Great Catholic Homilies

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Is Jesus God? Or is He a created god?

April 8th, 2014

Tues., Apr. 8, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

My next door neighbor is a Jehovah Witness.

I know, Charlie, you told me about him before. What’s new with him? The Jehovahs are real missionaries. They put Catholics to shame.

Yes, in a way. Well, you know they have the Bible and they have their own way of interpreting it. Joe (the neighbor) always wants to talk to me about their way of thinking. He claims that Jesus is not God.

Ah, yes. That’s an old heresy. From way back.

He says that Jesus is the Son of God but that does not make him God.

Well, that’s an interesting position.  You know, you yourself are the son of Carl. That’s your dad’s name, right? But that does not make you Carl. You are just Charlie, the son of Carl. Continue Reading…

Why must we accept suffering?

April 7th, 2014

Mon., April 7, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

I really like St. Catherine.

Oh?  I’m glad to hear it, Charlie.

That’s St. Catherine of Siena, I mean.  I like her except when she talks about suffering and pains of all kinds.

What does she have to say about that?

She says, if you choose to love God, you have to choose to endure pain.

Choose?  I can take suffering when it comes my way but choose?  No way.  But what kind of pain is she talking about? Continue Reading…

Hope: The Key to Countering Fear and Loss

April 4th, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. Joseph5th Sunday of Lent, April 6, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

We can all remember being a child and having to go shopping with our mothers. I also had two older sisters so these trips were “double the fun” for me as the only boy. Often on these extended shopping sprees, I would occupy myself by playing under the clothes racks. On one occasion, I wandered off a little farther than in the past and found myself totally lost.

I called out for my mother and searched, but she was not anywhere to be found. Of course, as a young child this was a devastating feeling. Not having the experience of the world, I presumed that I was lost forever. Obviously, it wasn’t long until my mother found me and my peace was restored.

Fear can be a debilitating thing. As a child this fear is magnified by our inexperience and naiveté. However, this temptation to despair is within all of us. Continue Reading…

The Purification of Mary, and seeing God’s hand in everything

April 3rd, 2014

Photo of Fr. Brankin. Go to Fr. Brankin's bio.February 9, 2014

Fr. Anthony Brankin

What a beautiful combination of celebrations we have today—First we have the Purification of Mary which actually is related to the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple—and somehow somewhere inside all of that is the Feast of Candlemas—or Candelaria in Spanish where we bless the candles that we will use for the year as well as candles for home use.

On this day many people—(as if to signal the end of their families Christmas season) will bring their Baby Jesus to church for a blessing. I have seen it only since coming to St. Odilo, the children rock the Baby Jesus in a crib and sing a lullaby. Then they will take their Nino home put Him away for the year. Continue Reading…

Why does God still keep me here?

March 31st, 2014

Mar. 31, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

What’s wrong, aunt Clara?  You look like you’ve lost your best friend.

Oh, I was just thinking.  I’m wondering — why I am still here?

Why, you know why you’re here.  You learned that in catechism class.  We’re here to love God and serve him and be happy with him forever.

Oh, I know that.  I mean why am I still here?  After Joe died and we raised the family, I wonder what I am still here for.  I’ve done my job and, well, I’m  just wondering.

I don’t know if I can help you but I have a few thoughts.

I’d be glad to hear what you have to say. Continue Reading…