Dec 8, 2017

Sunday Sermon, December 3 -- Daily Mass, More than the Bare Minimum

If we only do the very bare minimum of what is required to be a Catholic, we shouldn't be surprised if we don't find ourselves making progress in the spiritual life. If all we do is the very least required to keep ourselves out of hell, then no wonder that we do not become great saints.

A few examples of the bare minimum:
1) Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation
2) Confession once a year
3) Abstaining from meat on every Friday of the year  (or doing another penance on Fridays outside of Lent)

Here are a few ideas of how to do more for Advent, so as to make real progress in holiness:
1) Assist at daily Mass at least once or twice a week
2) Go to confession at least once a month
3) Abstain from meat (or some other penance) on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, at least during Advent


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November 29 -- Adult Ed Course on the Angels, Session 7: The Angels and the Lives of the Saints

Final session of our course on the angels: The Angels in the Lives of the Saints


Course objectives:
1) To understand the theology of how angels can work in material space and time.
2) To consider in general how the angels have acted in the life of the Church throughout history.
3) To consider specific cases of angelic intervention, especially the exceptional stories.


Nov 28, 2017

Sunday Sermon, November 26 -- On Heaven (Sermons on the Last Things, 5 of 5)

On the joy of the blessed in heaven, and the peace that comes from the permanent and everlasting union with God.  The saints in heaven cannot sin, and are perfectly free. We will know our relatives and friends in heaven, and also will enjoy our glorified bodies after the resurrection on the last day.


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November 23 -- Adult Ed Course on the Angels, Session 6: The Wicked Angels and Exorcisms

On the Angels, Session 6 -- On the wicked angels and exorcisms.

Course Objectives
1) Consider demonic activity in general, and in comparison to the work of the good angels.
2) Understand the difference between ordinary and extraordinary demonic activity.
3) Recognize the Rite of Exorcism as a sacramental.


Sunday Sermon, November 19 -- Purgatory, In Scripture and Tradition (Sunday Sermons on the Last Things, 4 of 5)

The dogma of Purgatory (a place of purgation after death for those found worthy of heaven, but not yet perfectly ready for heaven) is still taught by the Church and must be believed in order to be saved.

We consider the biblical and traditional foundations of this dogma, as well as the reasonableness of purgatory in relation to God's mercy and his justice.


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