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Angry over God’s mercy? Learn Jonah’s lesson

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Read Fr. Baldeon's bioWed., Oct. 5, 2011
Fr. Elvio Baldeon
First Reading: Jonah 4:1-11 Jonah is angry that a plant has died.

Homily Summary: Have you reason to be angry? Many of us do. Jonah was angry because God forgave the city of Nineveh of its sins. Instead of being glad because of God’s mercy, he was sad and angry. God was trying to change Jonah’s idea of Him.

Which is more important — a plant or people? People are more important than plants, money or things. Jesus Christ not only gives instructions. He teaches us to talk to God, to pray. In the Gospel, he tells his disciples, “How do you pray?”

Jesus Christ prayed to the Father. If it is good for Jesus Christ to spend time with his Father, it is good for us to spend time with Him. We should ask Jesus Christ to teach us to pray.

9/11 anniversary, justice, and the measure of forgiveness

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 11, 2011
Fr. Joseph Eddy
Gospel: Matt. 18:21-35 “Forgive your brother from your heart”

None of us will forget where we were ten years ago today, September 11th 2001. I had just begun a life-changing journey. Leaving home for the first time, I had packed my bags and set off to follow my childhood dream.  September 8th, the Feast of the Birth of Mary, I arrived in a small Western New York town to begin my formation in the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy. Excitement and fear filled my whole being as I said goodbye to my parents and my “old life.”

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.

Is God calling you to become a Mercedarian friar? Visit Fr. Joseph’s Facebook page, or the website of the .

On the 3rd day, I was just settling in when one of the brothers yelled for me and my new classmates to come to the community room. There I saw a sight which I will never forget! A hole in one of the Twin Towers. The brother explained that a plane had flown into the building leaving a gaping hole. I thought it must have been an accident, but then several minutes later we watched as the second plane flew directly into the building. Shock came over us as we realized this was no accident, but a planned attack. Continue Reading…

Pope John Paul II shows us what Mercy is all about

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Read bio Fr. Joseph EddyDivine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

Gospel: John 20:19-31 Jesus appears to Thomas

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Full homily text: This May there is great rejoicing in the Church — amidst all that is wrong in the world and even at times in the Church. We rejoice to know that today our beloved John Paul II is going to become Blessed John Paul II.  This is yet another step to his eventual canonization as a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church. How this man has touched the lives of so many of us!! In fact, it is amazing to realize that this great holy man of our time is also the most viewed person in all of history. Think about it! Who has been seen by more people than the “traveling Pope”? He has traveled all over the world and been seen via television by so many others. It’s hard to believe that any person in the past one hundred years has had a greater positive impact on the world.

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.

Is God calling you to become a Mercedarian friar? Visit Fr. Joseph’s Facebook page, or the website of the .

And, yet, not all people were fans of him when he was alive. Many criticized this Pope and disagreed with his stance on multiple issues. In fact, thirty years ago he was almost assassinated by a trained expert Turkish gunman who was a member of a militant fascist group. The Pope truly almost died that day. He lost three-quarters of his blood and went through five hours of surgery. The gunman was quickly apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. Continue Reading…

St. Maria Goretti and the Forgiveness of a Murderer

Monday, July 12th, 2010

15th Sunday in ordinary time, July 11, 2010
Fr. Anthony Brankin
MP3 Audio Gospel: Luke 10:25-37 The good Samaritan

Summary: St. Maria Goretti was a girl in Italy who was murdered by a man named Allesandro, who had given himself over to the devil. And yet, Allesandro repented, and at the age of 50 begged Maria’s mother for forgiveness, which she granted him.

Satan is the default mechanism in the life of a Christian when we don’t pray. We can’t play footsie with the devil. We should severely limit, or eliminate, our viewing of TV, movies, the internet, texting and blackberrying.

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.

Become a saint through God’s mercy and Confession

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday April 11, 2010
Fr. Juan Carlos Gavancho
Gospel: John 20:19-31. “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven.”
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Summary: Mercy is when you ask for something and you cannot give anything in return. Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. Today’s Gospel is that of the Sacrament of Confession. Saints go to confession more than once a year. Come to Confession and you will see the great news of God’s mercy in your life.

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