Jan 6: Fr. Ignatius: Epiphany Sunday Morning

By January 6, 2008October 27th, 2011Fr. Ignatius Manfredonia, Homily, Special Event
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Homily #250 (9min) Play?- Fr. Ignatius?explains how the?manifestation of Our Lord to the world occurred in the fullness of time when sin and error had reached its peak, against which Christ brings the warmth of charity and light of truth for men of good will.
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  • Ginny Welsch says:

    Dear Fr Ignatius,

    Thank you for another thought provocking sermon. We enjoy all of your sermons. (Guess We could be a bit prejudice). Do you think that christians other than Catholics who truely seek Jesus, and give their lives to him, such as, Doctor James Dobson, will receive eternal life? I feel that have found part of the truth, and feel sorry for them that they are depriving themselves of the sacraments, especialy the Eucharist. But many of them certainly show that they love the Lord.

    If you are heading down towards NJ, know that we would love to have you stay with us. We have plenty of room, and your cousins would love a chance to visit with you again.

    Aunt Ginny and Uncle Paul

  • Fr. Ignatius says:

    Aunt Ginny & Uncle Paul,

    I graciously accept all compliments on the homilies…even biased ones.

    As for Dr. Dobson’s salvation, as well as other Christians “outside the Church”, it depends on the degree of his culpability for not entering the Church, his personal cooperation or lack thereof with the graces and lights received from God. Does he know that the Catholic Church is the one true Church and simply chooses not to become Catholic? If yes, then he cannot be saved as the Catechism (#846) affirms, “Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.”

    If Dr. Dobson, or any other Christian, fits into this category could we really say that they love Christ? Evidently not, since the essence of love for God consists in doing His will. “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt.7:21)

    God bless and hope to see you soon.

  • Susan says:

    Ave Maria,

    I was ill and could not attend Mass yesterday, so am most consoled to see and hear your homily, Father Ignatius. And a great homily it was, God Bless!

    Ave Maria!

  • Angela C. Embree, SFO says:

    Dear Father Ignatius,
    Thank you for another (inspired) clear and consice homily. I have always had difficulty reconciling how the secular humanist, who abounds in charitable humanitarian services, though unbelieving and sometimes blatantly sinful, could not be saved. That you defined GOOD WILL as SEEKING THE TRUTH – Christ – resulted in an epiphany (clarification of thought) for me! Of course! I thought! Though we are all, believing and unbelieving instruments of God’s will, we are saved only in Jesus Christ — good works without conversion and penance do not equate salvation. In Jesus & Mary…..

  • Fr. Ignatius says:


    I just wanted to add to your thought the words of St. Paul, “And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” 1 Cor 13:3

    God bless.

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