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  1. That brought back memories of the good sermons we have in the “bad old days”!

    I remember we used to pray that lapsed relatives coming to a funeral would be influenced by the sermon and usually they were, even if they didn’t miraculously return right away.

    Now I don’t hear that and I’m sorry to say, when I’ve attended a funeral led by a traditional, so-called priest, I’ve heard real gaffes in the homily, putting down other Christian churches. So, I’d like to see a return to priests being real fishers of men, thinking before they speak and who knows what good would come of it.

    • Yes, it brought back memories for me, as well. I much prefer the old approach to funeral sermons than the modern way of speaking about the departed as if they were saints in life. I also think funeral sermons are a chance to make us think about doing more, praying more etc. going the extra mile, so the already practising can benefit from funerals as well as the lapsed and non-Catholics.

  2. Excellent video, perhaps the best so far!

    Having viewed this, and having just sung in a traditional Requiem Mass (including Matins and Lauds), I keep thinking back to my father’s end. After I returned to the Church in 1999, he (a cradle Catholic but lapsed) began to make strange comments belittling the Church. Apparently his attitude caused him to run out of chances to repent, because he was killed by a drunk driver in 2002.

    But the memory which especially haunts me happened at his gravesite: as the family was leaving, before the casket was lowered into the ground, I knocked twice on the top of his casket. I had the strangest feeling that the casket was hollow….

  3. I too remember the parish of my youth. Boy, the priests did make you sit up and listen carefully. It does one good to be reminded of the four last things.

  4. That was an excellent video, editor and I, too, am really looking forward to the next one.

    Top marks to videomaster. The graphics and text in the video were absolutely perfect.

  5. Editor,
    Your presentation is clear and concise: “what is well conceived is clearly stated
    and the words to say it arrive easily” (Nicolas Boileau)

  6. Thank you folks, for your kind comments about the latest video.

    Lest you think this is turning into The Editor of CT Show, be assured that there are a number of videos in the pipeline NOT of my making, so to speak.

    However, we decided to try to post the videos in some kind of order, so following on from the talks on the Church, Sacraments, Catholic Devotions, we decided to add three on the subject of preaching (at funerals etc, controversial topics: (“Hate Speech”), and preaching for youth – broadly that’s where we are at right now, and I’m fronting the preaching videos. Then we’ll post a couple featuring A.N. Other but, first, our Preaching “Hate Speech” which will take a slightly different format, will be posted on Thursday… after we’ve honoured Our Lady on her Feast of the Assumption – here.

    Again, thank you for your positive comments about this first preaching video, but, be assured, I’m only too well aware that I’ll never make Hollywood… Or Professor of Theology at Oxford University – it’s all very basic stuff, offered in the post-Vatican II spirit of we really do need to get back to basics!

    • RCA Victor,

      Damsel of the Faith over in your neck of the woods has already beaten me to that outfit!

      I did mean to remind everyone of the crowdfunding website in case I need a very expensive lawyer, but I’ve just paid a visit and they don’t have a section for people like us… In fact they have a section dedicated to “helping the LGBT+ community”…


  7. A great video which will add to the fine video library being constructed, well done to all involved!

  8. I’ve often wondered whether there should be FIVE last things, if we include Purgatory.

    I knew someone who was a convert from Anglicanism, he said that he was never taught anything about Purgatory in his Anglican R.E. One of the issues that convinced him to convert to the Catholic Church was just that – belief in Purgatory.

    • Pat McKay,

      Purgatory can’t be a “fifth last thing” because it’s not final – it’s not a ‘last thing’, but only a temporary cleansing.

      It’s not surprising that he wouldn’t be taught that in and Anglican RE class since it’s a Catholic dogma and I think rejected by the Protestants.


    A couple of times in the recent past, bloggers have enquired about The Case of the Missing Athanasius, since it’s quite some time since he put in an appearance here.

    In an effort to prevent a conversation developing on the subject, since, generally speaking, I try not to put pressure on bloggers, many of whom have family and work commitments which mean they can only blog “as and when”, I suggested that enquirers should email me privately, adding that Athanasius’s reason for not blogging at the present time “doesn’t put him in a good light, far from it” .

    It has been drawn to my attention that this might lead readers to speculate that Athanasius is guilty of some dark crime, or at least held under police caution pending an identity parade 😀

    Not at all. It’s much more mundane, I’m afraid – partly a simple misunderstanding between Athanasius and myself, very easily explained…

    And partly for personal reasons which have nothing to do with the blog, so he’s currently AWL (Absent With Leave) for the foreseeable future.

    I hope that clarifies the position.

    Athanasius is, however, a chocoholic so I’m going to remind him of what awaits him if only he decides to cut short that leave!

    Drum roll…