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Such instruction and admonition is considered "hate speech" often in our PC culture, but Father Miller assured us:
Preaching these truths is the opposite of hate speech, but love-talk.Indeed, when someone is in error, the goodness of God's grace in his or her conscience often tells him or her, "Stop! Watch out!" However, we have a way of ignoring good sense our gut reaction and rather turn toward sin as if it is a great new adventure. How difficult it is to see a friend take this path, especially when you've been down the path before... and wished someone had told you, "Wake up! Don't you see you're hurting yourself and your relationships?!"
This action, as Father explained, is not hate speech, but the most loving plea to a friend: that we want his or her soul in heaven.
Let's pray for the virtue of fortitude for our priests in their priestly ministry and for ourselves as we bring Christ to the world as lay men and women.
Two other highlights from the homily are:
- Virginity is a great gift, and it is the greatest gift a wife can give her husband and a husband can give his wife.
- Mary the Mother of Christ is the most beautiful "church." (aka, dwelling of God) No other Church, no matter how beautiful, is more beautiful than she is. There is more grace in Mary than evil in the world.
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