Homily 2017 10 01 Prostitutes & Porn & me & St John Paul II (Yikes!)

I guess I should apologize. Perhaps I get a bit carried away. Super repetitive. It’s a little longer than the weekday homilies. The Sunday homilies are always a little longer.

I failed to mention that there was a story in the paper here about an epidemic of the local kids sexting and, with that, bullies right away doing the extortion and blackmail thing. So sad. So many hurt. So many drawn in and smashed down.

I also failed to mention that in another homily on porn way back in the 1980s and I was still a deacon. I was pretty ferocious then too. After Mass, I went outside the church and down the steps and down the walkway to the sidewalk down at the street. There were about five more steps down just before the street. I was there greeting people, who, instead, were pretty much ignoring me, looking a bit miffed.

Meanwhile, a girl, say, ten years old, came flying off the steps and threw her arms around my neck. She slid down to the sidewalk and everyone had turned and was glaring at me like I was a monster, until, that is, that the little girl started exclaiming loudly and exuberantly that I had given the best homily ever in the world ever, and that all other priests were cowards and never talked about this and it had to be done because it’s just everywhere and no one says anything and thank you so very much for being so brave as to say something and that was best homily ever in the world… and on she went.

Meanwhile, this out of the mouths of babes extravaganza was not missed by the Mass goers, who were now shamefacedly running away as fast as they could. Ha! Guardian angels set up this kind of thing. I hope it got a few people to heaven.

Also today there were many who thanked me wholeheartedly for saying some strong words. That’s encouraging, as I’m always thinking I’m too strong and too offensive. Perhaps today I was. I don’t know. Tell me what you think. I’m willing to learn.

 

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5 responses to “Homily 2017 10 01 Prostitutes & Porn & me & St John Paul II (Yikes!)

  1. sanfelipe007

    Father, you must stop worrying about how you may sound. Of course you are your own worst critic! You are not perfect, but then, neither are you listeners. Do you think the children care about how their father looks in the morning?

    I, for one, did not notice the repetition in your homily that bothers you. But perhaps you are wanting the polish that Fulton Sheen exhibits in his recorded Homilies? In that case, be careful not to trade a charism from the Lord for earthly conformity. Remember the Apostle that was so boring that a listener, seated on a rafter, fell and died, but was brought back to life the Apostle. There’s a lesson in there, somewhere.

  2. sanfelipe007

    …brought back to life [by] the Apostle.

  3. sanfelipe007

    I completely forgot; I was moved by your homily! The time just flew by.

  4. elizdelphi

    I loved it. Didn’t hear repetition unless it was “our Lord who loves us so very, very much.” And, I’ve heard the story about the clergy john from you before but your parishioners probably haven’t. There are so many people who trivialize matters such as watching movies with explicit sex content that is so ubiquitous. I tell the catechism children of any age “don’t look at pictures of naked people.” Amazing how many adults think that’s fine, whether on TV or at the movies, or not in pictures at all but live and in person (in my town on a regular basis some people consider public nudity a way to advance some agenda), etc.

  5. Monica Harris

    “Father, I ran that priest into the ditch five times”
    “I am scared that I could sin again, but I want to try with the Lord’s Grace…”
    and …..you’re back!
    What’s not to like? For whomever? Even us hardened hypocritical mind-gamers might have a….chance. Because Jesus loves us so very very much.

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