Here's Father Doctor's homily from last week. It's excellent! It needed to be said. I feel this is just a taste of what's to come. Pray for Fr. Doctor, and for all priests.
"Every time we come to Mass we are facing a challenge and must make a decision - will we serve the gods of this world and culture or the Lord who saved us and redeemed us?
Each Mass calls us to make a choice, or to renew a choice, to follow the Lord and not the sins and enticements of this world.
Each Mass is a chance to rise above this world and culture that has no real destination or plan for us and traps and destroys so many lives on a daily basis.
Each Mass calls us to make a choice - to answer the question
Do you also want to leave? Do we want to leave our Lord?
because the priest isn’t holy or attractive, or the music is bad
or we hate Spanish or Latin. or the church isn’t pretty enough
Do we want to leave Our Lord, giving up the Eucharist because for whatever reason we aren’t happy or entertained.
Decide today - Who are you going to serve. The culture and a world of sin and death or Christ the Lord
Do you really want to leave? Then go!! No one is holding you here
No one is forcing you to stay.
Decide - are you going to be a Catholic or a half baked, wishy-washy one with no chance of salvation?
Decide - are we convinced like St. Peter that the Catholic Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ? That Christ is really present in the Eucharist - Body, blood, soul and divinity?
Decide - Is Mass all about you…or is it about God - ?
Is the Church – St. Charles in Coldwater, MI or is the church far bigger, far holier marked as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic?
The One Church with over a billions members.
The Holy church that offers sacrifice not according the whims of the people or the culture, or the time period but under the direction of God’s representatives.
The Catholic Church that stand against sin and evil and chooses and rightfully so – to worship God as he requires!
The Apostolic Church that follows the directives of our Holy Father
when it come to faith and morals, and liturgy
Decide - Don’t sit on the fence not committing to either side
Decide for yourself. Who is your God? Who do you serve?
and then make your choice
As for me – like Joshua - I choose God. I choose to serve the Lord
to stand with St. Peter and all the Popes who came after him. I have decided to stay because I know that only in Christ are the words of everlasting life. Only in Christ have I become convinced and believe
that there is a God - who is real, true, loving, and merciful
I am convinced that there is no salvation for me anywhere else but in Christ. I believe that the Spirit of God is the one who gives me life; who will reward me with happiness; who is my peace in this life
who is my joy and my all in the next.
I choose to serve the Lord because He is my God. I choose to stay because there is nowhere else to go.
I have found my treasure…have you found yours?