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Daily Catholic Mass – 2020-03-16 – Fr. Augustine Wetta – St. Louis Abbey


>>BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD. (MUSIC) (FEMALE VOICE CHANTING SOFTLY) TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU AND EAT OF IT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU. (MUSIC) TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD. (MUSIC) DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME. (MUSIC) (BELLS RING)>>♪ MY SOUL IS LONGING AND YEARNING FOR THE COURTS OF THE LORD ♪ ♪ MY HEART AND MY FLESH CRY OUT TO THE LIVING GOD ♪ ♪ MY SOUL IS LONGING AND YEARNING FOR THE COURTS OF THE LORD ♪ ♪ MY HEART AND MY FLESH CRY OUT TO THE LIVING GOD ♪ ♪ GLORY BE TO THE FATHER AND TO THE SON AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IT IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE WORLD WITHOUT END ♪ ♪ AMEN ♪ ♪ MY SOUL IS LONGING AND YEARNING FOR THE COURTS OF THE LORD ♪ ♪ MY HEART AND MY FLESH CRY OUT TO THE LIVING GOD ♪>>IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN. THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND THE LOVE OF GOD, AND THE COMMUNION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BE WITH YOU ALL. AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT. BROTHERS AND SISTERS, LET US ACKNOWLEDGE OUR SINS, AND SO PREPARE OURSELVES TO CELEBRATE THE SACRED MYSTERIES. I CONFESS TO ALMIGHTY GOD AND TO YOU, MY BROTHER, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THAT I HAVE GREATLY SINNED, IN MY THOUGHTS AND IN MY WORDS, IN WHAT I HAVE DONE AND IN WHAT I HAVE FAILED TO DO, THROUGH MY FAULT, THROUGH MY FAULT, THROUGH MY MOST GRIEVOUS FAULT; THEREFORE I ASK BLESSED MARY EVER VIRGIN, ALL THE ANGELS AND SAINTS, AND YOU MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, TO PRAY FOR ME TO THE LORD OUR GOD. MAY ALMIGHTY GOD HAVE MERCY ON US, FORGIVE US OUR SINS, AND BRING US TO EVERLASTING LIFE. AMEN.>>♪ KYRIE, ELEISON ♪ ♪ KYRIE, ELEISON ♪ ♪ CHRISTE, ELEISON ♪ ♪ CHRISTE, ELEISON ♪ ♪ KYRIE, ELEISON ♪ ♪ KYRIE, ELEISON ♪>>LET US PRAY. MAY YOUR UNFAILING COMPASSION, O LORD, CLEANSE AND PROTECT YOUR CHURCH, AND, SINCE WITHOUT YOU SHE CANNOT STAND SECURE, MAY SHE BE ALWAYS GOVERNED BY YOUR GRACE. THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, YOUR SON, WHO LIVES AND REIGNS WITH YOU IN THE UNITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ONE GOD, FOR EVER AND EVER. AMEN.>>A READING FROM THE SECOND BOOK OF KINGS. NAAMAN, THE ARMY COMMANDER OF THE KING OF ARAM, WAS HIGHLY ESTEEMED AND RESPECTED BY HIS MASTER, FOR THROUGH HIM THE LORD HAD BROUGHT VICTORY TO ARAM. BUT VALIANT AS HE WAS, THE MAN WAS A LEPER. NOW THE ARAMEANS HAD CAPTURED IN A RAID ON THE LAND OF ISRAEL A LITTLE GIRL, WHO BECAME THE SERVANT OF NAAMAN’S WIFE. IF ONLY MY MASTER WOULD PRESENT HIMSELF TO THE PROPHET IN SAMARIA, SHE SAID TO HER MISTRESS, HE WOULD CURE HIM OF HIS LEPROSY. NAAMAN WENT AND TOLD HIS LORD JUST WHAT THE SLAVE GIRL FROM THE LAND OF ISRAEL HAD SAID. GO, SAID THE KING OF ARAM. I WILL SEND ALONG A LETTER TO THE KING OF ISRAEL. SO NAAMAN SET OUT, TAKING ALONG TEN SILVER TALENTS, SIX THOUSAND GOLD PIECES, AND TEN FESTAL GARMENTS. TO THE KING OF ISRAEL HE BROUGHT THE LETTER, WHICH READ: WITH THIS LETTER I AM SENDING MY SERVANT NAAMAN TO YOU, THAT YOU MAY CURE HIM OF HIS LEPROSY. WHEN HE READ THE LETTER, THE KING OF ISRAEL TORE HIS GARMENTS AND EXCLAIMED: AM I A GOD WITH POWER OVER LIFE AND DEATH, THAT THIS MAN SHOULD SEND SOMEONE TO ME TO BE CURED OF LEPROSY? TAKE NOTE! YOU CAN SEE HE IS ONLY LOOKING FOR A QUARREL WITH ME! WHEN ELISHA, THE MAN OF GOD, HEARD THAT THE KING OF ISRAEL HAD TORN HIS GARMENTS, HE SENT WORD TO THE KING: WHY HAVE YOU TORN YOUR GARMENTS? LET HIM COME TO ME AND FIND OUT THAT THERE IS A PROPHET IN ISRAEL. NAAMAN CAME WITH HIS HORSES AND CHARIOTS AND STOPPED AT THE DOOR OF ELISHA’S HOUSE. THE PROPHET SENT HIM THE MESSAGE: GO AND WASH SEVEN TIMES IN THE JORDAN, AND YOUR FLESH WILL HEAL, AND YOU