Ascension Evening in the Cenacle

Ascension Thursday Evening 2017 The truth of the Ascension was revealed by the angels and the liturgy celebrates the feast forty days after Easter just as it is described in the Bible.  After the events of this day the young Church gathered around the Blessed Mother in the upper room  and continued steadfast in prayer…

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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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God Became A Man

Christmas Midnight Mass 2016 St. Joseph’s care for Blessed Mother and The Holy Infant is explained.  We also learn of the significance of the swaddling clothes and that the Savior wrapped in them was how the shepherds recognized Him.  Finally, the beautiful and consoling doctrine of the Incarnation is clearly stated for us to appreciate.…

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Behave, Believe And Love the Angels

20th Sunday after Pentecost 2016 The Introit of this Mass reminds us that we suffer because of the misfortunes of life and we can avoid this by behaving and practicing virtue.  The Gospel teaches the importance of believing in order to gain favors, even miracles, from God.  Finally, we have been given guardian angels and…

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Who Is Like Unto God?

Feast Of St. Michael The Archangel 2016 With the battle cry “Who is like unto God?” the great archangel, St. Michael, defended the honor of God and won forever his name.  This ancient feast recalls the dedications of a couple of famous churches where St. Michael is venerated.  It also celebrates all the heavenly spirits…

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Keep A Good Conscience

Sermon From 7th Sunday After Pentecost 2015 Compline, the final prayer of the Divine Office each day, reminds us that our struggle is against the devil who is the primary source of our temptations.  We can overcome him by a pure intention supported by the sacraments, prayer and moral practices.  We should avoid the occasions…

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Her Fitting Assumption

Sermon From The Feast Of The Assumption 2013 Congratulations to all the confirmands who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Sunday.  You have received an increase of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost which were originally received at your Baptism.  You now are soldiers of Christ and represent the Church to the world.  This…

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Why God Permits Suffering

Sermon From The 4th Sunday After Pentecost 2013 Today is also Father’s Day.  This vocation is attacked in our society and only adds to the suffering and sacrifices that fathers must endure for the sake of their families but God always hears their prayers and heaven awaits them.  The Black Forest fires that have been…

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