15th Sunday – Cycle A Gospel: Mt. 13:1-23 I had the honor of con-celebrating a wedding for some of my good friends Friday. They are an amazing couple; they are talented, good together, and so excited about their faith. The whole evening was full of stories about the providential work of God in bringing the […]
About Fr. Kirby Longo
Father Kirby is a priest of the Diocese of Helena, and is currently serving in Butte, MT. He grew up in Billings, Montana and graduated from Carroll College in 2012.
I am a recent convert to the world of the smart-phone. Well, I guess I had more of a re-conversion. I had dabbled in smart phones previously, but I never really embraced it so I found myself only using the technology to watch the Cleveland Indians and play stupid games- which I wasn’t even good […]
If there is ever a mass in which a priest will be forgiven for talking briefly about himself in his homily- it’s his mass of thanksgiving. So, I will take advantage of that: From my young teenage years through much of high school, I found myself fascinated with the great figures of history: some of […]
Unfortunately, my time here in Boulder has come to an end. I find the gospel of the Good Shepherd a fitting one to conclude my ministry at St. Toms, because it gives me an opportunity to meditate on what I am about to receive this summer in my priestly ordination, and what I have received […]
The Church gives us some crazy eschatological readings today. She invites us to contemplate the end of time. But to understand it from a different angle I want to focus in on the second reading from St. Paul (2 Thes 3:7-12); thus understanding the final line of the gospel – “By your perseverance you will secure […]
In his latest homily, from St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, Deacon Kirby Longo reminds us to preach the Gospel and make disciples of all nations.
Click play to listen or read the full text below. Whenever Jesus begins to grow in popularity, he says something very difficult in order to purify our motives for following him. The gospel today is a great example. Jesus asks, “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on Earth?” I think […]
In 325 AD, because there was much strife in the Church, Constantine called all the bishops to gather at a council in Nicaea. At this council, there was a solid contingent of what we refer to today as Arians. They were those who deny the true divinity of Christ. A catch phrase of theirs would […]
Photo: Deacon Kirby Longo skiing through fresh powder somewhere in Montana. “Love of money is the root of all kinds of evil,” John Locke, the great English political theorist would probably have picked that passage from Timothy as his least favorite in all of scripture. For Locke thought money was the greatest thing human beings […]
This homily was given on the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C. Today Jesus teaches us how to pray. To preach a homily on the Lord’s Prayer is intriguing; it is simultaneously the most influential and common prayer in history and the single easiest prayer for us to recite without reflecting on its meaning for […]
Deacon Longo preached this homily at his sister’s wedding. Although the homily is addressed to the particular couple the message it contains is universal. Mass readings: Sirach 26: 1-4, 13-16; Psalm 34: 2-9; Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18; Mark 10: 6-9. Kathryn and Eric, you made it – fully intact. No one broke any bones last night, and no […]
The following homily was given by Deacon Kirby Longo at SS Cyril and Methodius Parish on the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. When I was playing basketball in elementary school, the coolest tournament to go to was always Gillette – not because it was the biggest or most prestigious, and certainly not due […]