Catholic Church today finds itself in the midst of a crisis. The
flock is scattering, and while some shepherds bravely set off in
search of those lost and wandering sheep, others drive them, and many
more, further from the fold.
the Church has seen and weathered numerous crises in its two
millennia, and always one or more of its priests and bishops stood up
and rallied the faithful: whether to rebuke an Emperor or oppose a
policy, encourage the faithful or defend the faith, bishops and
priests ascended the pulpit and delivered sermons that met the
pressing needs of their own times, sermons which should be read and
remembered by Catholics of all times. You will find comfort within
these pages as you read the words of these heroic pastors of souls
Ambrose of Milan, St Augustine, St John Chrysostom, St Edmund
Campion, Pope St John Paul II , . . . and seven others.
into the minds and thoughts of some of the bravest, most eloquent,
homilists the Church has produced. More than one was killed for the
words they uttered which you will find in these pages. But they
counted not the cost.
by Rev. Paul D. Scalia’s introduction and commentaries, you will
come to see that the Church has faced crises and survived, even
thrived, before. In fact, it is one of the marks of her authenticity,
as it has often been said, that no mere human institution could have
survived the persecutions and scandals that the Catholic Church has
withstood over 2000 years.
you are a priest or bishop, just maybe reading these words of men not
unlike yourself, will inspire you to stand and be counted and preach
God’s word from the pulpit without counting the cost.