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Day 69: FB

I'm certain I've mentioned it before or at least linked to a podcast, but one of our priests generously records and posts his weekend homilies on ye olde interwebs for all to hear. Father Bryan is certainly one of the most gifted homilists I've heard. He's young and faithful and orthodox and holy and passionate. He definitely uses the gifts he's been given for the glory of God and for the benefit of others. I am certainly inspired by him to at least evaluate my gifts and how I can put them to better use.

His homily from this weekend was Spot on. Please take 16 minutes to listen to it here: I'll wait.

Even if the content of Father Bryan's homilies wasn't always solid and convicting and terrific and terrifyingly real (which it is), I believe his genuine desire for our salvation and holiness would be evident. You can hear the passion in his voice and that touches me as much as his actual words do. I'm so grateful I have the means and ability to go back and listen to his homilies again. This is one I've already repeated and I'm sure I will continue to do so.

A few blocks from our parish is a protestant church whose sign says something like "a positive and affirming congregation." I definitely think Father Bryan affirms his parishioners in their status as beloved sons and daughters of God, but he certainly doesn't leave it at that. Praise God that he wants better for us! He challenges us to be better, to face our weakness and poverty, and to repent of our sinfulness. What great love that is!

I take such comfort in knowing that the church is turning out holy young priests who can set the world on fire. Encountering some of them personally (lookin' at you, Father Nathan, Father Bryan and Father Craig, whom I haven't actually met but I feel like I have) has given me such great hope for the future of the church and for my generation and those to follow.

Seriously, I recommend subscribing to the Evangelical Disciple homilies on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts. You will not regret it.

In unrelated gratitude, I loved this blog post, which was shared on Facebook by one of my favorite bloggers. She nailed it.


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