77 Great Catholic Homilies

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Fifty years of Jesuit spirituality and scholarship come to full expression in Fr. Harvey Egan’s 77 Great Catholic Homilies.

Divided into five subsections—by feasts, family occasions, miscellaneous reflections, and Christ-focused subjects—the series telescopes from the general to the particular in fluid motions. You will find anecdotal wisdom in spades; Fr. Egan’s homilies approach topics in Christianity from a simultaneously creative and orthodox perspective, eschewing the tendency for homilies to become treatises on scriptural passages or mere platforms for political views. Instead, Fr. Egan strives to balance fidelity to the mass with attentiveness to his listeners’ interests.

Drawing on his decades of pastoral experience and St. Ignatius of Loyola’s idea of “safe doctrine,” Fr. Egan offers you a glimpse of his process. When h

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Fifty years of Jesuit spirituality and scholarship come to full expression in Fr. Harvey Egan’s 77 Great Catholic Homilies.

Divided into five subsections—by feasts, family occasions, miscellaneous reflections, and Christ-focused subjects—the series telescopes from the general to the particular in fluid motions. You will find anecdotal wisdom in spades; Fr. Egan’s homilies approach topics in Christianity from a simultaneously creative and orthodox perspective, eschewing the tendency for homilies to become treatises on scriptural passages or mere platforms for political views. Instead, Fr. Egan strives to balance fidelity to the mass with attentiveness to his listeners’ interests.

Drawing on his decades of pastoral experience and St. Ignatius of Loyola’s idea of “safe doctrine,” Fr. Egan offers you a glimpse of his process. When he sits down to prepare a homily, he begins by reading over the commentaries of some of his favorite scripture scholars. “Almost always,” says Fr. Egan, “they give me a few ideas, a jumping off point.”

In each powerful homily, you will find spiritually edifying nuggets of insight—easily consumed in the background of your daily commute or household chores.

In the end, the tone of the series might be best illustrated by one of the many amusing anecdotes you will hear from Fr. Egan. He recalls a friend once saying that homilies were like good home-cooked meals: years later you might not remember what was actually cooked, but no doubt you were nourished. 77 Great Catholic Homilies follows from this analogy, hoping to nourish you spiritually.

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Fr. Harvey D. Egan, S.J., D.Theol., is a leading expert on Christian mysticism and the thought of Karl Rahner. He is Emeritus Professor of Systematic and Mystical Theology at Boston College, where he taught for forty years. He previously taught at the College of the Holy Cross and Santa Clara University. Fr. Egan received his doctorate of theology under the direction of Karl Rahner from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany, and he is the recipient of the Robert H. Goddard Distinguished Alumni Award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

He is the author of several books, including Soundings in the Christian Mystical Tradition (Liturgical Press, 2010), Karl Rahner: Mystic of Everyday Life (Crossroad, 1998), An Anthology of Christian Mysticism (Liturgical Press, 1991), and Christian Mysticism: The Future of a Tradition (Pueblo Publishing, 1984). Fr. Egan has also translated many writings by Karl Rahner, and he has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and entries in anthologies.

Praise for Fr. Harvey Egan

“Ninety years ago Albert Schweitzer recognized that Paul was the first Christian mystic. Now, Harvey Egan has expanded and deepened the picture of Paul the mystic in this new and penetrating series, investigating the apostolic, Christological, Trinitarian, and ecclesiological dimensions of the mysticism of the Apostle to the Gentiles. All subsequent Christian mystics read and cited Paul, but Egan’s work shows how much Pauline themes were, indeed, foundational for later Christian mysticism. By considering Paul’s relation both to previous Jewish traditions, as well as to subsequent Christian history, Egan’s incisive work casts light both on the origins and the later story of Christian mysticism. A ground-breaking series for Biblical scholars, as well as for students of mysticism.”
—Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago

“Harvey D. Egan, S.J., brings years of study and writing on the Christian mystical tradition to this rich exploration of one of the foundational sources of that tradition: Paul, Apostle and Mystic. Though rooted in the faith of Israel, Paul’s mysticism is his transformative consciousness of the fulfillment of God’s salvific plan in the crucified and risen Jesus Christ. Paul’s mystical consciousness animated his apostolic conviction that fulfillment in Christ is Good News not only for Israel, but for all peoples, indeed for the whole of creation.”
—Robert P. Imbelli, author of Rekindling the Christic Imagination

