Was there a good point your heard in the sermon at Mass for Sunday?
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(And, yes, my objective in posting this each week, is partly to prompt people to pay closer attention and to remember!)
Was there a good point your heard in the sermon at Mass for Sunday?
Let us know!
(And, yes, my objective in posting this each week, is partly to prompt people to pay closer attention and to remember!)
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Given the substance of today’s readings, I thought that perhaps we would receive a doctrinal homily on the indissolubility of marriage, or marriage as defined as being between one man and one woman (always a timely subject here in Iowa), or the relationship of husband and wife relative to that between Christ and His Church. Instead, we got to hear about “relationships”. I think that many well meaning priests mistakenly assume that their parishioners are too stupid to digest anything more substantial than pablum.
Our priest spoke on the purpose of marriage and the necessity of the structure of the traditional family for its proper function. I have so much respect for him. Speaking against homosexual marriage is not easy in this culture and we may soon see it criminalized. Pray for our priests’ ability and willingness to speak the truth!
At the Spanish Mass the Deacon gave a good talk on the sacramental nature of matrimony. He tackled the ‘machismo’ in Hispanic culture quite humorously and forthrightly. (What do you mean that after a long, hard day’s work the big man of the house doesn’t deserve to have his bubble bath made ready by a docile and submissive woman as is her place?) Mind you the congregation is about 80 percent female so he knows what side his bread is buttered but nonetheless quite a potent refresher on the complementary nature of the spouses.
We had a good homily on marriage. We had a little background about how the pharisees were trying to trap Jesus with their question because different Jewish teachers of the time interpreted Moses’ teaching in different ways. God’s plan for marriage was emphasised and there was a timely reminder that in our current political climate marriage is under threat. We were encouraged to give thanks for all the wonderful examples of good marriages around us. Also we were reminded of the need to show compassion and give support to those whose marriages fail – something all too frequent in our world today and in particular to recognise that the faults and failings in marriage are a result of man’s fallen nature.
Absolutely spectacular sermon this morning – Fr. Richard outdid himself. He discussed the import of the word ‘nakedness’ between Adam and Eve, and how it refers not so much to clothing, but to the unreserved, absolute and transparent levels of communication and trust that originally existed between God and His children. He explained how true marriage is a reflection of the structure of the Trinity, wherein the Holy Spirit personifies and embodies, literally, that kind of pure and active, self-sacrificial (agape) love between Father and Son. He stated that in a sacramental marriage, there again are three, not two, and that the third (the Holy Spirit) conjoins and strengthens the relationship between husband and wife. THEN (after considerably more discussion on the subject) he made reference to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and explained that the reason it was forbidden was because the fruit encouraged men and women to rely solely on themselves and their interpretation of their actions of the day, and to turn their back on that naked trust they had in God and His divine dictates while delving into the depths of moral relativism. The fig leaf represents all that mortal and grown of Earth that comes between us (literally between those parts of us that afford and encourage life) and the Divine. Finally, he said “Of course, there too was the Tree of Life, which is of course, and always has been, the Cross. So you see, right from the beginning, how even before the moment of the Fall, the means of our salvation, reparation and reconciliation were right there, growing right beside that which bore the fruit of our sin. God really did anticipate all of our needs right there in the Garden, eh, short and long-term.’
I was literally sitting on the edge of the pew, listening that intently.
I was more enthused by two of the announcements today at Assumption Grotto. First that Father Z would be in town for next week’s Call to Holiness Program. Second that the weekend will culminate with the first Pontifical High Mass said at Grotto in many years. Only way next weekend could be better is if you decide to have a blognik when you are in town, Father Z!
The Southwest District Vocations Director for the Oblates of the Mary Immaculate, whom I know personally, gave the homily today.
He spoke about the need to recognize marriage as a vocation. He said that a Christian marriage is different from any other union in that there are three people present; the husband, the wife, and Christ. A marriage needs to be Christ-centered so that it can be as a house built on rock. He also asked for parents and grandparents to pray that their children and grandchildren may find good, virtuous spouses.
