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This page contains a number of excellent sermons archived at our website. We invite you to listen or download these audio files as a 'sampling' of the content.

Although it is meant to be something of a "best of" assortment, that manner of label is truly a misnomer for such content, as each sermon has the power to impact a listener differently. Nevertheless, if there is a particular sermon which you think ought to be included here for the benefit of others, please do contact us directly at info@svfonline.org.

The Lord Gave and the Lord Hath Taken Away

How shall a Catholic respond to trial, suffering and persecution? Let us offer Psalm 144 as our prayer and reply with patient Job: "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. As it hath pleased the Lord so it is done, Blessed be the Name of the Lord" (Job 1:21). Benedíctus Deus, allelúia.
Trials are a grace! (1) They make us more like Christ as we share in His Cross. (2) We can suffer in expiation for our sins and those within the Church. (3) We can gain merit for heaven by suffering with patience, faith, charity and trust in God's holy Will.
The Holy Mass, the Church, and the Blessed Virgin all serve as Porta Caeli (Gate of Heaven). God has given these to us that we may attain Heaven. This is our ultimate goal!

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, November 9, 2014 (-.)

Jesus Son of Mary

Our Lord asks a most important question “What think you of Christ, whose Son is He?” Holy Mother Church answers “Thou art the Son of the Living God and the Son of Mary.” Invariably, every crisis, at its root, is Christological – a crisis in how one answers this question. One clear example is how many Catholics, including prelates, treat Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist without proper reverence, even blasphemously. Let us consider three points regarding Jesus as Son of Mary. [1] There is an unbreakable, intimate, extremely close union between Jesus and Mary. (2) This bond has been decreed by God from all eternity. [3] Jesus and Mary are inseparable. One can’t know Jesus or have a genuine relationship with Jesus apart from His Mother. To go to Jesus, we must go through Mary. God has decreed it so.

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, September 11, 2016 (-.)

Blasphemy Heresy Impurity

God is holy, true and pure. God made man to walk in holiness, truth and purity – and thereby save his soul. Any attack upon holiness, truth or purity is a real attack on God. Man is today in grave danger of damning his soul to hell by the sins of blasphemy, heresy and impurity. Four hundred years ago, Our Lady of Good Success warned that, in the latter half of the 20th century, these three sins would extinguish the light of faith in nearly all men’s hearts. In our times, Our Lady has confirmed and emphasized this same message at Fatima (1917). It is terrible and tragic that these sins have reached even the highest levels of our beloved Church. As Catholics, our response must be one of greater love for God, for Our Lady, for the Mass, and for our Tradition. In turn, we must also do the opposite, namely show greater reverence for God and the holy things of our Catholic religion, stand steadfast in the truth, strive for greater purity, and do much reparation for these heinous sins.

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, July 31, 2016 (-.)

The Enemy is Within

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, January 29, 2012 (-.)

The Star of the Sea

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, January 15, 2012 (-.)

A Plea to Our Nation's Bishops

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, May 17, 2012 (-.)

The Passion and the Mass

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, April 10, 2011 (No Section.)

The Immaculate Conception

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, December 8, 2009 (2009 English.)

Gaudium Joy

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, December 11, 2011 (-.)

Three Nuptial Christmas Graces

Prayers from the Christmas Octave give us the following triplet: A CHILD is born to us and a SON is given to us; the heavens proclaim a KING is born to us. This causes us to reflect upon three special graces for your wedding in the divine plan of God:
(1) Fight for the Child - Holy Matrimony is about the office of the mother;
(2) The Precious Blood shed by the Son - Husbands must shed their blood for wife and children;
(3) The King and His Heavenly Kingdom - Marriage trains us for heaven. When we are beset by the difficulties, irritations, and trials of married life, let us lift up our heart (sursum corda) and thank God that he is preparing us for heaven.

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, December 28, 2013 (-.)

