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  1. GrumpyYoungMan says:

    Father discussed many forms of joy, including the joyfulness one encounters in confession, because God doesn’t owe us forgiveness but nevertheless provides it.

  2. mikeinmo says:

    Father reminded us that we are living in dark, troubled times. God sent his son in the form of a baby to show us the light.

  3. monnica says:

    Our pastor noted that God commands joy today and prohibits sadness. He gave a short homily on the connection between joy and modesty. Surprising but it rang very true. Modesty as an acceptance of one’s vocation (even if it is not an important one in the eyes of the world). John the Baptist as an example of modesty.

  4. quo vado says:

    N.O. Mass at my home parish. One good point is the curate’s admonition on the forgetfulness of the Sacrament of Penance. He lamented that some people’s last confession was the one they made before their first Holy Communion. Our town is densely populated (90,000+). With only two priests assigned to one of the two parishes in town, it’s hard for them to hear confessions. He also said that people who think they don’t have any sins to confess are sinning.

  5. PhilipNeri says:

    “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” Given the state of the world, it might seem irresponsible to spend our time rejoicing in the Lord. Shouldn’t we be trying to solve the problems our sins have created? Shouldn’t we be worried about poverty, terrorism, environmental destruction, and the collapse of our nation’s moral conscience? These are the Big Issues, the Big Problems that need our attention. After all, the Lord can do w/o our rejoicing. True. . .

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP

  6. andia says:

    Father Steve spoke on the meaning of Gaudete (Sp?) Sunday and why the priests wear Rose pn Saturday

    And Father Julio Opened the Holy Doors and talked about what the Pope wanted from this year of Mercy, and that if we expect God’s Mercy we need to also extend mercy to others.

  7. Subdeacon Joseph says:

    Father said sincere evangelization begins with the purification of our own minds and hearts. Our hearts are to become adorned more beautifully than the most glorious earthly cathedrals. Within this inner sanctuary we are to discover communion with the Holy Spirit. When people experience and witness God’s grace working within us, they will want the holiness we possess. He ended by saying we should be mindful that our lives are the only “Bible” most people today will ever read.

  8. sirmaab says:

    I had the good fortune of attending High Mass at Saint John Cantius in Chicago, while on a trip. The good Canon began, “Today is Gaudete Sunday; let us remember that joy is invincible, and we can discover joy and have joy when we find that it dwells in the silence of our conscience, where we are alone before God.” He used the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Thomas Aquinas to clarify — with great pains! — the nature of the conscience, its locus, and how it is different from errant passion, ideology, or the movements of instinct or appetite. It is “the voice” of natural law within us, which we further enhance by allowing it to receive the Gospel.

    He noted that, as the voice in the desert, John the Baptist was the conscience of Israel, and a perfect icon of the conscience per se.

  9. rmichaelj says:

    Discussed the connection between being selfless and joyful, contrasted with being selfish and joyless.
    As an aside, mentioned the recent politically motivated light show on St. Peter’s Basilica and discussed the response to going through a difficult papacy is to be holy and to pray for the Pope to change.

  10. Gaz says:

    Joy is not the absence of worry and anxiety, nor freedom from difficulties, poverty nor war. Rather joy (which is the name of the day) draws from closeness to Christ, and through him, God the Father.

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