On a personal note: he knows that I’m discerning a vocation to the priesthood, and he told me to let him know when (not if) I enter the seminary. This was an affirmation of my call, which made my day :-)
We had the first Pastoral letter from Bishop Egan of Portsmouth. You can get it on the diocesan website.
Beat that if you can!
Having studied the readings for today prior to Mass, I hoped to hear the Catholic teaching on marriage.
Father started with complementarity, mentioning only one example – personalities.
He then moved to partner and how that word is used today to refer to people who want to partner for life and face life together as partners. His examples included two men or two women or a man and woman. He eventually stated that some partners marry.
And I kid you not, the guy giggled!
He winked and nodded at one family as though he were speaking of “adult” topics in veiled language so as not to be too frank in front of their children.
If my children were still at home, we would be driving 5 hours round trip every Sunday to attend elsewhere. I should do the same for myself as I leave Mass so angry at him.
Well, today was a first in my life of 46 years. I heard a sermon preached that included a rebuke of Catholics who think they can contracept, married couples who defile the marriage bed by infidelity and receive Holy Communion and a commemoration of the Victory of Lepanto! Afterward, a rosary procession and crowning of the statue of Our Lady of Good Counsel in front of the CHurch…. It was well worth driving 50 miles for Mass today.
In the Ordinary Form, I talked about the contraceptive mentality in our society and the destructive effects prophetically foreseen by Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae.
And, in the Extraordinary Form I talked of the power of the Rosary to defeat the diabolical attack on the Church and human life. We will have the victory, but like Our Lord, must go to Calvary. When it appears that the Church is destroyed and all lost, God will raise it up again to new glory and power through the work of Our Lady’s little, faithful flock.
PS: my ordinary form homily is on today’s podcast.
Sound system working this Sunday.
Standard repetition of the Gospel,
but ended with that is why there is so much confusion in this world: people aren’t paying attention to the teachings of The Lord/The Word in the Bible.
Will pray for you, NickD
iPadre, you and other priests of your conviction are a blessing to us all.
The sermon was surprisingly Council of Orangish, not something I’ve heard before in sermons. The Rosary and how prayer originates as God’s movement in us, not of our own in initiative. How God can have an immutable will and still answer prayers (induced by grace) without being maniputed into changing his mind by those who do the praying.
iPadre: Thanks be to God for priests like you who preach the truth so that others may be saved.
We kicked some butt in 1571. Wonderful sermon.
Father said that while he can’t endorse a certain party or tell us who to vote for, he can explain the Catholic principles of voting. Since we do not have any truly Catholic candidates, we are now in ‘damage control mode’ and morally our votes should be for viable candidates who will not support a mandate to take away our religious freedom and for candidates under whom the fewest innocent lives will be lost to abortion. He also said that we should pray our rosary devoutly and that no matter the outcome of the election, we must never lose hope.
A homily on the Rosary, and how simple yet powerful it is. How St. Pio clung to it, and how we can too, even if we are weak or even dying. I don’t think I have ever heard a homily about the rosary before.
I need to get you back on my iTunes, iPadre.
Also in Jersey… Polish Mass as usual…
I really wish I understood more, Father appears to be an excellent preacher. In fact, I almost understand him…
Much about Truth and Mercy/Love, how it is not merciful/charitable to pretend that things are other than they are, how Christ not only re-iterated the Mosaic Law on marriage but called His followers to higher standards, because the Sacrament of Matrimony is a reflection of God’s own love. And those higher standards were laid down by Christ, laid down by God’s own dear Heart, so however hard they might seem we can hardly doubt that He knew best. Oh, and by the way, regardless of how people feel, it is not charitable/merciful to tell them anything other than the Truth.
I haven’t seen Monseigneur’s letter yet.
Wonderful sermon on the rosary today. Albigensian heresy. Defeat of Muslim Turks at Lepanto. Conditions for gaining a Plenary Indulgence.
School children’s Mass at the parish church last Wednesday is worth a mention. Extended explanation on the Mass, which is a “reenactment of the Last Supper.” The altar signifies the table on which the meal was consumed.
