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Let us make Confirmation our personal Pentecost

Friday, May 25th, 2012

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Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
Gospel: John 20:19-23 “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Each year at the end of the Easter season we celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost. As Catholics we know that this is a commemoration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and Mary. We were taught in religious education that the Holy Spirit is a gift from Jesus to the Church. Most Catholics receive this gift for the first time as infants at Baptism.

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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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We become temples of the Holy Spirit and begin to share in the Divine life of God.  Several years later, we will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. In this sacrament, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit as the Bishop anoints our head with Sacred Chrism. Confirmation is intended to be a personal Pentecost for each Catholic. We, like the disciples in the upper room, are given the grace to witness to our faith through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Continue Reading…

Wisdom comes from grace, and enables us to direct our actions to the divine

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 24, 2011
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
Gospel: Matt. 13:44-52 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.”

Full homily text: In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells one parable about a merchant who is searching for pearls. He could have been searching near the Red Sea at the time, which was said to contain many pearl oysters and freshwater pearl mussels. People of Israel probably had seen these pearls and were struck by their beauty. Few could afford them except the very wealthy and powerful. The pearl itself was worth so much because it was rare and of great beauty. Like today, many would want them because they are worth a great deal, and others because they are very precious like art.

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The merchant is searching for pearls and comes across one that is the “pearl of great price.” This one captivates his mind, senses, and whole being. Its beauty is beyond anything that he has come across before. The merchant “goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” He is left with nothing but a pearl. Certainly this pearl is worth a lot, but he has lost everything for it. Continue Reading…

Pentecost enables us to be Christ's witnesses to the ends of the world

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Read Fr. BaldeonSunday, June 13, 2011 Pentecost
Fr. Elvio Baldeon
Gospel: John 20:19-23
“As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”

Homily summary: The coming of the Holy Spirit was a historical moment. It was also a historical moment when we received the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation. We can ask ourselves, why do we not receive the Holy Spirit in the same way? We receive Jesus in our hearts quietly.

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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We are to be his witnesses. People don”t like to be reminded of God. Still, we are commissioned to be his witnesses to Jerusalem, to Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. The disciples were afraid of the Jews. This changed when they received the Holy Spirit. They received the spirit of wisdom, understand, counsel, and so on. Continue Reading…

The sacraments will put your children on the path to sainthood

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

26nd Sunday in ordinary time, Sept. 26, 2010
Fr. Anthony Brankin

Gospel: Luke 16:19-31. Parable of Lazarus and the rich man.
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Summary: On this day of commitment for children starting their preparation for First Confession, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation, we recall the need of the sacraments among children in preparing for a life of sanctity. 

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.