Listen to the audio version of Fr. De Celles’ homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2016, here.
2nd Sunday of Advent December 4, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA The last few days I’ve been reading the new book-length interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, called “Last Testament.” This got me to thinking of one of his best papal encyclicals that has great meaning for us at this time of year —the Encyclical “Spe Salvi,” Saved in Hope.” If you haven’t read it I commend it to you as a wonderful way to revitalize your understanding of Advent, the season of looking back to the hope fulfilled … Continue reading
Advent and Confession. Advent is a time to prepare for Christmas, not simply by buying presents or decorating the house, but by “preparing the way of the Lord” into our hearts and lives. We begin by reflecting on the words St. Matthew uses in today’s Gospel to summarize the entire message of St. John the Baptist: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Of course, this repentance begins with the Sacrament of Baptism, which is both the sign of personal repentance and the conferral of the Divine grace of forgiveness of sins. But after Baptism we eventually find … Continue reading
Click here to listen the first talk in Fr. De Celles’ 2016 Advent series. The topic of this year’s series is “Grace: God’s Gift at Christmas and Throughout the Year.” The first talk, given Thursday, December 1, 2016 covered: “Grace: God’s Action and Our Response.” There will be no talk next week, due to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Please join us for the final talk in Fr. De Celles Advent Series, “Hard Questions about Grace,” on Thursday, December 15th.
2016 Advent Series entitled “Grace: God’s Gift at Christmas and Throughout the Year” Time and place: 1st and 3rd Thursdays in Advent 7:30-8:30PM in the Parish Hall. “Grace: God’s Action and Our Response” ………Thursday, December 1st The definition of grace; actual and sanctifying grace; grace and justification. “Hard Questions about Grace” ………Thursday, December 15th The effect of sin on grace; inequalities of grace; grace and merit, freedom, and predestination. “They are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus….” Romans 3:24 ALL ARE WELCOME! Please join us!
Listen to the audio version of Fr. De Celles’ homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016, here.
1st Sunday of Advent November 27, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA “So too, you also must be prepared.” After seeing all the folks shopping on Friday—“Black Friday”— this line spoken by Jesus is today’s Gospel would seem extremely apropos today. We’ve begun the “holiday season” and the next four weeks will be a mad rush to shop, cook, travel and party, all to be “prepared for Christmas.” Of course, all this is strictly the secular—or worldly—perspective of preparing for Christmas, and the “holiday season.” At best it sees … Continue reading
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe November 20, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA To many people, being in a positon of authority —whether it’s the absolute authority of some kings or emperors, or the limited authority of presidents, governors, senators, or even pastors— to many it’s all about having personal power over others. Even when he uses the power to do what he thinks is good for them, —it’s about what he thinks is good for them, not what necessarily truly is good for them, … Continue reading