What is your ‘Achilles heel’ in the Christian life?

26th Sunday


What is your Achilles heel in the Christian life?
Foot – occasions of sin, scandal

    Hand + eye – masturbation + pornography
Mouth – cursing, gossip
Grace of regular Confession + Eucharist
    Weakness —> strength
    Vice —>  Virtue
Sinner —> Saint

God made them male and female

27th Sunday
2+2=5 ??
    Jesus: God made them male and female
         Natural – intimacy, complementarity
         Supernatural – “what God has united”

Annulments, divorce, adultery
Eucharist – one flesh union with God

We stand firmly upon a rock

24th Sunday

“The waters have risen and severe storms are upon us, but we do not fear drowning, for we stand firmly upon a rock”.
      – St. John Chrysostom, 4th cent
       Re: hurricane + Church storms
“Who do you say that I am?”

       Answer with your head: Son of God, etc.
       Answer with your heart: Rock, etc.
Winds, rains, pressure of storms in our lives
     Satan gets involved
     Have to stand on Rock and not get swept away
     “Get behind me, Satan”

Let’s get back to religion that is pure and undefiled

Good news!

Religion that is pure and undefiled
     Get back to roots / Christ
     Discuss / get through together
     Clean house / purification / tough but good
     Withhold $ / assessment
Reflection on priesthood:
  • If the priest is a saint, his people will be holy.
  • If the priest is holy, his people will be good.
  • If the priest is good, his people will be fair.
  • If the priest is fair, his people will be lukewarm.
  • If the priest is lukewarm, his people will be bad.
  • If the priest is bad, his people will go to hell.


    Inherent / intrinsic evil of unchastity etc
         76% of PA report = homosexual acts of priests
    Sex outside marriage
2nd / 1st readings
     Laws / teachings are just
     God is so close (Eucharist)

Believe, live the Gospel

Believe, live, preach the Gospel
Certain homilies not preached (because not believed and lived by some clergy)
            Chastity, temperance, racism, Eucharist
John 6
Easiest chapter to interpret and preach
v 63
“The words I’ve spoken to you are Spirit and life”
         Symbolic only ??
Then why did they leave

Flesh and Blood

19th Sunday
“Deja vu”
New way of thinking / something spiritual
 John 6 / Reaction
Jewish crowds

Verse 51- why on our wall
People don’t know it
We believe what Jesus said

Soul food

18th Sunday
YG trip / pamphlets

Spiritual hunger
Learn Christ!
Teachings, relationship
Pamphlets / vestibule

Woman at well
Never hunger, never thirst
Baptism Eucharist
Salvation linked with food and drink

Bread from heaven

Food for the soul

Spiritual multiplication

17th Sunday
Small job ——> big job

St. Vincent Pallotti
A lot from a little
Huge amount from small resources

Spiritual multiplication
    Each of us / virtues
Bread of Life
     Christ is the bread of life, and bread of our lives
     Give Him your five loaves, He will multiply

Woe to the shepherds who mislead the flock (into contraception)

16th Sunday
Humanae Vitae 50th
Dangerous mentality of contraception
Actions without consequences
          Can do whatever I want
No to Church, authority, God

Natural = moral

      Communication w each other, God
      Trust in God
96% rate / marriage prep
Misled Catholics re: contraception
60s thru today
Infallible teaching
Continues to teach, shepherd thru the church
Moved the most by ignorance

Eucharist / Faithful Catholics