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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Sunday Sermon

Today, it is more important than ever that I shall my Sunday sermon experience. The priest who said the Mass at St. John's Co-Cathedral noted that today, on the Feast of the Holy Family, that parents should make the home a place of  (GET READY FOR THIS) silence and composure.

I could not believe it, but was so delighted with his admonition, that I think I wished I had the computer out taking notes.

The Canon stated that the family must be a place which is conducive to the growth of the Catholic Faith.

Wow. And, this is so true. That, unless the Faith is preserved and encouraged in the family, it will die.

Not only is prayer important, and the sacramental life essential, but the entire atmosphere should allow for reflection.

His ideas fit neatly into the post from earlier today wherein I stressed that the laity must also pursue perfection as well as the religious person. We cannot believe the lies of some of the clergy from the past 50 years, a Siren's call which allowed the laity to be content with a second-class citizenship of holiness. This attitude, so often given in the Confessional,  (not by the excellent priests in Bayswater, by the way, who are great). That priests have encouraged sins, such as contraception, is documented and witnessed by some many of the laity. One cannot be holy and commit mortal sin.

The Canon this morning pointed to this haven of a home of silence and composure. What does this mean in practical terms for us?

One, simplifying life. The kids do not have to do everything.

Two, simplifying life. You do not have to own everything or have the perfect living room or state-of-the-art kitchen.

Three, simplifying life. Mom stays at home and you all take a lower standard of living.

Four, being orthodox in your beliefs; that is, conforming your minds, hearts and souls to the Church.

Five, not having a television, or at least, restricting viewing. We did not have one in my little family and we learned to have times of silence.

Six, why silence? One cannot hear God, nor experience the movements of the Holy Spirit in noise.

Seven, why composure? Anger and hatred, rudeness and lack of manners have no place in the home. The world needs yet more gentlemen and gentle ladies. Composure in a home creates an atmosphere of peace so that children may grow up in respect and love. Noise is not respectful.

That this priest could see the problem is a grace for us and him. Let us all pray how to make our homes places of silence and composure so that the children can learn to hear God and not the noise of the world.

St. John the Baptist went into the desert. So did Christ and St. Paul. Our homes can be "desert homes".

Create a place where holiness and perfection can take root and grow.
















New Years Eve

Monday 31st December 2012 at 17:30
Monday 31st December 2012 at 17.30 hrs Te Deum Mass by the Archbishop of Malta Mgr Paul Cremona OP and the Rev Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter.








4 comments:

New Sister said...

God reward that priest, and thank you for sharing his sermon.

Why do you call him "Canon"?

Supertradmum said...

He is a Canon of St. Augustine.

Anonymous said...

I think that you may be a bit confused about your Church history; the laity, especially those who are married, were typically thought of as second class when it came to holiness. In fact, until the Second Vatican Council's emphasis on the universal call to holiness, didn't most people think that people got married because they were doing the "easy" thing (you know that easy life of a life long commitment through sickness and health, and riches and poverty, raising children, etc.). The long history of making the laity into second class citizens in the church, something that may have worked when the larger society was hierarchically structured, is now working against the church. The laity are far more educated than the typical cleric or religious, but they have not been integrated into the life of the church until recently. Of course, the church always depended on the laity, but I don't believe the laity were valued much historically. Had they been integrated into the life of the church in a way that made it clear to them that they had a real stake in the church (perhaps by actually listening to what they have to say) perhaps there would not be the crisis there is today. While the church has been desperately praying for religious vocations (not a bad thing), it failed to notice that so much of its educated rank and file have moved along. The laity have been taken for granted in the Church; there has always been the assumption that they would always be there, or always return when they had their kids or wanted to get married. However, they are not returning. The church is concerned about the laity now and families because it finally realizes, after telling the laity for most of church history that marriage and family life was an impediment to holiness, that raising children and remaining faithful to the church wasn't part of the work of the church in the same way that being religious or a cleric was, after settng up hierarchies that put mothers (who actually bore real children) at the bottom, that without real families there would be no church. Any church that put
real mothers at the bottom of its hierarchy has to take a good long look at how it contributed to its own problems. For a church that says a woman who never gives birth is holier than one who does, and women and men who live in single-sex environments are holier than a man and woman living together in marriage with their own children, to suddenly be spouting off about issues related to the dignity of marriage and children and all the rest might be a case of too little too late.

Supertradmum said...

I know what you are writing about but disagree on two points. First...the easy point. The laity are on the whole in America, Great Britain and Eire very, woefully ignorant. Secondly, in a less prosperous times, the laity pursued a life of sacrifice and suffering worthy of sainthood. The middle class laity lost that and have lost the ability to think in terms of holiness selling out to secularism, political agendas and heresies...they are less obedient.