The Meanings of Penance

Ash Wednesday 2017 Ash Wednesday begins the forty days of Lenten practice.  Penance is the virtue which motivates the faithful to receive the same named sacrament and do the works of that virtue, namely prayer, fasting & almsgiving.  The sacramental of the ashes gives the strength to do this.  Also in this sermon, we are…

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Almsgiving

Friday After Ash Wednesday 2017 (First Friday) The stational churches in Lent are important and the term has its origin in the Roman legion.  Today’s stational church has been matched with the texts of this Mass to teach us the importance of one of the three main Lenten penances: almsgiving.  This practice is ancient but misunderstood as…

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Lent Comes From The Heart of God

Ash Wednesday Evening 2017 Our sins have caused the death of God on the cross and from the Sacred Heart comes the means of repairing this.  Ash Wednesday is the call to conversion and the ashes we receive remind us of our own death and that this may be our last opportunity to change.  Pope…

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Draw All Things To Myself

Sermon From The Feast Of Corpus Christi 2013 St. Bonaventure warned that removal of the Blessed Sacrament from the Church would leave the people like a herd of animals. St. Paul in the Epistle gives a monitum about irreverence to the Holy Eucharist in his day. What about our times? This feast has a special…

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