April 27, 2011

It's Wednesday within the Octave of Easter.

In the summer last year, my monastery ordained two priests.  So my turn to preach comes around less frequently.  As a result I post fewer homilies.  My blogging is also minimal.

I've posted the homily I preached at Mass today.
Click HERE for it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must express to you that I find it most odd, in view of recent ecclesial scandals, for a Catholic priest to be preaching on the topic of holiness. Indeed, one might rightly assume that the most inveterate feature of Catholic clergy is hypocrisy as played out in recent scandals of the flesh. Before you react as to discount my words, only think of those accounts with which you are keenly familiar within your own cohort. Is not your own presbyterate such an example, sustaining and nourishing its own strife by a litany of misconduct? In public eyes, then, they rightly thus appear to have been given more than their meed of sinfulness engaging in various material activities all of which contribute to their immense shame. But there is one point, and this a most important feature, which sharply distinguishes such clergy from the faithful. The priest, incorporated into the presbyterate for sake of prestige, power and treasure, must place allegiance to his institution above any concern for truth, justice and decency. He then becomes ineffably evil, most hideous and foul in his motives. Almost without exception, he is spiritually defunct in only a short time and then works to make others so.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Scandals are scandals. Hypocrisy is hypocrisy.
Holiness is still to be preached.

4:29 PM  

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