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  • Fr. Frank Pavone Releases New Book on Preaching on Abortion

    05/05/2016 1:10:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies ^ | May 2, 2016 | Leslie Palma
    NEW YORK — To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Priests for Life and to highlight its core mission of empowering clergy to be passionate advocates for the unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director, has released today his newest book, Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary (Servant Books, 2016) The book guides clergy –and laity – through the pro-life themes found in the readings of every Sunday of all three liturgical years. Proclaiming the Message of Life provides an overview of the Scriptural, doctrinal and liturgical bases for preaching the pro-life message, presents homily...
  • In Bitter, Bizarre First Post "Love" Homily, Pope Lashes Out at Critics, Calls Judas...

    04/12/2016 9:24:56 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 38 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | 4/11/16 | Oakes Spalding
    "In Bitter, Bizarre First Post "Love" Homily, Pope Lashes Out at Critics, Calls Judas "This Poor Repentant Man," Blames Jewish Priests for Judas' Death (They Were Bad Confessors and had No Mercy)The Pope appears to be growing increasingly unhinged." Is the aggressive crazy talk a response to perceived opposition or a post Amoris victory lap? Vatican Radio reports on today's homily at Santa Marta. The first part deals not with Judas but with those who clutch to "the letter" of the law. It is impossible to believe that Francis is not referring to opponents of the "pastoral solutions" proposed in...
  • Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station -- Stay on Board, Children! Homily -- First Sunday of Lent

    02/14/2016 8:18:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington The Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station -- Stay on Board, Children! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope - February 13, 2016 - "Jesus Tempted in the Desert" by Jaci XIII is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0There's an old gospel song tradition that speaks of the Christian life as a ride on the "Gospel train." The Gospel train is not always an easy ride with perfect scenery, but you've gotta get your ticket and stay on board.Mysteriously, the train sometimes passes through difficult terrain. But just stay on board! On his way to...
  • A Knock at Midnight – Christmas, Midnight Homily

    12/25/2015 7:28:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Knock at Midnight - Christmas, Midnight Homily Msgr. Charles Pope December 24, 2015 In this reflection, perhaps we can consider but one line in the Gospel which both challenges our love, and is a sign of God's humble and abiding love for us: For there was no room for them in the Inn. I. The Cold - There is a knock at midnight. Joseph, speaking on behalf of both Mary and Jesus (who is in her womb still), seeks entrance to the homes and lodgings of those in Bethlehem. And even though the Jewish people placed a great deal...
  • A Summary of our Salvation -- A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

    12/20/2015 8:03:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Summary of our Salvation -- A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 19, 2015 • Here on the Fourth Sunday of Advent we are close to the unfolding of the great mystery of the Word made flesh. It is easy for us to look right past it, but we do well to pause and ponder what is taught to us today about the salvation that is to unfold. One significant way we can do this is by reflecting upon the first reading today from the prophet Micah. In four short verses, we are...
  • A Recipe for Readiness -- Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    11/29/2015 7:08:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Recipe for Readiness - - Homily for the First Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • November 28, 2015 • As the Advent season begins, we are immediately drawn into its principle theme of preparation and readiness for the coming of the Lord. The first coming of the Lord has already been fulfilled at Bethlehem. And while we should prepare spiritually for the coming Christmas Feast, these first weeks of Advent bid us to focus even more on the Second Coming of the Lord in glory.Thus, as the curtains draw back on the opening scenes of Advent, we are...
  • Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do – A Homily for the Feast of All Saints

    11/01/2015 6:44:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do – A Homily for the Feast of All Saints Msgr. Charles Pope • October 31, 2015 • Today is the Feast of All Saints. Some saints of the Church have a particular day on the calendar associated with them and are commonly recognized by name. Many more, though not as familiar to us, are still known by God and have been caught up with Him to glory. Today is their day, the day of the countless multitude who have made it home to glory by God’s grace and by their “Amen”...
  • Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

    10/04/2015 7:13:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 3, 2015 • Both today’s first reading and the gospel speak to us of the miracle of marriage. If your marriage is working even reasonably well, it is a miracle! We live in an age that is poisonous to marriage. Many people look for marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new deal. Our culture says, if it doesn’t work out, bail out. Thus, successful marriages today are a miracle. But marriages are also a miracle...
  • Three Principles for Prophets: A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year

