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Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for this LAST Sunday of the Church’s sacred year of grace?

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  1. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    We should pray for the conversion of the members of ISIS (ISIL) — and when we meet that soul/those souls for whom we have prayed, she/they will say “thank you” for praying for conversion..

  2. JonPatrick says:

    Christ is not a typical King reigning not from a palace but from a cross, wearing a crown of thorns not a crown of gold.

  3. Te_Deum says:

    Fr. Perrone had the 9:30 a.m. EF Mass and spoke on how to maintain the faith in the midst of worldly turmoil, and the importance of keeping the company of God.

    It is uploaded at GrottoCast, along with some photos from around the parish on a rare, very heavy November snowfall.

  4. Ultramontane says:

    There was good and bad in the homily. The good news is that we’re finally getting the revised translation of the Mass starting with the first week of Advent. The bad news is that the bishop’s conference here apparently decided that kneeling is no longer an approved liturgical posture during the Mass. Outside of Mass, kneeling is acceptable, but not during it. This really only affects foreign residents of Japan as I’ve only been to one parish that actually had kneelers. They also decided to completely omit the “The Word of the Lord” and response after each of the readings. I’m still trying to work out if they want to ban communion on the tongue or not. I didn’t really understand that part of father’s homily. I’m still trying to process all of this. A lot of these changes feel wrong, but I’m not sure how much of that is pride and how much is loyalty to the truth.

  5. Father talked about the world situation (Paris, Mali, ISIS). Then said “but you are here.” Then told us we must act. The rosary he compared to a “cell phone with a direct line to Christ’s mother.” We always have our cell phone. We should always have our rosary. He stressed the nightly family rosary as the concrete action to take in the face of all that is going on. Then he preached confession. He urged everyone to confess and be forgiven so to better receive God’s love. At the end of Mass he called down God’s blessing on our vehicles and our journey home.

  6. I’ll try to remember to do that!

  7. Ed the Roman says:

    Reference to use of Latin on a local Baptist church’s sign (Ex nihilo nihil fit) and to particle physics.

  8. Mike says:

    We have our plans and God has His plans. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: to please God rather than men. At those moments when we clearly see the will of God, we set aside our own pleasures to seek to please Him. Sometimes we have to put aside what we thought we were expected to do in order to answer God’s call in the present moment.

  9. Quanah says:

    Similarly to you and the ecumenical breakfast, I, for my sins, was at NCYC, a gathering of 23,000 Catholic teens held this weekend in Indianapolis. The celebrant at Mass in Lucas Oil stadium was none other than Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga. I actually really liked the homily and was happy that the teens got something so substantial. He spoke of the difficulty contemporary culture has with Christ’s divinity and referenced movies as examples of incredibly poor understandings of Christ – very low Christology. He mentioned Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth” and Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” as good portrayals of Christ. He spoke of how Christ must first reign in our intellects. That He must also reign in our wills, our hearts, and our bodies. He mentioned the environment in passing and gave equal time to “the Devil” and “sin”. It was better than most homilies I hear at youth Masses.

    On another note, at the consecration the teens in stadium seating all kneeled without anyone telling them to do so. That was powerful to see.

  10. MikeToo says:

    The feast day of Christ the King is relatively new feast for the Church. It was instituted by Pope Pius IX in 1925. It was the roaring 20s and secularism growing increasingly aggressive. Various ideologies demanded allegiance. In Italy, Benito Mussolini implemented a fascist ideology and took the title “Il Duce.” In Germany, Hitler was writing his anti-Jewish Nazi screed, Mien Kampf. He would later take the title ‘Das Furher” which is a direct translation from Mussolini’s title. In Russia, there was the rise of atheistic Communism with its government ideology that explicitly claimed there was not higher authority than the state. In Mexico, persecution of the Catholics was implemented in the bloody Cristeros war in which the Jesuit Blessed Miguel Pro was martyred. He was standing up for the historical faith. In this environment, Pope Pius said ENOUGH! It is to Christ and Christ alone we owe ultimate allegiance. This is revolutionary to any ideology demands otherwise. Secularism has not gone away but is seen in other areas and other ways today. This feast is just as needed and just as important today and highlights the roots of why we are counter cultural.

  11. rmichaelj says:

    That the fall of the Western Roman empire was due to immorality, and that even though the Christians were at times persecuted, they did their best to pray for and protect the civilization that they were in at the time. Finally, that while there was not enough Christian morality to save Western Europe, there was enough to rebuild later after it fell (and that Constantinople lasted almost an extra thousand years- depending on how you count).

  12. MAJ Tony says:

    Fr. McCarthy tied Christ the King back to the “WWJD” theme, which he does not like, because as he put it, (my loose recollection) Jesus is God, and only Jesus could have done what he did, or should do what he did (take actions proper to God). We can’t look back and ask “WWJD” and try to apply it to our lives in the same way that Jesus would apply it to His (in it’s strictest sense) as we are not God. The one exception he cited would be governance, in that we should always try to do what Jesus would do.

  13. Veritatis Splendor says:

    I had the opportunity to go to my first Extraordinary Form (Low) Mass for Sunday at Mater Dei in Irving, TX (I was travelling). It was rmichaelj’s sermon as well. Empires fall because of sin, especially Lust, which leads to cruelty and ruthlessness. We are in a time when right and wrong have been completely reversed, so like Rome, we are destined to fall soon. Wars and natural disasters are punishments for sin, and since the amount of sin has only increased since WWII, another greater war must be coming soon.

    (As a side note, everything said about the EF is absolutely true. I was there with another family member who is less than solid in his faith, and he was completely blown away as well. We didn’t talk for the next half hour. It just felt wrong after that sacredness. Also, the FSSP are very, very good confessors. I will definitely be doing everything I can to return to that form. Twill be difficult in my native place though.)

  14. WYMiriam says:

    OF, substitute priest. He said that, according to Dt. 17:18-20, Israel’s king had a specific function: not to lay down the law and crack the whip, but to study and obey God’s laws and to be an example to others; he was to read the Law daily in order to learn it, to heed it, to follow it, and not to turn aside to the left or the right from the commandments of God. Also, that anyone who has authority — in government, in school, in the family — needs to learn that from this feast. Another lesson, again, according to Dt., is that the one in authority should not become estranged from his countrymen through pride. A boss (who is a kind of king) is above the people under his authority. A leader, on the other hand, is one who is “with” his people instead of “over” them. A boss will say, “Go”, but a leader says, “Rise, let us go.”

    In a sense, Jesus says, “I was and am a king — but mainly because I have a cross for a throne. I am walking with you; hear Me when I say, “go, do the right and bear the wrong; let us go to the Father!”

  15. Nan says:

    I went to Mass hosted by the college seminary, so a big thank you goes out to the seminarians at SJV who host it for both the university and its neighbors. The seminarian I know was handing out music on the way in so I distracted him from his duties; last time I saw him was after Stations of the Cross and he and his friend offered to pray for my mother who died, reconciled to the church, three weeks later. I had to thank him for his prayers and let him know she had died; after Mass there’s a mob going for whatever the snack of the evening is so I didn’t expect to see him then.

  16. Nan says:

    Hit post too fast. SJV, St. Paul, lest anyone mistake our college seminary for another. Oh, and I have no idea what Father’s homily was about but he’s always uplifting. I do enjoy Mass among the young people.

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