WILL BE CLEAN. BUT NAAMAN WENT AWAY ANGRY, SAYING, I THOUGHT THAT HE WOULD SURELY COME OUT AND STAND THERE TO INVOKE THE LORD HIS GOD, AND WOULD MOVE HIS HAND OVER THE SPOT, AND THUS CURE THE LEPROSY. ARE NOT THE RIVERS OF DAMASCUS, THE ABANA AND THE PHARPAR, BETTER THAN ALL THE WATERS OF ISRAEL? COULD I NOT WASH IN THEM AND BE CLEANSED? WITH THIS, HE TURNED ABOUT IN ANGER AND LEFT. BUT HIS SERVANTS CAME UP AND REASONED WITH HIM. MY FATHER, THEY SAID, IF THE PROPHET HAD TOLD YOU TO DO SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY, WOULD YOU NOT HAVE DONE IT? ALL THE MORE NOW, SINCE HE SAID TO YOU, WASH AND BE CLEAN, SHOULD YOU DO AS HE SAID. SO NAAMAN WENT DOWN AND PLUNGED INTO THE JORDAN SEVEN TIMES AT THE WORD OF THE MAN OF GOD. HIS FLESH BECAME AGAIN LIKE THE FLESH OF A LITTLE CHILD, AND HE WAS CLEAN. HE RETURNED WITH HIS WHOLE RETINUE TO THE MAN OF GOD. ON HIS ARRIVAL HE STOOD BEFORE HIM AND SAID, NOW I KNOW THAT THERE IS NO GOD IN ALL THE EARTH, EXCEPT IN ISRAEL. ♪ VERBUM DOMINI ♪ ♪ DEO GRATIAS ♪ ATHIRST IS MY SOUL FOR THE LIVING GOD. WHEN SHALL I GO AND BEHOLD THE FACE OF GOD?>>ATHIRST IS MY SOUL FOR THE LIVING GOD. WHEN SHALL I GO AND BEHOLD THE FACE OF GOD?>>AS THE HIND LONGS FOR THE RUNNING WATERS, SO MY SOUL LONGS FOR YOU, O GOD.>>ATHIRST IS MY SOUL FOR THE LIVING GOD. WHEN SHALL I GO AND BEHOLD THE FACE OF GOD?>>ATHIRST IS MY SOUL FOR GOD, THE LIVING GOD. WHEN SHALL I GO AND BEHOLD THE FACE OF GOD?>>ATHIRST IS MY SOUL FOR THE LIVING GOD. WHEN SHALL I GO AND BEHOLD THE FACE OF GOD?>>SEND FORTH YOUR LIGHT AND YOUR FIDELITY; THEY SHALL LEAD ME ON AND BRING ME TO YOUR HOLY MOUNTAIN, TO YOUR DWELLING PLACE.>>ATHIRST IS MY SOUL FOR THE LIVING GOD. WHEN SHALL I GO AND BEHOLD THE FACE OF GOD?>>THEN WILL I GO IN TO THE ALTAR OF GOD, THE GOD OF MY GLADNESS AND JOY; THEN WILL I GIVE YOU THANKS UPON THE HARP, O GOD, MY GOD!>>ATHIRST IS MY SOUL FOR THE LIVING GOD. WHEN SHALL I GO AND BEHOLD THE FACE OF GOD? (ORGAN)>>♪ GLORY TO YOU, O WORD OF GOD, LORD JESUS CHRIST ♪ ♪ GLORY TO YOU, O WORD OF GOD, LORD JESUS CHRIST ♪>>♪ I HOPE IN THE LORD, I TRUST IN HIS WORD; WITH HIM THERE IS KINDNESS AND PLENTEOUS REDEMPTION ♪ ♪ GLORY TO YOU, O WORD OF GOD, LORD JESUS CHRIST ♪>>THE LORD BE WITH YOU. AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT. A READING FROM THE HOLY GOSPEL OF LUKE. GLORY TO YOU, LORD. JESUS SAID TO THE PEOPLE IN THE SYNAGOGUE AT NAZARETH: AMEN, I SAY TO YOU, NO PROPHET IS ACCEPTED IN HIS OWN NATIVE PLACE. INDEED, I TELL YOU, THERE WERE MANY WIDOWS IN ISRAEL IN THE DAYS OF ELIJAH WHEN THE SKY WAS CLOSED FOR THREE AND A HALF HOURS AND A SEVERE FAMINE SPREAD OVER THE ENTIRE LAND. IT WAS TO NONE OF THESE THAT ELIJAH WAS SENT, BUT ONLY TO A WIDOW IN ZAREPHATH IN THE LAND OF SIDON. AGAIN, THERE WERE MANY LEPERS IN ISRAEL DURING THE TIME OF ELISHA THE PROPHET; YET NOT ONE OF THEM WAS CLEANSED, BUT ONLY NAAMAN THE SYRIAN. WHEN THE PEOPLE IN THE SYNAGOGUE HEARD THIS, THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH FURY. THEY ROSE UP, DROVE HIM OUT OF THE TOWN, AND LED HIM TO THE BROW OF THE HILL ON WHICH THEIR TOWN HAD BEEN BUILT, TO HURL HIM DOWN HEADLONG. BUT HE PASSED THROUGH THE MIDST OF THEM AND WENT AWAY. THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD. PRAISE TO YOU, LORD JESUS CHRIST. ON OUR WAY INTO MASS IN THIS MORNING FATHER JOHN PAUL TOLD ME THAT MY SERMON WAS 10 MINUTES TOO SHORT, BUT DO NOT WORRY. THERE ARE ONLY 500,000 EXTRA PEOPLE WATCHING MASS THIS MORNING. SO I WILL START WITH AN AMBLING REFLECTION ON DEATH WHICH IS EASY RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IT IS THE SEASON OF LENT AND WE ARE ALL CONCERNED ABOUT THIS VIRUS THAT IS GOING AROUND. I WAS ON MY WAY HERE WITH FATHER ATHANASIUS AND I STOPPED THE NEWS FROM MOMENT AND SAID TO HIM AM I A SOCIOPATH OR AM I JUST NOT TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY ENOUGH? HE SAID NO YOU’RE NOT A SOCIOPATH, YOU ARE A MONK. I SAID WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? HE SAID, WELL MONKS