 16, 2006 – Abortion, Mother Teresa and Graphic Images
Drawing on Mother Teresa’s teaching, Fr. Frank shows that abortion is the
primary moral issue of our day. He also shares with us the single most
effective tool in fighting abortion.
May 21, 2004 – Do Not Squelch the Spirit
What happens when we feel the call of the Lord to do something, but our
pastor doesn’t? Fr. Frank has advice for priests and laity alike in this
July 9, 2006 – Prophets, Persecution and Tax Law
Fr. Frank shows that one of the promises of Christ is persecution, and makes
a very practical modern-day application.
January 18, 2007 – Christian Unity, Civil Rights and Abortion
This homily was given by Fr. Frank Pavone during the week of Prayer
for Christian Unity, right after the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
and right before the commemoration of Roe vs. Wade. Fr. Frank shows how
these three observances are deeply linked and apply throughout the year.
February 22, 2009 - Behold I am Doing Something New
Fr. Frank echoes the urgent call of Christ to repentance and conversion. It
is not too late for anyone to come back to the Church. The Lord says he
remembers our sins no more! Yet some day, the door of opportunity will
close. If there is someone in your life who needs to hear the invitation of
God to come back to Him, don’t be afraid to invite that person to Church and
March 3, 2009 - We Dare to Say Our Father
The liturgy says “we dare to say…Our Father.” This prayer teaches us that we
have a new identity as sons and daughters of God, and this identity has
profound implications. Based on this message, let’s echo the Church’s
invitation to all people to become God’s sons and daughters by baptism.
March 5, 2009 – I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore
Fr. Frank explores where we find the strength to take the risks necessary to
do unto others what we would have them do unto us – especially when it comes
to protecting someone’s life. Anger is not always something bad, but
that we should be rightly angry at injustice, and use that energy to work
February 23, 2009 – The Wisdom of God
Jesus Christ is the Word and Wisdom of God. Through Him all things were
made, and He holds the universe together. Therefore, faith and reason are
not contradictory to one another. This message should encourage every
Christian to grow in knowledge and to value the discipline of study.
February 24, 2009 – Everyone Can Serve
Greatness lies in service, in giving ourselves for others. One does not have
to have a degree to serve, but only a heart open to others. In this spirit,
all oppression ends. The teaching documents of our
bishops contain a wealth of insight into what it means to serve. Let’s be
sure to read them.
February 26, 2009 – Choose Life
God urges his people to “Choose Life!” because prosperity never comes from
choosing death. Fr. Frank shows how this applies to the abortion issue and
gives a stirring challenge to those who call themselves “pro-choice.”
If you are not active in the pro-life movement, now is the time to become
March 2, 2009 - Sins of Omission
“You shall not stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake.” Fr.
Frank explains that being “pro-choice” is the same as turning one’s back on
the child who is aborted. But God’s word commands us to intervene to protect
that child. The time is now to get involved in saving the lives of the
unborn and all the vulnerable.
October 25, 2009 – Living as a Priestly People
Fr. Frank explains how we all share in the priesthood of Christ by our
baptism, and also how unique the ordained priesthood is. He also describes
the most common and dangerous temptation of priests. We are all called to
echo the invitation priests give to reconciliation and healing, that all may
return to the peace of the Kingdom of Christ.
October 26, 2009 - Freedom in the Spirit
Fr. Frank explains that the fruits of the Spirit, and the true meaning of
freedom, are the source of the pro-life movement. Just as the civil rights
movement had Freedom Rides, so the pro-life movement now does the same. Find
out more at ProLifeFreedomRides.com.
October 27, 2009 – The Power of Living by Hope
Fr. Frank explains how the Christian life is one of hope, and how hope
brings the victories of the future into the present. Hope enables us to say
yes to life. Let’s defend life by spreading hope.
October 28, 2009 – The Church: Apostolic and Dynamic
Fr. Frank explains how the Church is rooted in the apostles, and
that this is a dynamic reality, geared not just to preserving the faith but
to proclaiming and spreading it. As living stones, let’s continue to
build up the Church by spreading the teachings of the apostles.
