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Monsignor Yennock's Easter Sunday Homily 2018

Apr 2, 2018

EASTER SUNDAY 2018

APRIL 1, 2018

THERE IS A STORY TOLD ABOUT SHERLOCK HOLMES AND DR. WATSON. 

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND DR. JOHN WATSON WENT ON A CAMPING TRIP. AFTER SHARING A GOOD MEAL AND A BOTTLE OF WINE, THEY RETIRE TO THEIR TENT FOR THE NIGHT.

AT ABOUT 3 AM, HOLMES NUDGES WATSON AND ASKS, "WATSON, LOOK UP INTO THE SKY AND TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE?"

WATSON SAID, "I SEE MILLIONS OF STARS."

HOLMES ASKS, "AND, WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?"

WATSON REPLIES, "ASTRONOMICALLY, IT TELLS ME THERE ARE MILLIONS OF GALAXIES AND POTENTIALLY BILLIONS OF PLANETS. ASTROLOGICALLY, IT TELLS ME THAT SATURN IS IN LEO. THEOLOGICALLY, IT TELLS ME THAT GOD IS GREAT AND WE ARE SMALL AND INSIGNIFICANT. METEOROLOGICALLY, IT TELLS ME THAT WE WILL HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY TOMORROW. HOROLOGICALLY, IT TELLS ME THAT IT'S ABOUT 3 AM.  WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU, HOLMES?"

HOLMES SAYS:”WATSON YOU IDIOT SOMEONE HAS STOLEN OUR TENT."

CHRISTIANS SOMEONE HAS STOLEN OUR TENT.

THE BOOK OF EXODUS TELLS US THAT GOD ORDERED MOSES TO SET UP A TENT OUTSIDE THE CAMP WHEN THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL WERE WANDERING IN THE DESERT. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT GOD, FROM THE TENT,SPOKE TO MOSES FACE TO FACE AS A MAN SPEAKS TO HIS FRIEND.

WHENEVER MOSES WENT TO THE TENT TO SPEAK WITH GOD. THE PEOPLE WOULD STAND OUTSIDE THEIR TENTS AND WATCH IN AWE. AS THEY WATCHED THEY SAW A CLOUD BY DAY AND A PILLAR OF FIRE BY NIGHT HOVERING OVER THE TENT. WHEN THE PEOPLE SAW THE SIGN OF GOD’S PRESENCE SO CLOSE TO THEM THEY WERE OVERWHELMED BUT THEY ALSO FELT SAFE. GOD WAS CLOSE TO THEM.

THERE WAS ANOTHER SAFETY NET IN THE TENT. THE TABLETS OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WERE KEPT THERE. WHEN GOD GAVE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS TO MOSES HE PROVIDED A SET OF DIRECTIONS THAT WOULD HELP A FLAWED AND UNDISCIPLINED PEOPLE TO LIVE PEACEFULLY WITH ONE ANOTHER IN A MYSTERIOUS AND SOMETIMES HOSTILE WORLD.

THROUGHOUT THEIR HISTORY AS LONG AS THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL KEPT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND WORSHIPED THE ONE TRUE GOD THEY WERE PEACEFUL PROSPEROUS AND SAFE. WHEN THEY WANDERED AND WORSHIPED FALSE IDOLS ALONG WITH THE SEXUAL ORGIES THAT ACCOMPANIED IDOL WORSHIP THEY WERE CONQUERED BY THEIR ENEMIES AND BROUGHT INTO CAPITIVITY.

WHENEVER THEY IGNORED THE TENT AND THE GOD WHO DWELLED THERE, AND THE COMMANDMENTS THAT PROTECTED THEM, THEY NO LONGER FELT SAFE.