LIVE WITH DEATH ALL OF THE TIME. WE THINK ABOUT DEATH CONSTANTLY AND IN FACT IN THE RULE OF ST. BENEDICT WE ARE TOLD TO FOCUS ON DEATH EVERY DAY. IT IS WHY THE MONKS WEAR THE BLACK. THERE ARE 2 REASONS FOR THIS. ONE IS THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. FATHER LUKE WOULD SAY THAT. AS I WAS WALKING PAST HIS ROOM NOT TOO LONG AGO AND I LOOKED IN HE WAS LOOKING OUT AT THE GRAVEYARD BECAUSE ALL OF OUR SENIORS LIVE IN THE WING THAT LOOK OUT ON THE GRAVEYARD. HE SAID JUST THROW ME OUT THE WINDOW AND I WILL BE RIGHT THERE. I SAID GOOD MORNING, FATHER LUKE. HE SAID GOOD MORNING. HOW ARE YOU? HE SAID, WAITING TO DIE. I ASKED IF HE WAS OKAY. BUT HE SAID SURE I GOT TO HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. BUT THERE’S ANOTHER REASON WHY WE THINK ABOUT DEATH CONSTANTLY AND THAT IS BECAUSE IT TENDS TO PUT THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE. EVERY MONASTERY IS A SORT OF MICROCOSM OF THE CHURCH. THERE ARE FAT MONKS AND SKINNY MONKS AND SMART MONKS AND DUMB MONKS AND HARD WORKING MONKS AND LAZY MONKS AND EVERY MONASTERY HAS A CRAZY MONK. AT LEAST ONE – NO, USUALLY ONLY ONE. NEVER MIND. AT OUR MONASTERY THE CRAZY MONK WAS BROTHER EDWARD. BY CRAZY I DO NOT MEAN HE WAS CRAZY I MEAN HE WAS CRAZY BRO. HE HAD INVISIBLE ANIMALS IN HIS ROOM THAT TALK TO HIM. HE WAS ALSO I THINK OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE. HE WOULD ARRIVE EARLY 15 MINUTES EARLY FOR PRAYERS AND SPEND THE ENTIRE TIME STRAIGHTENING HIS BOOKS SO THEY WERE EXACTLY PARALLEL TO ONE ANOTHER. ALTHOUGH AFTER HE DIED WE WENT INTO HIS CELL AND THE FURNITURE WAS GLUED TO THE FLOOR. A LAMP WAS GLUED TO THE DESK. THERE WAS ACTUALLY A PENCIL GLUED TO THE DESK. SO IT WOULD ALWAYS BE WHERE HE NEEDED IT. HE WAS ALSO KIND OF A GENIUS. AT THE AGE OF 83 HE TAUGHT HIMSELF THE HARMONICA. BECAUSE HE LOVED RHYTHM AND BLUES. HE CANNOT READ MUSIC SO HE INVENTED HIS OWN MUSIC BASED ON COLOR. TO THIS DAY NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THESE BOOKS OF COLORS MEAN BUT IT IS MUSIC SOMEHOW TO HIM. HE COMMITTED 500 TUNES TO MEMORY. HE WAS ALSO AN EXPERT ON ERNEST HEMINGWAY AND BECAUSE HE WAS NEVER QUITE SANE ENOUGH TO TAKE VOWS, HE HAD POSSESSIONS OF HIS OWN. THAT IS A RARE THING IN A MONASTERY. BUT HIS PRIZED POSSESSION WAS A 1ST EDITION AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF ‘THE SUN ALSO RISES.’ HE WAS AN AUTHORITY ON ERNEST HEMINGWAY. ANYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ERNEST HEMINGWAY HE COULD TELL YOU. I ONCE ASKED HIM IF I COULD SEE IT AND HE SAID NO. BECAUSE IF TRUTH BE TOLD BROTHER EDWARD AND I DID NOT GET ALONG. WHATEVER THE OPPOSITE OF OCD IS THAT IS ME. I AM NEVER ON TIME FOR ANYTHING. IN FACT THIS MORNING I THOUGHT THE MASS WAS ACTUALLY AN HOUR AGO AND I WAS LATE FOR THAT. AND IN FACT MY BROTHERS HAVE CALLED ME THE LATE FATHER AUGUSTINE. I’M CONSTANTLY LOSING THINGS AND MESSING THINGS UP AND POOR BROTHER ED HAD TO SIT NEXT TO ME FOR 7 YEARS. I MAY HAVE REARRANGED HIS BOOKS ONCE OR TWICE JUST. I’M NOT PROUD OF IT. BUT I WAS CURIOUS. SO BROTHER EDWARD AND I DID NOT GET ALONG BUT IN A STRICT MONASTERY IT IS HARD TO HAVE A FIGHT THEY WE MOSTLY GO LIKE THIS. HE WOULD LOOK AT ME AND GO. I WOULD LOOK AT HIM AND GO. THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH IT. BUT LOOKS MEAN A LOT WHEN YOU DO NOT TALK. TO MAKE A LONG STORY A LITTLE LONGER, THE ABBOTT IN HIS GREAT WISDOM PUT ME IN CHARGE OF THE KITCHEN AND THEN PUT BROTHER ED IN CHARGE OF THE DISHES. SO THE FIGHTING ESCALATED TO STRONGER LOOKS. AND EVENTUALLY. I WAS NOT A GREAT KITCHEN MASTER AND IN FACT SOMETIMES THE MONKS DID NOT EAT BECAUSE I FORGOT. OR SHOWED UP SO LATE THAT THE FOOD WAS NOT PREPARED. FINALLY HE FIRED ME AND SENT ME OFF TO OXFORD TO STUDY THEOLOGY INSTEAD WHICH IS MUCH MORE SUITED TO MY PERSONALITY. BUT AS A THANK YOU TO THE MONASTERY I MADE THIS GREAT FEAST. I MADE A FEAST. IT WAS AWFUL. THE LAST COURSE WAS FANTASTIC. MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE ALMOND TORT. IT IS LIKE A CAKE EXCEPT THERE IS NO AIR IN IT SO THERE IS NO WASTED STOMACH SPACE. AND SO I MADE 7 TORTS BECAUSE I WANTED TO BE SURE THERE WAS EXTRA LEFT OVER FOR ME. AND AFTER THE MEAL WAS OVER AND I CLEANED UP I CUT MYSELF A PIECE OF THE TORT AND WRAPPED VERY CAREFULLY IN SILVER FOIL AND I HID IT BEHIND THE MAYONNAISE. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO BECOME MONKS HIDE YOUR FOOD BEHIND THE MAYONNAISE BECAUSE NO ONE TOUCHES THE MAYONNAISE. BECAUSE EVERYONE TOUCHES THE MAYONNAISE. THE NEXT MORNING I WOKE UP EXTRA EARLY AND GOT MY FAVORITE CHAIR AND SET OUT ON THE BACK PORCH AND I GOT MY FAVORITE BOOK AND I GOT A CUP OF COFFEE AND I WENT AND GOT MY CHOCOLATE TORT AND I SAT DOWN AND WHEN I UNWRAPPED IT SOMEONE HAD GOTTEN TO IT 1ST. NOT JUST GOTTEN TO IT THEY HAD CAREFULLY UNWRAPPED IT, TAKEN A BITE OUT OF IT, I COULD SEE THE TEETH MARKS IN THE CHOCOLATE TORT AND THEN WRAPPED IT UP EXACTLY AS I HAD LEFT IT AND PLACED IT IN EXACTLY – EVEN NOW THE DEPTHS OF RAGE, I CRIED OUT TO GOD FOR VENGEANCE AND THERE WAS ONLY ONE MAN IN THE MONASTERY CAPABLE OF THAT KIND OF METICULOUS INSENSITIVITY BUT I SWALLOWED MY RAGE AND I WENT AND CUT MYSELF A 2ND PIECE OF TORT AND WRAPPED IT IN FOIL AND HID BEHIND THE MAYONNAISE BUT 1ST I SOAKED IT IN HOT CAJUN SAUCE PEPPER. THE NEXT MORNING WHEN I WOKE UP I CAME DOWN TO THE KITCHEN AND SURE ENOUGH THERE WAS CHOCOLATE TORT SPRAYED ALL OVER THE KITCHEN DOOR. IT WAS IT MAY HAVE BEEN THE GREATEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE. VENGEANCE IS MINE. BUT YOU CANNOT RUB IT IN IN THE MONASTERY BUT WHEN I SAW BROTHER ED – HE DID NOT RESPOND. I WENT OFF TO OXFORD. 3 WEEKS INTO MY STAY THERE I GOT AN EMAIL FROM THE ABBOTT INFORMING ME BROTHER EDWARD WAS SICK. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CHOCOLATE TORT. HE HAD CANCER OF SOME SORT. ALL OF A SUDDEN I BEGAN TO WONDER WHETHER THAT WAS THE GREATEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE. I BEGAN TO THINK MAYBE I SHOULD’VE BEEN A LITTLE GENTLER WITH BROTHER EDWARD. AND A FEW WEEKS LATER WHEN I GOT THE EMAIL THAT HE HAD DIED THEN I FELT REALLY BAD. I THOUGHT TO MYSELF I COULD HAVE MADE HIM AN ENTIRE CHOCOLATE TORT OF HIS OWN AND WRAPPED IT UP WITH HIS NAME ON IT. BUT I GOT OVER IT. AND A FEW YEARS LATER CAME BACK FROM MY STUDIES. I WAS MOVING INTO MY ROOM. I NOTICED THERE WAS A BROWN PAPER PACKAGE ON THE LITTLE NIGHTSTAND NEXT TO MY BED. IT WAS SOMEONE HAD TAKEN A GROCERY BAG AND CUT THE BROWN PAPER OUT OF IT AND CAREFULLY WRAPPED IT AND TAPED IT AND THEN TIED IT WITH TWINE. AND I PICKED UP THE PACKAGE AND I SET IT ON THE TABLE AND CUT THE TWINE OFF AND I UNWRAPPED IT AND IT WAS BROTHER EDWARD’S COPY OF ‘THE SUN ALSO RISES’ WITH A LITTLE STICKY NOTE ON IT THAT SAID ‘SORRY.’ AND I CANNOT TELL THE STORY TO THIS DAY WITHOUT GETTING A LITTLE CHOKED UP. AND THAT IS WHY ST. BENEDICT SAID IT IS SO ESSENTIAL TO THINK ABOUT TO MEDITATE ON THE HOUR OF YOUR DEATH. AND THAT IS WHY ON ASH WEDNESDAY WE GET THAT ASH ON OUR FOREHEAD AND THE PRIEST SAYS REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE DUST AND TO DUST YOU SHALL RETURN. NOT ONLY DOES IT GIVE US SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO BUT IT PUTS THESE THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE. THESE LITTLE THINGS ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU LIVE WITH SOMEBODY THAT DRIVE YOU UP THE WALL THAT BECOME THESE ENORMOUS THINGS. WELL, THIS IS EASY TO THINK ABOUT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF COURSE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF, HOW TO PUT IT? A GREAT A SEVERE FAMINE WHICH IS SPREADING OVER THE LAND. THE ENTIRE LAND. WE DISCOVER IN OUR READINGS THIS MORNING TODAY A PRECEDENT FOR HOW TO COPE WITH A HIGHLY COMMUTATIVE DISEASE. NAAMAN, A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL FROM SYRIA, COMES TO THE PROPHET ELISHA FOR ADVICE CONCERNING HIS LEPROSY. OF COURSE ELISHA WHO WAS ALWAYS A PRACTICAL MAN FOCUSES ON HYGIENE. NAAMAN FOR HIS