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The Church Fathers where truly holy, wise and perfect men, who fighting bravely trampled the world underfoot, fed their flocks in a world of hunger, and defended the Church against the attacks of heretical wolves through their faithfulness to apostolic tradition.
Short Catholic Homilies: Perseverance in Prayer
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In this short Catholic Homily we learn why God does not always grant all of our prayers quickly.
“ (Prayer) is like the fall of a tree in the woods under the blows of the axe: the tree will come down, but not at the first, the second, the tenth, or perhaps even the hundredth stroke.”…
The Full Text of Short Catholic Homily: Perseverance in Prayer
Yet if he shall continue, knocking, I say to you, although he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend; yet because of his importunity he will rise; and give him as many as he needeth.
Praying for the dead is one of the 7 spiritual works of mercy.
We lose nothing, dear brethren, by praying for them; be assured we are rather the gainers, for not only do they pray for us, but more— our charity towards them deepens in our souls our love for God, and makes us thirst the more after virtue and holiness, and wins for us a higher place in heaven and a brighter crown of everlasting glory.…
To forgive offenses willingly is one of the 7 spiritual works of mercy, and it is one that we have a lot of opportunity to practice.
“If we bear malice towards anyone, we are not worthy of the name of Christians” Transcript…
This Traditional Catholic Homily reminds us of what appears to be a most stern requirement, and one that is very at odds with our fallen human nature.