OUR TENT IS THE JUDAEO-CHRISTIAN RELIGION. OUR TENT IS THE JUDAEO- CHRISTIAN VALUE SYSTEM THAT PROTECTED OUR WAY OF LIFE FOR 4000 YEARS.   OUR TENT IS THE JUDAEO- CHRISTIAN MORAL CODE THAT RESPECTED HUMAN LIFE BORN AND UNBORN. OUR TENT IS THE JUDAIO- CHRISTIAN TEACHING ABOUT HUMAN SEXUALITY THAT PROTECTED TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE AND PROMOTED CHILDREN AND NORMAL FAMILIES. OUR TENT IS THE JUDAEO CHRISTIAN WORLD VIEW THAT MADE WESTERN CIVILIZATION AND SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS POSSIBLE. OUR TENT IS THE JUDAIO-CHRISTIAN TEACHING ON HUMAN RIGHTS THAT PROTECT US IN OUR BILL OF RIGHTS, OUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND OUR CONSTITUTION.

CHRISTIANS I HATE TO TELL YOU THIS BUT SOMEONE HAS STOLEN OUR TENT.

A WATERSHED EVENT HAPPENED IN 1960. MADALYN MURRAY O'HAIR WHO HAD FAILED IN AN ATTEMPT TO DEFECT TO THE SOVIET UNION, SUED BALTIMORE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR REQUIRING STUDENTS TO READ FROM THE BIBLE AND TO RECITE THE LORD'S PRAYER AT SCHOOL EXERCISES. AT THAT TIME BIBLE READING AND PRAYER RECITATION WERE COMMON IN SCHOOLS ACROSS THE NATION, AND CHILDREN WERE EXCUSED FROM THE PRACTICE IF THEY SUPPLIED A NOTE FROM THEIR PARENTS.

IN 1963, THE COURT RULED 8-1 IN FAVOR OF THE PLAINTIFFS. THE DECISION EFFECTIVELY ENDED BIBLE READING AND PRAYER RECITATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THAT WAS 1963.

IN 1964, LIFE MAGAZINE REPORTED THAT O'HAIR WAS THE MOST HATED WOMAN IN AMERICA.

IN 1980 HER SON WILLIAM MURRAY ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAD A CONVERSION. HE WA NO LONGER AN ATHEIST. HE APOLOGIZED FOR HIS PART IN BANNING SCHOOL PRAYER.

IN 1995, O'HAIR, HER OTHER SON AND GRANDDAUGHTER WERE CRUELLY MURDERED AND DISMEMBERED BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE AND ASSOCIATE.

IN 1999, AFTER HIS CONVERSION WILLIAM MURRAY WROTE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY ENTITLED “MY LIFE WITHOUT GOD” EXPOSING HOW A BAZARRE DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY LED TO THE REMOVAL OF PRAYER AND BIBLE READING FROM AMERICA’S SCHOOLS.

HE WROTE: MY MOTHER WAS NOT JUST MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR, THE ATHEIST LEADER. SHE WAS AN EVIL PERSON WHO LED MANY TO HELL. THAT IS HARD FOR ME TO SAY ABOUT MY OWN MOTHER BUT IT IS TRUE. SHE GOT A SENSE OF POWER OUT OF HAVING MEN IN HER EMPLOY WHO HAD TAKEN HUMAN LIFE. IT WAS LOVE OF POWER OVER PEOPLE THAT FINALLY CAUSED NOT ONLY HER DEATH, BUT THE DEATHS OF MY BROTHER AND MY DAUGHTER.

WILLIAM MURRAY REPORTED THAT A LEFT-WING COURT OF THE DAY WANTED PRAYER OUT OF THE SCHOOLS.THEY VIRTUALLY WERE ADVERTISING FOR CASES TO CHANGE AMERICA. THEY USED MADALYN MURRAY O’HARE AS A PAWN TO HELP BRING ABOUT A SECULAR AND SEXUAL REVOLUTION IN AMERICA.

A LEFT WING COURT WITH THE HELP OF A TROUBLED WOMAN DECLARED WAR ON JUDAEO-CHRISTIAN VALUES AND BEGAN TO DEMOLISH OUR TENT.

