St. Peter Chrysologus is a Doctor of the Church; one of those 35 saints that the Catholic Church has declared to be particularly important in understanding the Catholic Faith. But How often do we ever hear about St. Peter Chrysologus, who said "Do not ask HOW you were created, but WHY you were made." Click here for audio homily.
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31 July 2014
29 July 2014
Jeremiah was not a king or priest but a layman. He was sent out into the culture to call it back to God. This is what the Vatican II says about the vocation of the laity. Click here for audio homily.
Everything in this world is passing away. The only thing that is permanent is God. If we place our trust in the things of this world, they will simply rot and leave us with nothing. Click here for audio homily.
26 July 2014
For actual audio homily, click here. There is the story of a man who went to visit his friend in Arizona. They went to the Grand Canyon and the visitor was very excited. “It’s so beautiful and so big!” he exclaimed. “Yeah, I guess,” said the Arizona native. But the visitor continued, “Look at all the layers of rock that you can see! I wonder how many different kinds of rocks are down there?” His friend replied casually, “I just took it all for granite.” Are we so used to coming to church that we take our faith for granted? In the sacraments, we have the pearl of great price which we can so very easily take for granted. In the sacraments, God shares His Divine life with us. In Baptism, we are made children of God and grafted into God’s family tree. In Confession, we feel God’s loving embrace when we say we are sorry for having hurt Him or others. In the Holy Eucharist, we receive the precious Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Savior Jesus Christ. In Holy Matrimony, we are called to show to our spouse the same faithful and unshakable love that God has shown to His people throughout thousands of years. Holy Matrimony is a sacrament of the Church. Catholics who marry must have their marriage blessed by the Catholic Church and are called to share responsibly in God’s creative power. God loves us so much that He wants us to share in His creative love through the procreation of children in the context of that sacred bond of faithful and unshakable love. The holiness and sacredness of marriage is why it is so wrong to abuse that creative gift merely for our own pleasure or try to redefine its meaning. It was only because the merchant had recognized the value and specialness of the pearl that he sold everything to acquire it. If we don’t recognize the awesome power and love that God has given us in the sacraments, it is no wonder we take them for granted; it is no wonder that we don’t recognize them as the pearl of great price. The great saints recognized the power of the sacraments and refused give into the world around them. St. Maria Goretti chose death rather than deny Christ and compromise her chastity. St Margaret Clitherow was martyred in England during the Protestant Revolt for attending Mass and for hiding priests in her home. St. John Nepomucene was killed for refusing to violate the seal of Confession. But such was the love that these saints had for the Eucharist and the sacraments. St Paul writes that “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” We need to use things according to their purpose, if we want them to work right. Only when we use something for the purpose for which it was designed can we reach fulfillment. Let us look at the analogy of the cell phone and the hammer. What is the purpose of a cell phone? Its purpose is to communicate with people and to hear their voice. What is the purpose of a hammer? Its purpose is to pound a nail into a board. Can you use a cell phone to hammer a nail into a board? Well, yes, you can. It will damage the cell phone and it may possibly get the nail into the board but it won’t be very secure. If we use the great God-given gift of our sexuality in ways that God did not intend, then we will not be fulfilling our purpose as children of God. This analogy applies not only to sex outside of marriage but can also be applied to contraception, as well as to the use of alcohol, money, food, the Internet, or whatever. The more we cooperate with the purpose of God’s creation the more we will grow in His love. July 25th marks the 46th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical “Humanae Vitae” in which he stated that every marital encounter must be open to the transmission of life. Like the analogy of the cell phone and the hammer, we can have sex outside of marriage and that is not open to the transmission of life, but it is not the way God intended us to this wonderful and holy gift. Let me make another analogy. Would you want a seminarian to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass without being ordained? Would you want the priest to celebrate Mass with an empty chalice? Would this not defeat the purpose of the Sacrament of Holy Orders in the same way that contraception defeats the purpose of the Holy Sacrament of Marriage? A marriage that is not open to the transmission of life is no more a one of the seven Holy Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ than is a priest celebrating Mass with an empty chalice. The Seven Sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ for the purpose of sharing God’s divine life with us. We have no authority or power to change what has been divinely established. We do not live in a cartoon world. You know how in the cartoons, if the character runs off a cliff, they do not fall until they realize they are in mid-air. Just as we cannot suspend the Law of Gravity because of our desires, so to the Holy Sacraments must be used according to their purpose, if we ever hope to live for all eternity in the love of God which is the pearl of great price for which we should be willing to sacrifice everything.
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26 February 2013
Mass of Surrender for the Men's Cursillo Team comparing the story of Queen Esther to the role of the Cursillo Team. Click here for audio homily.