Monday, November 30, 2009

Audio Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent

Friday, November 27, 2009

St. Jerome on the Psalms 

Dear Catholics,

There is nothing new under the sun, that is for certain. There is, however, always some beautiful reflection that is forgotten for many years, even centuries. Knowing now through the mouth of a priest in referring to the Modernists, that "they got rid of the Fathers of the Church", it seems imperative to bring forward the wisdom of the Fathers en force. For your spiritual benefit, I offer this bit of food from the holy father St. Jerome, on the vanity of our thoughts. 
 "Do you need proof that the thoughts of men are vain? A father and mother rear a son; they look forward with great promise to the fortune and happiness that he will bring them; they send him to school, give him the best education; he comes of age and they even arrange for his military service. After thirty years of careful and matured planning, along comes a slight fever and that is the end of all their schemes. I have an enemy with whom I must go to court, and the day of the trial is thirty days off; day and night I do nothing but prepare my defense. When I am in bed, all I do is frame answers to the charges of my enemy who is absent. My enemy is not present but my words are answering him as if he were. I rehearse in this way for days and nights. When the day of judgment arrives, however, all my carefully planned debate vanishes and I answer only what God inspires. That is precisely why the Lord says in the Gospel: 'And when they bring you before the magistrate, do not be anxious how or wherewith you will defend yourselves, or what you shall say, for the Lord will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.' 'The Lord knows the thoughts of men, and that they are vain.' One preoccupation alone is worthwhile and wholesome- thinking about the Lord." 

Monday, November 23, 2009

Audio Sermon for the Last Sunday after Pentecost

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Priesthood of the New and Everlasting Covenant in the Catholic Church

Throughout the Liturgical Year, we often see that Jesus Christ is referred to as the Eternal High Priest. It is in the glowing light of this brilliant gem of Catholic Wisdom that we wish to present several precious pieces from the vast treasury of our glorious history as descendants of the disciples of Our Lord.

During His interrogation, as we learn from St. Leo the Great, "Caiphas, in order to excite their hatred against what was said, rent his garments, and thus deprived himself of the priestly dignity, by transgressing the precept; which, speaking of the high priest, says: He shall not uncover his head, and his garments he shall not rend." Lev. 21, 10

Further luminous rays are cast upon this pearl of contemplation by the humble Bede the Venerable, when he eloquently states: "By the high priest rending his garments he shows, that the Jewish priesthood, on account of their crimes, was now dissolved; whereas the tunic of Christ, by which the one true Catholic Church is prefigured, was seamless, and not to be divided." Amen.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dear Catholics, 

Here is an important point of doctrine that needs to be brought to our attention often. Let this video serve to strengthen your resolve in the faithful following of your shepherds. 

True Authority in the Roman Catholic Church
Peace and many blessings,

Deacon Bonaventure, OFM

Monday, November 16, 2009

Audio sermon for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Friday, November 13, 2009

Yes, Our Lord did ordain the Apostles

In reflecting upon this simple and most heart warming truth, I wish to bring forward the wisdom of a little known contemporary of the some of the great Fathers of the Church, St. Fatalis. He offers us a most salutary means of both encouragement and instruction. May you find something here that touches your heart.
"The Apostles, who were models of religious observance, invite us to follow and imitate them. They summon us, on the condition that we may reign with them in Heaven if we suffer with them on earth.They were not separated from Christ by torments; we are separated from Him by idle gossip or detraction. They did not yield to dangers, but we are overcome by pleasures....If we live by the Spirit, let us cling to the footsteps of Christ. If we follow Him, Christ ought to appear in our actions, for every tree is known by its fruit....What is the benefit of striking your breast if you do not reject the sins which are shut up inside?"  On the Life of Christians

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Audio Sermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost