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2017 SERMON ARCHIVE

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2017

Sermons by Fr. Rodríguez in English

Vocations in Times of Crisis

St. Francis of Assisi is a saint often misrepresented and misunderstood today. Many ignore his intense asceticism, abject humility, and love for the Eucharist. They fail to realize that his vocation was a call from God to help rebuild the Church from grave internal problems. Our crisis today is far worse. Many err in thinking “the laity will save the Church.” History proves that God ALWAYS used the ordained and consecrated religious to rebuild and restore His Church. Thus, we need holy vocations! Let us not fall into a prevalent error that marriage and the consecrated life are both vocations, equal calls from God. No. Our desire for marriage comes from within us; it is natural to us. Yet a vocation is “a call” from God: it comes from outside of man, it is supernatural, and it calls man to live as if he were not of this world! This is why God uses ordained and religious - like St. Athanasius, St. Bernard, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Teresa of Avila, etc. – as kindle to spark the restoration of the supernatural (Mystical) Bride of Christ.

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Given by Fr. Simplicius, November 5, 2017 (-.)

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Vocations in Times of Crisis

St. Francis of Assisi is a saint often misrepresented and misunderstood today. Many ignore his intense asceticism, abject humility, and love for the Eucharist. They fail to realize that his vocation was a call from God to help rebuild the Church from grave internal problems. Our crisis today is far worse. Many err in thinking “the laity will save the Church.” History proves that God ALWAYS used the ordained and consecrated religious to rebuild and restore His Church. Thus, we need holy vocations! Let us not fall into a prevalent error that marriage and the consecrated life are both vocations, equal calls from God. No. Our desire for marriage comes from within us; it is natural to us. Yet a vocation is “a call” from God: it comes from outside of man, it is supernatural, and it calls man to live as if he were not of this world! This is why God uses ordained and religious - like St. Athanasius, St. Bernard, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Teresa of Avila, etc. – as kindle to spark the restoration of the supernatural (Mystical) Bride of Christ.

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Given by Fr. Simplicius, November 5, 2017 (-.)