Preaching to the Wider World…

Preaching to the Wider World…

Part of the  Catholic Truth series, Thinking Through Catholic Truth – The Big Questions…Answered. 

Comments (23)

  • Lily

    That brought back memories of the good sermons we have in the “bad old days”!

    I remember we used to pray that lapsed relatives coming to a funeral would be influenced by the sermon and usually they were, even if they didn’t miraculously return right away.

    Now I don’t hear that and I’m sorry to say, when I’ve attended a funeral led by a traditional, so-called priest, I’ve heard real gaffes in the homily, putting down other Christian churches. So, I’d like to see a return to priests being real fishers of men, thinking before they speak and who knows what good would come of it.

    August 14, 2018 at 1:13 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      Yes, it brought back memories for me, as well. I much prefer the old approach to funeral sermons than the modern way of speaking about the departed as if they were saints in life. I also think funeral sermons are a chance to make us think about doing more, praying more etc. going the extra mile, so the already practising can benefit from funerals as well as the lapsed and non-Catholics.

      August 14, 2018 at 4:58 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Excellent video, perhaps the best so far!

    Having viewed this, and having just sung in a traditional Requiem Mass (including Matins and Lauds), I keep thinking back to my father’s end. After I returned to the Church in 1999, he (a cradle Catholic but lapsed) began to make strange comments belittling the Church. Apparently his attitude caused him to run out of chances to repent, because he was killed by a drunk driver in 2002.

    But the memory which especially haunts me happened at his gravesite: as the family was leaving, before the casket was lowered into the ground, I knocked twice on the top of his casket. I had the strangest feeling that the casket was hollow….

    August 14, 2018 at 3:16 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      RCA Victor,

      Your “hollow casket” comment made me shiver. I said an Eternal Rest for your father.

      August 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    • Josephine

      RCA Victor,

      It’s an age since I attended a traditional Requiem Mass – must be beautiful.

      The modern funerals are not much different from other Masses just with mention of Heaven! LOL! The deceased is up there!

      Actually, to be fair, I have heard a few times that we should pray for the soul of the dear departed, so Purgatory is sometimes mentioned, probably getting more often since I think the shine is off the modernism and slowly but surely things are getting better in some ways.

      August 14, 2018 at 6:06 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      Victor I feel for your Father but we know that Gods Mercy is beyond our Comprehension and it reminds me a little of a story of St John Vianney . A woman came to him for Confession and started to cry saying that her Husband who was lapsed had committed Suicide by Jumping onto Rocks from a great height. She came back again to him for Confession and again started to cry about her Husband . St John said to her ” your Husband is in Purgatory as he Jumped he cried out God Forgive Me ” . Also I heard a very Humble Holy Old man talk of the Power of Prayer of which I know you are a strong Catholic and don’t need me to tell you but he said this to me ” God is the same today yesterday and tomorrow. With God there is no time . Pray for your Family if need be and God will hear your prayers and grant them the graces they would have received were the still alive ” St Padre Pio also once said as he was walking with a friend and saying the Rosary . The friend asked him who are you praying for . St Pio said ” am praying for my Grandfather ” The Friend said ” you told me that your Grandfather was in heaven so why are you still praying for him ” St Pio said ” God knew that on this day and on everyday that I prayed for him he would grant the request. God knew that today I would be praying for my Grandfather so he has granted him the graces of these prayers while he was still Alive ” Isn’t Our Catholic Faith just wonderful.

      August 14, 2018 at 6:12 pm
      • RCAVictor


        Thank you for that….and thank you, Margaret Mary….

        August 14, 2018 at 6:44 pm
      • myforever77

        Thanks you, I learned that God knows all things, our prayers in advance as you have described so beautifully in your post. We should all pray for those even if we think they are lost but are NOT!

        August 14, 2018 at 7:31 pm
  • Josephine

    I liked the video and am now looking forward to the one of “preaching hate speech”!

    August 14, 2018 at 6:07 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    I too remember the parish of my youth. Boy, the priests did make you sit up and listen carefully. It does one good to be reminded of the four last things.

