What Is Keeping Me From God?

First Sunday of Lent 2020 This sermon begins with a review of the Lenten regulations and a recalling of the life and the struggle for his vocation of St. Thomas Aquinas, whose feast is this week.  Then we learn about the sacramental of ashes which is a powerful aid during this season which offers us…

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The Grace Of Ashes

Ash Wednesday 2020 The origins of this day date back to the beginning when God told Adam after his fall that he was dust and unto dust he would return.  To counter the sin of pride by eating the forbidden fruit we are called to practice humility by fast and abstinence.  All peoples have felt…
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Join In Penance

Ash Wednesday Evening 2019 Lent begins with the moving Epistle from the Prophet Joel which calls on all, especially the priests, to do penance for sin and thereby receive from God the blessings of His gifts.  Through prayer, fasting and almsgiving we separate ourselves from evil tendencies and open up to the infusion of God’s…
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Our Presentation

Feast Of The Purification 2019 The feast of the Purification also celebrates Our Lord’s Presentation in the Temple. The Mosaic law required a mother to offer sacrifices before she could be allowed again to participate in worship. In addition, it stipulated that a first born son should be offered to God Who would then return…
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The Gift Of Lent

First Sunday in Lent 2018 Grace is present at every moment for us but especially during Lent.  We, as Christians, must not be a scandal to those in the world.  Lent is our retreat and it is dangerous to our spiritual life not to realize this.  The virtue of chastity cannot be practiced without constant help from…
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God Will Hear Us

Ash Wednesday 2018 In 1741 the pope declared that Lent is the true sign of the Christian fighting for his salvation by means of penance through fasting which is understood by the receiving of the sacramental of ashes today.  The entire Septuagesima season focused our attention on sin and our identifying the predominant fault we want…
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Unto Dust You Shall Return

Ash Wednesday Evening 2018 Blessed ashes remind us of death and our own nothingness.  These marked the public sinners from the early days of the Church and do for all of us now.  No sins are too much to be forgiven and penance and fasting are powerful means to save us as they did for…
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Love Created Us And Must Be Returned

Quinquagesima Sunday 2018 This season is almost over and our training for Lent should be completed.  Abraham is emphasized during these days because of his fidelity to God when so many others were not.  He was willing to sacrifice his own son, Isaac, who was a willing victim as Christ would be in the future.  Today…
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His Coming Should Change Us

Gaudete Sunday 2017 As we approach Christmas, St. John the Baptist is our example of how to come closer to Our Lord.  We have grace and should never be discouraged because victory is ours. Beg God for great love just as the saints did.  Receiving Christ in Holy Communion should change us and His coming in…
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Affixed To The Cross

First Sunday in Lent 2017 After a brief instruction about liturgical and sacred art this sermon tells about the importance of the sacramental of ashes.  Stations of the Cross is a Lenten practice beloved by the faithful because our Blessed Mother began the devotion.  Catholics must imitate the way of the Cross so they may…
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