December 24, 2016
This year, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa’s annual Advent sermons to the papal household have included much on the Holy Spirit. Sermon #3 was especially interesting, as he explained “sober intoxication,” and highlighted the importance of being “baptized in the Holy Spirit.”
Sermon #1 (December 02)
Sermon #2 (December 09)
Sermon #3 (December 16)
Sermon #4 (December 23)
December 14, 2013
The non-Scriptural reading in the Office of Readings for Thursday of the Second Week of Advent is an excerpt from a sermon by St Peter Chrysologus (+450). He briefly explains the manner in which God formed a relationship of love with Noah, Abraham, Jacob and Moses. Then, reminiscent of St Paul’s teaching on love in 1 Corinthians 13, St Peter reveals some aspects of love which are worth our reflection:
…the law of love is not concerned with what will be, what ought to be, what can be. Love does not reflect; it is unreasonable and knows no moderation. Love refuses to be consoled when its goal proves impossible, despises all hindrances to the attainment of it’s object. Love destroys the lover if he cannot obtain what he loves; love follows its own promptings, and does not think of right and wrong. Love inflames desire which impels it toward things that are forbidden.
December 2, 2013
We can deduce from Canon 1250 that Advent is not ‘officially’ a penitential season:
The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.
However, since we are sinners, it is appropriate for us to engage in works of penance as a part of our repentance and ongoing conversion. In this 5-minute video, Dr Scott Hahn explains how penitential practices can help us better prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus:
November 23, 2013
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