WLR Homilies

Homilies and talks by Fr. Will Rooney and other guests

About the show

Fr. Will is a Priest of the Diocese of Austin, TX.

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  • Prudent Generosity

    November 9th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 26 secs
    catholic, faith, mass, prudent, virtue

    Everyone wants to be generous, but many times we fail to act generously. How do we decide how to be generous? We need prudence to be able to make decisions about the best way to be generous. Prudence is the virtue directed towards choosing the means towards happiness. But here’s the thing: for us as Christians, prudence must consider an eternal perspective. We are not made for merely natural flourishing, but eternity with heaven. In the end, all the material things will fall away. The material has a place, but it is not everything. In the end, the material things, even honor, prestige, and all the things we fear losing in this world will evaporate. The things will not matter in themselves but only how we used them or failed to use them in service to their more excellent end – charity towards God and our neighbor. In the twilight of our lives, says St. John of the Cross, we will be judged by our love

  • Non-Anxious Rendering

    October 19th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  16 mins
    catholic, disagreement, elections, faith, justice, mass, politics, prudence, state

    Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God (Mt 22:21)

  • Will you go to the feast?

    October 11th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  14 mins 26 secs
    catholic, faith, heaven, hell, king, love, mass, wedding

    To be disregarded or despised is a painful experience for us human beings. Have you considered that God, in creating free persons, opened himself to being despised and disregarded? From the beginning, he opened himself to the possibility of being despised and disregarded. The Cross is God’s answer to this. It comes down to this: will let him love us? Will we accept his gift or spurn it? He loves you. Will you disregard him, despise him, or will you receive him and be saved?

  • Hurting and Healing

    September 15th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  12 mins 20 secs
    24, a, catholic, faith, mass, of, ot

    Our false image of God can get in the way of completely receiving his mercy. When that happens often desperately grasp after other things in order to try and earn our way to heaven. This grasping, which is sin, harms us and harms others. It will cause us to lose the joy that we should have as Christians.

  • Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo

    September 10th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  9 mins 55 secs
    23, amar, catholic, domingo, espanol, faith, homilia, mass, missa, of, ot

    ¿Porque un discípulo tiene que amar a su prójimo? Esta homilía fue dada en la ocasión del Bautismo, Confirmación, y Primer Comunión de dos niños de nuestra comunidad.

  • Hobos for Heaven

    September 9th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  12 mins 18 secs
    14, catholic, ef, faith, mass, post-pentecost

    But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. (Matt 6:33)

  • Correcting with Love

    September 7th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  18 mins 7 secs
    23, a, of, ot

    If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone Matthew 18:15

    “Reckon him no more amongst the number of thy brethren. But yet neither is his salvation on that account to be neglected. For the very heathen, that is, the Gentiles and Pagans, we do not reckon among the number of brethren; but yet are we ever seeking their salvation” – St. Augustine

  • Grátias agámus Dómino Deo nostro

    September 1st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  11 mins 27 secs
    13, ef, extraordinary form, gratitude, homily, samaritan

    He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. (Lk 17:16)

  • Prophetic Anguish

    August 31st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 36 secs
    22, a, cross, of, prophecy, suffering, witness

    The folly of the Cross becomes the salvation of all. Brothers and sisters, to share in his anguished heart which beats for every human soul. What greater joy could be found?

  • Making friends by being friends

    August 26th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  12 mins 8 secs
    ef, friend, good samaritan, neighbor, post-pentecost-12

    Christ himself is the Good Samaritan who finds you and me wounded and naked on the side of the road and heals us and raises us up. He makes us his neighbors and friends. We are called to invite others to become our neighbors by being their neighbors as Christ did for us. Then we must invite them to meet our best Friend, the Good Samaritan, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever.

  • Harsh Healing Words from the Word

    August 18th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  11 mins 51 secs
    20, a, dignity, harsh, of, ot, woman

    For her benefit and for our benefit, the Lord draws faith out of the Canaanite woman. She becomes a remarkable example of what trusting prayer in faith looks like. For when we desire in prayer, nothing other than the will of God, then it will be done in our lives.

  • Reaching out to the one who reaches for us

    August 9th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  10 mins 3 secs

    If we admit our need before God, our weaknesses are not the end of the story but only its beginning

  • Fighting Relationally

    August 4th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  11 mins 49 secs
    ef-post-pentecost-9, relational prayer, temptation

    Simply bask in the fact that God loves you. Your sin, your past temptations, your present struggles, none of them can change the fact that God loves you. He’s loved you from the beginning, and he will always love you. You are his son or daughter. Christ compassionately weeps when he sees us in sin because he loves us. He is always present and desires to enter the temple of our hearts and cleanse it of the robbers who wish to cause us harm.

  • Give them something yourself

    August 3rd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  9 mins 24 secs
    a-ot-18, catholic, homily, impoverished, ordinary form, poverty

    Perhaps in encountering an impoverished person, we fear recognizing our own poverty and need: the truth that human beings exist fundamentally in relation. This fact is made perfectly clear in the incarnation, the enfleshment of Our Lord Jesus, who is God, needed his Mother. As we pass through our daily lives in the City of Austin, we encounter a vast multitude of people who do not know Jesus and who have never received the bread which will satisfy. The Lord’s words should resound in our ears: “there is no need for them to go away, give them some food yourselves.”

  • Homilia Tesoros vanos (en espanol)

    July 29th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  7 mins 53 secs
    a-ot-17, espanol, of, treasure

    Saber lo que es correcto es esencial, pero no es suficiente. Debemos elegir hacerlo. Debemos decidir cada día vivir de acuerdo con lo que sabemos que es correcto. Debemos desear a Dios por encima de cualquier otra cosa o persona buena. Dios es supremamente generoso contigo y conmigo.

  • Vain Treasures (Homily for 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

    July 27th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  6 mins 12 secs
    a-ot-17, christ, of, treasure, vain, vice

    Knowing what right is essential, but it is not enough. We must choose to do it. We must decide each day to live according to what we know is right. We must desire God above every other good thing or person. God is supremely generous with you and me.