Sixth Sunday of Easter
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
MP3 Homily: Heroic Love
I know a woman in her seventies who has worked for years as a rectory cook. This woman, Maria, is a fabulous cook. But this is not what I admire most about her. You see, Maria, became a single mom when her children were very young. Her husband ran off with a younger women leaving his wife and offspring alone. Like so many single moms, Maria picked up the pieces of the family’s shattered dreams and did her best to raise the children. Years later in a strange twist of irony, her husband contracted cancer and his younger partner walked out on him. As the cancer grew worse, it became clear that the man was not going to live long. In an act of love beyond all reasoning, Maria took this broken man back into her house and cared for him until his last breath.
Now this is a true story of heroic love. It should be held up as a tangible sign of the graces which flow from the Sacrament of Marriage. Yet, we must realize that this is a particular case. It is not always possible or prudent to welcome your civilly divorced spouse back into your home. In Maria’s case, it was the loving thing to do. This women took seriously her vows even to the point of heroism! Continue Reading…