The Mass is the Path to Heaven

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass open for us the path to Heaven (for it is the Cross, the Sacrifice of Christ). Holy Mass opens our eyes to the supernatural, raises our minds to Heaven and lifts up our hearts to God. Moses lifting his arms and raising his staff to part the sea is a type of how Christ raises his arms and lifts His Cross to open a path to Heaven – which we witness when the priest elevates the Sacred Species at Consecration. St. John Chrysostom teaches us that a myriad of angles pray earnestly for us through the Sacrifice. Pray to your Guardian Angel, asking him to fill what is wanting in your assistance at Mass.
Vatican 2's Sacrosanctum Concilium (No 21) decreed that any changes in the Mass should be so that “the text and rites more clearly express the holy things which they signify.” Yet in disobedience the opposite took place. The light of Heaven, the holy things, were obscured more and a fog of darkness has descended. For the sake of Heaven and loving God, we must work towards the recovery of the Traditional Mass.
It is a tremendously difficult trial to not have the Traditional Mass. Yet if we accept this great spiritual suffering (which God permits), we can gain great merit for heaven – and that is the goal! The Beatitudes are the summary and apex of the Gospel, and in them Christ promises Heaven to those who endure and suffer for His sake. St. Louis de Montfort teaches us that we must be friends of the Cross and that all the saints exhort us to “Fight courageously, suffer patiently and you will be given an everlasting Kingdom!”

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, November 2, 2014 (-.)

All Around Us There is Darkness

A reflection on contemporary events.
Many are becoming increasingly aware of the darkness of atheism descending upon our times. It is impossible to believe in God and accept the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah. There can be no clearer sign of Satan's reign than the exaltation of this sin. How have we come to this point? It is because the majority of Catholics have turned away from True Catholicism. Man has turned away from God and usurped Him. Catholics have altered the True Faith. Yet for over 400 years God has mercifully warned us. Father concludes by giving inspirational encouragement and concrete advice on what every Catholic must do. The time is NOW.

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, July 8, 2015 (-.)

The Fewness of the Saved

First Sunday of Lent.. During Lent, the spiritual battle is clearly meant to be more intense. Contemplate thy own mortality in the light of truth. Each will die and be judged – and there are only two eternal possibilities.
Father preaches from a famous sermon by St. Leonard of Port Maurice (+1751), a great Franciscan missionary and preacher. He frequently spoke upon the infallible truth that those who are saved are few in number. St. Leonard cites numerous saints, Church Fathers, the Scriptures, and even Christ Himself – all of whom teach this truth. For example, St. Jerome says that 1 out of 100,000 is saved. St. Vincent Ferrer received a revelation that on a given hour in which 33,000 people died, two went straight to heaven, three to Purgatory and the rest to hell. In which category shall we be numbered? God wants all men to be saved and extends the necessary grace to each; yet few are saved. That means, if thou art damned, thy damnation comes from thee.
Read the text of St. Leonard's original sermon here.

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, February 21, 2010 (2010 English.)

What Does Peter Say?

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, May 9, 2010 (2010 English.)

Heresy of Religious Indifferentism

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, August 5, 2012 (-.)

Mothers Teach and Nourish

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, May 8, 2011 (No Section.)

Where Are the Fathers?

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, June 16, 2013 (-.)

Saint Juliana Falconieri

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, June 20, 2010 (2010 English.)

The Epic Battle, St Michael and Fatima

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, September 29, 2013 (-.)

Sacerdos Secundum Cor Tuum

Jesus Became Incarnate to Save Souls
Immaculate Conception
My Priesthood
Be pure and holy

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, December 8, 2013 (-.)

We Must Be Rocks in the River of Revolution

Given by Fr. Ioannes Petrus, January 13, 2013 (-.)

Christian Restoration Starts from the Caves

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Given by Fr. Ioannes Petrus, December 25, 2013 (-.)

Contemplatives of God or the Devil

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Given by Fr. Ioannes Petrus, January 26, 2014 (-.)

The Ninety-Nine Left Behind

What do the 99 do when they are abandoned in the desert by their shepherd who goes after the lost one? The Church Fathers speak of the 99 as being the angels who remained in Heaven while Adam (and his race) is the one lost sheep. As baptized, we are counted among the 99. Like the angels, we must keep our vows to the end and be committed to living "death before sin!" Often it feels as if the Shepherd has abandoned the Church, or a nation, group or individual. Let us resist the temptation to despair, but instead remain in the desert (that is, doing penance) and meriting the conversion of the lost sheep. Father links this lesson to the Message of Fatima, the situation in the world today and gives us practical concrete advice to persevere faithfully. Read text of sermon here.

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Given by Fr. Ioannes Petrus, June 14, 2015 (-.)

Exposing the Doppelgänger Cosmic Christ

In today's Gospel, Christ gives a commandment and a promise: to seek God's kingdom first and then we shall have all we need. Yet today it appears there are two kingdoms of Christ from which to choose, with two corresponding magisteriums, two 'forms' of the Latin Rite, two kinds of marriage, etc. This has many confused and striving to retain their Catholic sanity. Our Lord warned us that there would be false christs. Compare the true Word Incarnate of God's Revelation to the evolutionary "cosmic christ" of Telihard de Chardin, SJ. Compare the true Mystical Body of Christ, the One Holy Catholic Roman and Apostolic Church, with the cosmic doppelgänger church. Like a parasite, the doppelgänger always requires a host and then tries to put its real counterpart to death. Sadly, we see this happening before our eyes. Yet let us remain faithful to the True Church and trust in Christ's promises! Read text of sermon here.

