Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sunday Sermon, November 25 -- Christ, the King of Every Heart and Every Nation (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King to affirm that Jesus is not only the king of every individual, but also of every nation. As our Lady had revealed at Fatima, there will only be peace when every nation and all peoples submit to the reign of Christ the King, and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

If we desire Christ to be the King of our hearts, we might do well to consider the precepts of the Church and, during this coming Advent season, take a small step forward in each of these areas.

Rather than confession once a year, try once a month (or more). Not only communion once a year, but weekly time in adoration. Not merely Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, but even once or twice a week. In addition to abstaining from meat on Fridays, add extra penance on Wednesdays and Saturdays during Advent. And, in addition to your regular giving to the Church and to the needy, make an extra end-of-the-year gift, to express your thanks to God for having given everything to you.

Sunday Sermon, November 11 -- The Mass is not the Multiplication of Sacrifices (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

In the ninth and tenth chapters of his Letter to the Hebrews, St Paul states that the one sacrifice of Christ is sufficient, and that no further sacrifices need be offered day after day for the remission of sin. How then can we Catholics claim that the Mass is truly a sacrifice?

The Mass is a sacramental and unbloody sacrifice which takes nothing away from the one sacrifice of the Cross, but makes that sacrifice to be present and effective through history until the end of time.

All Saints Day Sermon, November 1st -- Imitating the Saints (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

"Be ye imitators of me, and mark them that walk according to the example you have in us." Philippians 3:17.

The Scriptures command that we imitate the example of the saints, and look to there lives as the sure path to holiness. Notices that St Paul does not merely state that we should imitate Christ, but that we must imitate the saints. This is because the saints show us what Jesus would do in every vocation and walk of life.