Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Sermon, January 9 -- This will be no ordinary year. 2017 and the end times (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Transferred feast of Epiphany, January 9.

The wise men saw the star and recognized the sign of the coming of the Lord, even though most men were unaware of the most significant moment in history. On Epiphany, the Church looks ahead to the coming year and proclaims the dates of all the movable feasts (Ash Wednesday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, etc).  We look forward to consider what God has in store for us this year - and we recognize that 2017 is no ordinary year.

1) 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of Fatima.
2) Before writing the St Michael Prayer exactly 33 years to the day (October 13, 1884) prior to the "miracle of the sun" in Fatima, Pope Leo XIII heard our Lord say that Satan would be given 100 years to persecute the Church and wreak havoc on the world. And the Vatican has said that the past 100 years of violence and persecution fulfill the suffering predicted at Fatima.
3) 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Revolt - an horrific event which is being celebrated even by many Catholic bishops.
4) We have completed the Year of Mercy. Jesus revealed to St Faustina that, after the day of mercy would come the day of judgment.
5) There is unprecedented division in the Church. Priest against priest. Bishop against bishop. And cardinal against cardinal.
6) Unprecedented liturgical abuse. Would the saints even recognize the Mass as it is celebrated in most churches throughout the world today?
7) Sr Lucia (one of the Fatima Visionaries) wrote to then Monsignor (now Cardinal) Caffarra that the last great battle would be on issues related to marriage and the family. Cardinal Caffarra was a trusted adviser to St John Paul the Great, and to Pope Benedict XVI. But, under the current pontificate, Caffarra is persecuted and rejected -- and the Catholic approach to divorce and remarriage as well as a whole host of other issues related to marriage and the family is being thrown by the wayside for radical liberalism.

What do we do?
1) Practice regular confession
2) Pray the Rosary every day
3) Wear the brown scapular
4) Practice the First Saturday Devotions

2017 will be no ordinary year. This is a moment of grace, if only we would be open to receiving it.

New Year's Sermon -- Mary Mother of God -- Mary is the most divine creature in her virginal motherhood (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

January 1st - Mary Mother of God

God became man so that man might become like God. This is the mystery of Christmas, the mystery of grace. And in no creature after our Lord's sacred humanity do we see the divinity more clearly reflected than in the Virgin Mary.

Mary, as a virgin mother, is the most divine of all creatures. Her giving birth to Jesus without any pain or suffering or rupture or violence is a manifestation of the manner in which God the Father begot the Son from all eternity. Only two persons may be said to have begotten God -- The Father, and Mary.

Jesus is God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God; and on Christmas, he is God from Mary, truly proceeding from her as light through glass in a miraculous birth.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Sermon -- Christmas and the Love of the Poor

We have considered, in past years, the circumstances in which our Lord was born and what these teach us about the Christmas mystery. He was born in Bethlehem (meaning "House of Bread") and laid in a manger (a feeding trough), teaching us that he is the Living Bread in the Eucharist. He was born at midnight on December 25th to teach us that he is Light for the world. He was born of Mary under St Joseph to teach us that we must be children of Mary and Joseph if we are to be true Christians.

Jesus chose to be born poor. This is both an expression of love for the poor and a rejection of the rich who are satisfied in their riches. Jesus shows us the power of his divinity by being born with no human power. He teaches us that we too must love the poor. He inflames our love by become so lowly in order to gain our hearts.

Daily Sermons, December 19-24 (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Daily Sermons, December 19-24.
Early morning Masses for the conclusion of Advent.

Sunday Sermon, December 18 -- Our Lady's Virginity and Devotion to St Joseph

4th Sunday of Advent: St Joseph's "doubt", Biblical Defense of Mary's Virginity, Devotion to St Joseph.

1) Why we ought not to think that St Joseph expected Mary of sin.
2) A careful examination of what the Bible says about Mary's virginity: Words like "before" and "until" in reference to Joseph and Mary "coming together" and "knowing one another" as man and wife.
3) Devotion to St Joseph as a patron of our spiritual life.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Daily Sermons, December 13-17 (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

Sermons from daily Masses, December 13-17.
Lucy, Ember days, Christmas Novena, O Antiphons.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sunday Sermon, December 11 - St John the Baptist did not doubt (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

Although many today will say that St John the Baptist was doubting whether Jesus is the Messiah when he sent his disciples to ask, "Are you the one?", however the unanimous teaching of the Fathers of the Church, the saints, and the Catholic theologians is that St John was in no way doubting but was leading his disciples to Jesus.