Sunday, June 27, 2010

speaking of humility and confession...

... here's one I bet never gets confessed as much as it should.

"Bless me Father for I have sinned. I blogged that your homily sucked."

Quote attributed to Tina.


Faith said...

I don't think that's necessary if the homily did suck.

Tina aka Snupnjake said...

I'd like credit for it. Thank you very much!

G said...

I do have to admit that there seems to be a general decline among the homilies of most parish priests. Perhaps it isn't addressed enough in the seminary? On the bright side, it makes really good homilies something to enjoy.

John from Pomeroy on the Palouse said...

I'm starting to have two minds on the homily/sermon question.

Our pastor for the past five years is a wonderful, confident speaker, working without notes, tieing all three readings together, and ends by giving us something to think about or pray about during the week. When he came here, our then-11 year-old daughter told us how much she learned from listening to him.

Now for the past couple of years, said daughter and I have traveled across the state about every 4 to 6 weeks to see my parents who are quickly approaching 90. When we are there on a Sunday, we go to the 8 a.m. Mass at the FSSP "Parish". The pastor (who's maybe 40ish -- about 10-15 yrs younger than our local pastor) reads his sermon and makes the occasional mistake, and gives sermons not homilies. About 2 months ago, his sermon was on the fact that the Catholic Church is the one and only true church. Father's Day was about the father being head of the family making it necessary for him to go to confession regularly, receive Communion at least weekly. At one point I think he was yelling at us fathers. (But I may have been a bit sensitive.)

And while our now 16 year-old daughter learns from the priest's homilies at homes, she learns at least as much from the sermons in Seattle. Or so I figure, based on the 20-30 minutes of discussion his 10 minute sermons cause.

While I may like learning how the three readings tie together, I don't think I've ever heard our home parish pastor mention confession -- except to tell us about the windows going into the new "reconciliation room." (Which has no kneeler or screen, but will feature windows.)

I put the FSSP Parish in Quotes above because Fr. says two Masses each Sunday. the first Mass is in the crypt of one of our cemeteries. (No kneelers there either. You don't want to spend a low Mass kneeling on the marble? That's ok, they have carpet samples to kneel on.) It sure is an amazing feeling to spend the Mass hour in the room with the bones of Seattle's bishops.

Well rant mode off. I'm sorry for the length. But neither our parish priest's homilies or the FSSP priest's sermons "suck". Maybe I'm just lucky.


The Crescat said...

too right, Tina.

Rick said...

With regards blogging, I did confess about being harsh in my blogs against Obama and his lapdogs. The priest is gosh darn Liberal, so you can imagine how that went. Next time, I'll find a conservative confessor.

(And to illustrate, my pastor recommended that we read America blogsite (by the Jesuits) as part of our summer spiritual reading.)

Tina aka Snupnjake said...

Is totally clueless and gave you my wrong blog addy. sigh.

God apparently is punishing me for the snarky Jesus hug comment.