TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. – On the efficacy and necessity of prayer.
St. Alphonsus de LiguoriAugust 09, 2020
“God, be merciful to me a sinner.” LUKE xviii. 13.
Sermon on the Death of the Sinner
Fr Demornex (August 2, 2020)
Sermon on the Education of Children
Fr Demornex (July 19, 2020)
Sermon about the Vanity of the World
Fr Demornex (July 12, 2020)
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Sermon about the Mission of the Magisterium
Sermon on the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart
Sermon on the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Fr Demornex (June 14, 2020)
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Sermon about Divine Mercy
Fr Demornex (June 14, 2020)
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Sermon for Corpus Christi Feast
Fr Demornex (June 11, 2020)
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Sermon about the Mystery of the Holy Trinity
Sermon about the Gifts of the Holy Ghost
Sermon about the pharisaic spirit
Fr Demornex (May 24, 2020)
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Sermon about the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Fr Demornex (May 17, 2020)
Sermon about Detraction
Fr Demornex (May 10, 2020)
Sermon about Observance to Civil Authorities
Sermon about Priestly Vocations
Fr Demornex (April 26, 2020)

Sermon about the proofs of the Resurrection


We have in the Gospel of today the famous story of St Thomas who did not want to believe the Resurrection of Jesus. “Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him: We have seen the Lord. But he said to them: Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the place of the nails and put my hand into his side, I will not believe” (Jn 20;24).

Today let us consider the incredulity of St Thomas and the gift of Faith.

1. Incredulity of St Thomas

In the Gospel we see St Thomas falling into three major sins: the sin of incredulity, a sin against charity and the sin of presumption. Out of pride and overconfidence in his personal judgment, St Thomas refused to believe what the others could tell him about the resurrection of Jesus: he refused to believe the holy women; he refused to believe the two disciples of Emmaus; he refused to believe all what all the Apostles together could tell him about the Jesus’ apparition in the Cenacle on Easter evening; he refused to believe St Peter in spite of his authority as the chief of the Apostles; he even refused to believe the Blessed Virgin Mary who certainly talked to him about the resurrection of Jesus. In short, he refused to believe anybody, and doing so he sinned against charity, because he offended his companions and the Mother of Jesus, treating them, indirectly, as mad or hallucinated people. And, on the top of all this, with a foolish presumption, St Thomas dared to impose on God his own conditions for believing: “Unless I put my finger into the place of the nails and put my hand into his side, I will not believe”. 

We see in the Gospel that the Apostles and the Disciples in general were very slow to believe in Jesus’ Resurrection: to the disciples of Emmaus, Jesus said: “O foolish and slow of heart to believe in all things!” (Lc 24;25), and about the Apostles it is said that “Jesus upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart because they did not believe them who had seen him after He was risen again” (Mc 16;14). But St Thomas surpassed them all in incredulity, and God allowed this to happen in order to give even more weight to their testimony on Jesus’ resurrection later on. 

All this incredulity of the Apostles shows clearly that the Resurrection of Christ is not obvious, it is not in the natural capacity of our human reasoning and understanding to admit the fact of the Resurrection: indeed, according to what we can know by ourselves, no dead can come back to life by itself, nobody can give back life to a dead. And as to Christ, nobody has seen the soul of Christ leaving the Limbos, going back into His body laying in the sepulchre and then leaving the sepulchre. In short, we have no natural evidence of the reality of the Resurrection.

The Resurrection of Christ, and the Redemption which it is the sign of, are realities determined by Divine Will and realized by Divine Power. So, man with his natural capacities of understanding, cannot know, cannot believe, cannot accept these realities as true unless he is given a special assistance by God, a supernatural strength in his intelligence and will. Our Lord said: “No man come to Me, except the Father who has sent me, draw him. And I will raise him up in the last day.” (Jn 6;44). St Thomas’ attitude represents the natural reaction of our reason facing Divine realities.

2. Jesus’ intervention

In the Gospel, we see Jesus intervening directly on St Thomas to heal him of his incredulity, to give him that supernatural strength of mind and will, which we call the Faith: “Be not faithless but believing” (Jn 20;27). But before giving Thomas that supernatural gift of Faith, Our Lord Jesus granted him the signs which he asks for: “Put in your finger hither and see my hands. And bring hither the hand and put it into my side”. Not only we see here the goodness and the mercy of Our Lord Jesus towards St Thomas, but also we see how He respects our human nature: Our Lord does not want us to believe Him blindly, as if we had no reason. God has given us a reason by which we guide ourselves, He wants us to use it. So while Jesus asks us to believe what is beyond our natural understanding, in the same time He gives us signs by which we can see that it is reasonable to believe. 

When you consider the followers of other religions like Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Islam, and so on… you see the contrary: they believe blindly in stories on which are based their religions: nothing proves the reality of their stories, which are even often ridiculous and absurd, but yet they believe them. Such belief is unreasonable, and it is a sign that these religions are not from God.

