Homilies and Reflections from Father Armand De Malleray, FSSP
Priestly Martyrdom - Clergy Retreat at Prior Park College, Bath, 27-31 March 2017
The Lord says "I came to bring fire upon the Earth" (Talk 01) - We must be animated with the Love of God - The English Martyrs gave up their lives in the most horrific and heroic way for love of Jesus. The Hymn of the "Te Deum" sounded out supernaturally from the hearts of the faithful on hearing of the Martrydom's. What about us today......??? The Martyrs had prudence and charity, and we must have a deep desire to build the Truth with fortitude.
Silent Signs in General - Clergy Retreat at Prior Park College, Bath, 27-31 March 2017
The Lord says "I came to bring fire upon the Earth" - (Talk 02) The verbs to Listen and Obey refer to the same thing. To obey is to listen to the signs and guidance of someone greater than us. We must listen to the right voice - the Prince of Peace, whose words are true. God is passionate for us , His creatures and He died on the cross for us. God does speak but do we listen to Him ???
Natural and Divine Signs - Clergy Retreat at Prior Park College, Bath, 27-31 March 2017
The Lord says "I came to bring fire upon the Earth" - (Talk 03) God uses the word sign in Isiah 7:14, in the plan of the economy of Redemption. A sign is used by God as a means of communicating an important truth. Jesus in the new testament speaks many times also about signs as in Matthew speaking of the signs of the times. Jesus confirms the book of wisdom that the creation itself is a sign. The miracles by Jesus are signs as in the miracle a Cana in Galilee in the Gospel of St. John, where the Lord manifested his glory by the natural change of changing water into wine has a wider supernatural significance.
Witness and Sacraments - - Clergy Retreat at Prior Park College, Bath, 27-31 March 2017
The Lord says "I came to bring fire upon the Earth" - (Talk 04) Witness in a literal sense means Martyrdom, to bear witness to God Himself so that the Martyr himself is made "SIGN" literally. All that He is refers to Christ to whom he bears witness. Martyrdom applies death and the motive for applying death must be hatred for the Catholic death. To die a martyr in a strict sense, one must die in communion with the church established for Christ and in the heart of the martyr should be the heroic virtue of Charity, even for his executors.
The Precursor - Clergy Retreat at Prior Park College, Bath, 27-31 March 2017
The Lord says "I came to bring fire upon the Earth" - (Talk 05) We meditate on the figure of St. John the Baptist. He is called "The Precursor" formally of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We see the close connection between his family and the family of Mary and Joseph. Like St. John we must seek to detach ourselves from the spirit and the comforts of the world. The purity of the flesh and clarity of mind are interrelated as we try to penetrate like St. John the Baptist the Truth. He is the finger pointing to God who perhaps frightens us with his penance and austerity but we must give Witness to the Truth and not compromise with the World in the Priestly Vocation. St John the Baptist is a another great sign sent by God.
Paradigm of Apostasy - Clergy Retreat at Prior Park College, Bath, 27-31 March 2017
The Lord says "I came to bring fire upon the Earth" - (Talk 06) We look at the dangers to the Priesthood even though we will always have the Character of the Priesthood, even in eternity. We reflect also on the means to protect the vocation of the Priesthood in order to make it bear much fruit. We search the analogy between the film "Silence" situated in 17th Century Japan with the most recent decimation of vocation of the Priesthood. We have seen the drastic demise of the Priesthood since the Council. We must be aware of the Priestly life to sanctify all the simple actions of the day in order to edify their sheep. The Priest must be a man a prayer and more particularly after celebrating the Holy Mass in his proper vestments, he must take the hand of the Blessed Virgin Mary and pray daily the Most Holy Rosary. Wherever the Priest exercises his gift from God as a Priest, he must give witness as a minister of Christ.
David's Five Stones - Clergy Retreat at Prior Park College, Bath, 27-31 March 2017
The Lord says "I came to bring fire upon the Earth" - (Talk 07) Having seen the dangers against the vocation of the Priest, we now seek to discuss the remedies to overcome these temptations. In the First Book of Kings chp 17 v 40 we read the fight of David against Goliath. Jesus in the Son of David and the Lord has 5 stones for us to overcome the devil. This battle is repeated in the life of man trying to overcome the devil, world and the flesh and to sanctify oneself in the order of grace. We must correspond to the grace and put "the old man to death". What are these 5 stones we take from the brook and put them into the shepherds bag in our ministerial life. Where is our heart and where do we find our comfort and security. This place where our heart finds its rest must be Our Church. This is the awesome and "Terrible" place of Our Church. We must realise how awesome this place is. This is our first stone. Listen to find the other 4 stones.
Daily Witness - Clergy Retreat at Prior Park College, Bath, 27-31 March 2017
The Lord says "I came to bring fire upon the Earth" - (Talk 08) Witness is a work of every day and night. If we die in a state of grace we will be freed from our pride and lust. We must reaffirm that what our 5 senses is very limited but reality is not just what we see and experience but there is an intellectual world to contemplate. Reality is not therefore all I can perceive. There are things which our senses cannot reach but are very much real such as the existence of God and the economy of salvation. When we go back as Priests to the Lord's Vineyard, Father De Malleray calls for the making of good resolutions of learning and deepening our knowledge of the truth and Theology and especially to be more zealous in the Sacrifice of the supreme prayer of Mother Church - the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass.