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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…

Can’t conceive? Pray to St. Raymond, patron of those suffering from infertility

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephFourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 22, 2013

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

During the Christmas season our minds necessarily are turned to the birth of a poor child in a manger. There is something so human, so compelling about the Nativity scene. It is unique to our frail human condition and while at the same time so beyond imagination. God comes to us in a way which both beckons us to Him and makes us feel safe approaching the Creator of all things. This way is through a baby. Each time we see an infant we want to smile. We want to approach this human being which is so helpless and beautiful. But not all feel this way when they see a baby.

There are those women, increasing in number, who desperately want to have a child, but cannot because of infertility. Certainly this is not a new problem; the Scriptures are filled with stories of women who were “barren.” Since for the ancients, children were considered a blessing, such women were seen as cursed by God. Left to feel as if they were less than a woman or a wife. Continue Reading…

Why do we call her “Mother of Our Creator?”

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Thus., Dec. 12, 2013
Deacon Robert Banet

My cousin Charlie has stopped saying the Litany of the Blessed Mother.  Or rather, he has edited it.

What do you mean, edited it?

He takes out the invocation, Mother of our Creator.

Why would he do that?

He says it makes Mary greater than the Creator.

I’ll  have to admit it’s a problem. Does he think it means that Mary created God?

That’s what  it looks like to him.  Let’s  take a look at what it seemed to Elizabeth.

Elizabeth who?  Elizabeth Taylor? Continue Reading…