Oct 07 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Difficult Love

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Homily #121007b ( 11min) Play - Fr. Ignatius preaches on the Gospel where Jesus tells the Apostles that marriage is indissoluble and the disciples say this is a hard teaching. Father puts this in perspective by pointing out that love is tough and that Jesus is Love and Truth personified and so the truth he teaches is so tough because it is so full of love. This teaching on marriage will bring true, loving happiness to couples in this life and relates to our general calling to become holy, so that we will be happy in eternal life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday - Form: OF
1st: gen 2:18-24
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
2nd: heb 2:9-11
Gsp: mar 10:2-16

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  • Marie says:

    God is Love. Love is the desire of the good for another.

    Our Lord Jesus has many attributes, but ‘tough’ was never one of them.

    It’s the hardness of man’s heart; his stubborness, his lack of dying to his own will and preferring God’s Will, that makes our Lords sayings ‘tough’. It is our excessive pride (I know what is best for me) that says, “I will not hear the word of God and keep it”.

    God intended for man and woman to be equal in love for one another, the same way God the Father loves God the Son (and in reverse). As time passed man began treating women as property, wives could be ‘put away’ for any reason, they were in the same class as lepers, more or less. Then Moses allowed husbands to divorce their wives. Our Lord Jesus came into the world and restored what was meant to be from the start. A holy marriage personifies the Holy Trinity. That is why the devil is so bent on destroying it.

    Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, we need you!

    Ave Maria!

  • soupyc says:

    On the first page of this week’s chapter in the Sunday Missal, for October 7th, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, that is distributed throughout our diocese and I think is standard throughout Canada, we get the following introductory commentary on the readings for this Sunday. I will share the last paragraph which sums up the main idea, which never touches even slightly on the mortal sin of adultery or the damage that is continually being done by the multitude of divorces within the Catholic church:

    “Unfortunately, humans did not remain in the ‘ideal’ creation that was the garden of Eden. Because of sin they had to leave the garden and were forced to live in a much harsher existence. In the world we live in today, relationships sometimes breakdown. When that happens, we need to attend to the pastoral needs of those involved, while keeping in view the ‘ideal’ of God’s original plan that Jesus evokes in today’s Gospel.”

    “Relationships sometimes breakdown”…??!! How about nearly half the time. Even among Catholics. This publication comes from Toronto, Ontario, though, where we have become so “pastoral” that we have Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs in our Catholic Schools now, teaching the kids how homosexuals engage in sex, etc. etc. and that they need to be “okay” with that.

    In a church where a large portion of married couples are reported to be using contraception as a means of birth control, where the divorce rate is equal to that of the non-Catholic culture, and where families are broken and destroyed with quick and easy annulments to follow, one wonders why the lead commentary in the national Sunday Missal in the pews wouldn’t at least focus somewhat on the immorality of divorce as per the true teachings of the Church found in, for starters, the CCC #2385, which brings up the inconvenient truth of how this all affects families and especially the children! That part reads:
    “2385 Divorce is immoral also because it introduces disorder into the family and into society. ~*This disorder brings grave harm to the deserted spouse, to children traumatized by the separation of their parents and often torn between them, and because of its contagious effect which makes it truly a plague on society.~*”

    And we get this same sort of pablum as it sloppily drips down from the silver spoons of most pulpits in the country, in the never-ending quest to be pastoral, and understanding, of “the world we live in today.”

    Never mind the millions of hollow-eyed children who attempt to live out the nightmare of their broken family, the pain of deserted spouses, nor the general malaise of our society and culture of death which is nurtured and supported by this type of on-going drivel.

    Is it unreasonable to think that the focus for the nation’s homilists and Gospel commentaries, in such a time as this, be more on the immorality and selfishness than on how to mollycoddle and soothe those who wish to have their cake and eat it, too!

    Honestly, I am growing so tired of the gutless, spineless thoughts we are spoon fed every week in Canada by these “pastoral” types who have no idea what true love and pastoral care really actually is!

