Great Catholic Homilies

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

God gives as He chooses

September 19th, 2014

Sunday, September 22, 2014
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

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When siblings come together there is always a moment of nostalgia. Many of these memories are filled with joy and laughter. Other times as we reminisce, there are the inevitable feelings of insecurities, jealousies, and perceived injustices. “You were always mom’s favorite!” “I got blamed for everything!” “(So and so) was always in trouble and got away with it!”  Yes, inequality does exist in every family and community. Sometimes it is due to actual sin on the part of the parent or leader. Other times, it is the circumstances or perceived needs of the individual which prompt inequality.

We as human beings tend to look at the world from a sense of strict justice. Justice being defined as the virtue of giving another what is due to them. We naturally think that everything should be equal in order to be right. We may say,“If I do a full day’s work, I should get significantly more than one who works only 3 hours.”

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Why can’t the Church’s teaching on birth control change?

September 11th, 2014

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

My daughter practices birth control.

How do you know?

She told me so.  She’s not ashamed to admit it.

I’m sorry to hear that.  Doesn’t she know what the Church teaches about that?

Oh, she knows, all right, but  she says that’s out of date.  She says the Church will  finally say that it’s time to change.  Just like other things in the Church have changed.

Ah, so she thinks things like the Mass in the vernacular and the dropping of many saints from the calendar and the priest facing the congregation  are in the same category as birth control

Yes, that’s her thinking.  I tried to tell her otherwise but she won’t hear of it.  She says everybody does it so it can’t be so wrong.  And besides she never hears anything about it from the pulpit. Continue Reading…

True charity means helping heal others’ spiritual wounds

September 8th, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephSunday, Sept. 7, 2014
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

The following is a homily based on the readings from the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. It delves into the wisdom of the Rule of St Augustine followed by the Order for almost 800 years.

Pope Francis, Year of Consecrated LifeJust a year ago, Pope Francis made a special announcement to the whole Church. This was that November 2014-November 2015 would be the Year of Consecrated Life. Unfortunately, many may not have known about this special announcement. Some may think that it is just for those who are religious priests, brothers, and sisters. However this way of radically imitating Jesus has an effect on the whole Church. How many of us have been blessed by the example of sisters, brothers, and religious priests? Their life teaches us about how to strive to live in community with a total desire to serve Christ. Continue Reading…

Preach on this one forgotten topic, and you will fill the pews

September 2nd, 2014

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

Is it this way all the time?

You mean, the church being only half full?

Yeah. I can’t get over it. They say only about 25% of Catholics actually attend church.

I’ve head that too. What’s your take on it?

I’ve heard lot of people talk about it and they give many different reasons, but I think it can be narrowed down to one fact.

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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…