A Homily Worthy of Applause

Remember that post I wrote about how annoyed I get when clapping occurs during Mass? Well, I might have abonded ship and started a thundering ovation had I been present at the Mass recorded in the video below.

Check out Father Aquinas M. Nichols’ (pastor of the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines, Iowa) homily titled “Be Courageous” from this past Sunday. 3:00 minutes in, he begins addressing the recent Health & Human Services’ mandate that orders almost every employer and insurer in the United States to provide sterilization and contraceptives, including some abortion-inducing drugs. Father gives this issue the passion it rightly deserves. He doesn’t just read the statement written by Bishop Pates — he boldly proclaims it. And he also issues a challenge for Catholics who don’t follow the Church’s teaching on these matters. It’s certainly worth 9 minutes of your time. 

Preach it, Fr. Aquinas!

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  1. says

    Lisa, great post. Fr. Aquinas’ homily is inspirational. He really makes you think about the immorality of the administration’s actions, and that they want us to accept and practice their immorality. Thanks for sharing this, and keep up the great work you’re doing.

  2. says

    Lisa, so often I a have noticed the homily is just about vague ideas of love and how all loving God is, and how we should be more all loving. But if you destill it down, what does it really mean? I’m beginning to think it is just code for Liberalism.

    We need more sermons like Father Aquinas. I have never once heard the issues of abortion raised in a sermon.

    Here is hoping that the recent events with the Obama Administration are a wake up call to many in the Church. I am enheartened but what I am seeing from the Bishops so far.

  3. Catherine says

    Thank you for sharing this homily. I am not a big fan of clapping in mass, either – but I did this week. The priests here read a letter from Cardinal Designate, Archbishop Timothy Dolan during homilies. I was heartened when I turned around and saw that my fellow parishioners had joined me in standing, and clapping when it was finished.


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