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Great sermon on the religious life February 20, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, priests, religious, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

And……AND……..I found a website that I am certain you will love.

First, the priest below explains about sanctity and the religious life.  He explains what religious life is, who is called, what to do if you think you are called, the great virtues associated with this glorious state of life (far superior, no matter what certain mentats of the post-conciliar period like to claim, to ordinary lay life), etc., etc.

Another great thing about the video below is all the great photos of nuns and other religious the guy at VideoSancto put in.  Greatness!

This is an older sermon from this priest, whom I am blessed to know.   But I just found out that pretty much ALL of his sermons – I think, if it’s not complete, it’s pretty danged close – are contained HERE at Romans10seventeen.org.  The site is pretty much bare bones right now, but who cares!  This is great!  I knew lots of his sermons were on AudioSancto, and that VideoSancto has picked up a fair number, but it’s great to have pretty much all of them.  I wish someone would record his catechism class, too.  Ahem.

And I love nuns!  The more traditional and elaborately habited, the better!

Oh, please say three Hail Mary’s for the sanctification of this priest and his salvation.  Please do so EVERY time you listen to a sermon on Audio/VideoSancto and/or romans10seventeen.org.

What says Romans X:17? “Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ.”  Amen.


1. Branch - February 20, 2014

I will try to listen to the sermon, though I have a question in the mean time re: the superiority of this state in life. Does the fact that it is superior mean that religious will be closer to our Lord even in Heaven? Or will all the faithful, even laity, enjoy total communion with our Lord?

tantamergo - February 20, 2014

That there are higher and lower “planes” or levels or whatever of Heaven is something that is strongly supported by Scripture and Tradition. St. Paul speaks of going to the “third” Heaven. Converse to Dante’s vision of hell, many Medieval writers posited many levels for Heaven.

There are strong supports for the religious life being objectively superior to the lay life. This was once commonly accepted, but is one of many beliefs now questioned or repudiated.

Branch - February 20, 2014

I don’t doubt it’s superiority, objectively speaking. But in my study on discernment, subjectively speaking, it seems that what is “superior” is what God is calling a particular person to. So it would not make sense for someone to aspire to religious life if he or she is not called. Yet, in the view of the priest you linked to, I doubt such a consideration would ever present itself because there is not that subjective element necessary for discernment. The principle for him is that God is calling and the only necessary questions are if one has any impediments to religious life. If not, then the question is answered. That differs from St. Ignatius of Loyola, for example.

2. cg - February 20, 2014

Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses.

3. Evan C - February 20, 2014

Do you know why his sermons were moved from AS to Romans10:17?

tantamergo - February 20, 2014

He’s not happy with some of the new content on AS. I hadn’t checked AS, I didn’t know they were gone.

4. Branch - February 20, 2014

I listened and the speaker takes the approach of this writer: http://www.amazon.com/Religious-Vocation-An-Unnecessary-Mystery/dp/0895558238/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392925068&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=unecessary+mystery+religious

By contrast, perhaps the greatest saint of discernment in the Church, St. Ignatius of Loyola, does indeed counsel us to go inward to hear that voice of God – his is a discernment of the heart.

For anyone interested in that type of discernment, I’d direct you to the work of Fr. Hoesing: http://www.discerninghearts.com/?cat=1225

And Fr. Tim Gallagher: http://www.discerninghearts.com/?page_id=1146

5. LaGallina - February 20, 2014

Dumb question alert:

What do you mean to pray for the priest’s salvation and sanctification? Do you mean to pray that he will always be faithful to his vows?

Btw, this priest is my definite favorite from audiosancto

Lynne - February 20, 2014

“Btw, this priest is my definite favorite from audiosancto”

Mine too!

tantamergo - February 20, 2014

Just that – that he remain faithful, die in the state of Grace, be saved. Fewer priests go to Heaven than lay people, percentage wise – said he himself this last Tuesday night.

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