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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…

Contraception is a mortal sin. There — I’ve said it

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Feb. 28, 2013
Deacon Robert Banet

Kimberly Hahn says contraception is a mortal sin.

Hah! What does she know!  She’s a convert.

Well, the Catholic Catechism bears her out. It says every action that makes procreation impossible is “intrinsically evil.”

That’s pretty strong language.  Intrinsically evil.  That means that there’s no way it could be good.

Right.  There’s no circumstance that could make it good.

Well then, how come we don’t hear about that from the pulpit?

That I cannot answer.  But we have to follow the Church, no matter what we hear or don’t hear from the pulpit. And there’s more. Continue Reading…

The Pill has warred against marriage, and against life

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Photo of Fr. Brankin. Go to Fr. Brankin's bio.Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 20, 2013

Fr. Anthony Brankin
About two weeks ago I read an opinión piece by a Sun-Times columnist, Neil Steinberg, who was objecting to the Cardinal’s recent request of all the pastors that they include the cardinals letter to the people regarding the impossibility of so-called gay-marriage.
Steinberg was beside himself with rage that the Cardinal of the Catholics might think that he would have a right to try to influence legislation by asking Catholics to write to their state legislators to make their opinions about gay marriage known. How dare the Cardinal think that he might have the same rights as anyone else.

It was truly an amazing article.

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How Our Lady of the Rosary rescued us from the culture of death

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 7, 2012

Fr. Anthony Brankin

In 11 minutes, this sermon smoothly brings together a teaching linking the historical defense of Christian culture at Lepanto, as well as the struggle against the Albigensian heresy in Europe. Father then deftly relates this to our need to remain faithful to the true practices of everyday married love. Get all the details in the MP3.

Below is a summary of today’s sermon.

Today is Pro-Life Sunday, and the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast day goes back to the Battle of Lepanto, where some four hundred years ago Catholic ships met Turkish muslim ships and beat them. If they had not won, we would be muslims today. Don Juan, the commander pinned a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the mast of one of the ships in the battle. Continue Reading…

Marriage is more than good — it's possible through Sacramental grace

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. Joseph27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 7, 2012

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

(Full text of sermon) Throughout history, whatever the culture, religion, or race, a marriage has been universally recognized as a joyous celebration. Certainly different cultures celebrate in different ways, yet there is a common joy that is seen in all. Marriages are times for families to reunite while enjoying copious amounts of food, dancing, joyous laughter, smiling, and, yes, even some tears of joy.

Br. Matthew

Try to watch this video and not chuckle

OK, a vocation is a serious matter, but sometimes there are things to laugh about. Watch our video, “Hearing God’s Call – Two Mercedarian Friars” on the of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy. You’ll see Br. Matthew and Fr. Scott share some chuckles as they talk about their vocations.

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In the Catholic Church, marriage is held up as a religious as well as a familial event. We recognize marriage as one of the seven Sacraments. A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Jesus Christ in order to give grace. At the Wedding Feast of Cana Jesus blesses all marriages, performs His first miracle, and thereby institutes the Sacrament of Matrimony. In a Catholic marriage, the man and woman make the sacrament by their vows publicly professed to each other. The priest represents Christ and His Church by accepting these vows and blessing the marriage. Continue Reading…