Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-07-16 – Fr. Wade Menezes

By | September 4, 2019


A READING FROM THE BOOK OF EXODUS. A CERTAIN MAN OF THE HOUSE OF LEVI MARRIED A LEVITE WOMAN, WHO CONCEIVED AND BORE A SON. SEEING THAT HE WAS A GOODLY CHILD, SHE HID HIM FOR THREE MONTHS. WHEN SHE COULD HIDE HIM NO LONGER, SHE TOOK A PAPYRUS BASKET, DAUBED IT WITH BITUMEN AND PITCH, AND PUTTING THE CHILD IN IT, PLACED IT AMONG THE REEDS ON THE RIVER BANK. HIS SISTER STATIONED HERSELF AT A DISTANCE TO FIND OUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO HIM. PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER CAME DOWN TO THE RIVER TO BATHE, WHILE HER MAIDS WALKED ALONG THE RIVER BANK. NOTICING THE BASKET AMONG THE REEDS, SHE SENT HER HANDMAID TO FETCH IT. ON OPENING IT, SHE LOOKED, AND LO, THERE WAS A BABY BOY, CRYING! SHE WAS MOVED WITH PITY FOR HIM AND SAID, “IT IS ONE OF THE HEBREWS’ CHILDREN.” THEN HIS SISTER ASKED PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER, “SHALL I GO AND CALL ONE OF THE HEBREW WOMEN TO NURSE THE CHILD FOR YOU?” “YES, DO SO,” SHE ANSWERED. SO THE MAIDEN WENT AND CALLED THE CHILD’S OWN MOTHER. PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER SAID TO HER, “TAKE THIS CHILD AND NURSE IT FOR ME, AND I WILL REPAY YOU.” THE WOMAN THEREFORE TOOK THE CHILD AND NURSED IT. WHEN THE CHILD GREW, SHE BROUGHT HIM TO PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER, WHO ADOPTED HIM AS HER SON AND CALLED HIM MOSES; FOR SHE SAID, “I DREW HIM OUT OF THE WATER.” ON ONE OCCASION, AFTER MOSES HAD GROWN UP, WHEN HE VISITED HIS KINSMEN AND WITNESSED THEIR FORCED LABOR, HE SAW AN EGYPTIAN STRIKING A HEBREW, ONE OF HIS OWN KINSMEN. LOOKING ABOUT AND SEEING NO ONE, HE SLEW THE EGYPTIAN AND HID HIM IN THE SAND. THE NEXT DAY HE WENT OUT AGAIN, AND NOW TWO HEBREWS WERE FIGHTING! SO HE ASKED THE CULPRIT, “WHY ARE YOU STRIKING YOUR FELLOW HEBREW?” BUT THE CULPRIT REPLIED, “WHO HAS APPOINTED YOU RULER AND JUDGE OVER US? ARE YOU THINKING OF KILLING ME AS YOU KILLED THE EGYPTIAN?” THEN MOSES BECAME AFRAID AND THOUGHT, “THE AFFAIR MUST CERTAINLY BE KNOWN.” PHARAOH, TOO, HEARD OF THE AFFAIR AND SOUGHT TO PUT MOSES TO DEATH. BUT MOSES FLED FROM HIM AND STAYED IN THE LAND OF MIDIAN. THE WORD OF THE LORD. THANKS BE TO GOD. TURN TO THE LORD IN YOUR NEED, AND YOU WILL LIVE. TURN TO THE LORD IN YOUR NEED, AND YOU WILL LIVE. I AM SUNK IN THE ABYSMAL SWAMP WHERE THERE IS NO FOOTHOLD; I HAVE REACHED THE WATERY DEPTHS; THE FLOOD OVERWHELMS ME. TURN TO THE LORD IN YOUR NEED, AND YOU WILL LIVE. BUT I PRAY TO YOU, O LORD, FOR THE TIME OF YOUR FAVOR, O GOD! IN YOUR GREAT KINDNESS ANSWER ME WITH YOUR CONSTANT HELP. TURN TO THE LORD IN YOUR NEED, AND YOU WILL LIVE. BUT I AM AFFLICTED AND IN PAIN; LET YOUR SAVING HELP, O GOD, PROTECT ME; I WILL PRAISE THE NAME OF GOD IN SONG, AND I WILL GLORIFY HIM WITH THANKSGIVING. TURN TO THE LORD IN YOUR NEED, AND YOU WILL LIVE. “SEE, YOU LOWLY ONES, AND BE GLAD; YOU WHO SEEK GOD, MAY YOUR HEARTS REVIVE! FOR THE LORD HEARS THE POOR, AND HIS OWN WHO ARE IN BONDS HE SPURNS NOT.” TURN TO THE LORD IN YOUR NEED, AND YOU WILL LIVE. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA IF TODAY YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO.>>+ LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM MATTHEUM GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE.>>JESUS BEGAN TO REPROACH THE TOWNS WHERE MOST OF HIS MIGHTY DEEDS HAD BEEN DONE, SINCE THEY HAD NOT REPENTED. “WOE TO YOU, CHORAZIN! WOE TO YOU, BETHSAIDA! FOR IF THE MIGHTY DEEDS DONE IN YOUR MIDST HAD BEEN DONE IN TYRE AND SIDON, THEY WOULD LONG AGO HAVE REPENTED IN SACKCLOTH AND ASHES. BUT I TELL YOU, IT WILL BE MORE TOLERABLE FOR TYRE AND SIDON ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT THAN FOR YOU. AND AS FOR YOU, CAPERNAUM: WILL YOU BE EXALTED TO HEAVEN? YOU WILL GO DOWN TO THE NETHERWORLD. FOR IF THE MIGHTY DEEDS DONE IN YOUR MIDST HAD BEEN DONE IN SODOM, IT WOULD HAVE REMAINED UNTIL THIS DAY. BUT I TELL YOU, IT WILL BE MORE TOLERABLE FOR THE LAND OF SODOM ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT THAN FOR YOU.” VERBUM DOMINI. LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE. TODAY WE CELEBRATE THE OPTIONAL MEMORIAL OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL. A SHOUT OUT TO ALL CARMELITES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND REMEMBER ALL DECEASED CARMELITES AS WELL AND WE INCLUDE THE CONSECRATED MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS OF MOUNT CARAMEL BUT THE 3RD ORDER TERTIARY MEMBERS OF THE LAITY THE 3RD ORDER MEMBERS OF MOUNT CARAMEL LIVING IN THE MIDST OF THE WORLD ACCORDING TO THE VOCATION WHETHER MARRIED OR SINGLE. THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARAMEL WAS INSTITUTED IN THE 14TH CENTURY BY THE CARMELITE ORDER. IT COMMEMORATES THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE DAY IN 1251 WHEN THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY APPEARED AND GAVE THE BROWN SCAPULAR TO ST. SIMON STOCK. AN APPROVED APPARITION IN THE CHURCH. THE CHURCH’S DIRECTORY ON POPULAR PIETY IN THE LITURGY STATES THE SCAPULAR IS AN EXTERNAL SIGN OF THE FILIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER AND QUEEN OF MOUNT CARMEL, AND THE FAITHFUL WHO ENTRUSTS THEMSELVES TOTALLY TO HER PROTECTION, WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO HER MATERNAL INTERCESSION, WHO ARE MINDFUL OF THE PRIMACY OF THE SPIRITUAL LIFE AND THE NEED FOR PRAYER. AND KNOWING FULL WELL THAT MARY ALWAYS LEADS US TO HER SON. AND THROUGH THE SON TO THE FATHER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND AS WORDED IN THE 1ST CARMELITE PREFACE FOR TODAY’S OPTIONAL MEMORIAL, A FEAST FOR THE CARMELITES, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY WATCHES UNCEASINGLY WITH A MOTHER’S LOVING CARE OVER THE BRETHEREN OF HER SON, AND LIGHTS US ALONG OUR PILGRIM WAY TO THE MOUNT OF GOD’S GLORY, OUR BEACON OF COMFORT, IN THE EMBODIMENT OF ALL OF OUR HOPES AS MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH. GOD WISHES US TO ASCEND TO THE HEIGHTS OF PERFECTION BEING PERFECT AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT JESUS TELLS US IN