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Solemnity of Mary The Mother of God | 12.31.2020 | Fr. Brian Larkin
Solemnity of Mary The Mother of God | 12.31.2020 | Fr. Brian Larkin by Lourdes Denver
4th Sun. of Advent | Mary's 'Yes' & the Obedience of Faith | December 20, 2020 | Fr. Brian Larkin
Resources referenced in today's homily:
Pope Benedict XVI:
"If you had to pick a moment that Christianity began, it would be this one." [he refers to Mary's 'yes.']
The Princess Bride:
"Sometimes words can mean something more than just words, such as when Wesley says, 'As you wish.' He wasn't just saying, 'As you wish,' he was saying, 'I love you.'"
"Mary teaches us that her 'yes' to God is everything it means to be a Christian."
"But, you can say yes on a shallow level, or you can say yes from the depths of your heart. In my better moments, my 'yes' is more complete."
"Christianity is about a response."
"The degree to which you love is dependent upon the purity of your heart."
"'Here I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent!" (2 Samuel 7:2)
"Moreover, the LORD also declares to you that the LORD will make a house for you: when your days have been completed and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, sprung from your loins, and I will establish his kingdom. He it is who shall build a house for my name, and I will establish his royal throne forever." (2 Samuel 7:11-13)
"The promises of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness." (Psalm 89)
"In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, 'Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.'" (Luke 1:26-28)
"But Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?'" (Luke 1:34)
"'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.'" (Luke 1:38)
"To the only wise God, through Jesus Christ be glory forever and ever." (Romans 16:27)
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3rd Sunday of Advent | Joy Is a Byproduct | 12.13.2020 | Fr. Brian Larkin
3rd Sunday —Gaudete Sunday—Perpetual Happiness vs. True Joy, With All its Sorrow
Aldous Huxley—A Brave New World
"Our Ford himself did a great deal, to shift the emphasis from truth and beauty to comfort and happiness."
Do you want truth and beauty? Or, do you want comfort and happiness?
Mary has joy and sorrow because she loves.
"My spirit rejoices in God my Savior."
Josef Pieper once said, "Joy by its nature is something secondary, and subsidiary. If we look closely into the matter, it becomes apparent that Man does not want to plunge absolutely and unconditionally into the psychological state of rejoicing, but that he wants to have a reason for rejoicing."
Joy is a byproduct." He meant that humans want to be more than just "happy." We want to be happy because life is true and beautiful and good. God does want us to rejoice, but for the right things.
Check out Father Brian's latest podcast episode on Gregorian Rant! He talks about how people just want to "feel better." We are not made to be "comfortably numb." God created us for true joy, which is love.
St. Thomas Aquinas once said, "Out of love come both joy and sorrow. You have to choose."
"Brothers and sisters, if you love, you already have heaven."
Mary's joy is because she loves.
Mary chose joy with sorrow, because she loves. Ask yourself how Mary is the most joyful person who ever lived, despite the tremendous sorrow she experienced.
Even the sorrowful man who loves is happier than the non-lover. —Josef Piepers
Choose love—even with its sorrow—today.
"Jesus, may our love for You be the source of our joy."—Fr. Brian Larkin
RCIA Class #12 | Protestants, St. Francis, & OT Fulfillment | 11.25.2020 | Fr. Brian Larkin (audio)
RCIA Class #12 | Protestants, St. Francis, & OT Fulfillment | 11.25.2020 | Fr. Brian Larkin (audio) by Lourdes Denver
RCIA Class #13 | Advent, Latin Origins, & Faith | 12.2.2020
RCIA Class #13 | Advent, Latin Origins, & Faith | 12.2.2020 by Lourdes Denver
RCIA Class #14 (pt 2) | Continuing Discussion Of "Faith" | 12.9.2020 | Fr. Brian Larkin
RCIA Class #14 (pt 2) | Continuing Discussion Of "Faith" | 12.9.2020 | Fr. Brian Larkin by Lourdes Denver
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