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Giving totally as Jesus did on the cross, we find that we too rise as better people

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. Joseph

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…

Clarifying an issue in the Synod on the Family

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. Joseph

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

Synod on the Family – MP3 – Audio homily

A world event which has gained a great deal of attention in the last few weeks is the Synod on the Family. Much speculation and even controversy has come from this. One problem with the reporting on such events is that much of the media has little or no knowledge of how the Church functions on a day-to-day basis.

The word synod is defined as “a coming together.” There are many different types of synods from the diocesan level to the universal level. Of course, this Synod on the Family is at the universal level. Its function is to offer counsel to the pope and the curia on how to handle a specific aspect of the faith or Catholic life. Continue Reading…

Divorce: a sin?

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

Hey, Charlie, you look puzzled. A little more than usual that is.

Well, I am. I heard the priest in the neighboring parish preach on marriage


He said that divorce is all right unless

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is followed by remarriage.

Yes I believe I have heard that. I don’t know if that is part of Catholic teaching, though. I’ll tell you what. Let’s check the CCC.

The CCC? What’s that? Continue Reading…