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  1. khiddy says:

    At St. Stanislaus in South Bend, we observed the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul and Msgr. Fritz, FSSP reflected on Herod’s hypocrisy, drawing valuable insights into the ways in which we often practice this vicious behavior in our own lives. I was particularly convicted by his discussion of how we can act as hypocrites through close observance and calling out of anothers’ faults to divert attention from our own.

  2. Mike says:

    Ss. Peter and Paul are both like us and not like us: like us in their ordinary humanity, not like (most of) us in the depth and heroic commitment of their witness.

  3. ZCGP says:

    Deacon (eh, priest shoulda done it, but it was worth it) spoke about the need to stand up for religious liberty in light of the 4th. He then spoke about Christ’s call for vocations and shared a visceral letter form a priest at a mission in Honduras. It was jarring. But it made me want to be a priest even more than before :)

  4. Elizabeth R says:

    “I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” Lambs are completely dependent upon their shepherd. In sending the disciples out without a money bag, sack, or sandals Our Lord was reminding them that they are completely dependent upon Him, and that is more than sufficient.

  5. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    St. Thomas was the first to flat out call Jesus “God”.

  6. sally says:

    On this day in 1776 we declared ourselves free of the shackles of British colonialization. Let us now not become enslaved to the rampant secularism taking over our country. We do this by professing our dependence on God!

  7. misternaser says:

    Lay Catholics must actually practice the Faith outside of liturgical ministeries and therefore transform the world through our daily lives in family, work, school and politics, going before the Lord and preparing His way like the 72, cognizant that some people will reject us because of Christ.

  8. iPadre says:

    Ordinary Form – God is calling men to be priests. The crisis is not a vocation crisis, but a crisis of hearing God’s call in a noisy world.

    Extraordinary Form – We were created for holiness, but there are dangers in achieving this goal. False prophets, wolves in sheep clothing are like a doctor who is happy to leave us with serious illness. We must recognize the disorder of our sins, repent, confess and change our lives.

  9. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    EF External Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul.

    (Repeated several times for emphasis): AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST THE CHURCH.

    I seem to recall that he mentioned Pope Francis as the duly elected pope, and then hammered home the point I’ve mentioned here.

  10. mtmajor says:

    First visit to St. John the Evangelist in Yuma, CO – the priest’s homily was a bit disjointed; about insuring graces from God were indeed from God, and nothing demonic.

    However, (!) after Mass but before the final blessing, he humbly apologized for an error he’d mentioned in a previous homily, and then moving on, he firmly instructed us that due to the tragedy in Orlando, some in the Church, including bishops and Pope, were wrongly advising apologies for Church teaching on homosexual behavior. He stated that he should apologize for not strongly teaching the Truth of the Church with more conviction, and would try to improve in the future. God bless him and all orthodox priests!

  11. dawnmaria says:

    Here, at the NO in Taos NM, the priest reminded us that the customer is not always right. In other words, we cannot tailor the Gospel so that people will accept us, but we must consider the Gospel as unchangeable, and a holy fire that cannot be manipulated or tamed.

  12. PhilipNeri says:

    “The world we live in welcomes us – our labor, our money, our votes – but it is less than welcoming when we bring the Gospel and try to live out our faith.”

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP

  13. truthfinder says:

    EF. Homily was not in my native tongue, so I’m hoping I got some of the points correct. May not have been Father’s entire point but these were the points which stood out for me: mortification while important needs to be accompanied by the harder mortification of the spirit – to fight against such things as anger. Obedience is important and can help us to overcome these sins – mentioned vocations and the vow of obedience briefly in this regard. Then went on to confession which he talked about for a while. Making the act of contrition and particularly emphasizing ‘firm resolution to sin no more’. He told us to not make confessing purely habitual, but to really set aside time to examine our consciences and to make sure we have made that firm resolution.
    (So thankful that I can attend an EF Mass – because at least I know what’s going on for the rest of Mass even if I don’t get the homily. And better, the church is wonderfully decorated, so that at least I can ponder the paintings and statues when I don’t understand what Father is saying.)

  14. jameeka says:

    7th Sunday after Pentecost

    Independence does not equal freedom. As long as you are a slave to sin, you will not bear good fruit. The Catholic Church has good resources, including the group Courage for homosexuals, as well as programs for alcoholics, people addicted to pornography, and other drug addictions, to help avoid these particular vices.

    You don’t want to have a Father Nice as pastor, he would be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. We are all sinners, and the pastor should be calling us to convert always, away from our sin and its fruit, shame.

    The wages of sin is death. True freedom is serving God, and His gift is Life everlasting in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

  15. EeJay says:

    Yes, really good this time. Got to admit most of our sermons go over my head because they are boring. However this time our priest went on about how the event of Christ’s crucifixion, because he was God-man, happened outside the bounds of time and space. He emphasised the sacrificial character of the mass and that it wasn’t just a meal. Christ’s sacrifice happened once, so the mass is not a repeat of Calvary, but re-presentation of it, i.e. it makes it present to us now. I trust I make myself obscure? Great stuff, especially as I had been attending some church classes recently which seemed very wishy-washy. Anyway, best sermon I’ve heard yet, and I’ve been attending the parish for many years!

  16. Prayerful says:

    Pornography and promotion of homosexuality act as promoters of the Lie, but are not the Lie itself.

  17. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Unexpectedly, we got a homily on “the world is crucified to me, and I am crucified to the world.” I’ve read that passage and heard that passage from Paul before, but for some reason it struck me this time, too. So it was interesting to hear a homily on that.

  18. JonPatrick says:

    EF, Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Peter and Paul are significant as types – Peter symbolizes the unity of the Church which is a unity of love. Paul symbolizes the missionary zeal to evangelize, to bring people to accept Christ as their savior. We need both – they are complementary which is why they are celebrated on the same day. Both died at martyrs in Rome. Both of them gave up everything and were changed to follow Christ. God can work through us as he did through Peter and Paul.

  19. frjim4321 says:

    Well, frankly, my homily was not the greatest this past weekend although I did distinguish between “Freedom of Worship” and “Freedom of Religion,” that the first would be limited to an hour a week, but we are free to be Catholic 24/7/365.

    Distinguished between “freedom” and “license,” with freedom being the freedom to do what is right; to do what is good, to that that which respects the dignity and the freedom of others.

    Sometimes we have to accept the fact that we can’t change other people, sometimes we have to shake their dust from our feet and take our good news (of God’s grace within us) to some other place to some other people. It shouldn’t be a surprise to us that this life is not perfect; the perfection we seek will only be realized in the life of the world to come, as the names of the faithful are enrolled in heaven (also from Luke).

    Some okay ideas, but it all didn’t hold together very well I’m afraid.

  20. robtbrown says:

    frjim4321 says:

    Well, frankly, my homily was not the greatest this past weekend although I did distinguish between “Freedom of Worship” and “Freedom of Religion,” that the first would be limited to an hour a week, but we are free to be Catholic 24/7/365.

    That’s such an important point that it made your homily excellent.

    And my understanding is that one of the drafts of the 1st Amendment used “worship”, but the ratified text said “religion”.

  21. cl00bie says:

    On this 4th of July weekend, we need to resolve to educate ourselves on what our Church teaches, learn what the candidates stand for and vote our conscience.

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