I can hardly wait for next week’s installment.
BTW, the rosary sermon was at the local SSPX chapel.
Good sermon on the Rosary. Father quoted the saints and popes.
NickD. I will pray for you as well. May Our Lady of the Rosary, watch over your vocation.
October is a prolife month and a month for the Rosary. We must, to be prolife, help the poor and weak who need food and shelter. We cannot forget the weakest among us, therefore we must stand up for the rights of the unborn. We should re-dedicate ourselves to praying the rosary daily. The Rosary is a prolife prayer starting with the joyous mysteries of Mary’s yes to God, our salvation in the sorrowful mysteries, the Sacramental life of the Luminous Mysteries and the eternal life of the Glorious Mysteries.
Pope Benedict’s homily is nice: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2012/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20121007_apertura-sinodo_en.html
Best point about our sermon was that our 10 year old son was stood behind Father altar serving for the first time. I resisted the urge to get my camera out. The homily wasn’t bad either. All marriages have their ups and downs, lots of people in our community have been married 50 years or more, it’s not for us to judge the ones whose dreams have been shattered.
We got a nice homily about falling in love with Our Lord by reading the Scriptures.
It was the ‘widow of Naim’ for the Byzantine rite this Sunday- a few points were that compassion/pity leads Jesus to use His power
I liked the point that Jesus uses physical healings to bring about spiritual healing- the priest tied it to the sacrament of confession, urging the people to take advantage of the mystery (sacrament), saying ‘What good is physical health when the soul is sick?’
Rather than speaking directly on marriage, our pastor used the story of creation as a reminder that we are created from dust, and to dust we shall return. We received quite possibly the first homily I’ve ever heard on the 4 last things, and it was fairly well done.
Our priest tied in respect for life with an extremely strong condemnation of abortion and euthanasia. ***And get this***… he called for the eliminating of Obamacare and ousting of the administration! I despise applause in church, but our priest got a hardy round of it (including from me.)
Our new pastor used the readings today to remind us about the sanctity of marriage–that it is between a man and a woman, and precludes divorce. He also reminded us that abortion is evil, and said that we should reflect on these readings since the election is happening soon. Considering how gentle our previous pastor has been regarding these issues (i.e., not mentioning them), this was definitely a welcome change of things.
I preached on the impossibility of divorce and remarriage. I was surprised at the number of folks who said that they had never heard a priest preach on these readings so directly. Lots of comments on annulments that lead me to believe that the bishops needs to do a better job explaining them (e.g., costs, legitimacy of children, etc.).
Fr. Philip Neri, OP
Excellent homily on the OT and Gospel from a priest at CUA (subbing for our regular weekend celebrant who is on the mend after some surgery). Taking the Maryland marriage referendum as a backdrop he talked about how marriage, instituted by God, precedes the state and is not subject to the state. Apart from this current controversy, he spent most of his time recalling the sacramental and co-creative character of marriage. He quoted extensively from the Second Vatican Council and told us he was doing so.
Father spoke about the second reading, how it indicated that the word “perfect” refers not to perfect in all ways, but perfect for the purpose that God intended. I found this a fruitful concept when applied to myself.
Even better, we had heavenly music by a group called Cantores in Ecclesia, a wonderful world class schola who sing a solemn Latin Mass every Saturday. I found it curious that unlike the other EF Latin Masses I have attended, the priest followed the Novus Ordo rubrics for the most part; facing the congregation, first two readings by a lay person, sign of peace. Some things were very different. Fr. CHANTED the Gospel reading in English. He distributed the Eucharist with the help of an EM but she merely held the ciborium for him. This may have been because Fr. can only walk or stand with the help of a cane.
I found this all rather strange at first but all in all I find I am uplifted. I have been stuck in the back of beyond (rural Alaska) for the last 30 years so I am no judge of what is common. If this is the way the Latin Mass is supposed to be said I am all for it. It will be well worth the 45 minute drive each way.
