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“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…

Driven by envy, the devil tempts us all

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Mon., Feb. 24, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

Hey, Charlie. what’s up?  You look more puzzled than usual.

I’ve been praying the psalms, you know, and I’m stuck on one of them.


“His prosperity stirred my grief.”

Ah, I can seem why.  I think I understand it but people I’ve talked to can’t ever seem to see my way.

So it must be a pretty complicated passage?

Not really.  It’s just that some people don’t have that particular temptation.

A temptation?

Yes, it’s envy.  Envy, not meaning the harmless kind that say’s “Oh, I envy you! You’ so cool.”

Isn’t that what envy is? Continue Reading…

To forgive, no matter how great the offense

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. Joseph7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 23, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

Two years ago an excellent film came out called October Baby. This movie focused on the struggles of a young woman, Hannah, who has had unexplained psychological and physical problems for all of her life. Hannah’s struggles come to a climax when she collapses during a college play. This painful event begins a search for the root of her problems.

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Hannah discovers that she is the lone survivor of a failed abortion. Her twin brother died shortly after birth. Hannah was abandoned by her mother, but adopted by a loving family. Despite the affections and support of her step-parents, she still suffers many scars from the traumatic event. Continue Reading…

Freedom is living with the eyes of faith

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephFeast of the Presentation, Feb. 2, 2014
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

In the famous novel “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo, Jean Valjean is freed from a hard labor camp. He was placed in this penitentiary after stealing a loaf of bread for his starving sister. Jean finally experiences his longed-for freedom, but quickly finds that it is an illusion. Valjean must carry documentation which states that he is a criminal for the rest of his life. He is basically on life-time probation with no hope of making a decent living.

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This only goes to harden the heart of Valjean who is at war with a world which has always treated him with such contempt. Then something totally unexpected happens to Jean. He is approached by a poor and holy Bishop who invites him in with no questions asked. Valjean accepts the invitation, but then steals the Bishop’s silver in the night. Quickly, he is captured by the law and brought back to the Bishop’s residence. The poor cleric refuses to admit the theft and tells Jean that he has “bought your soul for Christ.” Valjean is ransomed from his sins. He is bought by the blood of the Lamb; he is free! At that moment the criminal realizes that the words from John’s Gospel are true, “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” Continue Reading…