October 30, 2009 – What is the Greatest Tragedy in Life?
Fr. Frank explains that there is a greater tragedy than what we suffer; it
is the tragedy of what we miss. This homily will help us not to miss what is
most important in life. The purpose of law is to protect the dignity of
human life. Let’s reflect that dignity by what we say, how we live, and how
April 6, 2010 – He is Risen and is with Us!
This homily focuses on how the Resurrection of Christ makes him present to
us in a new way, and makes us a new humanity, a People of Life! Our
great joy in the Resurrection of Jesus makes us joyful defenders of life.
Knowing that death has been conquered, let us fight the pro-life battle with
April 7, 2010 – In the Breaking of the Bread
The appearance of Jesus to the disciples on the Road to Emmaus instructs us
that he is the fulfillment of all Scripture, and that we find our
fulfillment in the Eucharist. We have the
opportunity each day to welcome Jesus to the table of our lives, as did the
disciples in Emmaus. Let us not miss his presence in the Eucharist, in each
other, and in the unborn children.
April 10, 2010 – Obey God Rather than Men
This homily explains that absolute obedience can only be given to God, not
to the state, and challenges us to be courageous in resisting unjust laws
that destroy human life. May the lessons of this homily stir us to a
greater defense of life, working to reverse the unjust policies that allow
the violence of abortion.
April 11, 2010 – Divine Mercy and Divine Mission
In this homily for Divine Mercy Sunday, Fr. Frank explains the foundation of
Divine Mercy in the events celebrated in Easter week. Mercy is not only
something we accept; it is a mission we extend to the whole world, and
includes saving the unborn from abortion.
April 12, 2010 – You Must be Born Again
In this homily Fr. Frank explores the meaning of being “born again,” and
helps us appreciate the tremendous change that occurs in us when we are
baptized. When we are born again, we are not deterred anymore by the
opposition we will face from those who despise the Gospel. We are to renew
our courage each day.
April 13, 2010 – Proclaiming Christ and Serving Human Needs
In this homily Fr. Frank explores how the Church’s service to humanity flows
from the proclamation of the Resurrection of Christ. Fr. Frank has called us
to bridge the false divide between pro-life and social justice, and between
service to humanity and belief in God.
April 14, 2010 – God So Loved the World
In this homily, Fr. Frank preaches on the best-known verse of Scripture,
“God so loved the world” and draws from that verse a plan for trusting God
and spreading His Word. Fr. Frank has described God as “The Great
Separator,” who divides truth from falsehood and life from death. Let us
live in such a way that we’re on the right side of that division!
April 15, 2010 – The Name Above all other Names
This homily will remind us that the Lord Jesus is above all our relationships,
possessions, and privileges, and also above all our sins and the power of
death itself. We are called to be witnesses of the Lord’s mercy, and
to call others to repentance so that they may enjoy that mercy. Let’s not be
afraid to do so!
April 16, 2010 – How Christ Transforms Pagan Politics
Those who opposed the apostles’ preaching of the Resurrection of
Jesus realized after a while that they might be fighting God himself. In
this homily Fr. Frank explores how God works through his people and how
civic and religious authorities must be alert to that. The problem today is
not that the Church is too political, but that politics is too pagan. As
disciples, let’s witness to government about the truth of the Gospel.
April 27, 2010 – I am the Good Shepherd
This homily focuses on what the title “Shepherd” tells us about
Jesus’ relationship with us, and why we are most free when we listen to the
voice of the true Shepherd. The Good Shepherd protects the life of the
sheep. Following the Good Shepherd, therefore, means that we are pro-life
and that we do everything possible to protect the lives of the weak and
September 12, 2010 – Come Back to the Lord!
God is neither soft on sin, nor did he send his Son to condemn the world.
Rather, he issues, through his Church, the urgent call to repentance and
reconciliation. This homily echoes that call. The Silent No More
Awareness Campaign, by which those who have had abortions give their
testimonies of pain and forgiveness, is among the strongest signs in the
world today of the call of God’s mercy to all sinners.
September 13, 2010 – Proclaim the Death of the Lord Until He Comes!
