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Heresy Podclass 1: The First Century

This is the first in a new series called “Heresies and their Remedies.” We start with the heresies that popped up in the first century and were tackled by St. John the Beloved. These series will probably be released every other Tuesday. One reference for this class will be a book by St. Alphonsus Liguori called History of Heresies and Their Refutation.  NB The music bumpers for this podclass will be a funny fail at the “2001 Space Odyssey” because I thought it was appropriate for how heresy always starts glorious, but proves ugly.

How to Make a Good Confession

This sermon begins with the heart’s disposition for a good confession but moves quickly onto the nuts and bolts of the little known parts of confession, including little-known mortal sins.  In this sermon, I quote Hinduism Today on modern attempts to separate Yoga from its Hindu roots.

(One thing I forgot to mention in this sermon is that although forgotten mortal sins are indeed forgiven in a good confession—where nothing was hidden—they still need to be confessed at the next confession.)

This sermon was was given on Quinquagesima Sunday, 2018.

The Hierarchy of Creation

This sermon was given on Sexagesima Sunday, 4 February 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida.  It is about the hierarchy of creation containing the hierarchy of knowledge as transmitted through the angels.  This will launch us to consider how the Catholic Faith was originally transmitted from the Apostles to bishops to priests to the families of early Christianity.

The Birth Control Podcast

Please do not let anyone who has not yet heard the “birds and the bees” listen to this podcast. It is about the medical effects of the birth control pill that I’m reposting from  a recent radio interview that I did.  I’m traveling this weekend, so only this Sunday will be a repost from another podcast channel.  It’s actually from a NY-based EWTN-affiliate called Station of the Cross. I’ll be on the Station of the Cross or iCatholic Radio every other Monday night, from 5pm to 6pm Eastern, in order to discuss tough Catholic issues and then field questions from live callers. Our radio show tonight on birth control methods references several modern medical studies, including those I linked here, here, here and here.

Wedding Feast of Cana in the Old Testament

This sermon was given on the Second Sunday after Epiphany, 2018.  The featured picture on the blog for this sermon is from a stained glass window at my basilica of residence downtown.

A continued thanks for the music-bumpers of my sermons to the holy nuns of Ephesus.

Perfect Contrition Audio-Pamphlet

This podcast is actually a short audio-book. I originally believed it was by St. Alphonsus Liguori, but it’s actually by Fr. J. Von Den Driesch. I’m sorry for the confusion on that.  Still, it is a time-trusted old-book of the Catholic Church that was also distributed to the public in large quantities by America Needs Fatima. It was translated by Fr. Simon SJ to English, and it was turned into an audio recording in 1950. Because it is old, I found no copyrights, so I re-published it here. Because it is not an original, I did not publish this as a podcast, but I can say that this unknown treasure has been one of the most life-changing books in my priesthood. I think it will help everyone to discover (or re-discover!) the gift of supernatural faith. It is truly a treasure and a Golden Key to show that Perfect Contrition is not as hard as we thought.

Nota Bene: On the other side of the coin, there is a modern myth that perfect contrition is sufficient for the reception of Holy Communion if you are in mortal sin.  This is not true.  Notice that St. Alphonsus teaches that perfect contrition will relieve mortal sin or even original sin for salvation when in danger of death without a priest at hand.  However, sacramental confession of all mortal sins is still required for the reception of Holy Communion.  The new Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) upholds this teaching.