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Beyond multiculturalism — others can be saved, but only through the merits of Jesus Christ

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Read bio Fr. Joseph EddyFifth Sunday in Easter, May 22, 2011
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

Gospel: John 14:1-12 “No one comes to the Father, but by me.”

Full homily text: I remember as children in art class that each year we would make pottery. Each of us would be given clay-like substance that was almost like “play dough.” The teacher would take the clay mold into these beautiful images: a vase, or a mug. I would think to myself, “Wow this is going to be great!” I would then take the clay and work with it, but it never seemed to go as I planned. It didn’t look as nice as the teachers or even many of my classmates.

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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Christ must be King of our country

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 21, 2010
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Luke 23:35-43. “This is the king of the Jews”
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Summary: Pius XI established the feast of Christ the King in 1925.  In modern times, countries have refused to acknowledge Christianity as good. But there will be no happiness or peace without this. In Spain in the 1930″s, and Mexico in the 1920″s, there was a great persecution of priests and other Catholics. The Mexican Cristeros, on the other hand, set a heroic example of witnessing for the faith, to the point of giving their lives.

In Poland there is a movement to proclaim Christ the King of the country. But in our country, atheism has become the official religion. But what happens then is that the government takes out rights, our lives and our property. Who is left to protect us if not Christ the King? If Christ is not our King, then Satan will be.

Consider a life of prayer and teaching. Saint Francis de Sales’ “little virtues” of gentleness, kindness, humility, and cheerful optimism shape our monastic life. Washington, DC

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There is room on the Cross for our sufferings

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

16th Sunday in ordinary time, July 18, 2010
Fr. Anthony Brankin
MP3 Audio Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 Martha and Mary

Summary: As St. Paul says, we make up in the sufferings of our body what is lacking in the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Born-agains and evangelicals don’t believe in the Mass. In the Mass, Jesus offers Himself to us and to the Father. The Mass is a true sacrifice. The unbloody sacrifice of today is intimately related to the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary. With the Mass, we are no longer just talking to God the Father, but Jesus is talking to God with us.

This homily is brought to you by the Georgetown Visitation Sisters in Washington, D.C. Saint Francis de Sales’ “little virtues” of gentleness, kindness, humility, and cheerful optimism shape monastic life for these sisters.

Christ ascended, but He is with us, in his Church

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Seventh Sunday of Easter/Ascension (in U.S.), May 16, 2010
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Luke 24:46-53. Promise of Holy Spirit and AscensionClick for audio

MP3 Audio 12 min. Full text

Summary: Although Jesus Christ ascends to heaven, the Church becomes his hands working in the world. Christ’s human body, now glorified, is in heaven.  The Catholic Church is the mystical body of Christ on earth, not the Presbyterians, Methodists, or other denominations. Although there are good, holy and kind Protestants. Imagine a good Presbyterian grandmother who will get to heaven before some Catholic bishops and priests. Protestants are a spin-off of our Church. They do not have most of the sacraments or the Blessed Virgin Mary. What a joy experienced by Protestants who become Catholic.

We are in trouble because there are not enough Catholics in the world. Everyone — Muslims, Jews, atheists, and Protestants, are called to be members of the full body of Christ. If the Church were only a structure, it would not have lasted two thousand years. Its existence is proof positive that the Church comes from God and is his presence in the world.

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Love is the proof of Christianity

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2, 2010
Fr. J.C. Gavancho
Gospel: John 13:31-35. “Love one another”
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Summary: We go to heaven because Jesus Christ has opened the door for us. Paul and Barnabas proclaimed the Gospel in places where Christ was not known. Our faith is based on love, on the rock of the Apostles. Jesus Christ said that the proof that you are my disciples, is that you love one another. Do you love one another beyond your families? Pray that we can have this love, this concern for one another.