    09/27/2015 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Principles for Prophets: A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2015 • In today’s gospel we see three principles for prophets. And in speaking of prophets, it is referring to you, too. For by our baptism, we are all summoned to be prophets for the Lord.I. PROPER PRIORITIES – The text begins, John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” (Mark 9:38)The Apostle John’s consternation bespeaks confused priorities. Task number one is to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-20-15, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/19/2015 7:15:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 09-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 20, 2015 Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 2:12, 17-20 The wicked say:Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;he sets himself against our doings,reproaches us for transgressions of the lawand charges us with violations of our training.Let us see whether his words be true;let us find out what will happen to him.For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend himand deliver him from the hand of his foes.With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the testthat we may have proof of his gentlenessand...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-06-15, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/05/2015 8:51:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 09-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 6, 2015   Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 35:4-7a Thus says the LORD:Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;with divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,the ears of the deaf be cleared;then will the lame leap like a stag,then the tongue of the mute will sing.Streams will burst forth in the desert,and rivers in the steppe.The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water. Responsorial Psalm Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 R. (1b) Praise the Lord,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-30-15, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/29/2015 7:23:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 08-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 30, 2015   Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dt 4:1-2, 6-8 Moses said to the people:“Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decreeswhich I am teaching you to observe,that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the landwhich the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin upon you,you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. Observe them carefully,for thus will you give evidenceof your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,who will hear of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-16-15, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/15/2015 8:24:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies ^ | 08-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 16, 2015 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Prv 9:1-6 Wisdom has built her house,she has set up her seven columns;she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,yes, she has spread her table.She has sent out her maidens; she callsfrom the heights out over the city:“Let whoever is simple turn in here;To the one who lacks understanding, she says,Come, eat of my food,and drink of the wine I have mixed!Forsake foolishness that you may live;advance in the way of understanding.” Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.I will...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-09-15, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/08/2015 9:07:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies ^ | 08-09-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 9, 2015   Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:4-8 Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert,until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it. He prayed for death saying:“This is enough, O LORD! Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” He lay down and fell asleep under the broom tree,but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat. Elijah looked and there at his head was a hearth cakeand a jug of water. After he ate and drank, he lay down again,but...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-02-15, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/01/2015 8:25:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies ^ | 08-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 2, 2015   Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 16:2-4, 12-15 The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them,“Would that we had died at the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt,as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread! But you had to lead us into this desertto make the whole community die of famine!” Then the LORD said to Moses,“I will now rain down bread from heaven for you. Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion;thus will I test...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-26-15, Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    07/25/2015 7:30:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 52 replies ^ | 07-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 26, 2015   Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 4:42-44 A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God,twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits,and fresh grain in the ear. Elisha said, “Give it to the people to eat.” But his servant objected,“How can I set this before a hundred people?” Elisha insisted, “Give it to the people to eat.” “For thus says the LORD,‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.’” And when they had eaten, there was some left over,as the LORD had said. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:10-11,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-19-15, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/18/2015 8:07:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 07-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 19, 2015   Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 23:1-6 Woe to the shepherdswho mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture,says the LORD. Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,against the shepherds who shepherd my people:You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them,but I will take care to punish your evil deeds. I myself will gather the remnant of my flockfrom all the lands to which I have driven themand bring them back to their meadow;there they shall increase and multiply. I will appoint shepherds for...
  • Asking a Crucial Question: A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

    09/20/2015 7:33:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Msgr. Charles Pope • September 19, 2015 • In today’s gospel, the Lord Jesus is asking a crucial question. The word crucial here is selected carefully. It comes from the Latin cruces, meaning “cross.” Indeed, looming over this entire gospel is the Cross. Jesus makes the second prediction of His passion, death, and resurrection. It is in the context of this teaching that the Lord asks the “crucial” question of us: What is most central in our life? Let’s look at this gospel in five stages. I. The Processional Picture – The gospel text opens this way: Jesus and his...
  • The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/30/2015 7:25:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 29, 2015 • Today’s readings teach a proper understanding of the Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. For if we love God, we want what He wants and love what He loves. And the Law goes a long way toward describing what God wants and loves....
  • Faith or Famine – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