THE GOSPEL. TO ASCEND TO THE HEIGHTS OF HOLINESS TO ASCEND TO THE MOUNT OF LIVING THE BEST VERSION OF SELF IN THE SPIRITUAL LIFE THEREBY AFFECTING YOU TEMPORALLY IN THE WORLD. ALL OF THIS REMINDS ME OF A VERY KNOWN QUOTE FROM ST. THERESE, A CARMELITE NUN AND DR. OF THE CHURCH, SHE STATES, ABANDONING THE MOTHER IS BUT ONE STEP AWAY FROM ABANDONING THE SON. ABANDONING THE MOTHER IS BUT ONE STEP AWAY FROM ABANDONING THE SON. A GREAT QUOTATION FROM ST. THERESE. LITTLE FLOWER SHOW US YOUR POWER. AND THEN FROM THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS WE READ SACRED SCRIPTURE CELEBRATED THE BEAUTY OF MOUNT CARMEL WHERE THE PROPHET ELIJAH DEFENDED THE PURITY OF ISRAEL’S FAITH IN THE LIVING GOD. IN THE 12TH CENTURY HERMITS WITHDREW TO THAT MOUNTAIN AND LATER FOUNDED THE RELIGIOUS ORDER DEVOTED TO THE CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER LIFE UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL WITH THAT THE 1ST MONASTERY IS ESTABLISHED. AND I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE SCAPULAR AND EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE BROWN SCAPULAR BECAUSE THERE ARE OTHER APPROVED SCAPULARS IN THE CHURCH. IT IS AN OUTER GARMENT CONSISTING OF 2 STRIPS OF CLOTH JOINED ACROSS THE SHOULDERS AND WORN BY THE MEMBERS OF CERTAIN RELIGIOUS ORDERS OR THEIR TERTIARY MEMBERS. ORIGINATING AS THE WORKING FROCK OF THE BENEDICTINES, IT WAS ADOPTED BY OTHER RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES OVER THE CENTURIES AND NOW CONSIDERED A DISTINCTIVE PART OF THE MONASTIC HABIT. THE SCAPULAR SYMBOLIZES THE YOKE OF CHRIST. AGAIN OVER THE SHOULDER. A SCAPULAR IS WORN UNDER ONE’S SECULAR CLOTHING, IN ABBREVIATED FORM BY TERTIARIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RELIGIOUS ORDERS, THAT IS 3RD ORDER MEMBERS, TERTIARY SCAPULARS VARY IN SIZE AND SHAPE AND THEIR COLOR CORRESPONDS TO THAT OF THE MONASTIC FAMILY. AS A FURTHER DEVELOPMENT THE CHURCH HAS APPROVED SOME 18 BLESSED SCAPULARS AS 2 SMALL PIECES OF CLOTH JOINED BY STRINGS AND WORN AROUND THE NECK AND WORN UNDER THE CLOTHING. BEST KNOWN AND MOST POPULAR ARE THE FOLLOWING 5 OF THE 18 SCAPULARS. OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARAMEL KNOWN AS THE BROWN SCAPULAR, THE PASSION OF CHRIST WHICH IS RED, OUR LADY OF THE 7 SORROWS WHICH IS BLACK, AND THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION WHICH IS BLUE AND THE HOLY TRINITY SCAPULAR WHICH IS WHITE. THE WORD SCAPULAR COMES FROM THE WORD SCAPULARE WHICH COMES FROM THE WORD SCAPULARIUM MEANING SHOULDER CLOAK. SCAPULARS ARE CONSIDERED SACRAMENTALS. AND THERE ARE MANY OF THOSE. WE TALK ABOUT THE USE OF SACRAMENTALS. WE TALK ABOUT SACRAMENTAL OBJECTS OR THE USE OF HOLY WATER OR WEARING OF RELIGIOUS MEDALS ESPECIALLY THE MEDAL OF YOUR PATRON SAINT, THE PATRON SAINT OF YOUR BAPTISMAL NAME OR THE PATRON SAINT OF YOUR CONFIRMATION, OR WE TALK ABOUT SACRAMENTALS AS AN ACTION. LIKE A BLESSING FOR EXAMPLE. PARENTS BLESSING THEIR CHILDREN BEFORE JOURNEY BEFORE THEY GO OFF TO COLLEGE OR GO OFF TO THE MILITARY. I WAS IN A WEDDING ONCE AND MIGHT’VE TOLD THE STORY