“Father Harvey Egan is a former doctoral student of Karl Rahner, an expert in Christian mysticism, and is adept in New Testament scholarship. After reading all of his books and many of his articles over the last thirty-five years, I can vouch that in this vibrant and insightful lecture series he will be the best guide for those desirous of understanding St. Paul’s mystical consciousness as well as the real nature of Christian mysticism.”
—Louis Roy, OP, Dominican University College in Ottawa

“Harvey Egan has been engaged with Christian mystical traditions for much of his scholarly life. He now brings his careful scholarship and vast knowledge to a surprisingly neglected field–the mystical consciousness of the Apostle Paul recorded in his letters. Professor Egan is uniquely able to assess and interpret Paul’s enigmatic references to his mystical experience and to show its relevance for Christians today.
—Richard Clifford, SJ, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

“I loved this series both for its emphasis on the experience Paul had on the road to Damascus as well as his urgent drive to preach the real truth that Jesus is the Risen Lord. The listener will enjoy a double gift: a solid understanding of Christian mysticism flowing from trinitarian mystery and Paul’s expression of that mystery in the corpus he left to the church. I highly recommend this series, which is the fruit of fifty years study and prayer.”
—Lawrence S. Cunningham, The University of Notre Dame

“Through keen insights into the profound mystical transformation which incorporation into Christ and his mystical body brings, Father Egan is able to explore and unveil the mystical dimensions, primarily, of St. Paul and of St. Ignatius of Loyola, perhaps the two paradigmatic mystics in action, along with some others, each reflecting and lighting up the others. A welcome, challenging, even provocative, study!”
—William Thompson-Uberuaga, emeritus professor of theology, Duquesne University

“I can think of no better guide to the Christian mystical tradition than Fr. Harvey Egan, S.J. Learned, prayerful, articulate, inviting and always accessible, he is among the best of teachers.”– Rev. James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage“Reading, and better still, praying with Karl Rahner’s prayers is perhaps the best way to understand him. Let Fr. Harvey Egan, a master not only of Fr. Rahner’s spirituality but also of spirituality itself, take you to this center of his life and theology and then on to its wonderful whole wide range.”– Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., President Emeritus, Georgetown University“Harvey Egan’s vast knowledge of the Christian mystical tradition is impressive. Few scholars have matched the clarity of the way he introduces persons and highlights what is important in their writings. His assessments of mystics’ views are always both sympathetic to them and judiciously critical of them. A great guide!”
– Louis Roy, O.P., Dominican University College, Ottawa

“Father Harvey J. Egan, S.J., is one of the premier interpreters of the mystical tradition on the current scene. Well-known for his many insightful studies of the mysticism of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Fr. Egan has also written on the broad history of Christian mysticism, including his impressive Anthology of Christian Mysticism.”
– Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago

“There is no surer guide to Rahner the mystic than Egan. Since his definitive The Spiritual Exercises and the Ignatian Mystical Horizon (1976), to which Rahner contributed the Foreword, he has kept flowing a steady stream of impressive original works and wonderful translations of Rahneriana.”
– Andrew Tallon, Marquette University

“Father Harvey Egan studied under Karl Rahner and is a world-renowned expert in Rahner’s theology. But what is most exciting about Egan’s approach is to reveal the mystical heart of Rahner’s thought. He makes clear that for Rahner theology and spirituality are inseparable and nourish one another.”
– Rev. Robert Imbelli, Boston College

“Harvey Egan has a profound knowledge of both Karl Rahner’s theology and the Christian mystical tradition, particularly as expressed in the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola. As such, Egan is that rare scholar who brings a critically important third dimension to his exposition of Rahner’s thought: depth, clarity, coherence, integrity.”
– David G. Schultenover, S.J., Marquette University

“Having spent decades intensively studying and writing on the thought of his teacher Karl Rahner, Fr. Harvey D. Egan, S.J., has acquired a deep appreciation of Rahner’s theology, including his philosophy and spirituality, thus acquiring a perhaps unique competence to present it understandably and empathetically to an interested contemporary listener.”
– William J. Hoye