    08/09/2015 6:45:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Faith or Famine – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 8, 2015 • The gospel today amounts to a summons to faith by Jesus. In particular, He is summoning us to faith in Him and in the truth He proclaims about His presence in the Holy Eucharist. Last week’s gospel ended with Jesus declaring that He is the bread that has come down from Heaven. Today’s gospel opens with the Jewish listeners grumbling about Jesus’ claim to have come from Heaven. Throughout the gospel, Jesus stands firm in His call to faith....
  • Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

    07/19/2015 6:37:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 18, 2015 The gospel today speaks to us of the priority of personal prayer. You may recall that in last week’s gospel, Jesus sent them out two by two to proclaim the Kingdom. Now they return, eager to report the progress and the graces they encountered.But as Jesus listens, he urges them (perhaps because they are overjoyed) to come aside and rest awhile, for they have labored long. In so doing, Jesus also teaches us about prayer. Let’s consider four...
  • A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for 14th Sunday of the Year

    07/05/2015 7:53:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-04-15aRCHDI | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for 14th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 4, 2015 • . The gospel today portrays the Lord Jesus as preacher and prophet. But as we shall see, even the greatest preacher in the world, Jesus, can find His powerful and precious words falling lifeless on the rock hard surface of many a soul. Yes, even His words can meet with resistance and hostility, indifference and ridicule. Indeed, the gospel today shows forth the ruinous result of rejection. My homily notes begin with the red text below. However,...
  • Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

    12/14/2014 7:31:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (from Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). This theme is developed most fully in today’s readings in 1 Thessalonians 5:16ff. It, too, begins with the salutation and imperative, “rejoice always!”Let’s take a closer look at that reading and what is meant by the admonition to “rejoice.”The text begins, Rejoice always. The Greek word properly translated here as “rejoice”...
  • I Keep So Busy Workin' for the Kingdom, I Ain't Got Time to Die-A Homily for the 3rd Sunday/Year

    01/25/2015 6:35:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington I Keep So Busy Workin’ for the Kingdom, I Ain’t Got Time to Die – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe readings of “Ordinary Time” (Tempus per annum, in Latin) focus a lot on the call to discipleship and the living of the Christian Faith. The readings for today’s Mass are no exception, as they present us with a number of disciplines for disciples. These disciplines free us to serve Christ and His Kingdom joyfully, energetically, and wholeheartedly. We can group these disciplines into three broad areas, such that discipleship is...
  • From Magi to Wise Men – A Homily for Epiphany

    01/04/2015 7:12:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-03-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington From Magi to Wise Men – A Homily for Epiphany By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, the nations, and their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they see, and the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod and their ultimate rejection of him in favor Christ.In this meditation I would like especially to follow these Magi, in their journey of faith to become wise men. As Magi, they followed the faint stars, distant points of light; as Wise Men they follow Jesus who...
  • >A Portrait of Powerful Preaching – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

    02/01/2015 4:34:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Portrait of Powerful Preaching – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles Pope There are four aspects of powerful preaching displayed by Jesus in this passage. Jesus is not just a powerful preacher Himself, but also models what it means to be a powerful and effective preacher.In using the word “preacher” here we ought to be careful not to reduce preaching merely to what takes place in a church. For surely the clergy have churches in which to preach. But all Catholic parents ought also to learn from Jesus here, for they have...
  • Keep Your Eyes on the Prize – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

    08/10/2014 1:57:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/9/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel today is about faith and focus. It teaches that though storms and struggles inevitably arise, we have a choice as to whether we focus on them or on Jesus. The  admonition of this Gospel is clear: keep your eyes on the prize … hold on!Let’s look at this Gospel in four stages: Perceived Distance, Produced Distress, Point of Decision, and Process of Development.I. PERCEIVED DISTANCE – The text tells us that Jesus drew back from the disciples and sent them to make the crossing of the lake on their own, intending to join them again later. During their...
  • Pope Francis' Christmas Homily

