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  1. Arele says:

    Well, I don’t know if it was a good point or not, but our homily was about the humanity factor in immigration – that we as Catholics were to have a heart for immigrants, like the ones from Syria over in Europe and the ones from South of the border here in America.

    Then I read about the mob mentality of the Syrian refugees and how they dragged an elderly Italian woman from her car in order to steal it so they could get to Germany and how they attacked a bus and threw feces at it. And I wondered which side the humanity and heart needed to be aimed at to be a good Catholic.

  2. uncletomcobley says:

    (OF Mass): The gospel was from St. Mark, the account of Christ healing the deaf and dumb man (“Ephphatha”)
    Our priest explained that Christ did not want his miracles to be spread abroad because of the Messianic secret: people would think of the Messiah as a miracle-worker who would solve their economic, material and political issues miraculously, rather than the Incarnate Second Person of the Trinity, the Word made flesh.
    We, too, look for Christ to work the kinds of miracles that will solve our problems; however, just as the Incarnate Lord used his own spittle to work the miracle, so we the members of the Mystical Body of Christ must be living miracles by witnessing to Him in our lives.

  3. Father talked I depth about Francis’ letter about mercy and explained the difference between the sin and the crime of procuring an abortion. Covered all of what Father Z had said last week and then some.

  4. Charivari Rob says:

    Beautiful testimony from our pastor about how this Gospel reading is particularly personally important to him – told us about how as a child, he was mostly deaf, with resulting speech impediment (and a little bit about the challenges getting it accurately diagnosed instead of just shunting him to special education as developmentally impaired) and about those who were God’s agents in their own roles (parents, educators, doctors) in making sure that the world was opened to him.

  5. truthfinder says:

    Rather good sermon about putting God and faith before all else (or at least that’s what I got from it). Father gave various examples of people knowing they need to be reconciled with God and the Church but only when everything is ‘perfect’ – fix their marriage status when they can save enough for a big wedding etc. Although probably preaching to the choir at this Mass, it made me think about the little events too where faith and fidelity to God are needed.

  6. pappy says:

    I’m sure this counts as the opposite of a good experience.

    We were traveling and went to a parish where there was liberal amounts of socializing in the pews beforehand. The deacon actually made an announcement before mass that the members were “communing” in preparation for communion. The theme of the homily was “Be Open”, the deacon patted the parish on the back for it’s openness, it’s commitment to social justice, and it’s “catholicity”. Then we watched a segment with Whoppi Goldberg leading a musical presentation from “Sister Act”.

  7. JonPatrick says:

    At our EF Mass Father used the raising of the mother’s only child to talk about modern attitudes towards death and funerals (or lack of them). Few people today even Catholics are conscious of the Church’s teaching on death. Jesus Christ transformed death by His example of how to die, the charity of dying for others, his fortitude in courageously accepting death and his patience and pardoning those who were responsible.

    Hope gives us meaning and purpose in the process of dying. Our suffering prepares us and gives is opportunities to forgive and be forgiven. Unfortunately there is a growing movement towards euthanasia which is part of a disrespect for life at both ends. This disrespect also applies to the body itself. Although the Roman Church grudgingly allows cremation (some Eastern Churches still do not) it should not be seen as a denial of the resurrection and the remains need to be handled properly.

    Many Catholics now do not even have a funeral Mass but instead opt for a “celebration of the deceased’s life”. This misses the main purpose of a funeral which is to pray for the dead in hope of the resurrection and to contemplate the Judgement and 4 last things. In a sense every funeral is our own funeral as we remember we will die someday and will need others to pray for us.

    I think Father hit this one out of the park . I wish more Catholics could hear this message.

  8. Mike says:

    Father, new to the community, gave a sermon on confession making many of Fr. Z’s frequent points (don’t be afraid, come well-prepared, etc.). He emphasized that the priest, in persona Christi, manifests mercy in the confessional just as Christ did to the youth and widow of Naim.

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