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The myth of self-governance — we are merely bug splatter (sermon text)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 22, 2012
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 “Repent, and believe the Good News.”

Full sermon text: Today is the day that the Bishops of the US have asked all Catholics to make of it—a day of reparation for the sin of abortion—a sin—I might add—that has been committed about 50 million times in almost forty years.

But that number only applies in this country. I read just last night that the world-wide number of abortions approaches one billion! I saw that statistic in a letter to the editor of a Catholic journal; and the author of the letter said that all these abortions—these billion lives that were snuffed out—were lives taken in the so-called “Christian west”. Continue Reading…

The myth of self-governance — we are merely bug splatter for the secular elite

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

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Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 “Repent, and believe the Good News.”

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Sermon summary: Today’s modern, liberal, secular government was born in 18th century French salons, which said that there is no power above the government; the state is supreme. Today, they brainwash and tell us we are self-governed. But we have misery and poverty. The politicians, financiers, corporations and socialists make the money.

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They say we govern ourselves. But were you consulted when the factories here were emptied, and when slaves in China began making things?

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Don’t fall for the devil’s empty promises, governor

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

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Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Matt. 25:1-13 The five foolish virgins

Full homily text: One of the most enduring and fascinating themes in our Western literature is the theme of the person who makes a bargain with the devil. If the devil obtains for me—this or that—then at the end of my life, in return, he may come for my soul. Pretty awful really.

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And always the deal is for something like wealth, or power or some hidden wisdom—something desirable but unobtainable by other means. In the story of Dr. Faust for example—Faust already knows everything and has the power that comes from knowing the secrets of the Universe. But he wants something different; and he strikes a bargain with the devil to possess Helen of Troy—the most famous beauty in history. In the classic American story — “The Devil and Daniel Webster”, the subject bargains away his soul just so that he can be more prosperous than his neighbors.

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Labor Day and why the Church must speak for social justice

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Matt. 18:21-35 How often shall I forgive my brother?

Summary (Today’s homily was followed by a heartfelt applause): Last week we had two great holidays – Labor Day and the feast of St. Peter Claver. One of the Church’s best kept secrets is its social teaching. This teaching needs to be understood more because it helps people and families.

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St. Peter Claver was a servant of the poorest of the poor. There were people in Africa captured by Arabs and sold as slaves. The slaves suffered from starvation, dehydration, and died by the hundreds of thousands in the holds of ships. Peter Claver understood the wickedness of the slave trade as they were dumped on the shores of South America. He gave them food and water, and told them about the God who loves them, told them about Jesus who suffered like they did, and died for them. Peter Claver baptized hundreds of thousands of slaves, and even is credited for making South America Catholic. Continue Reading…

Martyrdom of Peter and Paul gives hope for our present difficulty

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Fr. Anthony Brankin14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 “Come to Me, all you who are heavy laden.”

Homily summary: Last Wednesday was the Feast of the Sts. Peter and Paul. And last Thursday was the feast of the First Martyrs of Rome. The emperor Nero bound the Christians to poles, smeared them with tar, and set them ablaze to provide light for his garden party. And the Christians sang hymns while they died.

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As far as St. Peter, what better city to have the center of the Church, than Rome? Peter was the one who told Jesus that he was the Messiah. Peter and Paul tried to convince the Romans that Jesus was true God and true man, who died on the cross for their sins. The people were thrilled to hear about Jesus. Paul was the greatest teacher we have ever had. Christianity spread throughout the land.

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