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Parents’ good-bye is an act of entrusting their children to God

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephAscension, May 20, 2012
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
Gospel: Mark 16:15-20 “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.”

(Entire text of sermon) Oh how beautiful is this time of year!! May is a wonderful month. This is the time of warm days, flowers, barbecue, and, yes, graduations. All around the United States colleges are having their commencement exercises. Very soon, high school seniors will graduate from school and venture out into the world. These events offer time to celebrate the accomplishments of the past. They are also opportunities to give thanks to God, pray for the future, and say goodbye to the past.

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He was “cut to the heart” in discovering Christian captives

St. Peter Nolasco was shocked and moved in finding Christians held captive and in danger of losing their faith. Read more about his heroic life and what he did about it on the website of the .

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There is a great song by contemporary Christian singer Michael W. Smith entitled, “How to Say Goodbye.” The song is about a father who asks God to help him to say goodbye to his daughter who is getting married. Of course, this father is going to see his daughter again, but their relationship and lives will never be quite the same. Change is a part of life, but it can be difficult for parents who have sacrificed so much for their children. The lyrics of the song certainly capture the feeling of parents who have held their children “close keeping them safe until (they) could fly.”  Now as their child graduates and possibly moves away the parent must “loosen their grip” and entrust their child to the arms of God, trusting that Providence will take care of their beloved. Continue Reading…

Guilty conscience? It keeps you on the right track

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Read bio Fr. Joseph Eddy26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 24, 2011
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
Gospel: Matt. 21:28-32 Parable of the two sons

Full homily text: It seems that the Lord presents to us some of the best lessons in our day-to-day experiences.  Those who are prayerful and attentive can experience God’s wisdom all around them at every moment. Take for example a parent. In the growth of a baby to a child, we can learn much about our human nature. We all listen for a child’s first words. Will they say mommy or daddy? Oftentimes it is one of these two words which express their affection with for their parents. But, other times it is an expression of the child’s free will and personality coming out.

Blessed Virgin Mary of MercyFr. Joseph Eddy is the vocation director of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, founded to redeem Christians whose faith is in danger. The Order’s student house in the U.S. is in Philadelphia.

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“No” and “Yes” are usually two of the more popular words for a child just learning how to speak. In this rather humorous truth about children, we can see how God has placed within each of us “free will.” Free will is our ability as a person to act or not act without force from within or without. The child isn’t conditioned by instincts or training, like a dog, to say “yes” or “no.” Free will means we act based on what our intellect tells us is good. We from our childhood have the capacity to make a free choice. This is a gift that separates us from the animals and all other created things. We are created in God’s image with an Intellect and Will. What a gift to be able to make our own choices! And we are given this gift from the first moments of our life!! Continue Reading…

God’s grace abounds, beckoning us to be holy

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Read bio Fr. Joseph Eddy15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, July 10, 2011
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
Gospel: Matt. 13:1-23 Sowing on good soil.

Entire homily text: Summer is upon us. In fact, it has been upon us practically for several weeks. The calendar tells us that summer begins on June 21st, but in American culture it begins on Memorial Day. Those first few days of summer are filled with excitement, especially for children. When I was a child, the first month and a half of summer was at the park, which was full of my classmates. But after the 4th of July, things changed. Children were not around as much.

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For my family it was a constant battle for my mom to get us out of the house and away from the TV. Now, with video games it is even more of a temptation to stay in the house. Childhood obesity is on the rise, because children do not get enough exercise. They spend their free time sitting and playing video games all day. One parent I know tried to remedy this by getting a Wii for the family. Her hopes were that the children would play video games that involved more physical activity.  Unfortunately, the Wii sits in the corner, while the children prefer the traditional sedentary type of system. Continue Reading…