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God didn’t make us talking dolls

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Mon., Mar. 24, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

You know Aunt Clara?  She’ Charlie’s  aunt.

I seem to remember. So what’s this about what she gave for Christmas?

Well, she gave her granddaughter a talking doll.

A what?

You know, a doll with a string that you pull.

And then?

And then a record inside the doll speaks to you.

And what does the doll say?

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Confession frees us from the wounds of sin

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephSun., Mar. 23, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

In the past few years, with the increase in reality TV series, many intervention programs have gained popularity. These programs focus on individuals who have different addictions or phobias which bind hold them and their families’ hostage. Some of the worse cases are those people who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.

These people’s lives are often shattered by their addiction. They become different people who are enslaved to the desire to escape into another world. Often this is a result of a deeper emotional or psychological wound which has never been dealt with. The object of intervention is to slowly bring the wound into the open so that it may be recognized as a disordered way of perceiving one’s self or others. This is often a painful and long process which takes much patience and love from a support group. Continue Reading…

He wants a Church bruised, hurting and dirty

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephSat., Mar. 15, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

This past summer I went for two weeks to Life Teen camp in Georgia. This camp was set up for those in Junior High to strengthen their relationship with Jesus and His Body the Church. I was told that Life Teen strives to always work for a balance of 70% Catechesis and 30% fun. However, in reality in many of the catechetical moments are done in such a way that they too are enjoyable.

One of these elements was the messy games. This consists of running through an obstacle course as a parish supporting each other along the way. The famous event certainly lived up to its name with a run through the wet and muddy camp. The teens were dosed with water, shot (by a toy gun) with powder paint, and finally met up at the end to just be covered with a messy mixture. All, including adults, were invited to take part in the event, but I thought it better to sit this one out. Continue Reading…

“I came to spread divisions!”

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Mon. March 3, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

Ever since I started reading the Bible, I get more and more confused.

Charlie, I’m glad you are continuing to read the Bible, but I’m sorry to hear about your confusion. What seems to be the problem?

It’s in the gospel of Luke.  Jesus says He has come to cast fire on the earth.  To spread divisions,  not to spread peace. What about the sign of peace that we give at Mass?

I know what you mean.  That passage is indeed disturbing.  I have thought about it and have come to terms with it.

I’d be glad to hear what you have to say. Continue Reading…

This Lent, don’t be anxious — just rest in God’s love

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. Joseph8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mar. 2, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

In our society today there is a great love for pets. All we need to do is scroll down the news feed on Facebook to see pictures and videos of people’s beloved animals. So many people have one or more pets. This may reveal an inner need for companionship in our technological age, which emphasizes quick and distant communication. More than ever our relationships with family and friends tend to be more superficial. However, my dog is always there for me. He is reliable, and always coming to the door to greet me with love when I get home.

Besides their companionship, animals can also teach us a lot about God’s providence and care over every creature. We are told today that the “birds of the sky” do not sow or reap. They are not frantically trying to control their lives. These animals are not anxious about having money for a comfortable lifestyle or about their children or the economy. Continue Reading…