Summary: Audio Sancto is a podcast of sermons in plain English on Catholic dogma, doctrine, and devotion.
Sermon titled "Why God Became Man, part 1" given on Tuesday December 30, 2014. Size: 4.3 MB; duration: 12:23.
Sermon titled "Avoid Being Convicted of a Wasted Life" given on Sunday December 28, 2014. Size: 6.7 MB; duration: 19:31. Our Blessed Lord was both a Comprehensor and a Viator. We share in this too while on earth since as viators we make our pilgrimage to heaven and as comprehensors (by analogy) we have faith through which we know God. To keep our viator status, we must maintain our faith, lest we lose our way. This requires daily study and reading of good books. Here is a resolution for the new year.
Sermon titled "Christian Remember Your Dignity!" given on Sunday December 28, 2014. Size: 6.6 MB; duration: 19:10. Let us not forget who we are -- adopted sons of God, partakers in the Divine Nature -- lest we turn and become lower than the beasts!
Sermon titled "A Most Precious Christmas Gift: Virginity" given on Thursday December 25, 2014. Size: 7.7 MB; duration: 22:23. How many think of giving gifts back to God? What is one of the best of all gifts we can give to God, or, if He wills, to a human spouse at the proper time, but our virginity? This something that needs to be appreciated anew in this time and instilled in our children.
Sermon titled "Christmas: The World Changing Event and the Story of Ruth" given on Thursday December 25, 2014. Size: 6.5 MB; duration: 19:00.
Sermon titled "A World Undone Without Christmas" given on Thursday December 25, 2014. Size: 6.6 MB; duration: 19:07. Without Christmas, man destroys himself: whole nations and continents commit suicide as is clearly evident in the nearly continuous stream of atheistic wars over the last two and half centuries, most notably World War I and World War II. Only when Christ is once again recognized as Our King, will these evils be averted.
Sermon titled "Say the word and Receive the Word" given on Sunday December 21, 2014. Size: 6.7 MB; duration: 19:32. Keep in mind that during these last few days of Advent we can expect troubles and trials to increase. This is represented by the darkness of the days (today being the shortest of the year). One reason for this is God pulls back a little at this time to show us and the world how much we need Christmas. Let us not, therefore, be surprised at these things but rather keep focused on Christmas, be patient with our fellow man, pray to Our Lady for assistance and long for the Coming of the King.
Sermon titled "Miracles Explained" given on Tuesday December 16, 2014. Size: 20.8 MB; duration: 90:42. This is the audio of a conference given on the topic of miracles. Please view the video on Video Sancto to also see the slides that are meant to accompany this presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKA710jhSQs.
Sermon titled "Apollinarianism and the Saving of Animals" given on Sunday December 14, 2014. Size: 8.3 MB; duration: 24:08. On this Gaudete Sunday, the Church gives us many reasons for rejoicing. Among them, She gives timeless truths that help us to block out and drain away all the foul, fetid and lying waters of the devil (cf. Apoc. 12). Apollinarius (c. 360) held that the Logos or Word of God replaced the rational part of the Christ, leaving His lower soul to be same as that of an animal soul. If the Christ took up an animal soul, then animals could be redeemed! After all the Fathers taught: what is taken up by Christ is redeemed by Christ. This Apollinarian heresy was condemned by Pope Saint Damasus I as well as Saint Athanasius and First Council of Constantinople (381). Yet, this heresy seems to have come back in our times with the thought that animals can enter into paradise. Also: a discussion of how the Tilma of Saint Juan Diego acts as a mirror for the Church, teaching us many important and edifying lessons.
Sermon titled "Virgo Potens: The Power of the Immaculate Conception" given on Monday December 8, 2014. Size: 7.1 MB; duration: 20:48. Our Lady in her Immaculate Conception is Virgo Potens: Virgin Most Powerful. Pope Pius XII tells us her power is nearly infinite, being associated intimately with Her Son and King. He explains that she has this power not only by divine association but also by conquest. This is because she was conceived immaculate in the Divine Mind at the beginning of Creation at the same time as Her Lord and King. This places her outside of the envelope of sin opened by the devil and Adam. This places her before the creation of all other things: angels, men, Sun, Moon, etc. Thus, she has dominion over them all. This means she can conquer all things -- demons, temptations, sinful habits, etc. -- if only we turn to her. Virgo Potens, ora pro nobis!
Sermon titled "Sloth in Recreation and Gift Giving" given on Sunday December 7, 2014. Size: 7.9 MB; duration: 22:59. Sloth, one of the seven deadly sins, takes its name from the Old English "slow-th" meaning that the slothful man is slow in fulfilling his duties. He can fail in his duties either by being lazy or by being a workaholic in doing many things that ought not be done at this time and place. Thus, sloth is simply defined as not doing what you are supposed to be doing when you are supposed to be doing it. When we are slothful, then we are not under the umbrella of God's grace and sin comes readily and quickly. We get angry, lustful, curious, and arrogant. This is why sloth is a deadly sin: it gives birth to a host of other sins. Recreation is one of the areas where man is very slothful in our culture such that he becomes slothful in the midst of his amusements. This Christmas, let's strive to give gifts that help our loved ones fulfill their duties rather than distract them and make them slothful.
Sermon titled "Gift Giving and Saint Nicholas" given on Saturday December 6, 2014. Size: 4.9 MB; duration: 14:20.
Sermon titled "Advent Enables Us to Avoid Spiritual Shell Shock" given on Sunday November 30, 2014. Size: 7.8 MB; duration: 22:39. In World War I, many soldiers on both sides came down with a mental and spiritual malady called "shell shock." I seems that this was caused by the convergence of at least three factors: (i) the men felt trapped in their trenches with no headway being made; (ii) the horrible violence they endured and inflicted on others seemed pointless; (iii) they had no confidence in their leaders. Although we are suffering greatly at this time, we have a leader we can follow: the King of kings. We have purpose for all that we are suffering... And we are going somewhere. We have all we need to avoid shell shock! Let us be sure to use this Advent to solidify our place in the next life and only give gifts at Christmas that help others do the same.
Sermon titled "Saint John of the Cross: Doctor of Detachment" given on Monday November 24, 2014. Size: 4.8 MB; duration: 14:06.
Sermon titled "Trial, Triumph, and Tribulation" given on Sunday November 23, 2014. Size: 7 MB; duration: 20:22.