Saturday, October 20, 2018

Sunday Sermon, October 14 -- The Most Holy Rosary as a School of Prayer (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

By considering the love of God, we are inspired to set aside every worldly attachment and love God in return.

This is what makes the Rosary a "school of prayer" -- by praying the Rosary, we learn how to pray.  The Rosary focuses on the love that God has revealed in the essential mysteries of our Lord's life, and moves us to imitate the love of Jesus. The Rosary is nothing more than the Scriptures: Both in the prayers and in the meditations.

St Louis Marie de Montfort recommends that you pray all fifteen decades of the Rosary every day, and I also recommend this. Be grateful to God for whatever devotion you have for the Rosary, and for however many decades you already prayer regularly!  If we pray even one decade daily with much love, I am convinced that our Lady will lead us to praying all fifteen decades regularly.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sunday Sermon, October 7 -- Defending Marriage (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her." 
We have these very direct words from our Savior, which contrast so greatly with the secular approach to divorce and remarriage which we see in the world, among the Protestants, and sadly even among many Catholics.

First, we consider the "bill of divorce" permitted by Moses from the Old Testament, and how this was a safeguard of the indissolubility of marriage, seeking to limit divorce and to avoid other even greater evils (like wife-murder).

We further discuss the assault on marriage today with the redefinition of the nature of marriage, which can only be between a man and a woman. In an election year, it is especially important to remember which politicians and which party has destroyed the institution of marriage in our nation.

Sunday Sermon, September 30 -- St Michael and the Holy Angels (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

Confronted with the present crisis, many bishops of the United States are encouraging a return to the practice of public recitation of the St Michael prayer with Holy Mass. In this sermon, we consider the nature of the angelic spirits, who they are in themselves and in relation to each other, and how they minister to us.

St Michael is the guardian angel of humanity, and an example of humility overcoming the pride of the ancient serpent.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sunday Sermon, September 23 -- St Padre Pio, The 50th Anniversary of his Entrance into Heaven (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

St Padre Pio, the great miracle worker of Italy, received the stigmata 100 years ago (20 September 1918), and bore these wounds of Christ on his own body for 50 years until his death 23 September 1968.  As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his entrance into eternal life, this sermon is dedicated to the story of this holy example of priest, confessor, spiritual guide, and wonder worker.

Adult Formation Series, September 18 -- The Stigmatic Saints, Female Stigmatics - Part 3 of 3 (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Celebrating the visit to our Parish of the Relics of St Padre Pio, we have a three part series on the stigmatic saints who were so united to Christ Crucified as to receive the wounds of the Lord's Passion upon their own bodies.

Objectives of Session 3
1) Recognize that over 80% of stigmatics have been women
2) Review the life of St Catherine of Siena
3) Review the life of St Gemma Galgani
4) Become familiar with Teresa Neumann

Adult Formation Series, September 11 -- The Stigmatic Saints, St Francis of Assisi and St Padre Pio -- Part 2 of 3 (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Celebrating the visit to our Parish of the Relics of St Padre Pio, we have a three part series on the mysterious gift of the holy stigmata, by which certain saints have been so united to Christ Crucified as to receive the wounds of Christ's Passion upon their own bodies.

Objectives of Session 2:
1) Become familiar with the life of St Francis of Assisi
2) Recognize what makes the stigmata of St Francis different from all others
3) Become familiar with the life of St Padre Pio

Sunday Sermon, September 9 -- St James the Less, The Example of an Holy Bishop (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

St James the Less, the brother of the Lord (i.e. the cousin of Jesus by way of St Joseph, and a more distant relative through Mary also), lived a life of prayer and penance. He prayed so much on his knees, that they were as callused as a camel's hoof. His whole life was spent in fasting and penance - never eating meat or drinking wine, he lived a perpetual Lent.

Additionally, in his Letter, St James exhorts us to charity in speech, patience, and love of the poor. St James is an example of the authentic Christian witness to which all bishops (indeed, all the faithful) are called.  If we live lives of prayer and penance, marked by charity and love for the poor, the world will be converted!