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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