Short Catholic Homily: Reverence for the Holy Name of God – Free Catholic Audio

Summary of Catholic Homily

In this homily we first consider that even wretched sinners keep up appearances with God by practicing one of two good things (like abstaining from meat on Friday) or avoiding some particular sin.  Even sinners are capable of avoiding blaspheming God in his most Holy Name.  Blaspheming is a very common sin and is visited with great punishment.

No sin is so common as profanity in its various forms. Yet it shows a heart not only void of the fear of God, and of the love of God, but also, and worst of all, void of even reverence for God. A man who habitually curses is penetrated with defiance of the Divine Majesty. Holy Scripture says that he has put on cursing like a garment; that it has entered in unto his bones. In the old law a blasphemer was stoned to death. And in our own times God often anticipates the wrath to come by sending sudden death upon profane men. Transcipt

Reflection

One of the things that we should consider also in concerning the Holy Name of God is what our correction action should be when someone else misuses the name.  When we consider that to intentionally misuse the Holy Name as a curse is a Grave  Sin deserving of eternal hell fire, we should have within us arise within us a reaction.  Whether that is fear of God, compassion for the punishment that the poor sinner will endure, sorrow for the sin that has offended God, or perhaps holy anger to see something as Holy and Exalted as the name of God misused should cause some sort of reaction.

If it does not then we should examine ourselves.  One of the causes perhaps of not having a reaction could be the fact that we are used to it.  We have heard his holy name not used with reverence in Films or music, perhaps even in common conversation with friends.  We should do our best to eliminate those things in our life the simulate this lack of fear for God, even if they are persons.  Can a person who regularly and indifferently uses the Holy Name as a curse be a good friend?

We must consider that fear of God is a gift of the Holy Ghost, which also means where there is no fear of God there is no real sanctity.

Text Source

Priests of the Congregation of St. Paul. Five Minute Sermons for Low Masses on All Sundays of the Year. Vol. 2. [S.l.]: Catholic Publication Society, 1886. Print. starts pg 82-84

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Outlaws of Ravenhurst by Sr. M. Imelda Wallace – Free Catholic Audiobook

This exciting historical adventure depicts the last stand of the Gordons – God’s “outlaws” – fighting for their Catholic Faith in the early days of the Protestant Revolution in seventeenth-century Scotland. Written for the children but enjoyed by young and old alike, this intriguing novel is filled with courageous heroes, cowardly villains, secrets and even secret passages!

An excellent Catholic children’s book. A favorite of many!

 

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The Vigil of the Natvity and Advent Homilies of St Bernard of Clairvaux – Free Catholic Audio

“JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God, is born in Bethlehem of Juda.  What heart so stony as not to be softened at these words? What soul is not melted at this voice of her Beloved? What announcement could be sweeter? what intelligence more enrapturing? Was its like ever heard before? or when did the world ever receive such tidings” St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard instructs us on: The words of the Angel, “Hail Mary Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.”  How The Virgin Mary would have known how pleasing virginity is to God and he explains why the Holy Ghost needed to overshadow her despite already being full of grace.  He expounds on the littleness of the infant Jesus and his followers.  He also discusses what Jesus found on earth that he did not find in Heaven and much more!

Text Source:

Bernard, of Clairvaux, Saint. Sermons of St. Bernard on Advent and Christmas : including the famous treatise on the incarnation called “Missus est”. London: R.T. Washbourne, 1909.

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Our Lady of Chivalry – Free Catholic Audiobook

Mary is beautiful in herself as the moon, radiates her brilliance as the sun; but against “the enemy” she is formidable; terrible as an army arrayed for war.  Venerable Pope Pius XII

Learn about the devotion that knights, soldiers and other warriors have had to Most Blessed Virgin Mary going back to the 7th century and how she has often provided both her loving protection and her aid to grant them victory over their enemies!  Learn how Mary has been invoked even during the most ancient battles for the soul of Europe against the rages of Islam, and how through the invocation of Mary  miracles saved France during the hundred year war.  Learn the history of the Saturday Fast started in England in honor the Mother of God and how important the Wedding Garment of the Virgin Mary was to Knights, among other important topics to understand the history of devotion to Our Blessed Lady Queen of Heaven and Earth.

 

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All of these readings are from excerpts of The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the History of Devotion to Her by Abbe Vorsini, translated to English by Mrs. J Sadler, and being published in 1872 is in the public domain.  For the sake of interest and time major excerpts have been selected, and some antiquated terminology has been updated.  The picture is of a modified image of a Stained Glass Window that is in the Public domain.

 

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The Marvels of Divine Grace by Alice Lady Lovat. – Free Catholic Audiobook

These are Alice Lady Lovat’s meditations on the treatise “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia,” written by the prolific Roman Catholic theologian and mystic Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, S.J. (1595-1658). Nieremberg’s treatise was published in 1638 in Madrid, where he taught Sacred Scripture at the Jesuit Colegio Imperial. Abbot Oswald Hunter-Blair, O.S.B. wrote the preface for Lovat’s book, which bears an imprimatur. (Introduction by dave7)

 

 

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The Early Life of St. John of the Cross by Paschasius Heriz, O.C.D.- Free Catholic Audiobook

Saint John of the Cross was the humble son of man who discarded his nobility to marry the women he loved.  Learn about the humble beginnings and early life of the man who the Church would name as the mystic doctor of the Church.  St. Johns life is sure to be edifying and inspirational to Catholic Families trying to raise Saints, and Catholics who desire to live an authentic Christian life like that of our forefathers.

 

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All of these readings are excerpts from Saint John of the Cross by Paschasius Heriz O.C.D , published in 1919 and is in the public domain.

 

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Mostly Boys: Short Stories by Father Francis J. Finn, S.J. – Free Catholic Audiobook

A collection of tales about real life boys in every walk of life. They are redolent of the breezy spirit of healthy, jovial boyhood, and permeated with the author’s best brand of humor. (The Publishers Trade List Annual 1917)

The author, Francis J. Finn, S.J., was a Catholic priest who wrote a series of 27 popular Catholic novels for young people during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. His best known work is “Tom Playfair”.

 

 

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