    12/25/2013 12:40:35 PM PST · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    Vatican ^ | December 25, 2013
    MIDNIGHT MASS SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS Vatican Basilica Tuesday, 24 December 2013 Video 1. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1). This prophecy of Isaiah never ceases to touch us, especially when we hear it proclaimed in the liturgy of Christmas Night. This is not simply an emotional or sentimental matter. It moves us because it states the deep reality of what we are: a people who walk, and all around us – and within us as well – there is darkness and light. In this night,...
  • Pope Francis describes ‘ideological Christians’ as a ‘serious illness’ within the Church

    10/21/2013 9:32:05 AM PDT · by armydoc · 94 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht
    Pope Francis called for a more open-minded Church on Thursday, suggesting that when a Christian “becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith.” Francis said because ideology is rigid and non-inclusive, it pushes people away and leaves out the grace of God. “And, even worse, the Lord cannot be close to the people,” Francis said. “The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology,” he said. “And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid.”...
  • St Basil: On Detachment

    09/22/2013 3:58:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Web Archive ^ | approx 360 AD | St Basil the Great
    HOMILY 21 On Detachment from Worldly Goods and Concerning the Conflagration Which Occurred in the Environs of the Church THOUGHT, well-beloved, that, Inasmuch as I had so vigorously plied you with the goad of my words on every and all occasions, you regarded me as a troublesome fellow, overbold for a stranger and for a man who is himself guilty on similar charges. Yet, by my rebukes you were moved to kindliness and the blows of my tongue you transformed into incentives to greater zeal. This, of course, is not a matter for surprise, since you are wise in the...
  • "Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil." Homily of the Holy Father Pope Francis

    03/15/2013 8:17:53 PM PDT · by PanzerKardinal · 69 replies
    Vatican.VA ^ | March 14, 2013 | Pope Francis
    Thirdly, professing. We can walk as much as we want, we can build many things, but if we do not profess Jesus Christ, things go wrong. We may become a charitable NGO, but not the Church, the Bride of the Lord. When we are not walking, we stop moving. When we are not building on the stones, what happens? The same thing that happens to children on the beach when they build sandcastles: everything is swept away, there is no solidity. When we do not profess Jesus Christ, the saying of Léon Bloy comes to mind: "Anyone who does not...
  • Get this...

    08/23/2012 9:57:37 AM PDT · by NYCCatholic · 42 replies
    Okay, another question for my awesome freepers... Get this...a friend of mine recently attended a week-long silent retreat given by a congregation of nuns in the Northeast. I won't name the order. During daily Mass, the Priest allowed one of the nuns to proclaim the Gospel and give a homily. Is this allowed? I was under the impression that only a Priest or Deacon can read the Gospel and give a homily.
  • Vatican Reports Discovery of Ancient Documents (Origen)

    06/12/2012 4:08:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 12, 2012
    The Vatican newspaper reported Tuesday that 29 previously unpublished homilies said to be the work of one of the most important and prolific early church fathers have been discovered in a German library. The 3rd Century theologian Origen of Alexandria is considered to have played a critical role in the development of Christian thought. Pope Benedict XVI, himself a theologian, dedicated two of his 2007 weekly church teaching sessions to the importance of Origen's life and work. Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said that despite Origen's importance, few of his original texts remain in part because he was condemned by the...
  • Fr. Maletta's Religious Liberty Homily on HHS Mandate

    03/25/2012 7:32:42 AM PDT · by foxfield
    WHP (580AM), Glen Meakem Show ^ | Feb 5, 2012 | Fr. Sammie Maletta
    Fr. Sammie Maletta drawing a line in the sand.
  • Religious Liberty Homily

    02/27/2012 8:08:12 AM PST · by mkmensinger · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-5-12 | Youtube
    Religious liberty homily
  • Benedict XVI's Homily on Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

    06/30/2011 9:51:18 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 29, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    Benedict XVI's Homily on Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul "It Is Only in the Unity Represented by Peter That We Truly Lead People to Christ" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 29, 2011 ( Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Benedict XVI delivered today at a Mass for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, which he presided over in St. Peter's Basilica. At the Mass, the Pope conferred the pallium upon 41 new archbishops, and recalled his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, "Non iam dicam servos, sed amicos" -- "I no longer...
  • Text Of Pope's Homily For Christmas Eve Mass

