My last podcast was what I preached at a Requiem TLM in Holy Week. This podcast is the funeral sermon I preached at my parents' parish at a Mass in English (which I did not offer, but rather sat in choir.) I thank from the bottom of my heart our auxiliary bishop and the twenty priests of my Archdiocese who attended either the Vigil or the funeral Mass for my mother.
My mother, Claire Nix, fell asleep in the Lord on the third of April 2023. I was there with my whole family. This is the sermon I gave two days later. Please say an Our Father for my mother.
To say that an unnatural sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance is no sin at all is tantamount to denying Christ was ever crucified, for He died to save us from our sins. In fact, the notion that mortal sins are not sins at all is essentially asserting that sin does not exist at all. Such is tantamount to apostasy or even atheism. Traditionally, the Catholic Church has taught that for a moral act to be just, the object and intention and circumstances must all be good. If only one of those is missing, the entire act is evil. Heretics of moral theology of the past 70 years [...]
Catholic Church history reveals that during times of strong faith, superstition decreases. Also, during times of weak-faith, superstition increase. I believe modernist Catholics (not Medieval Catholics) are the most superstitious of all Catholics in history. One proof of this how many Catholics took an experimental mRNA injection made from aborted babies just to keep death away. (Even WaPo recently ran a story that those double-and-triple vaxxed were those still struggling with COVID-19, meaning it didn't even keep away the one bogeyman it promised to eschew.) But that is not the topic of today's blog post. Today's blog is in regards to how most modernist Catholics approach the life-and-death sacraments with [...]
Some leftist "Catholics" now call traditional Catholics names like "Pelagians." Pelagianism is the 4th century heresy that one could be saved by good works alone with no need for grace. It's very ironic that leftists call traditionalists "Pelagians" since we are always confessing our sins to obtain the grace of forgiveness. But the other reason it's ironic that leftists call traditionalists "Pelagian" is because nearly every lefty-Catholic is a Pelagian by virtue of their own theology. Here's why: Most lefty-Catholics believe that following one's own conscience is enough to be saved, even if you die a pagan or Jew or Muslim. That is exactly the same definition as Pelagianism, but [...]
And then they shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great power and majesty.—St. Luke chapter 21. Not a God clothed with our weaknesses, hidden in the darkness of a wretched stable, housed in a crib, treated with derision and mockery, bowed to earth by the heavy burden of His Cross, but a God who, clad in the glorious splendor of His great power and majesty, makes known His advent by the most terrifying manifestations, by the darkening of the sun and the moon, by the falling of the stars and by the upheaval of all creation. Not a Redeemer who comes with the meekness of [...]
Except for asking for the intercession of canonized saints, our main contact with those who have gone before us should be praying for the souls in Purgatory. In other words, we're supposed to be praying to God for them, not usually discussing things with them. It is true that we can ask souls in Purgatory for help, but that has to be done in general asking their intercession, not specifically. In fact, it's either St. Alphonsus or St. Bellarmine who teaches that such requests on earth for intercession from the Holy Souls in Purgatory must be addressed to God first to then He asks the Holy Souls to intercede. (It's [...]
Is water baptism necessary for salvation? The first Pope (St. Peter) wrote under inspiration the following: Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to Him.—1 Peter 3:21-22. The Catholic Church has interpreted this as water baptism being ordinarily necessary for salvation. However, there are some extraordinary circumstances to consider. The Church also teaches officially that baptism by blood (martyrdom) is sufficient for salvation [...]
Under all these continued lockdowns, I believe the below video might be the most underrated thing on YouTube. It's Fr. Philip Wolfe FSSP describing how to assist someone in making an act of perfect contrition. Most people would find it quite a show-stopper to learn that the Catholic Church teaches that a person dying in original sin (like a Muslim or Jew) or a person in mortal sin (like a Catholic who has not been to confession in a decade) can still be saved by God with only a layman at his deathbed! It is so important as more priests and sacraments are cancelled and as hospitals double-down on [...]
Consider a putatively-conservative Roman Catholic archbishop who invites his priests to pray with Lutherans in a Lutheran community building. This really happened. But because this bishop is "pro-life," he is considered "conservative" by most of his laity. Thus, most mainstream Catholics will pretty quickly forgive a bishop inviting their own Catholic priests to a Lutheran prayer service. That is, if they even think there's anything to forgive in that. I think the attitude among most of the laity today is basically: Well, I make mistakes in my vocation, so I can't judge my superiors who make mistakes in their vocations. Fair enough. There's some humility in that attitude. But there's [...]