Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point or two about made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation?  Let us know.

For my part here, “up North”, to the small gathering, I pointed to the silence of the people at the meal when the Lord cured the man with “dropsy”.  They had set a trap for Him, seeing if He would cure on the Sabbath.  I used to point of silence to speak about the nine ways in which we can be guilty for sins committed by other people (not just Original Sin).  We can be guilty of the sin of another by

  1. counsel
  2. consent
  3. command
  4. concealment
  5. praise
  6. provocation
  7. partaking
  8. defense
  9. silence

Depending on the dictates of the principle of fraternal correction, there are times when we simply cannot be silent about certain things, particularly when they have to do with grave matters of justice.

I mentioned that now St. Theresa of Calcutta, in front of the odious Clintons back in the day, was not silent.

Finally, we can’t be silent in concrete concern for the poor, not just those who are hungry for bread, as St. Theresa said, but who are spiritually and emotionally hungry. Be concerned for the concrete cases in front of you, not the abstract poor out there somewhere. Don’t be silent in action in their regard.

That’s a taste.   I did this pretty much off the top of my head since I didn’t expect a “congregation” (small though it was).

Did your priests mentioned St. Theresa of Calcutta today?

Here is the video of St. Theresa of Calcutta at the famous National Prayer Breakfast. There was sustained applause. The odious Clintons did not applaud.

Please take the time to watch this. Make sure your children see it. Share it around.

Transcript HERE

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  1. APX says:

    No mention of St. Teresa.

    Our priest gave a brief sermon on Sunday as a day of rest and gave a brief overview of what is and isn’t allowed on Sundays, namely no servile or manual work unless serious need for it, and instead spend time doing God-centred works and acts of mercy.

  2. thickmick says:

    Talking about foundations or lack there of….
    -Out of 200 baptisms only 1 will go to weekly mass. eek.
    -only .2% read the weekly bulletin
    -Go to confession.
    -Parents set good examples for your kids
    -Pray in public to fight secularism.

  3. GypsyMom says:

    Our wonderful priest spoke about how following Christ can lead to division, even within families, but that we must still choose to follow Christ’s way. Sadly, Mass attendance was a little light today.

    “The Odious Clintons.” That’s good! It just rolls off the tongue. How about we just rename them that?

  4. clarinetist04 says:

    At our little church we had the Bishop of Adomey, Benin say mass! He shared with us a history of his country, a background on the bishop’s conference, and taught us how the Gospel today is lived out in evangelization of West Africa, from the trying times of the post-colonial dictators, to the influence of the West in modern times and radical Islam, and described the practical challenges we all face following Christ in a world careening toward moral despair and relativism.

  5. Cantor says:

    We’ve had a guest celebrant for several weeks while our own pastor is on an overseas jaunt. Today’s sermon was an excellent discussion of Christ’s diminishing crowds as He repeatedly warned people of the cost of following Him. And it leaves us with the question of what we are willing to pay.

    But the most stunning message came in the post-Communion announcements when Father did something I’ve never before heard in a Catholic Church — he introduced his wife to the congregation!! Father and she swam the Tiber several years ago and are an extraordinary addition to the Catholic Church.

  6. Packrraat says:

    No mention of the new Saint. But, we had a visiting priest. Our pastor was celebrating Mass at the Appaloosa Festival. I hope he spoke of Mother Teresa there. Other than that, I didn’t notice anything since I was not feeling well.

  7. PostCatholic says:

    Is there a similar YouTube video of Theresa with the odious Duvaliers?

  8. jselson says:

    We had a special mass for St. Teresa’s canonization. A number of sisters from the Missionaries of Charity were there and spoke, including a moving recitation of words by St. Teresa after Communion was over. Since the parish is run by the Carmelite Friars and the parish is named after St. Therese of Lisieux, Father spoke in his homily about the Little Flower’s influence on St. Teresa of Calcutta, and that is how I found out that Mother Teresa took her name after St. Therese. The church, which is fairly large, was at standing-room only capacity, despite this being a 9 AM service.