    12/25/2010 10:04:52 AM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 1 replies
    cbs news ^ | Dec. 24, 2010 | Pope Benedict XVI
    . . . "Mary gave birth to her first-born son" (Lk 2:7). In this sentence Saint Luke recounts quite soberly the great event to which the prophecies from Israel's history had pointed. Luke calls the child the "first-born." In the language which developed within the sacred Scripture of the Old Covenant, "first-born" does not mean the first of a series of children. The word "first-born" is a title of honor, quite independently of whether other brothers and sisters follow or not. So Israel is designated by God in the Book of Exodus (4:22) as "my first-born Son," and this expresses...
  • Archbishop Dolan's Homily (Mass Of Installation)

    04/18/2009 5:45:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 3 replies · 499+ views
    Archdiocese Of New York ^ | April 15, 2009 | Archbishop Timothy Dolan
    AMDG Installation Homily JMJ "This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad! Alleluia!""He has risen as He said, alleluia! alleluia!""Jesus Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega.All time belongs to Himand all the ages, to Him be glory and power! Amen!"You are all so very welcome here, in this "Cathedral of suitable magnificence," as Archbishop John Hughes, whose cross I wear today, termed it, that has been such a warm, embracing spiritual home for untold millions. Thank you, thank you all for so personally supporting me as I begin...
  • Easter Vigil: Homily Of His Holiness Benedict XVI

    04/12/2009 4:47:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Vatican Website ^ | April 11, 2009 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters,Saint Mark tells us in his Gospel that as the disciples came down from the Mount of the Transfiguration, they were discussing among themselves what “rising from the dead” could mean (cf. Mk 9:10).  A little earlier, the Lord had foretold his passion and his resurrection after three days.  Peter had protested against this prediction of death.  But now, they were wondering what could be meant by the word “resurrection”.  Could it be that we find ourselves in a similar situation?  Christmas, the birth of the divine Infant, we can somehow immediately comprehend.  We can love the...
  • Humilitas (30th anniversary of the death of JPI)

    09/28/2008 2:31:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 309+ views
    WITL ^ | September 28, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    On this 30th anniversary of the death of the short-reigned "Smiling Pope," B16 recalled John Paul I at today's Angelus: Pope Luciani, said Benedict XVI, “chose Saint Carlo Borromeo’s Episcopal motto—Humilitas— as his own, a word that sums up that which is essential in Christian life and which indicates the virtue needed by those in the Church who are called to the service of authority.” “In one of the four general audiences held during his brief pontificate he said among other things and in that very informal way of his: ‘I will just recommend one virtue so dear to...
  • Papal Homily For Quebec Congress: "The Eucharist Is Not A Meal Among Friends"

    06/24/2008 3:55:00 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 2 replies · 149+ views
    Zenit ^ | June 23, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Here is a translation of the homily Benedict XVI gave via satellite Sunday at the closing Mass of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress. The congress was held in Quebec City. The homily was given in English and French. * * *Lord Cardinals,Excellencies,Dear Brothers and Sisters, While you are gathered for the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, I am happy to join you through the medium of satellite and thus unite myself to your prayer. I would like first of all to greet the Lord Cardinal Marc Ouellet, archbishop of Quebec, and the Lord Cardinal Jozef Tomko, special envoy for the congress,...

    04/24/2008 10:23:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 82+ views
    VIS ^ | April 23, 2008
    VATICAN CITY, 23 APR 2008 (VIS) - This morning in St. Peter's Basilica, Benedict XVI pronounced a homily following the funeral Mass for the late Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, who died on Saturday 19 April at the age of 72. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals. The Holy Father traced the biography of the youngest cardinal created by John Paul II in the consistory of 1983, recalling his priestly ordination in 1960, his work as auxiliary bishop of Bogota in the 1970s, as president...
  • Pope Benedict's Homily, Mass at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York  (full text)

