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A Good Sermon Today

Simayan

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Hi all.

My priest gave a very good sermon today regarding the true meaning of Lent. Ill paraphrase it below:

"Lent is not a time for just fasting, nor a time for judgment. To condemn any man because he eats meat and you do not is a sin worse than any. This is a time for Justice and Love, not of condemnation and hate. Remember that those who come at the eleventh hour are just as welcome as those that came at the first. Some cannot fast. Some can. But all shall be equal in our eyes, for it is only God that can truly act as Judge. To show one's piety through long-winded prayers and torturous fasts are committing a spiritual blackmail against God for his love. They try to confine and control him, but they do not realize he is angered by these acts of 'piety' when love is not given to ones neighbor. Without actions, these acts of faith are empty"

I thought this was an excellent message at the beginning of Lent. It seems like many people feel worthy because they are more true to the fast than others. All deserve our love, whether they be Catholic or Atheist.

Just thought it was a nice bit of wisdom to share on Forgiveness Sunday.

Peace,
Will
 

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To show one's piety through long-winded prayers and torturous fasts are committing a spiritual blackmail against God for his love.
This part is awesome.  Is this sermon recorded or anything.

If not, I'd like to forward your paraphrase if you don't mind.

God bless.
 

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Oh I forgot to ask for the priest's name as well to give credit where credit is due.

Thank you.
 

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He records his sermon's, but never lets the public hear them. I think it's just for his own personal use to see where he can improve. But please, feel free to pass this along!

His name is Father Constantine.
 
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