    Once again, the teachings of the Magisterium are largely ignored, or subtly twisted, to continue to make excuses for our proclivity to suit ourselves regardless of the damage we do to families, children, and society.

    Thank you, Father Ignatius, for your straight-forward and encouraging homily on these readings today. I pray that one day soon the truth will be told from our pulpits, as it should be, and according to the teachings of the Magisterium.

    If we are not unabashedly reminded, and clearly told of the grave harm and plague-like effect of our selfish, immoral actions, then seriously, what good do we think we will be able to do in this fallen world and its culture of death? A church militant that has taken to flying the white flag of surrender to the enemy, the spirit of darkness and the forces of hate and fear all over the world?

  • Alex Antunes says:


    Father Ignatius didn’t say Jesus is tough. He said Jesus’ teachings are tough. There is nothing wrong with theses words. In fact, many or perhaps all the teachings of Jesus are tough, but tought didn’t mean bad, it means dificult.

    Jesus said the way to heaven is narrow (the heaven’s door is narrow).

    Sometimes, good things are tought.

    Let’s us remmeber the holy anger of Christ (a santa ira de Cristo) when he expeled the changers of the Temple. Did Christ sin because that? Of course not. That’s the reason of we say Jesus had a holy anger (a santa ira de Cristo). Christ was angry, but not sinned.

  • Alex Antunes says:

    Preaching against divorce is not preaching against marriage. The duty to observe the matrimonial vows is for as men as women. It’s for both of them. Note that Christ aplies that rule not only for the men, but for the women to. Nowadays in the Ocidente the feminism is one of the worst inimies of the family. The most of women just want to be sucessful in their career. They just want to “have fun”. Many times are the mens who wanted have children and their wives don’t want to have children, because they “need” to work, etc.

    By the way, see this documentary. Maybe it can clarify a litte bit what I want to explain.

    Inverno Demográfico – Parte 1 de 4 – Demographic Winter

  • Alex Antunes says:

    Other helpful video for understanding dangerous of feminism is this

    Muslim demographics (spanish)


    In due the pretext of women emancipating, many social and individual problems are coming up (estão surgindo). See the video.

  • Marie says:


    It seems your English, or shall I say your sentence structure, wording, and spelling has greatly improved in the last few days.

    My original post will remain unchanged. Father Ignatius says, right before the 2:50 minute mark, that “love is tough”. If you agree that Jesus is love, than you cannot say that love is tough. It is the unwillingness to accept Truth (the pride of the hearer of the Word, due to the effects of original sin) that makes most of Our Lord’s teachings difficult. And I believe the previous sentence agrees with what Father Ignatius said in his homily.

    If we were to consider (for a moment) that our Lord’s teachings were really tough/difficult for man to understand and act on, then Our Lord’s teachings to ‘be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”, and My grace is sufficient for you”, would be meaningless. Our Lord spoke in parables in many places so that the simplest person could understand. No, Our Lord doesn’t make entering heaven unattainable. The problem lies in our minds and hearts (our will).

    Christ’s justifiable anger in the Temple is a virtue. Your example is totaly unrelated to the original topic.

    I wish you all the best.

  • Alex Antunes says:

    Marie, thank you very much for the compliments to my English!

    My English only does not improve quicker because I have no ono to talk in English!

    Actually I’m eager to talk english with some one, but I simply can’t find anyone to talk in English.

    As these last few day I have talk to you, that has been a great help!

    But back to the point (voltando ao assunto), I was looking the meanings of tought, I have found that it can mean strong. See


    I don’t want to insist at this point, ok? But I coudn’t let to mention this biblical verse:

    Love is as strong as death. Song of Songs 8, 6.

    I think that verse confirm Fr. Ignatious’ thouth.

    Besides that, in this world, on Earth, the most of time, love is mixed with bitter.

    I had said too much. (Eu já disse muito.)

    I thank you very much for your wishes.

    Tudo de bom para você, as we say in portuguese. (The best wishes for you too!)

  • Marie says:


    My point was made with great clarity. I’m sorry, but yours was not.

    God bless you.


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