Our Lord Jesus does not treat us like that. He asks us to believe and He gives us signs by which we can see clearly it is reasonable to believe and unreasonable not to believe. He asks us to believe in the reality of His Resurrection, and He gave clear proofs of it to His Apostles, in such a way that they could say with St John: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled… we declare unto you.” (1 Jn 1;1).

The Apostles could check that Jesus’ risen Body was a real physical body: “It is Myself. Handle and see: for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see me to have.” (Lc 24;39); the Apostles could see Jesus’ human face and recognize Him as he was before the Passion; they could check that it was the same body which had been crucified: “See my hands and my feet” Jesus told them. 

The Apostles could check that Jesus risen from the dead had a real human life, capable to eat and to drink: “They offered Him a piece of a broiled fish and a honeycomb. And when He had eaten before them, taking the remains, He gave to them.” (Lc 24;42); that Jesus was capable to speak with them, to answer their questions; capable to reason and to explain to them the meaning of the Holy Scriptures. 

The Apostles could check that the risen Jesus had the same Divine Power as before the Passion, witnessing a new miraculous fishing. They could witness that Jesus had the glory of risen bodies, able to appear and disappear at will, to enter anywhere, “the doors being shut”. 

And on the top of all of that, Our Lord Jesus used the incredulity of St Thomas to add another proof witnessed by all the other Apostles, He told St Thomas: “Put in your finger hither and see my hands. And bring hither the hand and put it into my side”. 

After checking all this, the Apostles could say: “we don’t know how the Resurrection happened, but we know for sure that it happened”.


As He did to the Apostles, Our Lord Jesus gives us signs by which we can see clearly that it is reasonable to be Catholic, that the teaching of the Catholic Church is true, is from God. Our Catholic Faith is not blind. We are not Catholics because our parents were Catholics; we are not Catholics because it is part of our culture. We are Catholics because firstly we have been given by God the gift of Faith and secondly because we can see enough signs showing that it is really reasonable to believe the teaching of the Catholic Church, and unreasonable not to believe it. What are these signs? Let us mention: the historical testimony of the Apostles in the Gospels which are authentic historical books; the solid Tradition, constant and same teaching of the Catholic Church going back to the very beginning of Christianity; the wisdom, the unity and the holiness shining in the teaching of the Catholic Church; the material and spiritual improvement of the people who follow the teaching of the Catholic Church; the History of the Church and its miraculous expansion in the world; the direct and historical link of succession from the Apostles to the Pope and Bishops of the Catholic Church; the convergence of science with the Bible.

Let us be careful not to imitate St Thomas in asking for special and extraordinary proofs in order to believe: let us not be of these people who want to see miracles, to feel the Holy Spirit, who are thirsty for revelations and so-called prophesies: they want to have the evidence of what is supernatural, they want to feel what is beyond human sensibility. This is very dangerous because the devil can cheat them easily and they merit also Jesus’ reproach to St Thomas: “Because you have seen Me, Thomas, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen and have believed”, in other words: because you search for such extraordinary signs, you will have a lesser reward in Heaven.

The virtue of Faith is a supernatural virtue which only God can increase. So, today especially let us make ours the prayer of this man in the Gospel: “I do believe, Lord. Help my unbelief” (Mc 9;23).

The Catechism of the Council of Trent and the Creed
(Fr. Peter Scott, SSPX)
    Part 1: 23MB mp3 64min, 
    Part 2: What is Faith and Why is it Necessary    32MB mp3 90min, 
    Part 3: The Existence and Unity of God   26MB mp3 110min, 
    Part 4: The Attributes of God   37MB mp3 110min.
    Part 5: The Mystery of the Blessed Trinity (Part I)   37MB mp3 110min.
    Part 6: The Mystery of the Blessed Trinity (Part II)   38MB mp3 110min.
    Part 7: The Divine Omnipotence   35MB mp3 100min. 
    Part 8: Creation (PartI)   41MB mp3 120min. 
    Part 9: Creation (PartII)  and Divine Providence 42MB mp3 120min. 
    Part 10: Angels  45MB mp3 120min. 
    Part 11: The Physical Creation 38MB mp3 120min. 
    Part 12: The Creation and Nature of Man  36MB mp3 100min. 
    Part 13: Original Justice  37MB mp3 100min. 
    Part 14: Original Sin I  36MB mp3 100min. 
    Part 15: Original Sin II  37MB mp3 105min. 
    Part 16: The Incarnation (Introduction)  41MB mp3 58min. 
    Part 17: The Incarnate God II  36MB mp3 51min. 
    Part 18: The Divinity of Christ  39MB mp3 55min. 
    Part 19: The Humanity of Christ  39MB mp3 55min. 
    Part 20: The Hypostatic Union  40MB mp3 57min. 
    Part 21: The Hypostatic Union II  41MB mp3 58min. 
    Part 22: Consequences of the Hypostatic Union   37MB mp3 52min. 
    Part 23: The Kingship of Christ 33MB mp3 47min. 
    Part 24
: Our Lord's Conception by the Holy Ghost 43MB mp3 60min. 
    Part 25: The Nativity 38MB mp3 55min. 
    Part 26: Suffered under Potius Pilate 25MB mp3 35min. 
    Part 27: The Redemption 38MB mp3 54min. 
    Part 28: The Redemption Part II 41MB mp3 57min. 
    Part 29: Descent into Hell 37MB mp3 53min. 
    Part 30: He Rose Again from the Dead 39MB mp3 55min. 
    Part 31: The Ascension 37MB mp3 52min. 
    Part 32: On the Right Hand of the Fathe31MB mp3 46min
    Part 33: Sorry, not available
    Part 34: The_General_Judgement 42MB mp3 60min
    Part 35: The_Holy Ghost 32MB mp3 46min 
    Part 36: The Church The Mystical Body of Christ 32MB mp3 46min 
    Part 37: Membership in the Catholic Church 36MB mp3 53min 
    Part 38: Outside the Church No salvation 37MB mp3 52min 
    Part 39: The Marks of the Church - Unity   40MB mp3 57min 