Fr. Frank explains how the Sacrifice of Christ, made present at Mass, is the
source of the unity of the human family, and how it places on us the duty to
welcome joyfully all of God’s children, born and unborn. Pass along to
others the amazing contrast between how Jesus and the culture of death use
the same words with totally opposite meanings, “This is my body.”
September 14, 2010 – Lift High the Cross!
The cross is the instrument of our salvation. It makes our suffering
meaningful and redemptive, and reveals the meaning of life, which finds its
fulfillment precisely when it is given away in love. The cross has made us
the People of Life. Let’s find in the cross our strength to defend all whose
lives are in danger, beginning with the unborn.
September 15, 2010 - Our Lady of Sorrows
Christians are called to live a joyful sorrow, mourning for the sins of the
world but rejoicing in the victory of Christ. As our mother, Mary
accompanies us in all the sorrows and joys of life. So many mothers
and fathers have sorrow for aborting their children. Mary invites them to
her Son to find forgiveness and peace, and we should echo that invitation.
September 16, 2010 - Hold fast to the Gospel!
Our salvation depends on holding fast to the Gospel as it has been handed
down to us – a Gospel of mercy and of justice, which transforms both culture
and politics. Holding fast to the Gospel includes being active politically,
and voting for public servants who know the difference between serving the
public and killing the public.
September 17 2010 - I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body!
The God who created body and soul also redeems and raises body and soul.
Therefore we live in a way that respects our own body and the bodies of
others. One of the key ways we respect the body is to fight abortion
and euthanasia. And regarding medical decisions, “The Will to Live” is an
important document Priests for Life makes available to help us treat the
body in ways that conform to the law of God.
December 2, 2010 - Building Peace by Welcoming the Savior
The Messiah who comes at Christmas brings peace and security to individuals
and nations as a result of the trust they place in him. To welcome him, and
to welcome every human life in his name, is the key to that peace. By being
part of the pro-life movement, and helping people to welcome the unborn, you
are helping prepare the world for the second coming of the Lord Jesus. May
we all be steadfast in that mission.
December 3, 2010 - The Tyrant Will Be No More
Fr. Frank discussed how the right to life has to be secured on an
international level, and how various international declarations and treaties
point in that direction. These efforts help bring about what the prophets
foretold when they spoke of God’s protection for his people. By helping
people focus on specific abortion procedures, like dismemberment of late
term babies, we can move the abortion debate in a pro-life direction.
December 4, 2010 - We Are People of the New Evangelization
The New Evangelization is the Church’s effort to announce the Gospel in
places where it has already been received, but where it has been forgotten
or diluted. A key aspect of New Evangelization is defending and promoting
the sanctity of life and the rights of the unborn. We are all People
of the New Evangelization, and should rejoice in our call to re-announce the
Gospel of Life to every person and every nation.
April 10, 2011 - Untie Him and Let Him Go Free!
Fr. Frank reflects on the promise of resurrection, conveyed by Ezekiel, and
by our Lord’s raising of Lazarus from the dead. We often think small,
worrying about the unpleasant results of doing what is right. But Jesus, the
Resurrection and the Life, is ready to work through us to defeat the power
of death. After Jesus raised Lazarus, he commanded those around him to untie
him and let him go free. So today, having overcome the kingdom of death, he
commands us to free our brothers and sisters from every form of injustice
and violence, including abortion.
April 11, 2011 - Let the Sinner Turn to Me and Live!
God does not take pleasure in the death of sinners, but rather that they
turn to him and live. This is clear in the way Jesus treats the woman caught
in adultery. Fr. Frank explains that this act of mercy points to what the
Lord does for all of us sinners through his Passion, Death, and
Resurrection. Just as Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery, so
he forgives all who repent. This is evident in a marvelous way through the
testimonies of men and women who have had their children aborted, and how
have found forgiveness and healing. We should use those testimonies to
dissuade others from abortion and to inspire new hope in those who have
April 12, 2011 - Strength for the Journey
The patience of God’s people wore out during the desert journey to the
Promised Land, because they did not trust God enough. As we journey in faith
toward heaven, we have every reason to trust in the One who said, “I AM,”
and who saves us from every distress and evil.
