Thank you for visiting the Catholic Sunday Sermons, with Epistles & Gospels, Homepage which has links to the individual Sermon web pages for each Sunday and also for several major Feast Days of the Catholic Church.
In the modern world in which all of us live, it seems most people, for various reasons, find themselves on what might be considered a family, or work, or social type of proverbial race track where one seems to be forced, by various circumstances, to run on this proverbial rack track, so that, by the end of the day, most people are physically, mentally, and emotionally drained and exhausted and just want some time to unwind and to relax from the pressures of life's hectic day. So, most probably, the last thing most people would want to do is to read a Sermon?!
However, just as you will physically die if you do not eat food and drink water, so also your Immortal Soul will begin to Spiritually weaken, so to speak, unless you also nourish your Soul! One way to nourish your Soul is by hearing, or at least by reading, a Sermon. How easy! So here there is no need to be rushing around. Rather, take a break from the busy world, relax and unwind.
Slowly take a few deep breathes with the slower Spiritual pace - for the great benefit to your Soul which greatly profits from you being so much more relaxed and for you being at peace for a change!
Among other things, a Sermon.nourishes.your Soul because it can increase, among other things, the Virtue of Faith. God the Holy Ghost, through the pen of Saint Paul, teaches that:.Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17). In other words, one purpose of a Sermon is to increase the Virtue of Faith in your Soul, while another purpose is to instruct you concerning one or more basic Truths of the One, Holy, Catholic Faith.
After most adults wake up, they begin to prepare themselves for the day by following various procedures, which, of course, vary somewhat from person to person, but which could include such things as taking a shower, combing and/or brushing one's hair, for Women - applying their make-up, for Men - shaving their beard, and for everyone, including Children, getting dressed, eating breakfast, etc.
Therefore, it is only logical, and makes total sense,
to properly prepare oneself before reading one or more of the Sermons
found on the links below. For your convience,
below are two very brief Prayers to use before reading the Sermon(s).
An Act of Contrition
You May Use the One You Normally Use
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to sin no more and to avoid all of the near occasions of sin. Amen.
Holy Mary, Seat
of Wisdom, Pray for me. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Pray for me.
Links to Sermon Pages
Sunday, March 4, 2018: 3rd Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 11, 2018: 4th Sunday of Lent; Laetare Sunday
Sunday, March 18, 2018: 5th Sunday of Lent; Passion Sunday
Sunday, March 25, 2018: 6th Sunday of Lent; Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 1, 2018: Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 8, 2018: 1st Sunday After Easter - Sunday in White
Sunday, April 15, 2018: 2nd Sunday After Easter
Sunday, April 22, 2018: 3rd Sunday After Easter
Sunday, April 29, 2018: 4th Sunday After Easter
Sunday, May 6, 2018: 5th Sunday After Easter
Sunday, May 13, 2018: Sunday Within the Octave of the Ascension
Sunday, May 20, 2018: Pentecost Sunday
Sunday, May 27,
of the Most Holy Trinity
Catholicus Saint Basil the Great
“Dogmas of Faith CAN NOT be changed one jot or tittle.”
(Catholicus Saint Basil the Great [b. Caesarea, Cappadocia 329 A.D. - d. Caesarea, Cappadocia on Monday, January 1, 379 A.D.]. His Mother was Emmelia, the Daughter of a holy martyr. He was the Catholicus of Caesarea, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cappadocia, Exarch of Pontus, Superior of fifty Chorepiscopi [Sunday, June 14, 370 A.D. - Monday, January 1, 379 A.D.], Doctor of the Catholic Church, “De Spiritu Sancto”, Chapter 1, ¶ 2; emphasis added).
“[To each member of the Clergy, it belongs] to make himself a road block to the attacks of error and the deceits of heresy; to watch the tactics of the wicked who war against the Faith....; to unmask the plots and to reveal the ambushes and traps; they must warn naive people, strengthen those who are timid, and open the eyes of the blinded.”
“Superficial erudition, or merely common knowledge, will not suffice for all of this - there is the need for the solid, profound and continuous study [by all the Clergy] of a massive amount of Doctrinal knowledge which must be sufficient to cope with the subtlety and remarkable cunning of our Modern opponents....” (Pope Leo XIII, Gioacchino Vincenzo Pecci [Wednesday, February 20, 1878 - Monday, July 20, 1903], Encyclical “Depuis Le Jour”, On the Education of the Clergy, Friday, September 8, 1899, ¶ 48 “In Doctrina”; emphasis added.)
“Further, whilst Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and save them.... they show in Our Lord Jesus Christ something quite different from an inconsistent and impotent humanitarianism.” (Pope Saint Pius X, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto [Tuesday, August 4, 1903 - Thursday, August 20, 1914], Encyclical “Notre Charge Apostolique”, Our Apostolic Mandate, To the French Bishops, Monday, August 15, 1910, ¶ 47; emphasis added.)
A Brief Summary
Therefore, in summary, no person can have the one and only Holy, Saving, Unchangeable, Catholic Faith, nor profess it, nor think, speak, or do anything which is Spiritually beneficial, unless God the Holy Ghost gently acts on the Immortal, Rational, Soul of that person with His Divine Inspirations, Guidance, and Consolations, as the result of hearing (or at least in reading) a Sermon, for Faith then cometh by hearing (Romans 10:17), so that the powers of the Soul, the Intellect and Will, function in complete and total uniformity and conformity with the Divine Will.
Here is how it has been expressed by a Holy Saint of the Catholic Church:
“Yet I have not effected anything by this exhortation.
Therefore I speak again and shall not cease speaking, until I have persuaded
you. Hearing profits nothing unless it is accompanied by practice.
makes our punishment heavier, if we continually hear the same things and
do none of the things which are spoken. That the chastisement
will be heavier, hear the statement of Christ. ‘If I had not come, and
spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for
their sin.’ (John 15:22). And the Apostle says ‘For not
the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall
be justified’ (Romans 2:13).” (Patriarch Saint John
Chrysostom, Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)
Our Blessed Mother asks Catholics to
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
The Sermons Homepage
Editorial Contents Homepage.