Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Conversion of Saint Paul

You don't really know God until you know Jesus.

You don't really know the Truth until you know Jesus.

You don't really know how to love--what love is--until you love Jesus, until you experience His mercy and love for you.

And if you love Him you must love His Church: the Body of believers: His Body.

He identifies (Himself) with His followers: "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me? (Acts. 9:4)

If you hate and malign and oppose the Church you hate and malign and oppose God!--"You did it to Me." (Matt. 25:40)

Love, defend, support and promote all things Catholic--to love Christ as Saint Paul does!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Preaching Funerals

A friend recently summed up the purpose of the funeral sermon with this short sample of a most direct (and, of course, undeliverable) sermon.

It is important at this funeral Mass to pray for N., who is in the box (pointing to the casket); that is very important; it is essential, in fact.

But the greatest reason I am preaching to you is to remind you that we are all going to end up in the box!

Prepare your soul for death with a holy life.

The 1962 Burial Service Rite has a prayer with the same idea somewhat more eloquently expressed in the PRAYERS FOR THE BYSTANDERS AT THE GRAVE.

Grant, O Lord, we beseech Thee, that whilst we lament the departure of our brother/sister, Thy servant out of this life, we may bear in mind that we are most certainly to follow him/her. Give us grace to make ready for that last hour by a devout and holy life, and protect us against a sudden and unprovided death. Teach us how to watch and pray that when Thy summons comes, we may go forth to meet the Bridegroom and enter with Him into life everlasting. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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