Immaculate Conception Church


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The First Catholic Church in
Fort Smith, Arkansas






"This is to me the essence of every effective homily or sermon: that it serves to enhance that silent but sacred conversation between Christ and a Christian. As each Sunday approaches, every preacher asks himself or herself the question (sometimes in desperation): "What am I going to tell people this Sunday?!" Instead, I suggest we preachers should ask ourselves, "What does Jesus want to tell the people this coming Sunday?" Our job in preaching is to facilitate that conversation in the heart between the believer and the Lord. Jesus reminded His disciples, "He who hears you, hears me" (Luke 10:16). Blessed John Henry Newman, a master preacher in his own right, described it more intimately saying, "cor ad cor loquitur" (heart speaks to heart). When a sermon hits home, it's because the message touched a person's heart, but what's more, the hearer could perceive behind the preacher's words the voice of Jesus Himself."

Excerpt taken from Fr. John's book "Oh, for the Love of God"


We hope you enjoy this collection of homilies preached by Fr. John. If you would like to obtain them in a written format, please go to "Fr. John's Blog"







You Stupid Darkness


The Art of Listening


Final Flatulence


Feminine Fascination


Pay Day for Priests


The Narrow House


Fine Feathered Friends


The Writer's Wife


Built for Sacrifice


Man of Constant Sorrow


Henry's Hope


Good Debt


Love Loss


Permanent Pope-Mobile


Cringing Christians


Special Sauce


Modern Day Minimalists


For a Day


The Imitation Game


Faces of Faith


Feed the Seed


Mystery Christians


The Faith of Foreigners


Born to be Wild


Changing Diapers


Ministry of Death


Foiled Again


Higher Happiness


Saddlebag Preacher


Life Before Death


Not Knowing




Like Father, Like Son


Merry As A Schoolboy


Enemy of the Best


Cross Fit


First World Problems


Successful Failures


Child Prodigies


New Sheriff in Town


Listen Now


Diaper Dandies


Sober Sobriquet


A Personal Vocation


Laptop Love


Right Field


Extra Chairs


I am a Drunkard


Boat of Blondes


Good Greed


Hear Ye! Hear Ye!


Stop and Struggle


Mere Mortals
Obedience School


Portia's Picture


Stupid Smart


Water and Tears


Look, Deer!


Not Yet Honey


The Band Back Together


Techno God


Clean Jersey


Last Newspaper Clipping


The Magnificent Seven


Sacred Secrets


Saints Versus Scholars


Hostilities Exist


The Clone Wars


The End Comes First


Hidden Figures


Forget Me Not


Curb Your Hanger




Patience Now


Two Faces of Heaven


Games People Play


A Hand in History


Grading God


Twice Blest


Seven Blessings


Holy Hijabs


The Three Stages


Plain Ole White Boys


Glorious Food


Entertaining Angels


Memoir Mentors


Just Not That Into You


Out, Damned Spot


Art of the Deal


Christian Convicts


Fear and Fascination


Undercover Boss


Fake News


Marathon Minions


Marrying a Robot


Moved to Tears


Homer Simpson


Whistler's Mother


Hopeless Like Hell




Watch Yourself


Stinking Happy


Money, Sex, Power


Holy Hotheads


Perfect Teeth


Casablanca Queen


Rebel Without a Cause


Father Dreamy


Guy On Plus Sign


Spiritual Fashionistas


The Ugly Duckling




Get What You Want


Feet First


Bullet Proof Baby


Myrr Christmas


Galvanizing Others


Sopoforic Sacraments


Spoiling Your Parents


Rembrant's Toothache


Guest That's My Church


Penny Prophets


Unholy Trinity



Everyone Has a Story


The Bard's Brain




Footsteps of Heroes


Dogs Exchanging Bones



Too Big for Britches


Comfort Food


Di Cuore


Hardly a Snack


Key to the City


Listen Up


Lovers Quarrel


Free Food


Good News


Madly In Love


Mission Possible


My Father John Fix


They Want Us


Wasted Youth


Will's Hug


God Recycles, the Devil Burns


The River of Denial




The Bus Driver


My Favorite Things


Shortcut to Wine


Lunch for Lions


Turning Heads


Dumb Question


Full Face


The Fowl's Foul


Far, Far Better


Children of Lesser Gods


Eavesdrop on God


Monsignor Mercy


Shut Up And Kiss Me


Are You not Entertained?


Highway to Hell


Old Glory


Carmelite Shoes


Room for Religion


The Nose Knows


Catholic Accounting


Catholic Foodies


Contemporary Classic


Testing Shark Suits


Unstopabble Serial Killer


Crying Out Loud


Echoes in Eternity


Everyone Is Normal