Friday, December 8, 2017

Sunday Sermon, December 3 -- Daily Mass, More than the Bare Minimum (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

If we only do the very bare minimum of what is required to be a Catholic, we shouldn't be surprised if we don't find ourselves making progress in the spiritual life. If all we do is the very least required to keep ourselves out of hell, then no wonder that we do not become great saints.

A few examples of the bare minimum:
1) Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation
2) Confession once a year
3) Abstaining from meat on every Friday of the year  (or doing another penance on Fridays outside of Lent)

Here are a few ideas of how to do more for Advent, so as to make real progress in holiness:
1) Assist at daily Mass at least once or twice a week
2) Go to confession at least once a month
3) Abstain from meat (or some other penance) on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, at least during Advent

November 29, Adult Ed Course on the Angels, Session 7: The Angels in the Lives of the Saints (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Final session of our course on the angels: The Angels in the Lives of the Saints


Course objectives:
1) To understand the theology of how angels can work in material space and time.
2) To consider in general how the angels have acted in the life of the Church throughout history.
3) To consider specific cases of angelic intervention, especially the exceptional stories.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sunday Sermon, November 26 -- On Heaven (Sunday Sermons on the Last Things, 5 of 5 -- Fr Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

On the joy of the blessed in heaven, and the peace that comes from the permanent and everlasting union with God.  The saints in heaven cannot sin, and are perfectly free. We will know our relatives and friends in heaven, and also will enjoy our glorified bodies after the resurrection on the last day.


November 23 - Adult Ed Course on the Angels, Session 6: The Wicked Angels and Exorcisms (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

On the Angels, Session 6 -- On the wicked angels and exorcisms.

Course Objectives
1) Consider demonic activity in general, and in comparison to the work of the good angels.
2) Understand the difference between ordinary and extraordinary demonic activity.
3) Recognize the Rite of Exorcism as a sacramental.


Sunday Sermon, November 19 -- Purgatory, In Scripture and Tradition (Sermons on the Last Things, 4 of 5 -- Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

The dogma of Purgatory (a place of purgation after death for those found worthy of heaven, but not yet perfectly ready for heaven) is still taught by the Church and must be believed in order to be saved.

We consider the biblical and traditional foundations of this dogma, as well as the reasonableness of purgatory in relation to God's mercy and his justice.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sunday Sermon, November 12 -- The Real Possibility of Hell (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish - Sermons on the Last Things, part 3 of 5)

In the final three weeks of the Liturgical Year, we consider: Hell, Purgatory, Heaven.

Hell is revealed in Sacred Scripture, and is a regular part of the preaching of Jesus Christ. No one tells us more about hell in Scripture, than our Lord. And Jesus indicates that hell is a real possibility - that perhaps most go to hell (through the wide gate) and only a very few are saved (through the narrow gate).

We consider the four sins which St Alphonsus indicates as the main ways that people go to hell after death: Hatred of our neighbor, blasphemy against God, theft, and impurity.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November 2 -- Adult Formation Series on the Angels, Session 5: The Guardian Angels

Adult Faith Formation Series on the Angels: Session 5, The Guardian Angels

The following question and answer study of the guardian angels is based on the Summa Theologica I, qq.50-64 (angels in themselves) and qq. 106-114 (angels in relation to creatures). ST I, q.113, is particularly enlightening, since it is a question devoted wholly to the guardianship of angels over human beings.