Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard this Sunday?

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For my part, I spoke about the insolence of those who set themselves against the doctrine of the Church on faith and morals.  I went on to warn about the great pressure that will be placed on you who affirm faith and morals as taught by the Church.  The insolent will attack you and accuse you of being against mercy and of being without compassion.  They pit mercy against “dogma” (note the scare quotes), compassion against “legalism”.  We must not fall into the trap of wavering on doctrine about faith and morals even though it is hard not to be liked.  We must pray for those who are wavering, especially priests and bishops, so that they don’t sell out the truth for the sake of false mercy and false compassion which are really giving in to the Devil and an insolent defiance of God’s will and teaching in the the only Holy Church which He founded.

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  1. Prayerful says:

    Martyrdom of Christians at the hands of the Moloch god Allah, he gave the example of a Pakistani Christian and pregnant wife thrown into a furnace for not denying Christ.

  2. Bea says:

    Thank you , Father. I wish I could have heard your sermon.

    Our priest spoke on arrogance masquerading as humility.
    The apostles silence when asked by Christ what it was they were discussing. (Who was going to be first). Service as expecting to be served and since we were having the annual parish bazaar, he mentioned different groups and how we all have different talents to serve the Church and not criticizing others because they do not serve as we expect them to serve (as ourselves serve). We must have unity in service though we serve in different ways.

  3. Aquinas Gal says:

    Although most of the homily today was a puff piece extolling Pope Francis and his visit to America, one good point was on the virtue of humility. This virtue will help us to avoid putting our own interests ahead of others.

  4. wised says:

    Loving those we do not like. Father related a story about a Bishop who visited Mother Teresa. He asked her where/how she found Jesus. Without replying, Mother took him behind a curtain where they found an emaciated filthy man laying on a mat on the floor. He was crawling with vermin. Mother Teresa knelt and embraced him. The Bishop was appalled that she could embrace such a person. Mother Teresa turned, looked at the shocked bishop said here is Jesus.
    He painted quite a picture.

  5. Auggie says:

    Giving you the Truth is one of the most merciful things the Church can do.

  6. Veritatis Splendor says:

    The sermon consisted of the reading of a pastoral letter from our Ordinary, +Lebasci. It was on Cornelius and Cyrian and the Extraordinary year of Mercy. I was concerned at the beginning, but the letter “Love is our mission: Be Merciful like the Father” was right on. He is reinstating the Prayers after Mass for the year(Presumably he means the Leonine Prayers) and a plethora of other stuff.

  7. Elizabeth D says:

    It was about a new drive to get people to increase their giving to the parish. This was a good point because the pastor really has needed to ask for this and has really avoided doing so–and they are finally publishing financial numbers about the parish which I had been urging them to do for a while so there could be transparency and so people would realize the need. So I am proud of him. However his “ask” is still way too modest in my opinion, he will only ask for 2.5% of people’s salary (ie 1/4 of a tithe). Granted that people are also asked to give generously to the Annual Catholic Appeal and the Seminarian Education Appeal but I think he should ask for at least 5% for the parish.

  8. ByzCath08 says:

    On the topic of modesty, which some people take upon themselves to be the parish modesty police.

    A quote from Metropolitan Anthony Bloom given as a sermon during a Divine Liturgy at his parish:

    Yesterday evening a woman came to Vespers with a child; she was in slacks and wore no head covering. One of you made a comment to her. She then left. I don’t know who made made this comment but I command this person to pray for this woman and her child to the end of his days, that the Lord would save them. Because of what was said to her she might never again enter the temple.” With that, he turned around, returned to the altar and continued the Divine Liturgy.

  9. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    We should be willing to let the will of another take precedence over our own….EXCEPT (he repeated it twice) where it is our duty not to do so.

  10. Manducat in the hat says:

    I didn’t actually understand the sermon because it was in Spanish and I don’t speak Spanish. (Long story.)

