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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…

Why was Jesus born on Dec. 25?

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Wed., Dec. 10, 2013
Deacon Robert Banet

Cousin Charlie is at it again.

What is it this time?

People where he works say that Catholics invented  December 25 as a way to offset a pagan feast.

What feast was that?

The feast of the Unconquered Sun.  It was a commemoration of the time when the days were getting longer, when the sun began to come back stronger and stronger.

Oh, that was back in the early days.

Yes, and I don’t think it would be a such a bad thing, the Church trying to overcome pagan ways.

Me either.

But I don’t think history supports that. Continue Reading…

Wise men know that the baby Jesus creates order, while the Harods of the world tear things apart

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Photo of Fr. Brankin. Go to Fr. Brankin's bio.The Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 6, 2013

Fr. Anthony Brankin

(Notes from sermon) In the 1800’s Victor Hugo wrote a novel about a man who stole a loaf of bread and for the next twenty years he was chased by the government for the crime. This easily happens in our modern, liberal atheist state. There is no mercy from the all-powerful state.

In this situation, values are turned upside down; justice tempered by mercy doesn’t exist. Disorder and chaos reigns. With this kind of government, lives spin out of control.

The message of the three kings is that of a little baby. He creates order where there is no order. When they get rid of Jesus, it only brings disaster, such as drone bombing, homosexual marriage. It is Herod’s dream – life without God.

The path to peace, to virtue, to happy family life is the path to the crib of Jesus, where we will find the only ruler in the world that helps this world to give order, to make sense, and to give life. In fact this ruler gives eternal life.

Christ was born into poverty and suffering so He would know of our suffering

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Photo of Fr. Brankin. Go to Fr. Brankin's bio.Christmas, Dec. 25, 2012

Fr. Anthony Brankin

(Notes from sermon) God proves his love when he stands by us when we need him. His love is so unexpected. We ask, God did this for us? If Christ came today, you think He would be announced by leaders and influential people. But He was born in poverty. Angels announced his coming to rough shepherds who didn’t even own the sheep they watched.

And yet, Christ will suffer and die. So He would know of our suffering. A God who suffers as much as we do. We have the consolation of eternal life.

Fr. Brankin recalls when he was growing up, when his father was able to stop by from his police beat to have Christmas dinner with the family.

The Mysterious Travel of Mother Mary Agreda, and the Three Kings

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Go to Fr. Brankin's bioEpiphany, 2012
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Luke 2:1-14 “You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths”

Complete sermon text: I guess it is somewhat strange, but today—even though it is two days later after the “real” date, we are celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany. And we do this because America is such a non-Catholic, non-Christian, non-religious country. Officially, at least, all our politicians and all our laws, of course, are either against the practice of religion or ignore it entirely.

Now if we lived in a little village in a happily Catholic country, then naturally on the 6th of January—the Twelfth Day of Christmas to be exact—no one would have to go to work—and everyone would go to church; and we would have a beautiful Mass, and three men would dress like the Three Kings, and pass out candy and little gifts to the children; and they would even bake cakes with tiny little figures of the Baby Jesus inside— and whoever found the little figurine would be declared “King!” Continue Reading…