    Part 40: The Marks of the Church - Sanctity   38MB mp3 56min 

Weekly Sermons from St. Ignatius Retreat House, Los Gatos
Fr Alphonsus Marie (Fr A.), Fr Cooper (Fr C.), Fr de la Tour (Fr D.), 
Fr Emily (Fr E.), Fr DeLallo (Fr L.), Fr Matthews (Fr M.) Fr Allesio (Fr O.)

Twenty Seventh Sun. after Pent.Fr C.St Gregory and St Elizabeth of Hungary2.4MB mp3: 21min.
Twenty Fourth Sun. after Pent.Fr C.The Church Started Small Like a Mustard Seed18MB mp3: 25min.
Feast of Christ the KingFr C.Our leaders should follow Christ the King9MB mp3: 13min.
Twenty Third Sun. after Pent.Fr A.Communion of Saints and why Purgatory exists14MB mp3: 23min.
Twenty First Sun. after Pent.Fr C.St. Raphael15MB mp3: 21min.
Twentieth Sun. after PentecostFr M.What is a convent of Benedictine nuns?22MB mp3: 31min.
Ninteenth Sun. after PentecostFr A.Working out our salvation14MB mp3: 20min.
Sixteenth Sun. after PentecostFr E.St. Pius X12MB mp3: 17min.
Fiftteenth Sun. after PentecostFr C.We should be resigned to the Will of God in all things.8MB mp3: 12min.
Fourteenth Sun. after PentecostFr C.Gratitude for God's Providence14MB mp3: 20min.
The AssumptionFr D.To desire heaven7MB mp3: 10min.
Thirteenth Sun. after PentecostFr C.Giving thanks to God for all our benefits14MB mp3: 20min.
Twelfth Sunday after PentecostFr C.Imitate Christ's Example of Doing Good to All11MB mp3: 16min.
Twelfth Sunday after PentecostFr D.Confidence in Our Lord's Sacred Heart and Mercy5MB mp3: 16min.
Eleventh Sun. after PentecostFr C. 10MB mp3: 14min.
Tenth Sunday after PentecostFr C.We are not independant; we rely on God10MB mp3: 14min.
Tenth Sunday after PentecostFr A.What is grace: sanctifying grace and actual grace27MB mp3: 14min.
Ninth Sunday after PentecostFr C.The danger of relying on a deathbed repentance9.5MB mp3: 13min.
Eighth Sunday after PentecostFr A.On the sin of detraction17MB mp3: 24min.
Seventh Sunday after PentecostFr C.Look at your own soul, don't just compare to others12MB mp3: 17min.
Sixth Sunday after PentecostFr C.Having a personal committment to the Faith.13MB mp3: 18min.
Fifth Sunday after PentecostFr D. 16MB mp3: 25min.
Fourth Sunday after PentecostFr A.Purity of Intention15MB mp3: 21min.
Trinity SundayFr C. 14MB mp3: 17min.
Sunday after the AscensionFr C.Preparing for Holy Communion12MB mp3: 17min.
The AscensionFr C.Preaching the Catholic Faith12MB mp3: 17min.
Fifth Sunday after EasterFr C.St Jospeh the Worker6MB mp3: 9min.
Fourth Sunday after Easter The Gifts of Hearing and Speech9MB mp3: 13min.
Third Sunday after EasterFr C.We need to suffer with Jesus to be with Him forever9MB mp3: 13min.
Second Sunday after EasterFr C.The Good Shepherd, salvation of souls and vocations13.5MB mp3: 19min.
Easter SundayFr C. 13MB mp3: 19min.
Holy ThursdayFr C. 15MB mp3: 22min.
Fourth Sunday of LentFr C.Give freely of yourself to God9MB mp3: 13min.
Third Sunday of LentFr L.Lent is time for ammending our lives13MB mp3: 18min.
Second Sunday of LentFr O.The Transfiguration and lessons from it5MB mp3: 7 min.
Third Sunday after EpiphanyFr C.Battlelines Drawn19MB mp3: 26min.
Second Sunday after EpiphanyFr C.Preparing for Marriage20MB mp3: 29min.
Holy FamilyFr C.Matrimony12MB mp3: 17min.
Holy Name of JesusFr D. 7.5MB mp3: 11min.
The CircumcisionFr D.Motive of Incarnation is Redemption9MB mp3: 18min.
Christmas DayFr C.Detatchment from the world13MB mp3: 18min.
Fourth Sunday of AdventFr C.Repentance for sin4.3MB mp3: 11min.
Second Sunday of AdventFr C.St. John the Baptist18MB mp3: 20 min.
First Sunday of AdventFr A.Death and Judgement20MB mp3: 20 min.
Immaculate ConceptionFr D.The Immaculate Conception of Mary5.5MB mp3:14 min.
Our Lady of GuadalupeFr C.Our Lady of Guadalupe11MB mp3: 26 min.

