We need to learn more about our Catholic Faith, and so here I have provided a means to discuss the faith intelligently and to study the rich tradition found in the Catholic Church.
HOMILY: The Difficult Virtue of Hope
Although the term "hope" gives us the impression it is a gift that offers us rest, it actually doesn't. According to St. Thomas Aquinas it is one of the challenging passions whereby we strain towards something good. We endure, therefore the restlessness of spirit that remains unsatisfied in the absence of some good. The theological virtue of hope strains towards the Divine-Good - God Himself. This theological virtue leads to placing natural hopes into their proper context.
The sins against Hope: despair and presumption are "easy" passions according to Aquinas. They are not necessary enjoyable, but they are comforting in the sense of "giving-up" is comforting. We choose to rest is letting go of a good. Sometimes we have to do this with natural goods, but when it comes to the Divine Good, despairing is a sin against despair. Presumption is the death of our relationship with a God of grace, rather than approaching him with entitlement.
How do we navigate these challenging times where we are exhausted of hoping for something better; we are exhausted of being restless? We need to pray for a supernatural type of hope that will enable us to rise above all worldly losses, as good as they might be.
HOMILY: Simple and Incarnational Love
Christ speaks to his audience, he knows exactly how to correct each group. To the Pharisees they struggled with integrating love into the law, with the lawless, law into the disposition of love. To which does Christ emphasize to you? This integration is why the Church teaches the "theology of the Body" rather than the "theology of Love." For laws do "hang" from Love, and they are specific.
HOMILY: We Hunger for Obedience
The theme of bread is used in various ways. Jesus teaches us that "Man does not live by bread alone" but hungers for the "Word that comes from the Father's mouth." Jesus is that Word. Jesus also teaches us, after addressing the Samaritan woman's thirst, that He has Bread that others do not know about. But this bread is "doing the will of the Father." When Jesus feeds us Himself, He is feeding us the Spirit of Obedience to His Father that lives in Him. We can tap into this through faith, in a way that makes such obedience appetizing. Without faith, it is merely servile fear or aimless practices that lead our life. But to make ourselves into a self-offering to God we sacrifice our will, by surrendering to His with full trust, flinging ourselves into the loving arms of God's will.
HOMILY: Discerning as Kings
WE are called to discern God's will through faith and reason as King's who share in Christ's Mission to extend grace and the Gospel.
Theology 101 - Ep1 - Why Study Theology
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Liturgy of the Word - Sunday May 17th