Wish I could say that I remembered something, but our difficult to understand parochial vicar (he is foreign and has a significant accent) spoke for 25 minutes and never made a point. We have two priests and neither are good homilists – neither prepares a written homily and can’t seem to keep on any point. Third weekend of the month our deacons preach – and they are all good homilists.
We had a retired priest filling in for ours today. He gave a strong sermon regarding “one man, one woman= one flesh” and exhorted the congregation to adhere to Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.
Here in Minnesota, our priest talked about marriage and the upcoming vote. I would be pretty amazed, but this is the 3 weekend he has preached on the subject. He is pretty amazing. He started out telling us that the rectory where he is living (he lives at a different parish with a member of his priestly confraternity, The Companions of Christ) had someone place vote no signs on their lawn overnight. Talked about the meaning of marriage and then ended with extorting the faithful to be courageous.
Our new priest went to great lengths to describe the sins of abortion,adultery,homosexuality(the lifestyle),divorce and remarriage and then told how these things remove us from communion with the church. He then told us that he could not tell us who should get our vote, but told us that we cannot vote for politicians who are pro-choice. After Mass, I made a special effort to congratulate Fr. on his wonderful sermon and he said “but it doesn’t make me very popular.” I looked him straight in the eye and said “Please don’t try to be popular” and he looked at me and gave a warm,serious smile. There is hope!
A letter from our bishop was read, detailing the true meaning of marriage, why we should oppose same sex marriage, and urging us to do so in our upcoming statewide referendum. It was forceful.
At the Vigil Mass in the Ordinary Form, the homily was about how so many Catholics take for granted the fact that matrimony is a sacrament, both in the way that couples prepare for marriage and how easily they give up when things become difficult. At the Extraordinary Form today, our visiting priest talked about the power of the Rosary, recalling what a mother once told him about it being a “lasso” she used to draw her children closer to God, and how the most beautiful Rosary he ever saw was one that had been crudely fashioned out of barbed wire with “beads” of dried bread, made in a concentration camp during WWII.
A barn-burner on marriage, the impossibility of divorce, the fact that marriage is between one man and one woman. Father struck a nerve, because two same-sex couples walked out when he talked about the culture trying to redefine marriage and why that is harmful to everyone in society. He also spoke on the necessity of voting for candidates who will protect religious freedom and promote a culture of life. The woman next to me actually hissed when he said that (“he shouldn’t be saying that!!!” she stage-whispered). I was thrilled with his sermon.
Our mostly-Hispanic parish is blessed with two holy priests (from Columbia and Korea) and several holy deacons. The deacon who gave the homily created a wonderful springboard to encourage the parish to attend Theology of the Body classes which we hold once a week, emphasized the need to have a firm foundation on which to build our faith and our decisions. He made direct reference to the upcoming elections and tied JP2’s teaching directly to current events. Maybe we’ll have more than the two attendees who came last week.
Fr. Mark spoke first about how Christ told us in Matt. 5:14-16 that we are the light of the world and “let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” However, today our culture is telling us to hide our light, to keep our religion and our Gospel values to ourselves and accommodate to secular values. However, we must obey Christ, not the world. He then spoke about the first reading in Genesis, about God’s plan for marriage, then about the Gospel reading and Christ’s words about divorce. He pointed out that the Pharisees probably asked Christ that question at that time in hopes of getting Him in trouble with Herod. St. John the Baptist had just been imprisoned and then beheaded because he had criticized Herod Antipas for divorcing his wife and marrying his brother’s wife. Jesus was now in Herod’s realm and the Pharisees no doubt hoped that Jesus might suffer the same fate as St. John. We may suffer also when we speak the truth in today’s culture, but we have to be ready for that. He then brought up the examples of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher who witnessed to the Gospel in the time of King Henry VIII and paid for it with their lives. St. Thomas More’s last words were, “I die the King’s good servant, but God’s first.” We must also be God’s servant first above all. Excellent sermon.
The priest spoke about sacramental marriage as offering a special protection for the couple. (As a background, I’m in Mexico, and common-law relationships, single mothers and cheating husbands seem to be a part of every day life for most people – more so than in Canada. The government has its civil marriage, and has gone to great measures to separate that and pit that over and against Church marriage; it does not recognize a marriage in a Church as legal or binding. So, even many officially married Catholics have not sought out a sacramental marriage in the Church.)
