Great Catholic Homilies

"Faith comes by hearing, and what is heard is the Word of Christ."

How can God be good in a world of evil?

August 30th, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephSunday, August 31, 2014
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

The friars in our house recently saw the movie God is not dead. This is the story of a young college freshmen who takes an introductory philosophy course taught by a self-proclaimed atheist, Mr. Radisson. This professor has gotten quite the reputation for his hostility toward Christianity. He begins each semester by asking his class to hand in a signed sheet of paper with the statement God is dead.

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We Catholics are beginning to realize the need to support and strengthen the traditional family unit. Click photo to learn about the Family Fun Day held at our Mercedarian parish in LeRoy, NY, and why we held it.

These famous words were first written by philosopher Fredrick Nietzsche in 1883. If a student dares to not complete the assignment as requested he or she is in immediate threat of failure and must defend his or her position before the whole class. Continue Reading…

What should we be — poor, or poor in spirit?

August 23rd, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

My wife has been after me to explain what Jesus meant when He said, Blessed are the poor.

Well, Charlie, that’s a significant problem.  Not an easy answer.  But I’ll try.


It’s true that Jesus said, Blessed are the poor, but He also said, in another gospel, Blessed are the poor in spirit.

Yes, that’s in Matthew.  So, which is it?

Before I give you a direct answer, let’s listen to the story of Lazarus and the RichMan. Continue Reading…

Some get a greater grace

August 17th, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

Hey, Charlie, you look kind of pleased with yourself. What’s up?

Oh, I’ve been thinking about the Church and the people that make up the Church.  All kinds. Democracy and aristocracy together.  It’s really cool.  Equality and specialness.

Go on.  You’ve got me interested.

Well, Everybody has a chance at eternal glory, right?

Yes.  No disagreement. But I would add that some get a greater grace than others.

Yes. I can vouch for that. I’m one of the more blessed.  And I thank God for that every day.

Yes. and some are mightily blessed.

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Unworthy Christians… yes, even back then

August 11th, 2014

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Deacon Robert A. Banet

You look pretty  contented, Charlie.  What’s up?

Well,  I’ve been reading St Paul’s letter to the Philippians.


He says something that makes me sad and happy at the same time.

That’s really something. Tell me about it.

It’s Philippians 1, 16.

That’s chapter one, verse sixteen, right?

Gee, aren’t you the Bible scholar!

Wise guy! Go on. Continue Reading…

Faith asks that we buy in completely to God’s plan

August 8th, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephSunday, August 10, 2014
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

With the beginning of training camp, many football fans are excited and hopeful that their beloved Eagles can make a run at the championship. Last year, this was not at all the case. Chip Kelly was just taking over as head coach after two very disappointing seasons. Chip was a confident guy coming from the University of Oregon where he was able to do some amazing things with a fast-paced spread offense. These innovations can be very successful in college, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will work in the pros. Just ask Tim Tebow!!

This new video, produced by the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, is the first of its kind produced in English.

There were so many unanswered questions entering last season. The players were put through an unprecedentedly grueling training camp which tested their stamina and commitment. There were questions in everybody’s mind. The only way this was going to work is if the players and coaches truly buy-in with their whole being. They must understand the reasoning for each decision and believe that it can work. Basically, the team had to see Chip Kelly as trustworthy and give their assent to the process. The end result was very positive. There were many growing pains but in the end the team went 10-6 and made the playoffs. Continue Reading…