    Anywho, as the only gringo as a Spanish Mass tourist, I was nevertheless touched, inspired, received some clarity from Mass.

    2/3 to 3/4 of the congregation were children. Crying baby? No bother. Nobody minded the noise (as it should be). Everyone sang every song and prayed each prayer with gusto.

    After communion, the priest led the congregation in the Anima Christi (I had to ask the prayer after Mass). Then the entire congregation knelt and prayed Hail Mary and Glory be for vocations. The Offertory was the Prayer of St. Francis. I have been reintroduced to both the Anima Christi and the Prayer of St. Francis today, and found them extraordinarily relevant to my station in life.

    It’s funny how much praying regularly at the TLM prepared me for participation in the Spanish Mass.

  11. JonPatrick says:

    Away from our usual parish at an Ordinary Form Mass. Father’s homily was about the need for silence in our lives, because without silence we cannot hear the quiet voice of God. When God speaks to us he does not nag, he either provides consolations or challenges to us. So the nagging is coming from somewhere else. One encouraging note is that he is providing a quiet time during Mass either at the Offertory or after communion, eliminating a hymn so people have quiet time to pray. Brick by brick!

  12. Charliebird says:

    Thank you, Father. I would have enjoyed your homily.

    As a Theology teacher in a Catholic High school, I have been remarking, as I notice the annual increase in worldliness among the new freshmen, how the students will soon be unteachable, due to their inability to criticize the New Morality of society, and they wholesale and passionate embrace of tolerance. Further, in the last week, with all that is going on in the world-wide Church, I remarked that the Faith itself may soon be unteachable, if the impression is successfully given to the world that the Church is accepting of these grave evils. Then, the orthodox teachings of the faithful remnant will be disregarded as “contrary to the Pope” and “heresy” itself! Rumblings of this nature emerged two years ago…and it has gotten much darker since then.

    Thank you for being a beacon of the Light which counters these dark times.

  13. gloriainexcelsis says:

    At our FSSP parish, St. Joseph the Worker, Tyler, Texas Father delivered a sermon on marriage, annulments, whys, wherefores, why nots, form of marriage, intent, statistics (some extremely troubling). The next few Sundays’ sermons will be on marriage and the family, by both our priests. Moreover, (starting yesterday), there will be a Holy Hour and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of Holy Mass every Sunday throughout the meetings of the upcoming Synod. At the beginning of the Holy Hour yesterday we recited a Litany of Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows, invoking the intention of the “victory of orthodoxy at the Synod.” Many people stayed for a part of the Holy Hour and a goodly number remained for the entire hour and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

  14. APX says:

    We had a visiting priest from the FSSP while our priest is away.

    Stop listening/watching Michael Voris as he is trying to upset us, as well as stop talking about everything the bishops and pope says, as the negativity causes disunity in the parish and doesn’t help our souls. Instead, work on our sanctification, if we suffer at the hands of priests, bishops, or the pope, we need to offer it up instead of complain about it, and pray for priests, bishops and the pope.

  15. Persistant says:

    Our priest had a nice short homily focusing on the Gospel verse how the last will be first, connecting it to questions of authority and service.

  16. taffymycat says:

    appeal from our bishop; asking to pray for intentions of PF—but two Sundays ago our Pastor asked if any were lawbreakers…he said he was a lawbreaker and we cannot in conscience follow laws that were against Gods law….it was i believe about the gay marriage thing and that he would not obey essentially. we are lucky to have him. he does EF mass once a month but also has many devotions during the week, perpetual mother, padre pio, sacred heart, etc…has done prolife rosaries in town square…

  17. Mike says:

    Father began with a short catechesis on three prayers of the Mass. While the Collect and Postcommunion each sums up a portion of the Mass in a single succinct thought, the Offertory prepares us to bring to God all the things we want to pray for. He noted how today’s Offertory from Daniel prefigures the destruction of individual Christians and Christian communities in the present day.

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