The priest spoke very directly about these situations, pointing out that common-law, in addition to living in sin, is just a personal arrangement that could end whenever one or the other doesn’t feel good about it anymore. A civil marriage is valid (i.e. a husband isn’t just allowed to walk away from his wife just because they weren’t married in the Church) but it’s sacramental marriage that offers the protection to the couple of being eternally and giving the couple the fullness of married life within the Church. It offers the sacramental life to overcome difficulties and protect the marriage against sin or termination simply on one person’s lack of desire to put in more effort.
A recorded talk by our bishop was played. It was a desperate rant criticizing those who are nostalgic for the preconciliar liturgy and forms. [When I ask for good points, I really mean good points. There was little that was good in what you describe here, but I will let it stand because I thought this sort of thing was now cliché. HERE.] He described the preconciliar church as a ghetto and talked about how horrible it was when everything was in Latin and no one was allowed to participate. It was a miserable recitation of tired and worn out liberal talking points. And he actually had the gall to say that we ought to read the documents of the council to see for ourselves what they really say. I wanted to run out of the church but decided to sit in apathy so I could receive the Eucharist and leave. Of course, the liturgy is so bad in my state I rarely want to actively participate in it anyway. And therein lies the irony. There is a new liturgical caste that makes it impossible to participate if you aren’t female and/or nostalgic for 1960s/70s folk music and felt crafts. I really wish I had a printed copy of the bishop’s rant so I could send it to the Holy Father and ask if this load is what he meant by having a Year of Faith. Our bishop just used the occasion to bash the traditional Latin mass and pretend like all traditional Catholics hate Protestants and Jews and Muslims.
I preached on Marriage as Sacrament—a sign that points to the love of Christ for the Church. Its essential purposes & qualities. The importance of grace and sacrifice in marriage life. Also touched on the practice of Infant Baptism, and encouraged parishioners to celebrate their own baptismal anniversary.
Here is the recording:
Father first spoke on Respect Life Sunday, and the 55 million babies aborted, which were represented by 55 candles in the sanctuary and crosses on the front lawn. Father then spoke of the fact that we as Catholics stick to Our Lord’s instruction on the indissolubility of marriage when most Christians do not. Father spoke that due to this being the second “me generation” people today are less willing to compromise and think of others, which is what is asked of married couples. He explained that marriage takes work, but a strong marriage of a man and woman is the best environment for bringing life into this world. He further spoke that married couples have to model their life as Jesus’s love for the church.
Our priest told us that he couldn’t tell us who to vote for, but then told us that we couldn’t vote for a
pro-choice candidate when other less evil choices were available. He then went on to describe the mortal sinfulness of abortion,contraception,divorce and remarriage, and euthanasia. He even included homosexual lifestyles into the mix. I congratulated him after Mass and he said “but it doesn’t make me very popular.” I told him “Please don’t try to be popular” and he gave me a warm, sincere smile. I told him I’d keep him in my prayers.
May I second (third?) the comments by Peter from Jersey and Precentrix regarding the pastoral letter of our new bishop, Mons. Philip Egan? The letter is actually Catholic (as opposed to vaguely Christian and ecumenical), something which those of us in the Portsmouth dioceses had more or less despaired of ever seeing. Brick by brick (and he’s definitely a brick!).
Pray for him: he’s going to come up against massive opposition.
I was lucky enough to attend Abp. Chaput’s Sunday evening mass. After explaining in detail the context in both Genesis and Mark for the particular readings, he spoke of the indissolubility of marriage, including a well spoken section on what annulments are (and what they aren’t). As it was also Respect Life Sunday, he spoke about the connection between the lack of respect for marriage and the lack of respect for life, how abortion occurs often because people have lost sight of much of the purpose of marriage. He spent time describing marriage as a sacrament and a sacrifice, and further discussed same sex marriage (or, rather, the lack thereof).