BEFORE IN THE PAST BUT THE FATHER WALKED HIS DAUGHTER UP THE MAIN AISLE TO MEET THE GROOM AND WHEN THEY GOT TO THE FRONT BEFORE THE FATHER TOOK HIS DAUGHTER’S HAND TO JOIN IT TO THE GROOM’S HAND WHAT HAPPENED 1ST IS THAT THE FATHER AND DAUGHTER TURNED TO EACH OTHER AND THE DAUGHTER KNEELED DOWN ON ONE KNEE BEFORE HER FATHER. AND THEN HER FATHER TOOK BACK HER VEIL AND THEN WITH HIS RIGHT THUMB HE BLESSED HIS DAUGHTER ON THE FOREHEAD WITH THE SIGN OF THE CROSS. SOMETHING HE HAD ALWAYS DONE THROUGHOUT HER LIFE AND AT IMPORTANT TIMES OF HER LIFE LIKE GOING OFF TO CAMP GOING OFF TO COLLEGE AND THEN AFTER GIVING HER THE BLESSING HE PLACED THE VEIL BACK OVER HER AND HELPED HER UP FROM HER CURTSY BEFORE HER DAD AND HELPED HER UP AND THEN HE TOOK HER HAND AND HIS FUTURE SON IN LAW’S HAND AND JOINED THEM. IT WAS VERY BEAUTIFUL. THERE WAS NO KISS BETWEEN THE FATHER AND THE DAUGHTER. JUDAS BETRAYED WITH A KISS. WHAT DOES A KISS MEAN? IT WAS VERY BEAUTIFUL. IT WAS A PARENT THAT CAN BLESS HIS CHILDREN. WE TALK ABOUT SACRAMENTALS WHETHER IN OBJECTS AGAIN HOLY WATER OR SCAPULARS OR RELIGIOUS MEDALS A ROSARY IS A SACRAMENTAL. SACRAMENTALS ARE BLESSED OBJECTS OR AN ACTION SUCH AS IN BLESSINGS OR PILGRIMAGES OR THE PRACTICE OF INDULGENCES. AN INDULGENCE IS CONSIDERED A SACRAMENTAL. I WILL GIVE YOU A DEFINITION OF A SACRAMENTAL. THESE THINGS ARE CALLED TO HELP US GROW IN THE SPIRITUAL LIFE. THROUGH THE LIFE OF LOVE WE LIVE AS CHARITY OR LOVE BEING THE GREATEST OF THE 3 THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES. GOD IS LOVE AND WE DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE. WE GIVE THE TRUTH IN LOVE. WE DEFEND THE TRUTH IN LOVE. WE LIVE OUR FAITH AND LOVE. IN OTHER WORDS SACRAMENTALS ARE NOT GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARDS TO AVOID PURGATORY LIKE THE SABBATINE PRIVILEGE FROM THE SABBATH SATURDAY MEANING THAT IF WORN FAITHFULLY OR JUST FLIPPANTLY THAT IF YOU HAVE TEMPORAL PUNISHMENT TO ATONE FOR THE TIME OF YOUR DEATH AND HAVE TO GO TO PURGATORY WITH AT LEAST WILL BE RELEASED AFTER THE 1ST SATURDAY AFTER YOUR DEATH TO ENTER HEAVEN. THIS IS NOT A DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH. IT IS A PIOUS DEVOTION. THERE’S A DIFFERENCE. THERE ARE ACTUAL BONA FIDE DOCTRINES OF THE CHURCH BUT THE SABBATINE PRIVILEGE TIED TO THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY MOUNT CARAMEL IS A PIOUS DEVOTION APPROVED AND TIED TO AN APPROVED REVELATION OF OUR LADY APPEARING TO ST. SIMON STOCK IN 1200 BUT NOT AN OFFICIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH SO YOU HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE THINGS. YOU WANT TO BE SOLID IN YOUR FAITH. WE DO NOT WEAR THE RELIGIOUS MEDALS AS CHARMS. THAT IS VERY CULTLIKE. THAT IS NOT WHY WE DO IT. WE DO IT BECAUSE WE WANT TO EMULATE THE SAINT’S LIFE. AMEN? R. AMEN. IS THAT AN AMEN THAT HAS HAD ITS COFFEE? (LAUGHTER). I’M GLAD YOU HAVE NOT HAD YOUR COFFEE BECAUSE YOU NEED TO PRACTICE YOUR ONE HOUR FAST BEFORE MASS. I HAVE HAD MY COFFEE BUT I HAD WELL BEFORE ONE HOUR BEFORE MASS. WE WANT TO LOVE OUR FAITH AND UNDERSTAND WHAT