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  1. Prayerful says:

    I posted my point in another comment, but the highlight, and really the core was how the Collect for the resumed sixth Sunday after the Epiphany focused on reason and how reason can be used in support of the teachings of the Church, for example with abortion there is no ‘right to choose.’

  2. Henry Edwards says:

    With the last Sunday before Advent upcoming next week, it’s time to turn our attention to the four last things–death, judgement, heaven, hell.

  3. Absit invidia says:

    At the OF mass the readings and subsequent sermon spoke of avoiding disorderly conduct and focusing on getting to work as St Paul suggests.

  4. LDP says:

    Fr. gave an absolutely fantastic sermon today, speaking courageously about how Christians are increasingly facing persecution, not only in the Middle-East at the hands of Islamic extremists, but also from those in our own Western nations, where intolerance is perpetuated under the guises of ‘equality’ and the defence of so-called ‘liberal democracy.’ Instead, Fr. said, true freedom must be underpinned by – and only finds its meaning in relation to – the Natural Law.

  5. visigrad says:

    Great homily on the fruits of living faith. Like the tiny mustard seed….living faith produces a beautiful tree where the birds come to make their home. However stagnant faith quickly dies and becomes like a dead animal attracting vultures….ugly! I will forever remember this homily as I drive the long roads back and forth to Latin Mass where there is frequently a visual image of this homily.

  6. iamlucky13 says:

    With regards to the Gospel on the last days and putting one’s trust in false prophets, Father talked about the fallacy in hoping in the government to cure all the world’s ills and instead emphasized our own individual responsibility to live out God’s commandments and do good works. Therefore, regardless of what we think of the election outcome, nothing actually changed relative to the bigger picture, nor would it have changed had the election turned out differently.

    He closed by contrasting the result of doing so to what Malachi warned us happened to the proud.

  7. Trinitarian Dad says:

    Our visiting priest was a Dominican from the Washington DC area. In summation an excellent homily, he urged us all to fervently pray for the Spirit of Truth to prevail in all aspects of our country. Jesus Christ IS Truth. He received applause from the congregation, which is not a routine response to homilies in our parish.

  8. Kevin Fogarty says:

    The patroness of our community, St. Philippine Duchesne, was a failure in human terms but succeeded and became a saint because she had perfect humility.

  9. mo7 says:

    My favorite kind of sermon! Father talked about the depth, beauty and ancient quality of the faith. He lamented how the people of Western Scotland and other places, noting specifically the Cornish had the faith, the Mass, ripped from them. But there is in the unique church music of the Western Scots, the chant of the Byzantine rite, as heard in a BBC program, where the words Gloria and Deo can be heard in the lyrics. Bravo Father!

  10. Elizium23 says:

    Being sick at home, I am watching my local TV Mass.

    Father Lankeit says that now the time has come for all people of these USA to elect Jesus as the King of our hearts.

  11. Hans says:

    Starting with the reading from Malachi (OF), that the primary difference between those who are harvested (go to heaven) and those burned up as stubble (go the other way) is that those who go to heaven are sinners who confess their sins. However, those who believe they can decide for themselves if something is is a sin miss this opportunity (because, in fact, they cannot), and so their salvation is in peril. This was followed by a brief survey of the intellectual origins of such beliefs. The line describing the founders of the Enlightenment as men who hid from the sun (the Easter-risen Sun of Justice) in dark rooms, made sparks, and called that ‘light’ was my favorite, if I say so myself. Plus, there was warning to potential students, their parents, and grandparents, that this insanity is spread especially in universities and some advice about how to counteract it.

  12. wanda says:

    Heaven is real. Hell is real. God’s commandments do not change.

  13. rbbadger says:

    In my homily this morning, I told the people that the Lord will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. I told them that we don’t know for sure when this will occur, anymore than we know when our own lives shall end. So in order to be prepared, we should be frequenting the sacraments and most importantly, going to confession on a regular basis. I hope that point got across.

  14. Bthompson says:

    I gave a homily (OF, 33rd Sunday C) about keeping our eyes fixed beyond the horizon of time of time, keeping eternity in mind. This will give us perspective, keep us from thinking the world is ending that the sky is falling when crazy civic or natural events happen (Esp. that temporal chaos or political upsets are simply too existentially and metaphysically small to be the prelude to the coming of the Eternal King). I used the post-election riots as an example of behaving in a very nearsighted way and lacking hope and perspective. I made it as explicit as I could that I was not commenting on people’s politics but their behavior.

    …I still got a nastygram from one person you thought I was being partisan, and another person ( and this floored me given the homily) asked if the parish was going to sponsor a safe space for us to discuss our feelings ( I tried gently to explain that such things might fan the flame more than bring peace because they could keep our eyes too near-sighted and not with an eternal perspective… didn’t work…)

  15. Sue in soCal says:

    Our pastor pointed out that the key to a good examination of conscience was to ask, “How have I loved?”

  16. JonPatrick says:

    OF Mass. The words of the Gospel are ominous but the words of the Psalm bring comfort. Jesus would have died for us even if we were the only person on Earth. No matter what happens we always have that to fall back on. Whatever we ask in prayer will be given to you.

  17. PhilipNeri says:

    Do not be deceived. Do not follow him. Or her. Or it – a spiritual program, a method, a style or a fashion, a theological trend, or a “new thing in prayer,” the latest thing to demand your allegiance, your time and energy, your soul. Do not be deceived by easy fixes, quick cures, elaborate models of living the faith, or fanciful devotions that take your eyes from Christ. Do not be deceived by the shiny, flickering world of cable-TV commerce or media-born politics or the brain-rotting candy of cultural relativism. Your faith is old. But your trust in the Lord is always brand new. For us, Christ is the wisdom of the ages. Always fresh, always innovative, always the original.

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP

  18. KateD says:

    “Today you give your life for the flock…”

    Which got me to thinking….It is phenomenal that in the din of today’s world our young people are able to hear Our Lord’s call, let alone to answer it. And the families who raise up these young people in the way they should go….are amazing. They bring so much hope and joy into our world through their patient, diligent persistence in holy faith.

    I a so grateful to everyone of you religious who has given your life for the flock and to your families who sacrifice also.

    THANK YOU!!!

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