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Archive for 2013

When every wrong will be made right

Monday, December 30th, 2013

The Holy Name of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Sun., Dec. 29, 2013
Deacon Robert Banet

Guy my cousin Charlie works with got fired.


Well, people do get fired but this time it wasn’t the guy’s fault.

Tell me more.

Turns out that somebody made off with a big piece of machinery and this guy got blamed for it.

Did he do it?

No!  That’s just it.  He did not do it but yet he got blamed.

That’s not fair.

Yeah, but as somebody says, Who says that life is supposed to be fair? Continue Reading…

God is in the midst of chaos — even of messy families

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephFeast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Dec. 29, 2013

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

What a joyous time we can have during the Christmas season! The family all gathered around the table with everyone so well dressed. All the food looks sumptuous… everyone is smiling…. Okay, now it is time to get real!! In all likelihood this is not the family life that we know. Even if we worked incessantly to create this perfect Norman Rockwell Christmas, it would likely just be a façade covering over the many problems that family life brings. “Life is messy” as my mother would always say. We shouldn’t glorify the messiness or encourage it, but we do our best to deal with it.

This is what the Holy Family did. We can be tempted to look at Jesus’ family as perfect and unattainable. However, a closer look at the Gospel reveals a very complex and muddled situation for the Son of God to be born into. There were many obstacles and challenges for Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus. Continue Reading…

Is it good to be poor?

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Tues., Dec. 24, 2013
Deacon Robert Banet

Grandpa, I have a question for you.

OK, Louis, shoot. I hope I can answer it for you. You know, some of your questions are pretty tough to answer.

What about poverty? Is it good or bad?

Maybe you’d better explain yourself.

OK. Some people take a vow of poverty, and yet we try to get rid of poverty.

Ah, I see. You are really getting to  see the problems that we have.  Let’s see.  Jesus was born in poverty.  It was God’s choice that it be so.  So we can say that poverty, if it’s  chosen voluntarity, can be seen as a good.

Yes, I remember in one of the Gospels, Jesus said blessed are the poor. Continue Reading…