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Given by Fr. Ioannes Petrus, August 30, 2015 (-.)

Geosignificant Location

Part 1 of 2 - The Introduction. Location has significance; it means something. Important things are put in important places. The earth is a very significant thing and therefore it is in a very significant spot in the universe, as if it were the very heart of creation. This has always been the belief of Christians until the modern age. Yet this belief is supported by Scripture, papal teaching, the Church Fathers, and private revelation. Science can neither prove nor disprove it. Yet man is called to be christocentric. Even all of creation, the entire cosmos, is to surround and serve Christ the King.

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Given by Fr. Simplicius, May 7, 2015 (-.)

Iconoclasm in the Heavens

Part2 of 2 - The Theology. The heavens show forth the glory of God! Geocentrism is the view that the earth has a central place in the universe. The Copernican Revolution and heliocentrism replaced this view. Yet physics can't prove or disprove either view. Rather, belief and philosophy underlie each. In a geocentric view, the entire cosmos serves as an icon by which we can know God and His plan for man. The Church's perennial teaching has always supported this view. On the other hand, the heliocentric view is a kind of iconoclasm in the heavens. It deconstructs the order in God's creation and walks hand-in-hand with many of the errors plaguing us today, such as relativism, immortality and atheism. Thus, this is an issue worth fighting for!
See notes for talk here.

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Given by Fr. Ioannes Petrus, May 7, 2015 (-.)

Quo Vadis Petre

This sermon was given just a few days after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation. St. Peter initially tried to flee Rome when he learned his life was in danger. However, on this way out he met Our Lord who was going into Rome precisely to suffer another Crucifixion. St. Peter courageously took Christ's place, as His Vicar. The resignation of Benedict is unprecedented in the history of the Church and seems a clear sign foreboding worse things to come.

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Given by Fr. Simplicius, February 17, 2013 (-.)

The Two Popes

The Church has had 'two popes' before, but this situation has never lasted long because it was understood to be so harmful; a body can only have one head. A sign that we are living in very strange times is the current existence of two popes. Some have rejoiced over this and others have been scandalized.

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Given by Fr. Simplicius, May 4, 2014 (-.)

Generation Divide

Prior to the 1960s, the term 'Generation Gap' was unheard of. Although there were differences, elders and ancestors were respected and generations were purposefully united. Yet revolution changed all that - in society and in the Church. There were those who wished to adhere to tradition and those who wished to sever themselves from tradition. This chasm will apparently be even further increased by the upcoming Synod in Rome planned for October. Instead, we ought to heed the Sacred Scriptures: "Pass not beyond the ancient boundaries set by thy Fathers" (Proverbs 22:28).

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Given by Fr. Simplicius, August 17, 2014 (-.)

Brass Knuckles and Velvet Gloves

Good Shepherd Sunday. The “Brass Knuckle Crusade” was waged by anti-Catholics in an effort to harm, even eliminate, the Catholic Church from U.S. cities during the 1800s. Bishop John Hughes responded by guiding and protecting his Catholic flock through excellent schools and by refusing to be intimidated or bullied. He made it explicitly clear that the Catholic Church’s goal is the mission entrusted to her by Christ: the conversion of every individual and of all nations for the glory of God and salvation of souls. Father explains what makes a shepherd a good shepherd, including an explanation of true mercy and merciful severity.

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Given by Fr. Simplicius, April 19, 2015 (-.)

Coming Chastisement and Restoration

The very columns that uphold society are collapsing. A new Babylon is all around us. The diabolical revolution against God and created nature gains victory after victory. Yet although God may permit Satan his hour, He will have His Day. A chastisement will fall upon the “city of man"; from its ashes and rubble, Christian society shall be restored. A great pope, a great Church council, and great Catholic leaders are foretold. There will be an age of peace under the Reign of the Immaculate Heart. (St. Mariam of Jesus Crucified may provide a type for the chastisement followed by restoration which will befall the Church.) But why the delay? St. Joseph must be given his proper honor and veneration in the Church. St. Joseph is the Patron of the Universal Church and of the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. When the faithful truly venerate St. Joseph as he deserves, then the Age of Peace will come.

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Given by Fr. Simplicius, September 20, 2015 (-.)