THE JUDAEO-CHRISTIAN CULTURE THAT MADE IT EASIER TO PRACTICE OUR CATHOLIC FAITH AND CHRISTIAN MORALS IS DISAPPEARING. THE ATMOSPHERE THAT WE BREATHE IS NO LONGER CHRISTIAN.

WE ARE NOW LIVING IN A SECULAR ULTURE. THAT MEANS WE LIVE IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT HAS PUT GOD ON THE MARGIN OF LIFE. THE ELITE HAVE DECREED THAT GOD IS TO HAVE NO VOICE IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE.

THE SECULARISTS HAVE DECREED THAT THE NATURAL LAW AND THE TEN COMMANDMENTS NO LONGER COUNT IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN AND WOMEN.

CHRISTIANITY IS THE NATIVE RELIGION OF FRANCE AND ALL OF EUROPE. A FEW MONTHS AGO A COURT ORDER IN FRANCE, DECREED THAT A CROSS ATOP A STATUE OF POPE JOHN PAUL II IN A TOWN OF BRITTANY MUST BE REMOVED. THIS IS PART OF A SECULARIST DRIVE IN FRANCE TO RID THAT COUNTRY AND ALL OF EUROPE OF ITS CHRISTIAN PAST.

EUROPE HAS LEARNED NOTHING FROM THE ATHEISTIC REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENTS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY THAT OPPRESSED, ENSLAVED AND MURDERED OVER 100 MILLION PEOPLE. WHEN GOVERNMENTS DECREE THAT THERE IS NO HIGHER POWER THAN GOVERNMENT, CITIZENS LOSE ALL THEIR RIGHTS BECAUSE GOVERNMENT BECOMES THE HIGHEST POWER.   

WHO SOLD US ON THE IDEA THAT RELIGION IS NOT NECESSARY FOR MORALITY? WHO SOLD US THE IDEA THAT ALL WE NEED IS SOME VAGUE NEW AGE SPIRITUALITY TO GET US THROUGH THE STRUGGLES AND CHALLENGES OF LIFE?

IT WASN’T OUR FOUNDING FATHERS. THEY TOLD US THAT RELIGION WAS NECESSARY FOR MORALITY. THEY TOLD US THAT DEMOCRACY CANNOT SURVIVE WITHOUT MORALITY FOUNDED ON RELIGION. READ WASHINGTON, MADISON, ADAMS, JEFFERSON AND DE TOQUEVILLE.

THE BRITISH HISTORIAN WILL DURANT WROTE: "THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT EXAMPLE IN HISTORY, BEFORE OUR TIME, OF A SOCIETY SUCCESSFULLY MAINTAINING MORAL LIFE WITHOUT THE AID OF RELIGION."

 

SOME OF OUR INNOCENT YOUNG PEOPLE KNOW LITTLE OF HISTORY. THEY ARE WAVERING IN THEIR FAITH AND HAVE NO CLEAR SENSE OF RIGHT AND WRONG.  FAITHLESS AND GODLESS TEACHERS HAVE POISONED THEM AGAINST GOD WHO IS THE SOURCE OF ALL MEANING AND MORALITY.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO US AS A PEOPLE? WHY WE ARE DOING SUCH MINDLESS THINGS? WHY IS IT THAT THE CRIMINALS ARE GETTING YOUNGER AND YOUNGER? WHY DO WE NOT PROTECT OUR YOUNG WITH THE ARMOUR OF GOD BEFORE THEY GO INTO THE STREETS?

IT TOOK A 15 YEAR OLD STUDENT FROM MINNESOTA TO SUM UP OUR PRESENT CONDITION WITHOUT GOD. HE WROTE WHAT HE CALLED THE NEW SCHOOL PRAYER THAT REPLACES THE LORD’S PRAYER NO LONGER ALLOWED IN MOST PUBLIC SCHOOLS TODAY.

