WLR Homilies

Homilies and talks by Dcn. Will Rooney and other guests

About the show

Dcn. Will is a Transitional Deacon of the Diocese of Austin, TX. He will be ordained in June 2020 to the Priesthood.

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  • 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.

  • Sons nor Servants: Living without fear (Homily for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost)

    July 26th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  8 mins 3 secs
    christ, ef, ef-post-pentecost-8, extraordinary form, fear, filial, freedom, love, son, tlm

    As the bread and wine are made Christ, who always cries out to the Father, so also our lives must be made into Christ through the work of the Spirit so that in union with him, we too cry out Father through that same Spirit.

  • What fruit should we expect?

    July 21st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  10 mins 57 secs
    charity, extraordinary form, fruit, goodness, grace, homily, love, tree

    We are the trees, in the garden of the Lord. We are perhaps a variety of different trees, but we are all meant to bear good fruit, which means receiving a new nature from him, living in charity, and letting ourself be pruned. “The tree is the soul, that is, the man himself; the fruit is the man’s works.” AUGUSTINE

  • Bearing Fruit Among the Weeds

    July 20th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  11 mins 51 secs
    a-ot-16, evil, homily, jesus, parable, thomas aquinas, weeds, wheat

    IV. Likewise, anytime we suffer evil in union with Christ, we show the world how much God loves them. The Kingdom of Heaven already triumphs because Christ, who is its embodiment, has already triumphed through his Cross and Resurrection.

  • Groaning Good Soil

    July 12th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  12 mins 28 secs
    a-ot-15, bearing fruit, cathedral, grace, groaning, repentance, soil

    God calls us to bear great fruit in as Christ himself did! To the extent that we repent, run to the Lord, and offer him the sacrifice of our lives, the soil of our soul will bear fruit. May we imitate his example and bear much fruit. 30x, 60x, 100x.

  • 2020-06-07 Reading Reflection

    June 7th, 2020  |  11 mins 52 secs
    communion, coronavirus, justice, peace, reflection, trinity, unity

    Reflection for The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

  • 2020-06-05 Reading Reflection

    June 5th, 2020  |  3 mins 34 secs
    coronavirus, reflection

    Reflection for Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

  • 2020-06-04 Reading Reflection

    June 4th, 2020  |  4 mins 52 secs
    coronavirus, reflection

    Reflection for Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

  • Homily for Pentecost Sunday - Communion in the Spirit

    June 4th, 2020  |  8 mins 42 secs
    coronavirus, easter, reflection

    Reflection for Pentecost Sunday

  • Pentecost Vigil Homily: God Thirsts for You

    June 3rd, 2020  |  12 mins 54 secs
    a, candidates, catechumens, pentecost vigil, thirst

    Our thirst for God expresses God’s thirst for us, which He fulfills through the gift of himself in the person of the Holy Spirit.

  • 2020-06-03 Reading Reflection

    June 3rd, 2020  |  6 mins 39 secs
    coronavirus, reflection

    Reflection for Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

  • 2020-06-01 Reading Reflection

    June 1st, 2020  |  5 mins 28 secs
    coronavirus, reflection

    Reflection for Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

  • 2020-05-30 Reading Reflection

    May 30th, 2020  |  7 mins 18 secs
    coronavirus, easter, reflection

    Reflection for Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter