Father Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea church in San Francisco gave a 10-minute homily on Sunday, June 21. The homily began with reflections on the Sacred Heart of Jesus but ended up about overcoming fear.

“Life has lots of cliffs and chasms but we don’t have to jump off.” As an example of a chasm, Father described a hike four hours east of San Francisco: “I would take youth groups up to Yosemite Falls, the tallest cataract in our country, 2200 feet street down. It was a great hike, four hours up.”

Father mentioned the taking down of statues five blocks from his church.

15-second excerpt from the homily:

“In my own home parish I knew a lot of sad bitter,  unfaithful priests. Many had left the priesthood, and I was afraid in the seminary that I would end up like them, a sad, bitter, unfaithful priest. And an older priest said to me, ‘Do not be afraid, because nothing can touch a man of prayer.’ ”