Video – Fr. Bonaventure – Homily: Leaven for Saving Your Soul

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Ave Maria!


"Do not be deceived by the leaven of the scribes and Pharisees."


In today's gospel, Our Lord reminds us that, unlike the scribes and Pharisees, we must know and live out the truths of our faith. We are responsible before God (and man, else why would we have laws) for our sins, and this reality flies in the face of popular notions of "collective guilt" or "collective sins". All sin is particular, not collective, and so Christ is interested in your specific offences. That's why we have the sacrament of confession! Fr. Bonaventure points out that this was the error of the Pharisees, who assumed that they were (collectively) children of Abraham, and therefore would be saved in spite of the filth piled up in their souls. It was not the case with them, and it won't be the case with us. We won't be saved by claiming to be Catholic; we will be saved if we keep Christ's commandments, and only if we keep them - all of them.


Listen now to this wonderful instruction by Fr. Bonaventure.


Ave Maria!


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