Father Jim’s Homily for Third Sunday in Lent

We have decided to once again post Father Jim Hogan’s homilies.  For those of you who are not familiar with Fr Jim, he is a priest of the Diocese of Helena Montana in “senior status”.  A “Vatican II priest”, he has served in parishes throughout western Montana for 50 years, retiring from his last assignment, Christ the King Parish and Newman Center for the University of Montana seven years ago.  He has traveled the world extensively.  He is fondly referred to by his many friends as the “Roamin’ Catholic Priest”.  In addition, he has written two books, Remove your shoes, which is unfortunately no longer in print, and Yes, We Are the Living Body of Christ.  Both books are excellent reads.  We are sure readers find inspiration and encouragement in his homilies.

Recently I listened to an Islamic scholar speak here in Missoula.  For the first fifteen minutes the large crowd was so mesmerized by his story you could hear a pin drop. By the age of ten his father had memorized the Koran.

At the age of ten this scholar realized he did not know how to pray and told his father.  So his father taught him how people of Islam pray.  Thereafter he prayed daily but then in his adolescent years he realized his prayer was shallow and meaningless. So he discontinued, stopped praying.

Later as a young adult he experienced some sort of radical, inner awakening.  He knew Allah (God) is real!  He resumed his life of prayer and today is the Imam in a large Islamic community in New York City.

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