SACRAMENTALS ARE. THEY ARE NOT THE 7 SACRAMENTS. THEY ARE SACRAMENTALS. THEY ARE TIED TO THE SACRAMENTS. SACRAMENTAL’S ARE OBJECTS OR ACTIONS, I’VE TALKED ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE, SACRAMENTALS ARE OBJECTS OR ACTIONS THAT THE CHURCH USES AFTER THE MANNER OF THE SACRAMENTS, IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THROUGH THE MERITS OF THE FAITHFUL CERTAIN EFFECTS, THAT IS WITH E, CERTAIN EFFECTS MAINLY OF A SPIRITUAL NATURE TO ASSIST IN GROWTH IN THE SPIRITUAL LIFE. SACRAMENTALS DIFFER FROM THE SACRAMENTS IN NOT HAVING BEEN INSTITUTED BY CHRIST LIKE THE 7 SACRAMENTS WERE, SACRAMENTALS DIFFER FROM THE SACRAMENTS AND NOT HAVING BEEN INSTITUTED BY CHRIST TO PRODUCE THEIR EFFECT IN VIRTUE OF THE RITUAL PERFORMED. THE EFFICACY OF SACRAMENTALS DEPENDS NOT ON THE RITUAL ITSELF OF HAVING BEEN ADMINISTERED LIKE THE 7 SACRAMENTS, BUT ON THE INFLUENCE OF PRAYERFUL PETITION, THAT OF THE PERSON WHO USES THEM AND OF THE CHURCH IN APPROVING THEIR PRACTICE AS SACRAMENTALS. THE VARIETY OF SACRAMENTALS SPANS THE RANGE OF TIMES, PLACES WORDS AND ACTIONS, OBJECTS AND GESTURES THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH THAT ON THE CHURCH’S AUTHORITY DRAWN NOT ONLY ON THE PERSONAL DISPOSITIONS OF THE INDIVIDUALS BUT ON THE MERITS AND PRAYERS OF THE WHOLE MYSTICAL BODY OF CHRIST. THIS IS WHY YOU CAN ASK A PARTICULAR SAINT TO WATCH OVER A LOVED 1 OF YOURS. BECAUSE IT IS THE WHOLE MYSTICAL BODY OF CHRIST AT WORK AND HE IS OUR HEAD. I’VE STRESSED THAT THESE LAST DAYS. CHRIST IS THE HEAD AND WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE BODY THIS MYSTICAL BODY OF CHRIST THE SAME BODY THAT HUNG ON THE CROSS. SACRAMENTAL’S ARE OBJECTS OR ACTIONS THAT THE CHURCH USES AFTER THE MANNER OF THE 7 SACRAMENTS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE MERITS OF THE FAITHFUL CERTAIN EFFECTS MAINLY OF A SPIRITUAL NATURE TO ASSIST IN GROWTH IN THE SPIRITUAL LIFE. SACRAMENTALS DIFFER FROM THE SACRAMENTS AND NOT HAVING BEEN INSTITUTED BY CHRIST TO PRODUCE THEIR EFFECT IN VIRTUE OF THE RITUAL PERFORMED LIKE THE SACRAMENTS ARE EFFECTED THROUGH THE RITUAL PERFORMED. THE EFFICACY OF SACRAMENTALS DEPENDS NOT ON THE RITE ITSELF AS IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS BUT ON THE INFLUENCE OF PRAYERFUL PETITION. THAT OF THE PERSON WHO USES THEM AND OF THE CHURCH AND APPROVING THEIR PRACTICE. THE VARIETY OF SACRAMENTAL SPANS THE WHOLE RANGE OF TIMES AND PLACES, WORDS AND ACTIONS, OBJECTS AND GESTURES THAT ON THE CHURCHES AUTHORITY AS THE BRIDE OF CHRIST DRAWN NOT ONLY ON THE PERSONAL DISPOSITIONS OF THE INDIVIDUALS BUT ON THE MERITS AND PRAYERS OF THE WHOLE MYSTICAL BODY OF CHRIST AND 1667 OF THE CATECHISM TEACHES REGARDING SACRAMENTAL SPIRIT THE 1ST PARAGRAPH ABOUT SACRAMENTALS. IN INTEREST OF TIME I WILL SHARE THIS ONE. IT IS PARAGRAPH 1667. HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HAS MORE OVER INSTITUTED SACRAMENTALS. THESE ARE SACRED SIGNS WHICH BEAR A RESEMBLANCE TO SACRAMENTS. THEY SIGNIFY EFFECTS, PARTICULARLY OF A SPIRITUAL NATURE, WHICH ARE OBTAINED THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF THE CHURCH. BY THEM PERSONS ARE DISPOSED TO RECEIVE THE CHIEF EFFECT OF THE SACRAMENTS, AND VARIOUS OCCASIONS IN LIFE ARE RENDERED HOLY. THE USE OF SACRAMENTALS PROPEL US TO ATTAIN THE MOST FROM THE SACRAMENTS WHEN WE PARTAKE OF THE SACRAMENTS. LET US SAY YOU HAVE A VERY STRONG DEVOTION TO A SAINT WHO LOVE THE EUCHARIST PROFOUNDLY. ST. JULIAN EYMARD WHO FOUNDED THE FATHERS OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT. YOU ASK ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD WHOSE MEDAL YOU WEAR TO HELP YOU GROW IN A GREATER LOVE FOR THE EUCHARIST YOURSELF DURING EACH AND EVERY HOLY COMMUNION RECEIVED IN THE STATE OF GRACE. SO YOUR DEVOTION TO ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD AND THE RELIGIOUS MEDALS YOU WEAR AROUND YOUR NECK LET US SAY HELPS PROPEL YOU TO GAIN THE MOST YOU CAN OUT OF EVERY HOLY COMMUNION YOU RECEIVED. THAT IS ONE EXAMPLE. WHERE WE SAY THE SACRAMENTALS AND THEIR USE PROPEL US TO BENEFIT THE MOST FROM THE 7 SACRAMENTS. SACRAMENTALS GO BEYOND THAT. IN THE GENERAL USAGE, NOT IN A NEW AGE WAY OR A CULT WAY BUT USING THEM OR PRACTICING THEM OF THEIR ACTIONS OR USING THEM AS OBJECTS THOSE 2 CATEGORIES OF SACRAMENTALS, WE PREDISPOSE OURSELVES TO A STRONGER SPIRITUAL LIFE. A BEAUTIFUL THING. IN TODAY’S 1ST READING FROM EXODUS, WE HEAR ABOUT THE LITTLE BABY MOSES AND IT IS REALLY THE EARLIEST GLIMMER THE EARLIEST TELLING OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BE RECEIVED ON MOUNT SINAI. BY MOSES. THE MORAL DECALOGUE. THE GUIDANCE OF OUR LIVES. THROUGH THE 10 COMMANDMENTS. 10 COMMANDMENTS. WHEN JESUS COMES, HE TELLS US CLEARLY HE TOLD US THIS WEEK IN THE GOSPEL I DID NOT COME TO ABOLISH THE OLD LAW BUT TO BRING IT TO PERFECTION SO HE NEVER ABOLISHED THE 10 COMMANDMENTS AND THEN TODAY WE HAVE JESUS TELLING NOT INDIVIDUALS BUT ENTIRE CITIES MADE UP OF INDIVIDUALS BASICALLY BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT FOLLOWED THE LAW THE LAW THAT WAS NEVER ABOLISHED, WOE TO YOU. WOE TO YOU. SO, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PRACTICE AN ACTIVE SACRAMENTAL LIFE OF THE 7 SACRAMENTS AND IT IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT TO PRACTICE AN ACTIVE SACRAMENTAL LIFE, THE LOWERCASE S BY USING SACRAMENTALS BECAUSE WE SEE HOW THE USE OF THE SACRAMENTS THAT IT TALKED ABOUT ON SUNDAY. IF YOU DO NOT HEAR IT I URGE YOU TO GO BACK AND LISTEN TO THE PODCAST OR WATCH IT ON EWTN YOUTUBE AND I TALKED ABOUT THE 7 SACRAMENTS AND WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT. WE NEED THE SAFEGUARDING FOR THE SPIRITUAL LIFE THAT WE LIVED THAT WE STRIVE TO LIVE FAITHFULLY AND JOYFULLY AND FOUNDED ON LOVE, NOT L U V WHICH IS WHAT THE CULTURE WANTS TO GIVE YOU TODAY BUT LOVE THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST TAUGHT US HOW TO LIVE AND DID NOT ABOLISH THE OLD LAW. USES OF SACRAMENT AND SACRAMENTALS HELP US IN THIS GREAT ENDEAVOR, THE CAPITAL ENDEAVOR OF STRIVING TO BECOME GREAT GREAT SAINTS. AS MOTHER ANGELICA WOULD SAY LET US NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY. GOD BLESS YOU.