NOW I SIT ME DOWN IN SCHOOL, WHERE PRAYING IS AGAINST THE RULE FOR THIS GREAT NATION UNDER GOD FINDS MENTION OF HIM VERY ODD. IF SCRIPTURE NOW THE CLASS RECITES, IT VIOLATES THE BILL OF RIGHTS. AND ANYTIME MY HEAD I BOW BECOMES A FEDERAL MATTER NOW

OUR HAIR CAN BE PURPLE, ORANGE OR GREEN, THAT’S NO OFFENSE; IT’S A FREEDOM SCENE. THE LAW IS SPECIFIC, THE LAW IS PRECISE. PRAYERS SPOKEN ALOUD ARE A SERIOUS VICE. FOR PRAYING IN A PUBLIC HALL MIGHT OFFEND SOMEONE WITH NO FAITH AT ALL. IN SILENCE ALONE WE MUST MEDITATE, GOD’S NAME IS PROHIBITED BY THE STATE.

WE’RE ALLOWED TO CUSS AND DRESS LIKE FREAKS, AND PIERCE OUR NOSES, TONGUES AND CHEEKS. THEY’VE OUTLAWED GUNS, BUT FIRST THE BIBLE. TO QUOTE THE GOOD BOOK MAKES ME LIABLE.

WE CAN ELECT A PREGNANT SENIOR QUEEN, AND THE UNWED DADDY OUR SENIOR KING. IT’S INAPPROPRIATE TO TEACH RIGHT FROM WRONG. WE’RE TAUGHT THAT SUCH JUDGMENTS DO NOT BELONG.

WE CAN GET OUR CONDOMS AND BIRTH CONTROLS, STUDY WITCHCRAFT, VAMPIRES AND TOTEM POLES. BUT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED, NO WORD OF GOD MUST REACH THIS CROWD. IT’S SCARY HERE I MUST CONFESS, WHEN CHAOS REIGNS THE SCHOOL’S A MESS. SO, LORD, THIS SILENT PLEA I MAKE: SHOULD I BE SHOT; MY SOUL PLEASE TAKE. AMEN.

YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHEATED OUT OF THEIR INHERITANCE. SOMEONE IS STEALING THEIR TENT.

 

2000 YEARS AGO A MAN WALKED THIS EARTH. HE SPOKE IN PARABLES. HE GAVE A SERMON FROM THE MOUNTAIN. HE MADE THE BLIND SEE, THE DEAF HEAR, THE MUTE SPEAK AND THE LAME RUN. HE RAISED THE DEAD TO LIFE.

JESUS OF NAZARETH WAS NO ORDINARY MAN. NO TOMB COULD HOLD HIM. NO GRAVE COULD SILENCE HIS VOICE. HE IS STILL THE ONLY PERSON WHOEVER WALKED AWAY FROM HIS OWN GRAVE BY HIS OWN POWER. OVER 1000 PEOPLE SAW HIM AFTER HE CAME OUT OF THE TOMB ON EASTER SUNDAY.

THE FOUNDERS OF ALL THE OLD PHILOSOPHIES, RELIGIONS AND METHODS ARE DEAD. JESUS OF NAZARETH ALONE IS STILL ALIVE. HE IS STILL A FORCE ON EVERY CONTINENT AND IN EVERY MAJOR REGION OF THE WORLD. THERE IS ONLY ONE EXCEPTION—THE HEARTLAND OF ISLAM IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHERE CHRISTIANS ARE BEING KILLED.

WHO IS THIS MAN WALKING ALONG THE SHORE BY THE SIMMERING SEA

WHO IS THIS MAN—BRIGHT, SHINING, AND TERRIBLE—WHO LOOKS AT US WITH SEARING EYES—EYES THAT SEARCH EVERY SOUL?

WHO IS THIS MAN WHO SEES OUR THOUGHTS AND READS OUR INMOST HEART WITH LOVING, KNOWING EYES THAT SAY “NOTHING LESS THAN ALL OF YOU IS WHAT I WANT?

MAY THE RISEN JESUS HEAL YOU WHEREVER YOU NEED TO BE HEALED?

 

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