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  1. AngelGuarded says:

    Yes! Father talked about what if Catholics were rounded up and jailed for our beliefs. He reminded us it happened in Catholic Poland in the 1980s. Then he went into detail on how they would convict us of being Catholics: Are there Crucifixes in your home, a well-used Bible, pictures of Jesus and His Blessed Mother on the walls, what books do you read, what is on your computer? They will use this against us to prove we are Catholics, or to let you go because you’re not a Catholic. Then they will interrogate our neighbors and coworkers, how does he or she act? Is he Christ-like? Does he or she go to bars, gossip, criticize others, curse? How we act will be used against us to convict us as Catholics, or not. It was riveting! He tied it into the Gospel of who do people say that you are. I heard several older people (even older than I) telling him after Mass how great of a homily it was. Very effective!

  2. Mike says:

    Progress in the spiritual life is measured by our growth in the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. Humility is at the foundation of all three: not the false humility of shirking from duty or of drawing attention to one’s abasement; rather, the genuine humility of doing one’s duty without great external show but with sincere interior sentiment.

  3. Aquinas Gal says:

    Father said we should ponder Jesus’ question in the Gospel: “But who do you say that I am?”
    We should ask ourselves what place Jesus has in our life, if he really has first place, or if we put other things before him.

  4. jaykay says:

    A new priest in our parish celebrated the main Mass, a middle-aged man. He gave a low-key but powerful sermon in which he mainly dealt with St. Peter (developing the Gospel)in which he alluded to how Peter’s impetuosity often led him into “trouble”, developing the theme of his great heart and humility. My hearing being not all that great (and being up in the choir gallery at the back – it’s a big old church) I didn’t get it all but I do look forward to meeting him. He also recited the St. Michael prayer at the end of Mass, and later came out to one of the pews, in cassock, to read his Breviary. Yes, looking forward to meeting him!

  5. Bea says:

    Right after Peter acknowledges that He is “the Christ, the son of the Living God”, Peter speaks aside to Our Lord saying this must never happen to Him and Our Lord admonishes Peter for thinking as man does not think as God Wills.
    We, too, if we acknowledge Christ we must do as God Wills. How? He ran through all the Commandments and ended saying: “We must not do as we want, but as we ought”

  6. Bea says:

    to clarify above and what I meant to say:
    “never happen to Him”-referring to His death and sufferings”
    “thinking as man does not think as God Wills” meant to say: “thinking as man and not thinking as God and His Will”

  7. JonPatrick says:

    Father chose to speak on the upcoming feast of the Holy Cross. Why do we celebrate the Cross? Adam’s sin was pride and self love, exalting oneself as an equal to God. We follow this pattern. We can’t even begin to atone for our sins so God had to take them on Himself by becoming human and enduring death on the Cross. In this obedience triumphed over disobedience. Good Friday was our D-Day (I loved that phrase). By this sign Christ conquered (reference here to Constantine’s vision).

  8. MattH says:

    At my National Guard unit, our Catholic Chaplain, told the story of two F-16 pilots who one September 11, 2001, who were ordered to stop any planes from entering DC airspace… without having had any chance to arm their fighter jets. They decided they would ram any aircraft that would not turn back when they told it to – knowing that this action made it unlikely they would survive but also knowing another plane hitting a target would cause massive casualties.
    He then said the Christian life is more like that, than it is like the whitewashed version we sometimes hear where if we just believe, everything will be OK. He noted that today’s Gospel talked about Jesus telling His followers they were headed to Jerusalem, with full knowledge that He would suffer and die there .
    He shared a quote that was something to the effect that maturity means doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, without regard for whether we like it. His emphasis was that it is OK to admit that the Christian life is hard, but we follow Christ because it is right, not because it is comfortable.

  9. I developed the theme of embracing the cross. I talked about parents and grandparents who discourage sons from becoming priests because it’s too hard; I talked about Kim Davis embracing the cross, and that while she is the first to go to jail over the marriage question, she won’t be the last; and about openness to life v. contraception as the cross being at the center of marriage: either we embrace the sacrifices of a larger family, or the sacrifices of NFP.

  10. joanofarcfan says:

    Fr. explained that coerced charity, whether through force or infliction of guilt, is not charity at all. Charity is totally optional or it is not charity. Fr. used the example of the criticisms in the press these days against those nations that are refusing to take in those illegal “immigrants,” saying that they are being “unchristian.” And now we have this quote from Yahoo news: “The pope warns churches to take in refugees—or else.”

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