17 thoughts on “Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-07-16 – Fr. Wade Menezes

  1. John P Glackin Post author

    They should have Gospel reading about the Blessed Mother. To go with the Feast of Mount Carmel.

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  2. Lena Romero Post author

    Sacramentals have always been important to me, in a way they've saved me

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  3. P. Yusupov Post author

    Thanks to Father Wade and all sponsors for the Holy Mass.

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  4. Grace McKinley Post author

    GOD Bless you Father Wade.! Your Homilies are awesome!! And Bless the Fathers of Mercy!

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  5. G.M. Mayo Post author

    Fr Wade must travel 700 miles 2 serve Mass in EWTN, Alabama. Think of such saceifice. He travels by car.

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  6. Kiotee Nouw Post author

    You can't drink coffee 1 hour before taking the Eucharist? I never knew? Good to know.

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  7. Robbie Bronder Post author

    Thank you Fr. Wade! As a TOC I'm so glad you educate the faithful! God Bless you!

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  8. Gladys Compere Post author

    Thank you father wade ❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏

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  9. Christy Read Post author

    I confess I think about 70 percent of my belongings are sacrementals.😊

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  10. Barry Bosh Post author

    I will never bow before a statue, or eat meat that has been offered to idols (Eucharist)

    The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: "Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth's abominations."
    Revelation 17:4‭-‬5

    That is a very good description of the catholic church.

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  11. inGods2hands Post author

    I hope my lace chapel veil is considered a sacramental. Should I get it blessed by a Priest?

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  12. Marjorie Thomas Post author

    Thank you so much Fr Wade. God bless you for your service to our beautiful Church. I love my Catholic Faith. I am grateful to have chosen to be Catholic when I was four years old… and the older I get the more I LOVE, and appreciate it. ♥️♥️😇👼💪💪 I am so grateful for all the blessings , the good, the bad, and the ugly 🙏🙏🙏

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  13. SevenDeMagnus Post author

    Thank you Fr. Wade & EWTN!

    God bless, Proverbs 31

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  14. Ana 33 Post author

    Super informative teaching homily…good reminders for the Catholics and clearing up misinformation for those who are not. Good PR. Love Fr. Wade.

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  15. Hasan mesto Post author

    Good feeling and holy place the church god bless christian in all the world

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  16. Pullsee Post author

    Wow! another ball for 6. They still trying to find the ball…

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