These homilies on special liturgical feasts, on Jesus Christ, on spiritual topics, on the feasts of celebrated saints, and on special family occasions rethink--creatively but in an orthodox way--significant aspects of Christianity. They resulted, in part, from over sixty years of Jesuit spirituality, philosophical-theological study, graduate and undergraduate university teaching, scholarly research and publishing, and pastoral experience as well. They reflect years of prayerfully contemplating and thinking deeply about the great Christian heritage in the context of the Second Vatican Council, the recent biblical, historical, and theological scholarship, and contemporary issues arising in American culture. More specifically, behind these homilies, there stand, unobtrusively, the philosophical-theological thinking of Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan, the historical work of Bernard McGinn on the Christian mystical tradition, and the outstanding biblical scholarship of N. T. Wright. And yet my homilies attempt to remain faithful to the Mass readings and to the catechism of the hearts of those worshiping and prayerfully drinking in God's word addressed to them. Those who have heard them claim they are "deep," "existential," "exceptional," and "timely."