Fr. Pfeiffer

First Sunday of AdventHell17MB mp3: 43 min.
Second Sunday of AdventSt. John the Baptist and Mary our Mother14MB mp3: 34 min.
Third Sunday of Advent History of the Missa de Gallo and the mystery of the night11MB mp3: 25 min.
Fourth Sunday of Advent 10MB mp3: 25 min.
Christmas DayMaking room in your life for Christ7.5MB mp3: 18 min.
Octave Day of the NativityThe Eucharist and Penance will bring Victory7MB mp3: 17 min.
Second Sunday after EpiphanyJesus was born to die and thus is surrounded by death, starting with the Holy Innocents9MB mp3: 24 min.
Third Sunday after EpiphanyOvercome evil by good10MB mp3: 25 min.
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany 22MB mp3: 24 min.
Septuagesima SundayLiturgy is not just something we do, 
but it is the center of our lives.
(Sermon combined with Septuagesima Sunday)
22MB mp3: 24 min.  
Sexagesima Sunday 
First Sunday of LentNow is the time when the Father is more inclined
to hear our prayers, as His Son died for us
4MB mp3: 18 min.
Second Sunday of Lent

We are inclined to think more clearly when fasting;
It is not meet and just to say everything to all men.

9.5MB mp3: 24 min.
Third Sunday of Lent

Joseph of the Old and New Testament are compared. Both did not question God and fought with supernatural strength.

13.5MB mp3: 33 min.
Palm SundayThe thirty pieces of silver and the price of our sins9.8MB mp3: 24 min.
Monday after Palm SundayThe first Word of Jesus from the Cross. His forgiveness 
was a very new perspective for that time.
13MB mp3: 32 min.
Tuesday in Holy Week

The third Word of Jesus from the Cross, "Woman Behold thy son, son behold thy Mother." i.e. the birth of the 
Church. Mary's third word was a friendly greeting to her cousin which caused her to be referred to as Mother for
the first time.

13MB mp3: 31 min.
Holy ThursdayOn the priesthood14MB mp3: 34 min.
Good FridaySeventh Word from the cross14MB mp3: 33 min.
Good FridaySermon19MB mp3: 46 min.
Easter VigilWe worry foolishly about the small things9MB mp3: 22 min.
Easter SundayLook behind the words of Jesus to the essence; 
Jesus comes down to where we are to teach us His Ways
of Divine Love. 
Meaning of, "I am a worm and not man."
14.5MB mp3: 16min.
First Sunday after EasterJesus of history, not of faith, rose from the dead; 
ressurection from the death of sin in the confessional is real;
7MB mp3: 46 min.
Second Sunday after EasterMost priests go to hell because they do not feed their flocks14MB mp3: 35 min.
Third Sunday after EasterThe power and beauty of Our Lord Jesus Christ14MB mp3: 33 min.
Fourth Sunday after EasterThe spirit of truth10MB mp3: 25 min.
Fifth Sunday after EasterThe importance of a life of prayer33MB mp3: 28 min.
Ascension ThursdayLook to heaven with confidence not disbelief, anger10MB mp3: 25 min.
Sunday after the AscensionSynteresis: The natural knowledge to do good and 
avoid evil, but it in a Christ-like way.
4.4MB mp3: 11 min.
Pentecost Sunday 10.5MB mp3: 26 min.

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