Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation?

What was it?

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  1. maternalView says:

    Father started right out with we all have time for prayer! No telling us yes we’re busy and it’s hard to find time but we need to. Nope. We got time.

  2. Amante de los Manuales says:

    PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens (don’t give up)

  3. george says:

    At the TLM this morning Father preached about The Four Last things and how hell *is* real. He referred to a well-known priest (not by name) who claims we can “reasonably hope” that no one goes to tell and how that is heresy and that souls *do* go to hell. And that hell is intense physical pain forever and forever, not just a “pain of loss” from not being in God’s presence. And he reminded us that the pain is for-evehr!

    Also, while it is good to avoid sin for fear of hell, it us much better to avoid sin because it offends He whom we should love!

    It was a great and memorable sermon!

  4. brasscow says:

    It requires correction of those who espouse that view. We know that hell is certainly occupied. The gospel says it would be better for Judas if he had never been born. Mary also showed the children at Fatima a well occupied hell and said that souls are falling into hell like snowflakes.

    While the physical torment of hell is real and to be feared, the pain of the loss of heaven is much worse. The physical torment can be thought of as mercy to distract you from the greater pain and torment of the loss of heaven.

  5. DeaconLynn says:

    Dear Father Z: Any suggestions for purchasing the beautiful red document folders? Perfect for brief reflections.
    Thank you for your wonderful posts from Rome!
    Deacon Lynn Johnson

  6. OBLATEBEDE says:

    At TLM, Father slammed Universalism. Good time was had by all.

  7. MargoRose says:

    I attend Latin Mass with wonderful FSSP priests. This morning, Father gave a homily emphasizing the importance of Baptism and our being adopted by God for our salvation. He specifically denounced Karl Rahner’s idea of the “anonymous Christian” and strongly stated that there is no salvation anywhere outside of Christ. “Judaism won’t save you! Islam won’t save you! Paganism [in light of the synod] will not save you!” Good stuff! I love the courage shown by FSSP priests!

  8. swvirginia says:

    While traveling, we visited a church we have been to before, and discovered that they have gone to ad orientem worship and what I supposed is the Latin Low Mass. It was a bit hard to follow, and we did not realize until well into Mass that there were Latin/English Mass books in the back that we were supposed to pick up. I was thrilled (an old Latin Mass altar server), but my wife, a convert, was quite angry that the Sunday readings were not read. The priest had a fairly long recitation in Latin after the Gloria, and then went straight to homily.

    Is this normal for the Latin Mass?

  9. Dear Readers…. here is how this these Sunday Sermon posts work.

    I ask for GOOD points and you write about the GOOD points.

    Why? Because many people have to hear really bad sermons. However, we can tune our ears to find some good points even in bad sermons. But you can help other people get something more from Sunday which they were denied in their parishes.

    So, the last thing we need – I know you get frustrated – is “I didn’t hear anything good. For example, the pastoral assistant Sr. Randi spoke of transgender ministry and …”.


    GOOD points.

    And this is part of my cunning plan to get you to listen for the good even in sermons that aren’t great.

  10. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Persistence in prayer. If the Dawg Pound can keep going games when their team keeps losing, we can be persistent in a higher cause. Persistence in love changes a person, and love for Christ makes us better and more like Him.

    The ‘long recitation after the Gloria’ was probably the readings.

  11. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Today is Mission Sunday. (He said it twice. I asked my choir director if we could sing Christus Vincit during the recessional, as a result.)

    Baptism is necessary for salvation.

  12. AC Roche says:

    Never give in, never give in, never give in. Remain steadfast in the face of secularism, and pray without ceasing.

  13. AveMariaGratiaPlena says:

    At our NO parish, Father spoke of the Church’s need for the faithful’s prayers, especially when the Church is disfigured as she is today. Following on the theme of today’s NO Gospel reading (which included Jesus’ question about how many men of faith would he find upon His return), Father compared praying for the Church today to the few faithful who stayed with Christ all the way through the Crucifixion. After these horrible last few weeks of the Amazon Synod, this is exactly what I and my fellow parishioners needed to hear. God chose us to live in these times and we must not shirk our duty. We are not alone, nor abandoned, even if it feels that way.

  14. JPCahill says:

    Fr Glenn preached on perseverance, particularly perseverance in prayer. God is waiting, willing to do so much for us, give so many graces and it’s waiting on our prayer. It reminded me of one of the Miraculous Medal visions to St Catherine Labouré in which some of, I think, the jewels of Our Lady were not giving out rays of light. When asked about them, Our Lady explained they were the graces nobody asked for.

  15. mo7 says:

    Father focused on the phrase from Ephesians in today’s mass in the EF: ‘be angry but do not sin’. He said not to be too angry or not angry enough. He said to use the ‘+’ [plus] to put the most positive spin on what the other has said or done. And also the ‘+’ in the spiritual sense to envision the cross over their face as in a blessing.

  16. CaliCatholicGuy says:

    Father spoke of the importance of prayer and the need to have a relationship with God in 3 persons… that if we do not have a relationship and focus on our prayer life and talk to God constantly then why are we mystified when things do not go our way? Sometimes God is answering and it might not be the answer we want. Sometimes it takes time – God’s time and not our time. PUSH- Pray Until Something Happens.

    After communion Father spoke again – he noticed that there were people who appeared to go to one line and receive communion and then tried to go to another line and receive again and did a mini talk on that when we receive the host or precious blood we receive the fullness of Jesus and if we do not know the proper ways or teaching we should ask him after mass to ensure we are correct and refrain from receiving if we are not in communion with what the church teaches until we recieve penance.

  17. Maximilian75 says:

    I was on a men’s retreat with my college Campus Ministry (SVC in PA) and on Saturday, the feast of the North American Martyrs, was a great homily concerning masculine Christianity and how it ought to look. I had the honor of serving one of the most beautiful Masses I have ever assisted in, an outdoor Mass, NO but ad orientem facing out on a fall vista that Isaac Jogues would have loved.
    (A photo of the Mass is my Twitter profile picture – @rayrduffy if you’d like to see it)

  18. hwriggles4 says:

    I went to the Sunday evening Mass last night (normal for me). A visiting retired old school Jesuit priest was the celebrant. This old school Jesuit preached on prayer and celebrated Mass reverently (I hope our Pastoral Administrator asks him back – his homily was something that more priests need to discuss).

    Father mentioned not only do we need to take time for prayer, but also how there are different types of prayer, and quite a few Catholics have not been taught how to pray. Father did mention the existence of h-e-double toothpicks, and asked how many of those present had attended a retreat within the last few years. The good old school Jesuit mentioned that he was amazed how many hands went up.

    I could tell that my fellow parishioners were listening, and I hope this retired priest is asked to fill in again when either the Pastoral Administrator or the Parochial Vicar are unavailable.

  19. In my Sunday homily, I made the point that just as we have chores and tasks as part of our human family, so it is with our spiritual family. We have the chore of learning our faith better, so we can be ambassadors for Christ in a society losing its bearings, and we have the chore of persevering in prayer, which wearies us, even as Moses grew weary on the mountain, overlooking God’s People in battle.

    And prayer is a chore; we don’t like to admit it, but we don’t enjoy praying: we put it off and rush through it.

    The supreme prayer is, of course, the Mass. Why do we expect Mass to be convenient, or tailored to our desires? Jesus is our Moses, but not on the mountain, but on the Cross, pleading for us. And he tells us to take up our cross and join in. Look at the battlefield: how are God’s people faring in battle lately?

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