Fr. Trauner’s Sermon 11th Sunday after Pentecost

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  • July 31, 2016
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Dear Fellow Catholics,

In the absence of Holy Mass this Sunday, please find Fr. Trauner’s sermon for this Sunday:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

My dearly beloved in Our Lord,

There had been no time for me to put in writing a sermon for last Sunday (10th Sunday after Pentecost). But since its content seems to me primordial, I will deliver it to your attention today.
The Catholic must reconcile that which at a first glance seems irreconcilable.
Thus we see that Got is almighty and infinitely just, but He is also infinitely merciful. There is no way in which our small human mind can adequately think those things together. For us God always seems to be rather displaying his power and justice – when He condemns the fallen Angels or the unfaithful souls to Hell – or rather merciful – when He admits souls to Heaven.
In the sphere of human action – think of education or government – a true balance of justice and mercy is observed very rarely. A prince, or a parent always leans to one side rather than enacting the perfect balance.
Only the virtue of divine Faith allows us to invariably hold on to that which otherwise would seem contradictory or at least opposed.
There are certain preliminaries for the Faith and for the spiritual life. They are grounded on that which is fundamental in human nature. For grace does not destroy or replace nature, but grace presupposes nature, it perfects and elevates nature, according to the formula of St Thomas Aquinas.
Thus we find a quality that is necessary for keeping the true Faith. This quality or attitude is called loyalty.
It is even worthier of our consideration given today’s situation – that of the absence of the ecclesiastical hierarchy. We can and must ask ourselves: To whom am I truly loyal?
Large chunks of “traditionalists” pretend that they are loyal to the Church’s tradition. By this they mean the traditional teaching, rites and laws of Holy Church. These same “traditionalists” say that “the Pope belongs to the Church” – which is of course true, for whenever there is a true Pope, separation from him means separation from the Church. But they have no problem on turning on their “Pope” (who belongs to the Church as her supreme teacher and ruler if he is truly the Pope!), ignoring his teachings, ignoring his commands, abhorring his liturgy. They may convince themselves of being “faithful”, they are certainly not loyal…
Without loyalty true adherence to Holy Church is not possible. Not even a truly human life is possible without this fundamental virtue.
Look at how people get married, then “un-”married and “re-”married nowadays. How can this be? How can people, particularly Christians who have gone through a rather complex process of preparation for marriage, turn round and split up? Whatever the particular reasons might be in different cases – infidelity, passion… – there is one thing common in all these cases: There is a lack of loyalty. The fact that such persons are going against their given word (a very solemn and divinely sanctioned word in the case of sacramental marriage)!
Or think of the way people deal with each other in business: The given word, oftentimes even a written contract is worth nothing… no question of loyalty, let alone justice. The law of the jungle is the rule in business today.
Think of politics as understood and practiced today. Rare are the politicians, men or women, who have not said one thing and its contradictory opposite, often in the space of a few weeks or months only. They are not taking a true politician’s responsibilities, they are in no way loyal to their community or people.
The Christian social order can only work if loyalty is kept intact in its members and institutions. The medieval feudal system was entirely based on the oath made and kept loyally. Take away this essential element of the Christian attitude, and you will end up not understanding the Crusades, Inquisition and other features or episodes of the Christian era.
There had been several attempts to set up the “evangelical” heresy throughout the Middle Ages. But only Luther definitely got through with it. Why? Because the loyalty of a certain number of princes to the Emperor had ceased. So they rebelled against their legitimate lord, took advantage of Luther’s well-sounding doctrines and ended up splitting Catholic Europe in a way which is still making progress towards the great apostasy.
Certainly the great apostasy foretold in the New Testament must come about at some stage. But it is interesting and even necessary for us, who want to save our souls, to see in which way it has come about. Giving up loyalty, this fundamental and essential requirement for human social life, is obviously a major piece in the puzzle.
There is little we can do about it now. The sphere of national and international politics is totally wrapped up in institutional lies and lunacy. The spheres of law and of economy are out of bounds; they are being ruled by thousands of laws because common sense, Christian sense and loyalty have no value. The huge number of laws is just another jungle in which we are made to live…
But on the individual and on the family level we can and must act according to Catholic doctrine. If our loyalty is with Christ and his infallible and incorruptible Church, then we must stick to their teachings, laws and rites. Wherever it is not possible to stick to the letter of the law, we must still abide by its spirit, for this is the sense of true loyalty. Whoever holds the Catholic teachings firmly, is our friend and brother; whoever rejects even part of them, is not worth even being greeted (cf. 2Jn 9-11). Loyalty will keep us from styling secondary or personal issues into reasons for division. How much harm and sorrow among true Catholics could have been spared if all had stuck to this fundamental rule! (cf. Epistle)
Let us not pretend that there is division where there is fundamental unity – in matters of faith and morals, according to dogmatic or certain Catholic teaching. Let us not pretend that there is unity where matters of faith or morals divide the Catholic from the rest of the world.
May Our Lady of Good Counsel grant us an ever better understanding, in theory and in practice, of that which will safely lead us to our heavenly destination.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

If you wish to download your own copy it can be found here:sermon 160731EN

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