PART IS ANNOYED. HIS LIFE HAS BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BY THIS DISEASE AND NATURALLY HE IS A LITTLE SCARED. PERHAPS A LITTLE IRRATIONAL AS WELL. BUT THERE ARE SOME REAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN NAAMAN’S DILEMMA AND OURS TODAY. IN THIS COUNTRY WE ARE DEALING WITH A VERY DIFFERENT SORT OF DISEASE. THIS CORONAVIRUS WAS AFTER ALL MADE IN CHINA, SO IT IS NOT GOING TO LAST LONG. WHAT’S MORE WE HAVE MADE SOME REAL PROGRESS SINCE NAAMAN’S TIME IN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF EPIDEMIOLOGY. BUT I SUSPECT THAT WILL NOT OR RATHER I HOPE THAT WILL NOT KEEP US FROM PRAYING. IT MAY HOWEVER AFFECT OUR GRATITUDE WHEN ALL OF THIS IS OVER. BECAUSE HUMANS HAVE AN ASTONISHING CAPACITY FOR SELF DECEPTION. LIKE NAAMAN WE MAY BE TEMPTED TO DISMISS THE MIRACLES WE RECEIVE OR TO BE DISAPPOINTED WHEN WE RECEIVE THEM. I THOUGHT FOR SURE IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT THAN THIS SAID NAAMAN. IF I THOUGHT IT WOULD IT WAS SIMPLY A MATTER OF HYGIENE I COULD’VE STAYED HOME. LUCKILY HIS SERVANTS TALK SOME SENSE INTO HIM AND IN OBEDIENCE HE FOLLOWS THE PROPHET’S ORDERS AND GOES AND WASHES AND HE IS CURED. IF IN AGES PAST WE WERE RATHER QUICK TO MISTAKE SCIENCE FOR MIRACLES. I THINK TODAY WE ARE RATHER QUICK TO DISMISS MIRACLES AS SCIENCE. THE LAST TIME I SAID MASS IN THIS CHAPEL WAS DECEMBER 9, 2018. I REMEMBER THAT DATE BECAUSE I FOUND THE VIDEO OF IT LAST NIGHT. I HAVE TO SAY I DO NOT LOOK ALL THAT GOOD. NOT ONLY IS IT TRUE THAT THE CAMERA ADDS 15 POUNDS BUT I HAD A VERY NOTICEABLE SHAKE IN MY RIGHT SIDE. AT TIMES DURING THE MASS LOOK LIKE I WAS TRYING TO DO THE FUNKY CHICKEN. THAT IS EARLY ONSET PARKINSON’S FOR YOU, AND IF I DID NOT WANT TO END UP LOOKING LIKE THAT I SHOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED 18 YEARS OF RUGBY. I TELL YOU THIS BECAUSE 7 MONTHS AGO I TOOK A TRIP TO THE GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER AND A NEUROSURGEON NAMED CHRIS CALHORN STUCK WIRES INTO MY BRAIN AND A BATTERY IN MY CHEST AND NOW PRAISE GOD MY TREMORS ARE PRETTY MUCH GONE. PLUS I GET FREE WI FI. (LAUGHTER) NO THAT IS NOT TRUE. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. WHAT HAPPENED IS AFTER THE SURGERY WAS DONE, AND I HAD TO BE CONSCIOUS THROUGH MOST OF IT, THE DOCTOR CALLED TOGETHER HIS EXTENSIVE TEAM OF ASSISTANTS AND TECHNOLOGISTS AND NURSES AND ANESTHESIOLOGISTS AND RADIOGRAPHERS AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE AND GATHERED THEM AROUND MY BED AND SAID SO WHICH HYMN ARE WE SINGING? AND ALTOGETHER THE TEAM SANG AMAZING GRACE. WHEN THEY WERE DONE I SAID THANK YOU DR. FOR THAT. HE SAID WELL I DO NOT DO IT FOR YOU. WE SING LIKE THAT AFTER EVERY SURGERY. THEN HE ADDS JUST BECAUSE IT IS SCIENCE DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT IS NOT A MIRACLE. I HAVE AN ATHEIST FRIEND THAT LIKES TO JOKE AROUND WITH ME EVERY TIME WE VISIT. HE SAID ALL THE WAY HERE I PRAYED FOR A PARKING SPACE. I PRAYED AND PRAYED FOR A PARKING SPACE AND WHEN I GOT HERE THERE WAS A PARKING SPACE RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE FRONT DOOR SO I THOUGHT TO MYSELF WHY DID I WASTE ALL OF THE TIME PRAYING WHEN THERE WAS A PARKING SPACE ALL ALONG? HERE IS THE THING. THE VERY FACT THAT ANY OF US EXIST AT ALL IS A MIRACLE. TO SAY NOTHING OF THE ANTIBIOTICS AND SANITIZING GEL AND PASTEURIZATION AND ASPIRIN AND CLEAN WATER. NOW SAYS NAAMAN I KNOW THERE IS NO GOD IN ALL OF THE EARTH EXCEPT IN ISRAEL. SO IT IS FOR NAAMAN’S GRATITUDE THAT WE REMEMBER HIM, IT IS FOR HIS GRATITUDE THAT IT MAKES HIS STORY WORTH TELLING. AND IT IS THE GRATITUDE THAT JESUS ACKNOWLEDGES WHEN HE ADDRESSES THE PEOPLE IN THE SYNAGOGUE. THAT THEY ROSE UP, DROVE HIM OUT OF TOWN AND LED HIM TO THE BROW OF THE HILL TO HURL HIM DOWN HEADLONG, BUT HE PASSED THROUGH THEIR MIDST AND WENT AWAY. THERE ARE MANY REASONS FOR US TO BE ANXIOUS TODAY. LET US NOT FORGET THAT CHRIST IS PASSING THROUGH OUR MIDST EVEN NOW. INDEED HE DWELLS IN OUR MIDST. IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. HE IS HERE AMONG US. AND HE WILL NEVER NEVER GO AWAY. THANKS BE TO GOD THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.