    04/20/2008 2:54:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 297+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 20, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    During the Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Easter celebrated 20 April 2008, the Holy Father gave the following homily.   Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the Gospel we have just heard, Jesus tells his Apostles to put their faith in him, for he is "the way, and the truth and the life" (Jn 14:6). Christ is the way that leads to the Father, the truth which gives meaning to human existence, and the source of that life which is eternal joy with all the saints in his heavenly Kingdom. Let us take the Lord at his...
  • Pope Benedict's Homily, Mass for Clergy and Religious, St. Patrick's Cathedral

    04/19/2008 6:16:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 262+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 19, 2008
    During the Mass for Clergy and Religious at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral on Saturday 19 April 2008, the third anniversary of his election to the Chair of St. Peter, the Holy Father delivered the following homily.Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, With great affection in the Lord, I greet all of you, who represent the Bishops, priests and deacons, the men and women in consecrated life, and the seminarians of the United States. I thank Cardinal Egan for his warm welcome and the good wishes which he has expressed in your name as I begin the fourth year of...
  • Heaven Touches Earth: Papal Liturgy at Saint Patrick’s

    04/19/2008 9:04:57 AM PDT · by tcg · 16 replies · 94+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/19/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The Pope used the structure of the great Cathedral as a symbolic framework for addressing the interior meaning of the Christian vocation and mission.
  • Benedict XVI’s sermon at St. Patrick’s in NYC (With Fr. Z's Commentary)

    04/19/2008 8:14:57 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 38 replies · 350+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/19/2008 | Benedict XVI (commentary by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf )
    Here is the text of the Holy Father’s sermon from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.  My emphases and comments: Keep in mind that the readings for this Mass will be from the Mass of Pentecost, a theme similar to that celebrated in Nationals Stadium.  The Holy Father is trying to help American’s look for a new "anointing" of the United States, with its special role in the world, by the Holy Ghost.   This is a Votive Mass for the Universal Church. Keep in mind that this Mass is for priests and religious.  Backdrop: The Holy Father has already...
  • Homily of Pope Benedict XVI, Holy Mass at Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

    04/17/2008 8:21:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 317+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 17, 2008
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, "Peace be with you!" (Jn 20:19). With these, the first words of the Risen Lord to his disciples, I greet all of you in the joy of this Easter season. Before all else, I thank God for the blessing of being in your midst. I am particularly grateful to Archbishop Wuerl for his kind words of welcome. Our Mass today brings the Church in the United States back to its roots in nearby Maryland, and commemorates the bicentennial of the first chapter of its remarkable growth - the division by my predecessor, Pope...
  • 9/11 & the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

    09/12/2007 8:23:31 AM PDT · by Balt · 126+ views
    The Priestly Pugilist ^ | 9/12/07 | Priestly Pugilist
    10:56 AM 9/12/2007 - The attack on our country on September 11th six years ago is probably one of those events that will always remain transfixed in our minds -- we will always remember where we were and what we were doing when it happened. I was on retreat at the time with the other priests of our eparchy; and, when I returned to my parish in East Brunswick at the end of the week, I had to wrestle with how I was going to address this, since we had a number of families in the parish which were directly...
  • The "Sequela Christi" (homilies of Vatican Holy Week)

    04/02/2007 10:09:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 720+ views
    WITL ^ | April 1, 2007 | Rocco Palmo
    As promised, here begin the homilies of Vatican Holy Week 2007. Grazie mille e píu to one of the illustrious ops del nord for preparing this fulltext translation of Benedict XVI's meditation from the Mass of Palm Sunday, celebrated earlier today on the steps of St Peter's. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the procession of Palm Sunday we associate ourselves with the crowd of disciples who, with festive joy, accompany the Lord during his entry into Jerusalem. Like them we praise the Lord with loud voices for all the wonders we have seen. Yes, we also...
  • "A Cosmic Event" - text of pope's homily at last night's Vigil Mass (rare event)

    04/16/2006 11:48:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 556+ views
    WITL ^ | April 16, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    The Vatican's custom is that the Pope does not preach at the liturgy of Easter morning so that the focus upon the Urbi et Orbi message which follows isn't diluted. So here, in the English translation provided by the Holy See, is Benedict XVI's Easter homily, delivered at the Mother of all Vigils, held last night in the Basilica. **************************** "You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here" (Mk 16:6). With these words, God’s messenger, robed in light, spoke to the women who were looking for the body of Jesus in the...