This message gives us strength when the life of sin and unbelief may seem
more attractive than life in Christ. But the Lord’s yoke is easy, his burden
is light, and he gives us strength to follow him and to persevere in
April 13, 2011 - The Truth Will Set You Free
The Book of Daniel tells us of the three young men who were thrown into the
fiery furnace because they were faithful to the truth that there is only one
God. In our day, the truth of Jesus Christ makes us free to worship him
above any earthly authority or loyalty. As the Church teaches, any
government decision that authorizes abortion is null and void, and must be
disregarded by God’s people. In the freedom of the children of God, let us
continue to oppose peacefully all unjust laws, and work to restore
protection to the unborn.
April 14, 2011 - Hope Gives Rise to Life
God made Abraham the father of a multitude, though he and his wife were
still childless in their 90’s. They hoped in God’s promise, and that hope
gave rise to life. So in our day, immersed in the hope that Jesus brings, we
can reverse the evil of abortion and the entire culture of death.
Those who pray and counsel at abortion clinics are not there to harass. They
are there, instead, to replace despair with hope, and to give parents the
strength to care for their children. Let’s all participate, by our prayers
and our presence, in the pro-life witness of the Church.
April 15, 2011 - Moving with Courage from Darkness to Praise
Fr. Frank reflects on how the prophet Jeremiah foreshadowed Christ in the
opposition he faced from those to whom he spoke, and in the confidence he
had in the power of God to deliver him from his enemies. We need the same
trust, leading us to courage in building a Culture of Life. In the battle
for life, we will face persecution. But the plans of our enemies will not
succeed. Rather than avoiding risk, let’s jump into the struggle with
unfailing confidence in God’s victory.
April 16, 2011 - Bringing God’s People to Unity
Through the prophet Ezekiel, God promised that he would gather all his
dispersed children into one. That promise was fulfilled in Jesus Christ,
lifted up on the cross and in the resurrection. Fr. Frank shows how this
unity is centered around God’s gift of life. There is no greater destroyer
of love, unity, and peace than abortion. As we renew our faith in Christ
crucified and risen, let us work to restore unity to God’s people by ending
the violence of abortion.
September 6, 2011 - All You Need is in Jesus Christ
Fr. Frank reflects on the fact that Jesus’ ministry of healing is rooted in
his mission of reconciling us to God. When we hold fast to Christ, we do not
need any false teaching or superstition to give us security in life.
September 9, 2011 - Be a Slave to the Slaves
Fr. Frank reflects on how the example of St. Peter Claver, who served
slaves, inspires us today to serve the children in the womb. Many don’t
respond urgently enough to the plight of the unborn. But it is an emergency,
and we have to treat it as such.
September 10, 2011 - Build on a Solid Foundation
Fr. Frank reflects on Jesus’ words that we have to build our spiritual house
on the solid foundation of repentance and obedience to his will. Some use
God’s name to justify things that God abhors. The terrorists of Nine-Eleven
invoked God’s name as they killed people. We are called to glorify God’s
Name by building a culture of life and peace.
September 11, 2011 - Learning from September 11
Fr. Frank reflects on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
and draws out from that tragedy the lessons we need to learn about how God
jumps into our suffering, and teaches us how to sacrifice ourselves for
others, for our freedom, and for Him.
September 11, 2011 Benediction - September 11 and Resurrection
from the Dead
Fr. Frank reflects on victory over death that we celebrate in Jesus
Christ, and how the reality of the Resurrection strengthens our hope as we
deal with earthly tragedies like the terrorist attacks of September 11.
September 12, 2011 - For Whom Should I Vote?
Fr. Frank reflects on how a Christian should evaluate candidates
for public office, starting with the question of whether they understand the
limits of their own authority and are ready to defend human rights rather
than take them away. Fr. Frank gives practical suggestions as to what kind
of questions we should ask them.
September 13, 2011 - What We Should Remember About Our Priests
Fr. Frank reflects on the mystery and gift of the ordained
priesthood, on the spiritual powers that priests have and on the sins they
commit. He helps us understand why priests are called “Father” and how they
are to be prophets for life and justice.