Your Sunday Sermon Notes – GO TO CONFESSION! – VIDEO

Was there a good point made in the sermon during your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know.

For my part, I had a note early this morning from the scheduled celebrant, our VG, who succumbed to some ailment (get well soon!) and, subsequently, could I take the Mass.  Hence, I saluted, combed my hair, and headed off to an early morning Missa Cantata on this 5th Sunday after Pentecost.   Full disclosure: I was going to be there anyway, so that I could take the diaconal slot and we could have a Missa Solemnis.  But I had not planned on preaching.   What follows is off the cuff.


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  1. FrankWalshingham says:

    Father D.B. Thompson gave a very nice and timely sermon to the DC Latin Mass community at Old St. John the Evangelist Church in Forest Glen about anger. That it is just an emotion. That it could stir us to rise up against injustice. That it may not be a bad thing if it inspired us to do good. That being nice was not necessarily a virtue. Father Thompson cited a great quote from St. Thomas Aquinas on anger:

    “He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.”

    Just the sermon I needed to lift my spirits after being upset and angry all week about how the Archdiocese of Detroit treated their orthodox and holy priest, Father Eduard Perrone.

    Father Thompson did a great job ministering to the Latin Mass community in DC the past few years while he was here for study at the Catholic University of America. It was sad to hear today that Father will be headed back to his home diocese of Lake Charles, Lousiana after Mass next week. But is gratifying to see there are some dioceses in our country that are forming orthodox priests who love the Latin liturgy and are not afraid to preach the truth in their homilies. Such priests will be the salvation of the Catholic Church in America. You have a truly great priest coming back to Lake Charles, Bishop Glen Provost. Thanks for lending him to the DC Latin Mass Community these past years.

  2. Discerning Altar Boy says:

    Mass in the EF at the local FSSP parish, preached by the transitional deacon in residence.

    The Ten Commandment aren’t exhaustive. They provide a framework by outlawing more grave sins and implicitly banning less grave ones. This is the point of Jesus’ “You have heard… But I say…”

    In relation to ourselves, some people have more dignity by nature of our relationship with them. We honor our parents more than our siblings, and even more so our grandparents.

    This applies also to God. We should regard the gravity of sin, even mortal, in terms of who it offends. From greatest to least, the order is God, Parents/authorities, others/ourselves.

    Additionally, sins that are thoughts are lesser than those that are words, which are lesser than those that are actions.

    Bearing all this in mind, we come to the realization that even murder is less severe than desecrating the Blessed Sacrament.

  3. Whoisharrylime says:

    “You never have to worry about [your sins] ever being leveled against you in your judgement, they are gone.”

    How is this reconciled with CCC 1039: “The Last Judgment will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life”? It sounds like all the good acts/sins we’ve committed during our lives will be laid bare at the Last Judgement. Can you clarify?

  4. Gab says:

    Excellent sermon, Father Z. By the way, I always thought that all our sins would be made known on Judgement Day in the court of Heaven, even those sins that had been forgiven.

  5. JabbaPapa says:

    I was mostly impressed yesterday that the Novus Ordo at our Parish was given in about 40% Latin and only 60% French, which is how the Council Fathers envisaged things, but I was struck by Father’s comment in his homily that if France loses her Christian character, she’ll lose her democracy at the same time.

    How true !!

  6. Chuck4247 says:

    I attended an evening Mass at the local Cathedral.
    “I know that the 5:00 is normally our “visitors’ Mass”, but thank you for being here on this 90-degree day”. I am not a priest, but I imagine that it would be very disheartening to have a public Mass where the only other participants were those in the sanctuary or choir loft…

  7. JabbaPapa says:

    Chuck, a few times I’ve been at Mass both Vetus and Novus Ordo, and been the only worshipper except the priest.

    The Mass is the Mass is the Mass.

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