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SERMON: A Sermon For Sexagesima Sunday (and the Purification of Our Lady) by Robert Crouse

February 24, 2019

The seed is the word of God that on the good ground are they who hearing the word keep it and bring forth fruit with patience.  (Luke 8:11-15) For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: Break up anew your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.  (Jeremiah 4:3) The three Sundays before Lent, Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima, constitute a time of preparation; and the scripture lessons appointed for these Sundays have the purpose of preparing our minds and hearts for the spiritual undertaking which lies before us in the season of Lent – our spiritual pilgrimage, our spiritual journey with Jesus to Jerusalem. Thus, on the first of these Sundays – Septuagesima – the lessons impress upon us the urgency of our [...]

SERMON: Shoes by L. R. Tarsitano

August 13, 2017

“Put shoes on his feet.” (Luke 15:22) Quite often, it is the little details in the parables of our Lord that tell us the most about his teaching. It is the details that lead us deeper into the Gospel, refining our understanding of the eternal and life-giving Truth, so that we will not be satisfied with vague or careless summaries of the scriptures, such as “the parable of the Prodigal Son is about forgiveness.” Yes, of course, the parable of the Prodigal Son is about forgiveness, but at the same level of superficiality we might as well say that Huckleberry Finn is “about a boy” or that Gone With the Wind is “about a fire.” We wouldn’t think much of a school that didn’t dig deeper than [...]

POETRY: Do You Honor God?, by Hippolytus of Rome

January 27, 2016

 For the kingdom of Heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.  And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, “You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.” So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, “Why do you stand here idle all day?” They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You go into the vineyard [...]

PARABLE: Pray Together — Stay Together by Daniel Berrigan

January 11, 2016

From Love, Love At The End The family Katzenbauen was famous throughout seventeenth century Bavaria.  They displayed to all the nation a precious example: fidelity, affection, faith, discipline. But there was more.  The Katzenbauens were a circus family.  They had developed over the years a truly astonishing feat of resolution, symmetry, and daring.  It went like this.  As the band played, the father, mother, three sisters, and three brothers, dressed in matching lederhosen, skirts, and blouses, would step forward into the ring.  Then, on signal, in perfect timing, the oldest son would leap to his father’s shoulders, the next to his, then the next; the mother would follow, then the elder sister, and so on up.  Finally, like a [...]