Author: Kevin Aldrich

  • An (unofficial) Father of the Church – First Sunday of Advent, Year B

    An (unofficial) Father of the Church – First Sunday of Advent, Year B

    This coming Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, with the Lectionary beginning Year B. The Doctrinal Homily Outline breaks down as follows: Central idea: Be watchful! Be alert! Doctrine: Humble vigilance of heart in prayer. Practical application: Being a better servant. To view the complete outline, click here. A modern (unofficial) Doctor of the Church Over the next two…

  • The Fourth level of Happiness: The transcendentals and God

    The Fourth level of Happiness: The transcendentals and God

    For a complete Doctrinal Homily Outline for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Year A, click here. The Transcendentals  Fr. Spitzer points out the truth, discussed in the Western tradition for at least 2500 years, that we have five desires we want to be completely fulfilled, that we can pursue in this life and obtain…

  • The Third Level of Happiness: Contribution

    The Third Level of Happiness: Contribution

    For a full Doctrinal Homily Outline for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary time, click here. Central idea: Fruits of the fear of the Lord. Doctrine: Children of God or divine filiation. Practical application: A brief summary of some of the consequences of divine filiation in the Christian life. The third level of happiness: Contribution to others The…

  • The Four Levels of Happiness: Ego gratification

    The Four Levels of Happiness: Ego gratification

    For a Doctrinal Homily Outline for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary time, click here. The themes are Central idea: Be awake and prepared to meet Christ. Doctrine: Christ will make all things subject to him. Practical application: Prudence. Ego gratification The second and higher level of happiness Fr. Spitzer’s recognizes he calls ego gratification. Right off the bat this…

  • Four Levels of Happiness: Physical Pleasure

    Four Levels of Happiness: Physical Pleasure

    Here is a link to the Doctrinal Homily Outline for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary, titled Priests of Christ are to be leaders who serve. Back in September, I introduced Fr. Robert Spitzer’s four levels of happiness. I can finally resume. Only four? It might seem limiting to claim there are only four basic kinds of…

  • Good News

    Good News

    Thanks to the DreamHost Professional Services team, Doctrinal Homily Outlines has been restored and is working normally. As you will notice, the website looks different. A standard (rather than custom) set up went with the reinstallation. I will work on giving the site a more professional and customized look as soon as possible. This homiletic…

  • Update

    Update

    Dear Readers of Doctrinal Homily Outlines, The reason you have not received any notifications in the last few weeks is because the website has been hacked and possibly virtually destroyed. If you receive this, you will probably see links for bogus websites or products at the bottom. I would not click on any of them.…

  • Four levels of happiness

    Four levels of happiness

    The four levels of happiness One of the wisest Catholic writers alive is Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. Just one of his many insights into human nature and our salvation and sanctification is his model of the four levels of happiness. These four types of happiness, ranked in their natural order of value and importance, are…

  • The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Understanding

    The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Understanding

    This is the last of seven little reflections on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Etymologically, to understand means to stand-under, but the older meaning of under is in the midst of. When you understand something, you are standing within it. You are intellectually grasping what is around you. You get “it,” it being the…

  • The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Wisdom

    The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Wisdom

    The word wisdom is one we may use casually without really thinking about what it means. If we reflect on how we use it, the word wisdom relates to truth. It has to do with seeing the truth about something. The truth about that something might have many dimensions. In addition, we are not wise…

  • The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Knowledge

    The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Knowledge

    There is a famous (or infamous) meme that runs, “That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.” In reality, to be true, we should change this saying to “That’s what we do. We think and we know things!” Ordinary knowledge is when a person assimilates something outside one’s mind into one’s mind. Assimilate…

  • The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Counsel

    The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Counsel

    As a natural virtue, counsel is the good intellectual habit of seeking advice. The Latin word consilium means deliberation or advice. A person may take counsel in himself by thinking things through. One can also get good advice outside of oneself. This is why we call a lawyer a counsellor. As Fr. John Hardon, S.J. puts…