>>WITH HUMBLE AND CONTRITE HEARTS, LET US NOW ASK THE FATHER FOR OUR PETITIONS.>>THAT THE CHURCH MAY REFLECT THE CREATIVE POWER, WISDOM, AND LOVE OF FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT AS SHE PROCLAIMS THE GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. WE PRAY TO THE LORD. LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER. FOR OUR HOLY FATHER THAT HE LEAD THE PEOPLE OF GOD IN THE WAYS OF HOLINESS WE PRAY TO THE LORD. LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER. FOR THE FRANCISCAN MISSIONARIES OF THE ETERNAL WORD, THAT OUR LIVES MAY BE FOUNDED ON ON THE HOLY EUCHARIST. WE PRAY TO THE LORD. LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED WITHOUT TIME TO PREPARE, THAT THE LORD WILL EMBRACE THEM IN LOVE. WE PRAY TO THE LORD. LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.>>GOD, YOU HAVE PLANTED YOUR CHURCH BESIDE THE STREAM OF LIVING WATER FLOWING FROM THE SIDE OF CHRIST CRUCIFIED. POUR OUT UPON US THE SPIRIT OF YOUR WISDOM SO THAT WE MAY CHOOSE TO DIE TO SELF IN ORDER TO LIVE IN CHRIST. THUS MAKE US GROW THROUGH OUR LENT OBSERVANCE SO WE MAY BEAR ABUNDANT FRUIT AT EASTER. WE MAKE OUR PRAYER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN. (ORGAN) (CHOIR SINGING) (FEMALE SINGER) (CHOIR SINGING) (FEMALE SINGING) (CHOIR SINGING)>>PRAY, BRETHREN, THAT MY SACRIFICE AND YOURS MAY BE ACCEPTABLE TO GOD THE ALMIGHTY FATHER. MAY THE LORD ACCEPT THE SACRIFICE AT YOUR HANDS FOR THE PRAISE AND GLORY OF HIS NAME, FOR OUR GOOD AND THE GOOD OF ALL HIS HOLY CHURCH. MAY WHAT WE OFFER YOU, O LORD, IN TOKEN OF OUR SERVICE, BE TRANSFORMED BY YOU INTO THE SACRAMENT OF SALVATION. THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN. ♪ DOMINUS VOBISCUM ♪ ♪ ET CUM SPIRITU TUO ♪ ♪ SURSUM CORDA ♪ ♪ HABEMUS AD DOMINUM ♪ ♪ GRATIAS AGAMUS ♪ ♪ DOMINO DEO NOSTRO ♪ ♪ DIGNUM ET IUSTUM EST ♪ IT IS TRULY RIGHT AND JUST, OUR DUTY AND OUR SALVATION, ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE TO GIVE YOU THANKS, LORD, HOLY FATHER, ALMIGHTY AND ETERNAL GOD. FOR THROUGH BODILY FASTING YOU RESTRAIN OUR FAULTS, RAISE UP OUR MINDS, AND BESTOW BOTH VIRTUE AND ITS REWARDS, THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD. THROUGH HIM THE ANGELS PRAISE YOUR MAJESTY, DOMINIONS ADORE AND POWERS TREMBLE BEFORE YOU. HEAVEN AND THE VIRTUES OF HEAVEN AND THE BLESSED SERAPHIM WORSHIP TOGETHER WITH EXULTATION. MAY OUR VOICES, WE PRAY, JOIN WITH THEIRS IN HUMBLE PRAISE, AS WE ACCLAIM.>>♪ SANCTUS, SANCTUS, SANCTUS DOMINUS DEUS SABAOTH. PLENI SUNT CAELI ET TERRA GLORIA TUA. HOSANA IN EXCELSIS. BENEDICTUS QUI VENIT IN NOMINE DOMINI. HOSANA IN EXCELSIS.>>YOU ARE INDEED HOLY, O LORD, THE FOUNT OF ALL HOLINESS. MAKE HOLY, THEREFORE, THESE GIFTS, WE PRAY, BY SENDING DOWN YOUR SPIRIT UPON THEM LIKE THE DEW FALL, SO THAT THEY MAY BECOME FOR US THE BODY AND BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. AT THE TIME HE WAS BETRAYED AND ENTERED WILLINGLY INTO HIS PASSION, HE TOOK BREAD AND GIVING THANKS, BROKE IT, AND GAVE IT TO HIS DISCIPLES SAYING: TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU. (BELLS) IN A SIMILAR WAY, WHEN SUPPER WAS ENDED, HE TOOK THE CHALICE AND, ONCE MORE GIVING THANKS, HE GAVE IT TO HIS DISCIPLES, SAYING, TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME. (BELLS) ♪ MYSTERIUM FIDEI>>♪ MORTEM TUAM ANNUNTIAMUS, DOMINE, ET TUAM RESURRECTIONEM CONFITEMUR, DONEC VENIAS ♪>>THEREFORE, AS WE CELEBRATE THE MEMORIAL OF HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION, WE OFFER YOU, LORD, THE BREAD OF LIFE AND THE CHALICE OF SALVATION, GIVING THANKS THAT YOU HAVE HELD US WORTHY TO BE IN YOUR PRESENCE AND MINISTER TO YOU. HUMBLY WE PRAY THAT, PARTAKING OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, WE MAY BE GATHERED INTO ONE BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.