    August 14, 2018 at 9:15 pm
  • Petrus

    That was an excellent video, editor and I, too, am really looking forward to the next one.

    Top marks to videomaster. The graphics and text in the video were absolutely perfect.

    August 14, 2018 at 9:27 pm
  • Lionel

    Your presentation is clear and concise: “what is well conceived is clearly stated
    and the words to say it arrive easily” (Nicolas Boileau)

    August 14, 2018 at 10:28 pm
  • crofterlady

    Definitely the best, thank you, and webmaster, the clever clogs by far.

    August 14, 2018 at 11:18 pm
  • editor

    Thank you folks, for your kind comments about the latest video.

    Lest you think this is turning into The Editor of CT Show, be assured that there are a number of videos in the pipeline NOT of my making, so to speak.

    However, we decided to try to post the videos in some kind of order, so following on from the talks on the Church, Sacraments, Catholic Devotions, we decided to add three on the subject of preaching (at funerals etc, controversial topics: (“Hate Speech”), and preaching for youth – broadly that’s where we are at right now, and I’m fronting the preaching videos. Then we’ll post a couple featuring A.N. Other but, first, our Preaching “Hate Speech” which will take a slightly different format, will be posted on Thursday… after we’ve honoured Our Lady on her Feast of the Assumption – here.

    Again, thank you for your positive comments about this first preaching video, but, be assured, I’m only too well aware that I’ll never make Hollywood… Or Professor of Theology at Oxford University – it’s all very basic stuff, offered in the post-Vatican II spirit of we really do need to get back to basics!

    August 15, 2018 at 12:20 am
  • RCAVictor


    Before you issue the “hate speech” video, be sure to don this outfit:

    August 15, 2018 at 3:06 am
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Damsel of the Faith over in your neck of the woods has already beaten me to that outfit!

      I did mean to remind everyone of the crowdfunding website in case I need a very expensive lawyer, but I’ve just paid a visit and they don’t have a section for people like us… In fact they have a section dedicated to “helping the LGBT+ community”…


      August 15, 2018 at 8:56 am
  • gabriel syme

    A great video which will add to the fine video library being constructed, well done to all involved!

    August 15, 2018 at 8:59 am
  • Pat McKay

    I’ve often wondered whether there should be FIVE last things, if we include Purgatory.

    I knew someone who was a convert from Anglicanism, he said that he was never taught anything about Purgatory in his Anglican R.E. One of the issues that convinced him to convert to the Catholic Church was just that – belief in Purgatory.

    August 15, 2018 at 11:25 am
    • Margaret Mary

      Pat McKay,

      Purgatory can’t be a “fifth last thing” because it’s not final – it’s not a ‘last thing’, but only a temporary cleansing.

      It’s not surprising that he wouldn’t be taught that in and Anglican RE class since it’s a Catholic dogma and I think rejected by the Protestants.

      August 15, 2018 at 1:52 pm
  • editor


    A couple of times in the recent past, bloggers have enquired about The Case of the Missing Athanasius, since it’s quite some time since he put in an appearance here.

    In an effort to prevent a conversation developing on the subject, since, generally speaking, I try not to put pressure on bloggers, many of whom have family and work commitments which mean they can only blog “as and when”, I suggested that enquirers should email me privately, adding that Athanasius’s reason for not blogging at the present time “doesn’t put him in a good light, far from it” .

    It has been drawn to my attention that this might lead readers to speculate that Athanasius is guilty of some dark crime, or at least held under police caution pending an identity parade 😀

    Not at all. It’s much more mundane, I’m afraid – partly a simple misunderstanding between Athanasius and myself, very easily explained…

    And partly for personal reasons which have nothing to do with the blog, so he’s currently AWL (Absent With Leave) for the foreseeable future.

    I hope that clarifies the position.

    Athanasius is, however, a chocoholic so I’m going to remind him of what awaits him if only he decides to cut short that leave!

    Drum roll…

    August 19, 2018 at 9:57 pm

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