HOMILIES FOR SPECIAL FEAST DAYS

  • Homily 1: Advent and Expectation
  • Homily 2: The Old and the New
  • Homily 3: Three Pregnant Women
  • Homily 4: Christmas: Christ as the Light of the World
  • Homily 5: Epiphany as Political Dynamite
  • Homily 6: He was Named Jesus
  • Homily 7: Finding Jesus in the Temple
  • Homily 8: Feast of the Holy Family
  • Homily 9: Cana—Mary and “Do whatever he tells you”
  • Homily 10: The Baptism of the Lord
  • Homily 11: Rethinking Ash Wednesday and Genuine Christianity
  • Homily 12: Lent—Satan Tests Jesus in the Desert
  • Homily 13: Rethinking Good Friday and the Cross
  • Homily 14: Rethinking Good Friday as Christ’s Descent into Hell
  • Homily 15: Resurrection—In No Other Name
  • Homily 16: Jesus’ Easter Appearances
  • Homily 17: Resurrection—We Have Seen the Lord
  • Homily 18:  Feast of Jesus’ Body and Blood
  • Homily 19: Rethinking Blood Sacrifice
  • Homily 20: Eating and Drinking Christ’s Flesh and Blood
  • Homily 21: Rethinking Jesus’ Ascension
  • Homily 22: Jesus the Bridegroom and Rethinking Heaven
  • Homily 23: Rethinking Resurrection and Heaven as the New Creation
  • Homily 24: Feast of Christ the King
  • Homily 25: Pentecost Sunday
  • Homily 26: Trinity Sunday

 

HOMILIES CENTERED ON JESUS CHRIST

  • Homily 27: “Who do you say that I am?”
  • Homily 28: Jesus—the Heart of Christianity
  • Homily 29: Jesus’ Central Message—the Kingdom
  • Homily 30: Jesus the Jew (Immaculate Heart of Mary Feast)
  • Homily 31: Jesus’ Authority
  • Homily 32: “He who sees me sees the Father”
  • Homily 33. The Offensive Jesus
  • Homily 34: “Those who lose their life for my sake will find it”
  • Homily 35: Rethinking “Render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar . . .”
  • Homily 36: The Mustard Seed and the Kingdom of God
  • Homily 37: Jesus Forgives Sins
  • Homily 38: Jesus Cures the Deaf Mute
  • Homily 39: Jesus Calms the Violent Sea
  • Homily 40: Jesus Feeds the Multitudes
  • Homily 41: Jesus Feeds the Crowds
  • Homily 42: Jesus the Eunuch, Barren Women, and the Kingdom
  • Homily 43. Jesus and Women
  • Homily 44: Jesus and Women II
  • Homily 45: “No one knows the Father except the Son”
  • Homily 46: “He’s out of his mind”

 

HOMILIES ON MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS

  • Homily 47: The Power of Faith
  • Homily 48: Suffering for the Kingdom of God
  • Homily 49: Pray Unceasingly
  • Homily 50: Rich in What Matters to God
  • Homily 51: The Lord’s Prayer and Aging
  • Homily 52: Parable of the Wedding Feast
  • Homily 53: A Worthy Wife
  • Homily 54: Children as Gift and Celibacy
  • Homily 55: Children as the Greatest in God’s Kingdom
  • Homily 56: July 4th— Independence Day
  • Homily 57: Rejoicing in the Anniversary of my Jesuit Vocation
  • Homily 58: Rethinking Purgatory
  • Homily 59. Rethinking Hell
  • Homily 60: Jairus’ Daughter—Christian Pessimism and Optimism

 

HOMILIES FOR THE FEAST OF SAINTS

  • Homily 61: The Call of the Apostle Matthew
  • Homily 62: Peter the Paradox
  • Homily 63: Peter the Jew Walks on the Water
  • Homily 64: Mary Magdalen at the Tomb and New Creation
  • Homily 65: Feast of Peter and Paul
  • Homily 66: Paul—The Ecstatic Mystic
  • Homily 67: Francis of Assisi and the Stigmata of Daily Life
  • Homily 68: Francis of Assisi and Ignatius of Loyola
  • Homily 69: The Feast of Ignatius of Loyola
  • Homily 70: The Feast of Teresa of Avila
  • Homily 71: The Feast of the Holy Angels
  • Homily 72: The Feast of Martyrs—Jesus’ Presence and Absence
  • Homily 73: Mother Teresa—Wrestling with God

 

HOMILIES FOR FAMILY OCCASIONS

  • Homily 74: Rethinking Baptism
  • Homily 75: Rethinking Baptism II
  • Homily 76: Rethinking Marriage
  • Homily 77 : Rethinking Funerals

 

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