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Let’s move from the shopping line to the Confession line this Advent

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephFirst Sunday in Advent, Dec. 2, 2012

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

As we begin this Advent Season many of us may be struggling to get into the proper disposition. It is difficult to slow down and focus on Advent, when the whole world has begun to celebrate Christmas.

St. Peter Nolasco. Click to read more.

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 . (Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M. is the vocations director of the Order of Mercy.)

Visit the Mercedarians’

With Christmas trees and lights going up all around, not to mention music and ads all over TV, we can’t help but get caught up in searching for that perfect gift. As we stroll through the mall or surf the internet, it could be said that that we are focused, alert, and watchful for the ideal present. In today’s tough economic times naturally we want to try to please our loved one, while getting the best deal possible. Continue Reading…

The dignity of man and John Paul II's answer to Communism

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Photo of Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. Joseph6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 12, 2012
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
Gospel: Mark 1:40-45 Moved with pity, he said, “…be clean”

Full sermon text: The response of the crowd to Jesus in the Gospel is amazing. We are told that “people kept coming to Him from everywhere.” Americans are not strangers to crowds of this size. Oftentimes concerts and sporting events draw similar crowds. Yet for one man to draw such a crowd consistently is indeed unusual.

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From the hills of “Andy Griffith” to ordination in Sardinia

It might seem a wayward path, but Scott Brentwood’s journey began in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Parkway near the town about which “Mayberry RFD” was written, and ended at the altar with Scott receiving ordination in the historic city of Cagliari amidst the balmy breezes of the Mediterranean. See the video, “The Humble Roots of the Ordination of Deacon Scott Brentwood.”

Is God calling you to become a Mercedarian friar? Visit Fr. Joseph Eddy’s page.

Blessed John Paul II was certainly known to draw a crowd wherever he went. Some have said that there is no one in the history of the world who was seen by more people than “the traveling Pope.” This is high praise indeed, but very likely considering the all the pilgrimages he took to different countries and his masterful use of the media. A person with this sort of draw can do a lot of good or a lot of bad. In the case of Blessed John Paul II, he was able to do much to unite people and teach the faith. Continue Reading…

Taking part in the bond of love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Read bio Fr. Joseph EddySixth Sunday in Easter, May 29, 2011
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

Gospel: John 14:15-21 “The Spirit of truth… dwells with you, and will be in you.”

Full text of homily: Like many people, I became interested in American Idol this season. It seemed like there was so much talent in the young people who performed. Scotty, the deep voiced country star, went away with the title, but really any of the 10 finalists were capable of winning. Scotty seemed to have an innocence about him.  It appeared as though he was raised in a devote Christian home. It is my hope that he will not get caught up in the Hollywood scene and lose this innocence. Popular culture tends to idolize these stars; overemphasizing physical beauty and perfection. Stars are almost held up as gods.

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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But in our day, the Lord has also raised up many true examples of heroes who appear to have an appeal that comes from the inside rather than the external. Blessed Mother Teresa and Blessed John Paul II are examples of this transcendent beauty. Neither one of these people were successful by worldly standards. They lived simple lives. They did not possess physical beauty which drew people’s attention to them. Yet, wherever they appeared huge crowds came just to get a glimpse of them. People would hold their children out to get them close to these two examples of holiness. Crowds listened to every word that they said even as these two blesseds aged and lost the ability speak eloquently.  What was the draw of these two human beings?

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John Paul II: Do not be afraid

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011
Fr. Jason Welle
Gospel: Matt. 28:8-15 “Do not be afraid.”

Homily summary: The Mexicans have a custom of displaying a skeleton wearing a tuxedo, or playing a guitar. The idea is that death is something to be mocked, to be laughed at, because it has no power for Christians.

St. Jane de ChantalWalk on the spiritual path along with St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal into the Love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Are you a lay person interested in plunging more fully into a way of daily devotion? Or considering a vocation to the monastic Visitandine tradition? Go to Visitation Spirit website.

Jesus Christ said, “Do not be afraid.” Pope John Paul II will be canonized this Sunday, and this was one of his favorite sayings.

The opposite of faith is not doubt, but fear. Jesus came to us to cast out fear, to cast out the fear of what happens to us after we die. Jesus sets us free from the fear of death.