>>REMEMBER, LORD, YOUR CHURCH, SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, AND BRING HER TO THE FULLNESS OF CHARITY, TOGETHER WITH FRANCIS OUR POPE AND ROBERT, OUR BISHOP AND ALL THE CLERGY. REMEMBER ALSO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP IN THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION, AND ALL WHO HAVE DIED IN YOUR MERCY: WELCOME THEM INTO THE LIGHT OF YOUR FACE. HAVE MERCY ON US ALL AS WE PRAY THAT WITH THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, WITH BLESSED JOSEPH, HER SPOUSE, WITH THE BLESSED APOSTLES AND ALL THE SAINTS WHO HAVE PLEASED YOU THROUGHOUT THE AGES, WE MAY MERIT TO BE COHEIRS TO ETERNAL LIFE, AND MAY PRAISE AND GLORIFY YOU THROUGH YOUR SON, JESUS CHRIST.>>♪ THROUGH HIM AND WITH HIM AND IN HIM O GOD ALMIGHTY FATHER IN THE UNITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ALL GLORY AND HONOR IS YOURS FOR EVER AND EVER ♪ ♪ AMEN ♪ PRAECEPTIS SALUTARIBUS MONITI, ET DIVINIA INSTITUTIONE FORMATI AUDEMUS DICERE.>>PATER NOSTER, QUI ES IN CAELIS: SANCTIFICETUR NOMEN TUUM; ADVENIAT REGNUM TUUM; FIAT VOLUNTAS TUA, SICUT IN CAELO, ET IN TERRA. PANEM NOSTRUM QUOTIDIANUM DA NOBIS HODIE; ET DIMITTE NOBIS DEBITA NOSTRA, SICUT ET NOS DIMITTIMUS DEBITORIBUS NOSTRIS; ET NE NOS INDUCAS IN TENTATIONEM; SED LIBERA NOS A MALO.>>LIBERA NOS, QUAESUMUS, DOMINE, AB OMNIBUS MALIS, DA PROPITIUS PACEM IN DIEBUS NOSTRIS, UT, OPE MISERICORDIAE TUAE ADIUTI, ET A PECCATO SIMUS SEMPER LIBERI ET AB OMNI PERTURBATIONE SECURI: EXSPECTANTES BEATAM SPEM ET ADVENTUM SALVATORIS NOSTRI IESU CHRISTI.>>QUIA TUUM EST REGNUM, ET POTESTAS, ET GLORIA IN SAECULA.>>DOMINE IESU CHRISTE, QUI DIXISTI APOSTOLIS TUIS: PACEM RELINQUO VOBIS, PACEM MEAM DO VOBIS: NE RESPICIAS PECCATA NOSTRA, SED FIDEM ECCLESIAE TUAE; EAMQUE SECUNDUM VOLUNTATEM TUAM PACIFICARE ET COADUNARE DIGNERIS. QUI VIVIS ET REGNAS IN SAECULA SAECULORUM.>>AMEN.>>PAX DOMINI SIT SEMPER VOBISCUM.>>ET CUM SPIRITU TUO.>>♪ AGNUS DEI, QUI TOLLIS PECCATA MUNDI: MISERERE NOBIS. ♪ AGNUS DEI QUI TOLLIS PECCATA MUNDI: MISERERE NOBIS. AGNUS DEI, QUI TOLLIS PECCATA MUNDI: DONA NOBIS PACEM ♪>>BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD BEHOLD HIM WHO TAKES AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD. BLESSED ARE THOSE CALLED TO THE SUPPER OF THE LAMB>>LORD, I AM NOT WORTHY THAT YOU SHOULD ENTER UNDER MY ROOF BUT ONLY SAY THE WORD AND MY SOUL SHALL BE HEALED. (BELLS) O PRAISE THE LORD, ALL YOU NATIONS, FOR HIS MERCIFUL LOVE TOWARDS US IS GREAT.>>FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT NOW RECEIVE JESUS IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT, WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING PRAYER. (ORGAN MUSIC) ♪>>LET US PRAY. MAY COMMUNION IN THIS YOUR SACRAMENT, WE PRAY, O LORD, BRING WITH IT PURIFICATION AND THE UNITY THAT IS YOUR GIFT. THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD AMEN. THE LORD BE WITH YOU. AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT. BOW DOWN FORN THE BLESSING. MAY YOUR RIGHT HAND, WE ASK, O LORD, PROTECT THIS PEOPLE THAT MAKES ENTREATY TO YOU: GRACIOUSLY PURIFY THEM AND GIVE THEM INSTRUCTION, THAT, FINDING SOLACE IN THIS LIFE, THEY MAY REACH THE GOOD THINGS TO COME. THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN. MAY ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS YOU, THE FATHER, AND THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN. GO IN PEACE, GLORIFYING THE LORD BY YOUR LIFE. THANKS BE TO GOD. (ORGAN) (CHOIR SINGING) ♪>>ST. MICHAEL, THE ARCHANGEL, DEFEND US IN BATTLE. BE OUR PROTECTION AGAINST THE WICKEDNESS AND SNARES OF THE DEVIL. MAY GOD REBUKE HIM, WE HUMBLY PRAY AND DO THOU, PRINCE OF THE HEAVENLY HOST, BY THE POWER OF GOD, CAST INTO HELL SATAN, AND ALL THE EVIL SPIRITS WHO PROWL ABOUT THE WORLD, SEEKING THE RUIN OF SOULS. AMEN.>>♪ ADOREMUS IN AETERNUM SANCTISSIMUM SACRAMENTUM ♪>>PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS.>>GOD OUR FATHER WHO WILLS THAT ALL MEN BE SAVED AND COME TO THE…

