Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation?

Let us know. C’mon… remember it and let us know.

For my part, I spoke about angels, both angels horrid and fallen and angels beautiful and holy.

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  1. slainewe says:

    External Solemnity of The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    I have heard the phrase “Preaching the Rosary,” but this morning is the first time I have experienced it.

    Truly excellent sermon on the need for us to pray the Rosary in these dire times. Father gave a history of past victories won over heresies when Catholics turned to Our Lady, and encouraged us to do the same as we face heresies even more diabolical.

  2. a catechist says:

    Fr. talked about the effort of the royal servant, walking 22 miles to beg Jesus, and then stressed the importance of making the effort to come to Mass & the good of Mass.

    In context, the diocese is beginning the process of reorganization & there’s good reason to think a fair number of people will stop going to Mass entirely (!) if their place/time doesn’t stay exactly “the way it’s always been.” I HOPE that all over the dioc. our priests will be stressing the importance of what Mass is and why to go. Horrible to read interviews in the newspaper of people planning to commit a mortal sin.

  3. a catechist says:

    I should clarify there’s not much chance of the EF community doing such a thing. But people have said in recent interviews they will probably stop going to Mass if parish clustering happens. Please pray for the priests of my diocese!

  4. Ben Yanke says:

    Top notch job this morning, Father.

    Your sermons lately have been especially good. Several of them have struck a real chord with me and been a big assistance to me in my spiritual life.

  5. Joseph-Mary says:

    Sorry to say but we had “Fr. Ramble” today and Mass lasted an extra 20 or so minutes and my mind went numb. He did have a good deal of inflections in his Mass and in what passed as a homily but my mind still went numb. At least he did not bring his guitar today! BUT–get this–my husband has agreed to attend the TLM later this month with me! So that is wonderful. He is a convert and has never been to the TLM. I generally go every weekend when he works a Sunday. Yes, it is diocesan sponsored and a priest comes from out of town to a neighboring parish at noon.

  6. jbincj says:

    External Solemnity of The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    Preached by one of the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

    He began by asking if we remembered the story of David & Goliath? David used a small stone to defeat the enemy.
    Then he likened the beads of the Rosary as our ‘small stones’ to defeat the Enemy today, who is attacking the family, marriage, and religious liberty. The Canon exhorted all Catholics to carry a Rosary with them, to say it DAILY, and to pray each Hail Mary as if presenting a beautiful rose to Our Lady. “Just as a man would not give wilted roses to a woman, (at least I would NOT recommend it!), neither should we give anything but our fullest attention, attentiveness and devotion while meditating and praying the Rosary!”
    With these beads we can defeat the Enemy!

  7. pberginjr says:

    I was at the same service as jbincj (it sounds like). Great sermon. Also the prayers as stones that will rebuild the church, encouragement of praying the rosary as a family, and use of the rosary as prayer for return to the church and conversion of (fallen-away/lukewarm) Catholics (the prayers like drops of water eroding a rock.

    Really top notch, there was a PROCESSION with a large statue of Our Lady afterward with the St Michael Patrol and Company of Mary Immaculate.

  8. jbincj says:

    Yep, same place! Awesome sermon!
    That was yet ANOTHER great point: each Hail Mary like the drops of water, which, over time, erode the rock… (and, over time, soften the hearts of fallen-away/lukewarm Catholics)!
    All the more reason to pray the Rosary every day.

  9. Sliwka says:

    Fr used our (Alberta’s) bishops’ statement on the Sacraments and euthanasia (or as Fr put it, self murder, to talk about how the mission of the Church is no less than the salvation of souls, redemptive suffering, and began with St John Vianney’s “If you lead me to Ars, I will lead you to heaven.”

    Fr was difficult to understand at times because he is deaf and typically says Mass at that time to the deaf community, but I did pick out “You were not made for comfort…”. Email of thanks will be sent with a CC to the bishop.

  10. Sliwka says:

    Also. Fr spoke about what sin does to our sanctifying grace (genial and mortal) and how if we die in mortal sin God respects our rejection, our unFriending, and we go to Hell for eternity. My Rosary reminded me of that

  11. Elizium23 says:

    Father read his homily from a printout today, but he is expert at giving it inflection and feeling and ownership.

    The first half of the homily was a dissertation on faith, what it really means and how we can exercise it. And then a segue was made to the application of faith to faithful citizenship and voting in the upcoming election.

    Saint Teresa of Calcutta was quoted at length, from her speech at the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast. She said, “the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion”. In fact, she said it three times. Father said that abortion is at the core of all other life issues. He took on the “right to choose” rhetoric and condemned the proposition that a mother should be able to choose to murder her unborn child.

    Liberal politicians were mentioned, briefly praised for their efforts in standing up for the disadvantaged, and then excoriated for actively promoting and expanding abortion.

    The homily was longer than usual, and I witnessed it in two different Masses, and each time, Father was rewarded with a round of applause.

  12. My homily was in the context of the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, with readings emphasizing perseverance in fidelity. I had several goals. First, to explain somewhat the readings’ emphasis on faithfulness as opposed to “faith” in the sense of mere belief. Second, to acknowledge Sunday as “Respect Life Sunday” and talk about protecting life. As I had talked about abortion the prior Sunday, this Sunday, I talked about the drive to normalize euthanasia, and that led me to talk about the moral crisis of our time. And that led to my third objective, which was to encourage everyone to take part in Forty Hours next weekend. I explained the history of the devotion; in particular, that it was occasioned by the urgency of praying to avert calamity.

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