Fr. Perrone’s Sexagesima Sunday sermon on spiritual pride

On Sunday 3 February at Assumption Grotto parish in Detroit, my friend Fr. Eduard Perrone gave a fine sermon during the Sunday High Mass in the Extraordinary Form on forms of spiritual pride.

He touches on the topic of those who think they are special because they attend the Extraordinary Form.  People can also think they are the only ones suffering in the Church.

I boosted the audio a bit.  It starts slightly into the sermon.

Well worth your time.

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  1. jameeka says:

    Excellent sermon-thanks

  2. APX says:

    I hate pride. It gets into everything! Even when you try to take steps to avoid it, it finds a way to seep in there.

  3. Shamrock says:

    Much to ponder …thank you Father for this recording. I feel convicted as well I should.

  4. Diane at Te Deum Laudamus says:

    One of the other, of several points he made, was about the trap of thinking one’s sins are exceptional, or so special, that they become too difficult to confess. Some even cease going to Mass or Confession because they fall into repetition of sin. Fr. Perrone says such persons shouldn’t consider themselves out of the ordinary either.

    He makes other good points and it’s pretty short (13.26). I missed the first minute of recording. He is discussing St. Paul when it first begins.

  5. norancor says:

    As Fr. Malachi Martin once remarked, “we live in the age of the dry martyrdom.”

  6. lucy says:

    Great sermon! Our priest touched on that yesterday also. On the comment about EF form folks thinking they are specially suffering – I agree that can happen. While our EF community feels persecuted by our own bishop, some priests, and many lay folk, we realize how blessed we are to have it at all. I would object to the comment about feeling special because we’re in an EF community, however, because the sermons are so well focused and well done that we are made more aware of our sins. Our priests actually preach about sin. When I go to the Novus Ordo the homilies are pretty wishy washy in our area – not all – but many priests don’t step up and preach the truth. One can see why, however, because when such a priest comes along, he’s sent to the outer banks rather quickly because some liberal writes a letter to the bishop. I only pray that our priests will recognize their God given vocation of preaching the truth and if they did it in numbers, then the bishop would have no choice….they cannot all be moved to outer limits. I pray for them daily. I realize how hard their job must be.

  7. Skeinster says:

    We got the (alas!) repeated reminder by Father that we are not the Proper Attire Police- such corrections, if any, are his job. So, though I don’t do that, I’ll bet this will be great listening for other faults.
    Just in time for Lent- thank you, Fathers P. and Z.

  8. Stumbler but trying says:

    This sermon was most welcomed indeed. It is a sober reminder of what not to become. St. Paul pray for us! Amen.

  9. Michelle F says:

    This is a very insightful sermon.

    I used to work at a jail, and Fr. Perrone’s sermon reminded me of something my old boss would say to us: “The only difference between us and them [the inmates] is the color of our uniforms; they got caught, we didn’t.”

    My boss’s statement was very true. Even though I don’t deal with inmates now, I still recall it whenever I’m tempted to be surprised or disgusted by something someone has done: The only difference between me and that person is … nothing … nothing but the grace of God.

    I hope this is something I never forget, and I thought I would share this little bit of my boss’s wisdom with everyone else here.

  10. torch621 says:

    Both liberal dissidents in the Church and the kind of “Traditionalism” that is really just SSPX partisanship could both learn a lesson from this.

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