Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2003 in the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

April 21, 2017

"Give thanks to the Lord ... his mercy endures forever."

Today the word of God tells the story of how the early community of the Church exercised mercy. It likewise explains the full story of God's mercy in the institution of the Sacrament of Penance for the forgiveness of sins. Mercy is revealed as God's love in the face of our sins, our needs, our weaknesses. Our response to Divine Mercy is found in these words: "Jesus, I trust in you." 



Easter Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali, April 16, 2017 in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville

April 16, 2017

"He has been raised from the dead, and is going before you ...."

Christ's Resurrection is his victory over sin and death – a victory which he shares with us. Christ's Resurrection is also a challenge for us to embrace his forgiveness and to live in newness of life.



Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Holy Saturday, March 29,1997 in the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis

April 15, 2017

"He is risen; he is not here!"

The moment has come to proclaim: "Jesus Christ is risen from the dead! Alleluia! Alleluia!" The Church does more than this. By Baptism she transmits to us a share in Christ's Resurrection. The Resurrection of Jesus and his new life are the basis of our life as baptized Christians. As such, we are called to live and worship God worthily.



Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali for Good Friday, April 14, 2017 in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville

April 14, 2017

The Death of Jesus: A Wonderful Exchange

In taking on our humanity, Jesus receives the power to die. By his death he gives us the power to live forever with God.


Homily for Mass of the Lord’s Supper by then-Archbishop Justin Rigali in the Cathedral in St.Louis, March 27, 1997

April 13, 2017

Do this in memory of me.

The core of our celebration at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is the love of Jesus that inspired him to give us the Eucharist and the Priesthood. We are invited by him to imitate his love in humble service.


Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Holy Thursday, March 27, 1997 at the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral Basilica in St.Louis.

April 13, 2017

Gift and Ministry of the Priesthood

The Chrism Mass invites us to reflect on the gift and mystery of the priesthood and on our relationship with Jesus. It draws or attention to the importance of the blessed Oils and consecrated Chrism with which four sacraments are administered.


Homily for Palm Sunday 2017 in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Knoxville

April 10, 2017

During Lent we have been accompanying Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem, where he undergoes death and will rise from the dead. Today, Palm Sunday, we have reached Jerusalem where Jesus accomplishes his mission and where we receive from him the pledge of victory over sin and death.