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  1. Mathias Langrin Posted on March 16, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Amen 🙏

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  2. Vice Versa Posted on March 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    LoL…The CoronaVirus was Made in China😷

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  3. Leonardo Guerra Posted on March 16, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    finally the full mass

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  4. Mike Smith Posted on March 16, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you Fr Augustine for uplifting our souls during this difficult time

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  5. Cie Kagiri Posted on March 16, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    🇰🇪… Amen!

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  6. Analise D Mello Posted on March 16, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Fr Augustine.. that homily made me smile and reflect!!!

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  7. Royale Wafflez Posted on March 16, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    ❤️🙏🏼❤️

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  8. Hoa Dang Posted on March 16, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    ❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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  9. Super241946 Posted on March 16, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Wouldnt it be a good idea to have a double sided crucifix on the alter so that the crucified Jesus would be visible by the priest and the congregation!!

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  10. Super241946 Posted on March 16, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Please ignore my last message…….should have gone to Specsavers!!

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  11. Nicolas Orozco Posted on March 16, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Beautiful homily Fr.Augustine "GOD" bless.

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  12. Adelaida wallarrt Posted on March 16, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Beautiful, uplifting homily Fr Augustine👏🏻 May the Almighty God thru His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ bless you as you continue serving Him🙏

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  13. Maura Kelley Posted on March 16, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    WOW <3 Thank you Fr. Augustine for that homily! 🙂

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  14. Missionaries of Our Mother of the Eucharist Posted on March 17, 2020 at 1:07 am

    Thank you, EWTN, for the full Mass on Youtube during this crisis! We need Jesus now more than ever.

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  15. John P Glackin Posted on March 17, 2020 at 3:32 am

    The homily was very disjointed.

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  16. Sergio Zamora Posted on March 17, 2020 at 4:15 am

    I hope father Augustine was missing his brother other than remorse, I enjoyed his sermon and may we continue to see the mass in its whole entirety.

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  17. Scrupulous Preacher Posted on March 17, 2020 at 5:19 am

    i have OCD (a different type)

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  18. tanya brooks Posted on March 17, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Please keep the fluets in your prayers thank you .

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  19. time4grace Posted on March 17, 2020 at 6:41 am

    It is a miracle, there is NO coronavirus in ROME! While its annex or c!ose neighbor has the highest number of death from Coronavirus!

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  20. time4 grace Posted on March 17, 2020 at 7:09 am

    It's a MIRACLE; they have no coronavirus in ROME! But, the next neghboring country has the highest deaths from coronavirus [with my deepest condolence.]

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  21. Sabino Rodriguez Posted on March 17, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Father you sound Real sure about the virus made in China it might be maded here in the USA and not in China the epicenter is Seattle usa.

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  22. Mairi Macinnes Posted on March 17, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Please pray for Poll Meyer needing financial breakthrough and healing as his situation is affecting his health is penniless and alone ln a foreign country taking refuge in a chapel hall 🙏🙏

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  23. Gladys Compere Posted on March 18, 2020 at 12:36 am

    Thank you ❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏

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  24. Elizabeth Warynick Posted on March 18, 2020 at 3:13 am

    LOVE this Homily!!! What a great story! Thank you for being here for us!

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  25. L Pe Posted on March 18, 2020 at 7:01 am

    I love the Holy Communion Hymn. Please tell me the name of the Hymn, thank you. God bless EWTN! God bless His faithful people.

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  26. David Renz Posted on March 18, 2020 at 9:09 am

    I was watching Fr. Mitch Pacwa on another video (comments turned off) he was interviewing a Polish priest for the show. It’s been some time since I watched but I noticed that Fr. Pacwa’s voice seemed much louder than usual. Almost like he was shouting which seemed unusual for him. Has anyone else noticed the difference in his voice ? Thank you for your excellent shows Fr. Pacwa.

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