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Discipleship Development Audio Files

Father’s lectures for the Discipleship Development program will be posted here on the Monday following class. Click on the links below to hear the mp3 file. If you have any problems please contact Rebecca

  1. Existence of God
  2. Creation of the World
  3. Fall of Adam and Eve
  4. Reality of Sin Cancelled
  5. Effects of Sin
  6. Ten Commandments
    • Due to technical problems, there is no recording for this lecture. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  7. Mortal vs Venial
  8. Last Things
  9. Savior promised
  10. Healings of Christ
    • Class was cancelled due to the weather.
  11. House of Bread & Bridegroom
  12. Commands of Christ
  13. Paschal Mystery
  14. Promises of Christ  Cancelled
  15. Early Church
  16. Saints
  17. Lenten Fasting
  18. Grace
  19. Sacraments
  20. Initiation (Born Again)
  21. Priesthood
  22. Marriage
  23. Eucharist, Mass as Sacrifice

The Hand of God at Work


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes.

Gospel: Lk 24:13-35.

The day that these disciples go out is the day of the resurrection, that Easter day. Although they are not fully aware of it. They go out still seeing only the cross and not comprehending what has been told to them. They’ve gotten the news of the empty tomb, they say as much to Jesus … but they still don’t quite see it. All they see is the suffering and the pain and the defeat of the cross. They do not yet see the resurrection. And so they go out from the very place of grace – from Jerusalem … because all they see there is suffering and sorrow and hardship. They don’t see the hand of God at work.

On Palm Sunday, just a couple of weeks ago, in Egypt. Several Christian churches were attacked by bombers and gunmen killing dozens of Christians and maiming scores more as they gathered to begin the most solemn week of the Christian year. And the pictures that came to us of the blood strewn pews, the defaced churches, were shaking indeed. But what has happened since is all the more remarkable. Where the onlookers saw devastation, where the witness of the world was to the horrors of humanity and the atrocities we visit upon each other. The Christians of that place saw the cross of Christ and rejoiced. They responded in forgiveness, and in more energetic proclamation of the Gospel and of Christ risen from the dead. They did not just see the broken buildings and lost lives. They saw in the blood of Christians sharing in the blood of Christ the hand of God at work. What an incredible thing.

Blessed Are You


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes.

Gospel: Jn 20:19-31.

Thomas is very practical about this business. And he says, ‘Well, unless I can see the mark of the nails and put my finger in them. Put my hand in the wound in His side – I will not believe.’ And for this we call him ‘Doubting Thomas’ and there is something well-earned to that reputation. Jesus says to him later, ‘Blessed are you who have seen and believed, blessed still are those who have not seen but believe.’ Who take on the word of testimony of those eyewitnesses our faith in the risen Christ. But I think there is something too that Thomas understands – if this is so there will be consequences. If this is true we can’t go back to the way it was, and the way that we were. That my life must change – if indeed He has risen from the dead.

Jesus, the Perfect Offering

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Epistle: Heb 9: 11-15.
Gospel: Jn 8: 46-59.


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Run Time: approximately 3 minutes.

sermon


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Run Time: approximately 8 and a half minutes.

St. Paul says … that it was rather that [Jesus] emptied Himself and was humbled to accept even death, death on the cross – and because of this He is highly exalted in God, and given a name above every other name.

In our meditation upon the cross of Christ that begins this week, that brings us to His triumphal entry in Jerusalem, to the exaltation of the crowds, and to the sorrow and tragedy of His passion, that brings us to the feet of the cross, and in that surrender of His very life – the victory over sin and death. We rejoice that it is the very offering of God that is made on our behalf to the infinite God…

Lord, If You Had Been Here

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Run Time: approximately 5 minutes.

Gospel: Jn 11:1-45.

sermon


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Run Time: approximately 17 minutes.

“I think in any suffering the lesson of the trust in God’s Providence and God’s timing, to accept that this may have come to me for some greater purpose. That God may have something more at work in this, even if only… if only to call me to a deeper appreciation and dependence upon His providential care.”