Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point or two in the sermon at the Sunday Obligation Mass you heard?

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For my part, I reflected on the Olympic motto citius, altius, fortius and its implications for the Christian life.

After Mass I was privileged to meet some folks from Idaho, who brought me a jar of sour cherry preserves and a QSO card!  I blessed some rosaries for them.

Thanks and 73!

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  1. Elizabeth D says:

    Rwandan mission priest soliciting funds for his diocese in Rwanda to rebuild Catholic schools etc that are still not restored after the horrific genocide. He is involved in teaching children, so many of whom lost close family members in violence they are too young to have memories of, about forgiveness and unconditional love. His presentation was rather simple and in a difficult to understand accent but made me want to cry. And give money.

  2. The title of my homily was, “Is this your last day?”

  3. un-ionized says:

    We heard about the importance of having a contemplating prayer life, even, or especially when living out in the world. And we heard a great quotation about prayer from Edith Stein whose day is tomorrow and I have a devotion to her because she was a lot like me in many ways (except I am not special like she is, up there in heaven and stuff).

  4. Adaquano says:

    Live a life of conversion each day. Be rich in what matters to God to prepare for his coming. Sadly though he missed a chance to stress a need for confession.

  5. jameeka says:

    12th sunday after Pentecost:

    “He also it is Who has made us fit ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the spirit; for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.”
    -Father spoke about the Old Law written in stone, carried down the mountain by Moses, but the new law is written on our hearts. He gave an example of attending Sunday Mass—we may be going at first because it is the law, and out of fear, but when we grow to love the Mass, we will go because it has been written onto our hearts.
    Then he tied this to the Gospel of the Good Samaritan. The beaten-up half-dead man represents mankind before Jesus comes, and the Levite and priest represent the old law. The Good Samaritan is Jesus– He is the “outsider”, and signifies the new Law of the Spirit. The innkeeper is the Church.
    Father, who is a canon lawyer, was a bit piqued that canon law is often spoke of nowadays as being “too rigid”, but that it exists to help the Church perform the ministry of healing people’s hearts and souls.

  6. Grateful to be Catholic says:

    A reverent, quiet low Mass at St. Mary Mother of God in Washington, DC. The sermon was excellent, explaining how the Fathers of the Church understood the parable of the Good Samaritan. The injured traveler is the human race, robbed by sin of original justice and wounded in intellect and will. The Good Samaritan is Jesus Christ, who pours on our wounds the oil of his grace and the wine of his redeeming Blood. We have to recognize our wounded state and make use of Christ’s grace through the Sacrament of Penance and the other Sacraments.

  7. Mike says:

    To be justified we must participate in the mission of the Son. As Jesus administers mercy, so must we be willing to give and receive mercy according to our means and our neighbor’s need.

  8. Packrraat says:

    We had a lengthy sermon on prayer and the need for change in our prayer as we grow physically and spiritually.

  9. Prayerful says:

    Fr Nevin was talking mainly about continued problems with Maynooth Pontifical University (homosexual cliques and an assertive heterodoxy that sees everything kneeling discouraged to denial of dogma etc.) but the highlight was his own vocation. His vocation had its origin in the ‘low key’ holiness of his parents.

  10. Chaswjd says:

    I could no longer stand suburban Catholic church so I went to the local Orthodox parish. They were celebrating the Transfiguration. The priest there spoke about change. He used a quote from Fr. Alexander Schmemann to the effect “the Church only changes to remain what it is — the Church.” The Church can make some changes consistent with its nature (adding prayers for travelers by air to those for travelers by land and sea). It cannot change the teaching handed on to it.

    The Church is, however, all for change in its members. We are to change and become more like the transfigured Christ.

  11. James in Perth says:

    I was visiting my mother this weekend. The pastor gave a great homily in two parts. First, he explained the difference between the modern perception of time (mostly forward looking) and the Palestinian perception (yesterday, today, tomorrow with a future extending no more than 9 months). It was an exceptionally interesting historical perspective.

    Then he focused on preparing for our meeting with Our Lord and being ready now and always for that time. A priest who asks his parishioners to pray, read the Bible and be holy! Shocking!

    All in all, a solid “A” homily.

  12. comedyeye says:

    Pastor talked about removing ourselves from the things that remove us from God.
    “Just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it’s virtuous”

  13. trespinos says:

    “And who is my neighbor?”, asked the lawyer testing the Lord in Sunday’s gospel. With the increase in Muslim immigration, Father had us ponder how we might be reacting to the reality of Muslim neighbors, who unlike the vast majority of those presently here, may be more inclined to the “you must convert or we will implacably hate you” creed of the Daesh, who he pointed out have contradicted our Holy Father’s view of Islam. We cannot return hatred for hatred. But we must clearly identify the threats we face and be courageous in defending what is right and holy, even if some of us will accompany Fr. Jacques Hamel on the martyr’s stairway.

  14. frjim4321 says:

    Faith is more than an intellectual exercise; it demands trust.

    Just as for the Christian there is no true love without sacrifice, without trust our faith is shallow.

  15. albizzi says:

    Our parish priest entrusted another priest currently on holiday to say the Sunday mass. He is the parish priest of Evry but is entitled to be called “monsignor”.
    During his homily he spoke about some “journalists” who dared to put at the same level the crimes that terrorists are perpetrating in the name of Islam and those that baptised catholics (but often apostates since long) coul make through the blindness of their lust, their wrath or their greed.
    He said this was a nonsense and a challenge to human intelligence.
    Everyone guessed who were these “journalists”.

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