Category Archives: Sermons
The spoken word lends itself to a more passionate presentation. That is why more people are directly converted upon hearing a good sermon than from reading a good book. In his Letter to the Romans, a written word, Saint Paul does says that “Faith cometh by hearing.” Undoubtedly the apostle converted more souls directly by his preaching than by his Letters.
Now that I have seemed to diminish the importance of the written word, let me give you an “on the contrary” viewpoint. The written word reaches more people and has the potential of lasting to the end of the world. Indirectly, therefore, on account of its permanence and reproducibility, the written word has a greater potential to convert a greater number of souls than the spoken. Korea is an interesting study on its own. Missionaries came to Korea in the sixteenth century and preached the Faith, but the leaders of this people were originally converted by reading Catholic books, which they had discovered in China. It was after reading these books that they sent an emissary to Rome to ask for missionaries.
It is a wonderful thing that, at least in the early and medieval Church, there were usually scribes that wrote down the sermons delivered by preachers. Did you know, for instance, that St. Thomas’ Summa was compiled from his lectures? Yes, he did edit the written text, but were it not for his students and secretaries, there may never have been a Summa Theologica. St. Augustine, likewise, had secretaries who transcribed his daily sermons. Father Migne, a great French scholar, compiled volumes with all the existing sermons of the early fathers, both from the East and the West. He effectively put the wisdom of the fathers at our fingertips. So, when you read the sermons of the saints, you are doubly blessed. You can savor both their wisdom and the fiery zeal.
[This is an actual sermon, by an actual priest. He graciously allowed us to publish it on our web site. Please keep in mind that it was written to be communicated orally, not in print. The standards of citation reflect that. The priest who gave the sermon is especially indebted to Fr. Philip Wolfe, FSSP1] By the authority invested in my own mind, I am … More →
As usual Monsignor Pope brings up some excellent matter for Catholic reflection. Ours is an Incarnational religion. This was a major theme of all of Father Feeney’s preaching and teaching and Msgr. Pope beautifully expounds upon this truth, so necessary for our salvation. Washington DC Archdiocesan website: At Christmas we celebrate the fact of the Word becoming Flesh. But what does this mean for us … More →
This is a very good post from the website of the diocese of Washington DC. It is written by Monsignor Charles Pope who often offers challenges to arouse the lukewarm from their lethargy. In this summons the Monsignor isn’t just giving a suggestion. He makes it clear from the last words of our Savior that we are all called to “Go,” make disciples, and teach … More →
For his noon day Angelus from Castel Gandolfo Pope Benedict discoursed on Our Lord’s words to Saint Martha in Sunday’s Gospel: Zenit reports: Dear Friends, as I said, this Gospel passage is very important at vacation time, because it recalls the fact that the human person must work, must involve himself in domestic and professional concerns, to be sure, but he has need of God … More →
“Be not affrighted: you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen: he is not here” — Mark XVI:6. I hope, my dear Christians, that, as Christ is risen, you have, in this holy paschal time, gone to confession, and have risen from your sins.
(From the Housetops is indebted to Father Martin, the superior of the Franciscans of the Immaculate in New Bedford, Massachusetts, for his permission to publish the following conference of St. Maximilian Kolbe in our magazine. It has been transcribed exactly as it appears in the book Roman Conferences of St. Maximilian Kolbe, published by the Academy of the Immaculate.) (The Editor)
(St. Leo the Great D. 461) The Voice of Peter The truths that belong to this day’s solemnity are truly well known to you, Dearly Beloved, and you have frequently been instructed in them. But just as this visible light delights in the healthy eye, so the heart that is healed there comes to joy without end from the Birth of the Savior, which we … More →
I. The Coming of the Holy Ghost with the Gift of Tongues foretells the Unity of the Church throughout all peoples. This is a solemn day for us, because of the Coming of the Holy Ghost; the fiftieth day from the Lord’s Resurrection, seven days multiplied by seven. But multiplying seven by seven we have forty-nine. One is then added: that we may be reminded … More →
Peace Be To You, The Mystical Body Jesus stood in the midst of them, and saith to them: Peace be to you I. The Heresy of the Manicheans.
In Mary we praise that which places her above all others, that is, fruitfulness of offspring together with virginity. For never has it been known in this world that anyone was at the same time mother and virgin.
Given to the People in the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the Holy Day of the Resurrection 1. It has been my custom, beloved brethren, to speak to you on many of the Gospel readings, by means of a sermon I had already dictated for you. But since I have been unable, because of the weakness of my throat, to read to you … More →
Given to the People in the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the day of the Nativity of Our Lord. 1. Because by the Divine Bounty we are on this day thrice to celebrate the sacred mysteries of the Mass, we cannot therefore speak at length on the Gospel lesson. But the Birth of Our Redeemer Himself demands of us that we say something … More →
Our Saviour, dearly Beloved, was born this day. Let us rejoice.
I. The Coming of the Holy Ghost with the Gift of Tongues foretells the Unity of the Church throughout all peoples. This is a solemn day for us, because of the Coming of the Holy Ghost; the fiftieth day from the Lord’s Resurrection, seven days multiplied by seven. But multiplying seven by seven we have forty-nine.
When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Juda, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying: Where is that is born king of the Jews. For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to adore him. Isaias had foretold that this would come to pass, saying: The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and … More →