May 21, 2018

Pentecost Sunday Sermon, May 20 -- Docility to the Holy Spirit

At Pentecost, the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit. We see how the great saints were perfectly docile to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. St Philip Neri is an example of a man who followed the Spirit's promptings and lived in an intimate communion with the Holy Spirit.

How can we be more docile to the movements of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
1) Have a great reverence, love, and devotion to the sacraments - especially Baptism and Confession.
2) Daily reading of Sacred Scripture, with the saints as our guides to interpretation.
3) Devotion to the saints, reading the lives of the saints.
4) Obedience and respect for the Pope and all that the popes have taught through the ages.

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Sunday Sermon, May 13 -- Mary, Mother of the Church

This year, Pope Francis has promulgated a new feast for the Universal Church: Mary, Mother of the Church is to be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost. This Marian title (which is rooted in the writings of St Ambrose and has previously been promoted by Pope Benedict XIV and Pope Leo XIII, as well as Pope Bl Paul VI, Pope St John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI) is a reflection most especially of Mary's role as a mother to the Apostles in the days between the Ascension and Pentecost.

We consider the biblical foundation for calling Mary the Mother of the Church, as well as the promotion of this title at the Second Vatican Council.

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Adult Faith Formation, May 8 -- Marriage and Family Life (Series on Marriage, Part 2 of 6)

Objectives of Session 2 – Marriage and Family Life
1) To appreciate the teachings of the Council of Trent on Marriage
2) To recognize the “natural inclination” of all men toward marriage
3) To articulate the blessings and ends of marriage

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May 7, 2018

Sunday Sermon, May 6 -- Marital Chastity, in light of Humanae Vitae

Having preached about the difference between Natural Family Planning and Contraception last week, we now turn to a consideration of what chastity means for married couples.

From the encyclical letter, Humanae Vitae, of Pope Paul VI, paragraph 11:
"The sexual activity, in which husband and wife are intimately and chastely united with one another, through which human life is transmitted, is, as the recent Council recalled, "noble and worthy.'' It does not, moreover, cease to be legitimate even when, for reasons independent of their will, it is foreseen to be infertile. For its natural adaptation to the expression and strengthening of the union of husband and wife is not thereby suppressed. The fact is, as experience shows, that new life is not the result of each and every act of sexual intercourse. God has wisely ordered laws of nature and the incidence of fertility in such a way that successive births are already naturally spaced through the inherent operation of these laws. The Church, nevertheless, in urging men to the observance of the precepts of the natural law, which it interprets by its constant doctrine, teaches that each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life."

We consider what is permitted from married people in terms of intimacy at various stages and in various circumstances of life.

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May 5, 2018

Adult Faith Formation, May 1 -- Introduction to Marriage (Series on Marriage, Part 1 of 6)

Objective of Session 1, Introduction to Marriage
1) To recognize that marriage is a natural institution as well as a sacrament
2) To see that even outside of the Church, marriage falls under certain principles of natural law
3) To appreciate that all marriage (even non-sacramental marriage) must be freely chosen, permanent, exclusive, and open to life
4) To recognize that the Church accepts the natural marriages of non-baptized persons
5) To recognize that two baptized persons cannot enter into a merely natural marriage, but only a sacramental marriage

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Adult Faith Formation:
Marriage, In Scripture and in the Church
Session 1 – Introduction to marriage

I. Introduction to the course: We will consider marriage both according to natural law and divine revelation. After discussing the history of the Sacrament of Matrimony, we will answer various objections to marriage common in the modern world.

II. Outline of the Sessions:
1. May 1 – Introduction to marriage, in nature and in the Church
2. May 8 – Marriage and family life
[May 15 – NO SESSION]
3. May 22 – Marriage in Scripture, both the Old Testament and the New
4. May 29 – Matrimonial Consent and Indissolubility
5. June 5 – Celibacy and Marriage
6. June 12 – Modern objections to the Church’s teaching, Review

III. The occasion for this course: 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae
A. Overview of the way the encyclical came together: Minority Report
B. Influence of the encyclical letter on the Church
C. Contemporary controversy in Rome over the encyclical

IV. Marriage – Matrimony: matris, Becoming a mother

V. Marriage as a “natural sacrament” – marriage in the order of nature
A. Non-sacramental marriage is still true marriage
B. The natural order of marriage and the sacrament
C. Even natural marriage is not made by man or the state

VI. Marriage in the Church
A. Two baptized persons cannot enter into a merely natural marriage
B. Christ elevated marriage to a sacrament
C. Marriage as a sacrament is a sign

VII. Fundamentals about the nature of marriage
A. Open to life
B. Permanent
C. Exclusive