  9. Chuck says:

    Was still in SC, and went to the vigil mass at St. Mary’s in Greenville on West Washington (near the hospital where my father is). The celebrant clarified how important family connections were at that time (your parents and family defined who you were, your tribe, your position, your trade, etc.) so much so that leaving your family was a huge step. There was also talk of our need for continued evangelization. But most important for me is that this is a beautiful church, they have Latin mass on Sundays, but this vigil sung NO mass was ad orientum, the kyrie was in Greek and the Agnus Dei in Latin, and I could see from the back rows that the celebrant had his thumbs and forefingers touching after the consecration. Truly edifying. Next time I am down there I will have to stop by again.

  10. Alice says:

    I went to Mass in the OF at two different parishes and also went to a Lutheran (Missouri Synod) service. (I’m an organist, not an overachiever, I promise.) The first priest was clearly excited about Mother Teresa and the sermon was about her, which worked well with the Gospel. What was odd to me, though, was that both the second priest and the Lutheran pastor gave the sermons that, if my liberal friends were polled, one would expect to hear every Sunday in their respective churches. The sermons were very similar. They condemned the proclivities of our day by name (Father even mentioned contraception) and talked about how it is hard to stand up and be a Christian in the modern world. Father said that after the first Mass someone had asked him how he could preach such hate with the example of Pope Francis and so at the Mass I attended, he went off his prepared text to point out that Pope Francis condemns sin (including abortion and homosexual sex). I can’t remember if he mentioned St. Teresa or not, but her picture was on the front cover of the church bulletin.

  11. Nan says:

    I was visiting my sister and my brother noted the time and concluded I wasn’t going to Mass. He didn’t know about last chance Mass, where Fr Becker spoke of M Teresa, giving an abbreviated version of her life story, including the call within a call, the wait to start her order, the dark night of her soul, in which she realized she was to relive His suffering. He also told us that Missionaries of Charity each have two saris, get two weeks each year to go on retreat and can’t go home for ten years after making their final vows. He says Mass for them once a week.

    There was more but I don’t remember.

  12. Matilda P says:

    No mention in the homily, but special holy cards were given out for the occasion. It was an EF mass, and Father spoke about how, in the Gospel reading, we see that Jesus can be said to heal three sorts of people–the physically ill (the man with dropsy), the scrupulous (those of the Pharisees who were simply afraid that it was against the Sabbath to heal), and the legalistic (those of the Pharisees who wanted to catch Our Lord out). We, in turn, learn that such legalism is pride, and are reminded to be truly humble. Moreover, we must not be afraid of asking, and letting, Jesus heal us. It was stormy on Sunday, so when he said ‘Do not be afraid’ it coincided with a loud roll of thunder.

  13. hwriggles4 says:

    Had a good homily at our Sunday evening 5:30 p.m. Mass, which I do like to attend. It is a “normal” Mass, not a “teen Mass”, and it is well attended and reverent. The priest even used Eucharistic Prayer III, and if the Mass goes an hour and fifteen minutes, so be it.

    Anyway, our Parochial Vicar didn’t mention Mother Teresa, but tied into the readings by speaking about how difficult it is to be a Christian, and the difference between “cowardice” and “courage”. Do you want to be popular by telling people what they Want to Hear, or do you want to Speak the Truth and Do What is Right?” He cited examples that too many politicians will say anything to get elected.

    I talked with some young adults afterwards in the narthex after Mass, and they were impressed with the message. We also talked about how it’s important that “nuts and bolts” like this are preached from the pulpit.

    A few weeks ago, I was out of town and since it was raining cats and dogs I went to an older parish closer to my hotel instead of driving 30 miles to the parish I planned to attend that Sunday. It was the early 8:00 a.m. Mass (I had breakfast afterward) and I was ecstatic that the priest (who is from a religious order, this downtown parish is staffed by the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament) mentioned the importance of learning the Catechism. Afterwards, I thanked him because that’s something that is not heard enough from the pulpit.

  14. LouLou says:

    “Our daily duties in life is the key to our salvation”. A striking profound statement. Hit me between the eyes and has given me new strength to undertake the daily demands of raising a family with fresh zeal for love of God and them.

  15. frjim4321 says:

    Was about the conversion process … human (image of God) … Christian (sacramental/mystical body) … Discipleship (following Jesus all the way to the cross); prerequisites for conversion process: silence, Word, the willingness to change and be changes … the cost of discipleship …

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