My favorite moment came, while, in a packed cathedral (a bit more crowded than usual because some of the local high schools bussed in students’ pro life groups for Respect Life Sunday), he spoke of the dangers of premarital sex and cohabitation. He spoke frankly about it, including the statistics showing how common it is, and then hit the following Home Run: “So if any of you are currently living together, stop! It is just wrong. And don’t tell me you have to because it is cheaper. It may be cheaper, but you will go to hell, having saved a few dollars.” If you had told me 18 months ago I’d hear the Archbishop of Philadelphia make that statement, I’d think you nuts. Heck, if a few years ago, you’d tell me a major Archbishop in the U.S. would even mention hell, let alone threaten it, I’d probably shake my head in disbelief. We’re getting there. Brick by brick, as someone said.
Father spoke on marriage being only between one man and one woman, and divorce being impossible. He did briefly mention annulments, but gave a few very specific examples of reasons for annulment, not the myriad of reasons so common today. He also told us that there will always be people who choose to do things that are against God, but that doesn’t mean we should accept what they are doing and as Catholics we are obligated to teach the truth, if people choose not to listen it is on them, but we must preach God’s truth always.
At our Tridentine Mass, Father talked about the Rosary and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
For once we had a good sermon and not a wishy washy one. Fr made very good points on the marriage debate here in MD.
Our pastor began by expounding on the first reading from Genesis how one of God’s first gifts to mankind (evan before the Fall) was marriage (and subsequently, families and children). He noted that this gift comes from God and not any government. Therefore, it is not for man or any of his governments to redefine. Also, our pastor spoke on the last part of the Gospel reading about “letting the children come to Me,” and praised the parish’s openness to life, having had ten baptisms this past week. He mentioned that some people have family members that still reflexively support a certain party nonetheless. He then talked about how Catholics should not support anyone who would go against God’s gifts of marriage and family life by proposing an intrinsic evil, that no economic concerns should eclipse the right to life. As an analogy he asked if these same family members would support a political party that was fine with the execution of 4000 muslims (or christians, or native americans, or african-american people ) a day. Why should they support a group that’s OK with the deaths of 4000 UNBORN people per day? He then proceeded with the baptisms of two beautiful infants, a boy and girl from two different families.
Hey Lucas, I’m in MD, too. We had a great sermon, also. Young, very orthodox priest, I pray he gets to stay a while. We heard about the importance of Marriage, One Man/One Woman,
for the best situaition for children and for society. Father referenced God’s marriage as found on the first pages of the bible and told of in the last book of the bible, in the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. How Jesus is the bridgroom who loves his bride the Church and gave his life for her. Father urged us to vote against the ballot question on redefining marriage in MD. My husband noticed some folks ‘squirming’ in their seats, but no one walked out, thankfully. Hang in there and talk to friends and family about the issue, many of us are. Have you visited the Maryland Marriage Alliance website? Or, it may be called Maryland Alliance for Families.
P.S. How about them O’s? We’ll give the Yankees the first one, but that’s it!
At the OF Mass I attended with my family, Father preached a homily that was great in content, but that could have been a bit better in delivery. He used the occasion to explain why the Church teaches what she does on homosexuality and why same-sex “marriage” is intrinsically evil and why, if it is accepted, it would have a deep and lasting negative impact on society and on the family in particular.
At the EF Mass I attended, Father gave a great recount of the Battle of Lepanto (and ended with an excerpt from Chesterton’s fantastic poem on the subject).
All in all, a great Sunday!
Our pastor spoke about the upcoming “Year of Faith,” which is starting this Thursday, October 11, 2012. He said he would come back to the subject of Marriage another time.
Fr. Brian Austin, FSSP, gave an oustanding semon on the natural law and how abortion, contraception and same sex marriage are against the natural law. He also said not to give up hope because just like the battle of lepanto the power of the rosary will help us. He also talked about the message of Our Lady of Fatima of prayer and penance
Thank you Lisieux
You are right, he will need our prayers and support. The dean commented that there were footnotes and this was not what he was used to. He noted that we have a teaching bishop. Now why is that noteworthy?