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The beauty nurtured in the Church is proof of God’s existence (full text)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Photo of Fr. Brankin. Go to Fr. BrankinSixth Sunday of Easter, 2012
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: John 15:9-17 “As the Father has loved me, so I love you.”

(Full text of sermon) I guess I go through my days as a priest reading and observing and thinking about what I have read and observed. I don’t really watch TV, but I still follow the news and I do read commentaries and journals of fact and opinion. I really don’t like most daily columnists—but I force myself to see what they’re saying—because if nothing else they are the bell weather of this society in which we live.

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EWTN Live featured the President of the Second Federation of the Visitation Sisters, Sister Susan Marie, recently with host Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ. Learn how deep is the spirituality of Sts. Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantel. .

In other words if you want to know what people are thinking–or being led to think—or propagandized about—you have to read what the pundits and popularizers are saying. You have to because that is how you learn where the enemy is going to bring the fight. Continue Reading…

The beauty nurtured in the Church is a proof of God’s existence

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Photo of Fr. Brankin. Go to Fr. Brankin's bio.Fifth Sunday of Easter, Apr. 6, 2012
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: John 14:7-14 “I am in the Father and the Father in me”

(Summary of sermon) I don’t particularly like to read the news columnists, but they are the bellweather of society’s propagandists — where the enemy brings the fight. The enemy is pummeling us in the media. They talk about how the Church is waging war against nuns, or women, or Obama, the poor, etc. To go after God, they go after us. They get us to disbelieve in the Church, and therefore disbelieve in God.

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EWTN to Host Visitation Sister Wed., May 9

EWTN Live will feature the President of the Second Federation of the Visitation Sisters, Sister Susan Marie, on May 9, 2012 with Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ! We believe this is the FIRST time a Visitandine will appear on the show and we look forward to the opportunity and your viewership. Read more.

The best possible defense against this may be the argument of beauty. Beauty cannot explain itself without God. I’m talking about the beauty of people’s lives. For the last two thousand years we Catholics have been doing beautiful things. We take care of the poor, the sick. We are about raising good children, and doing good things in the world. This all proves the truth and goodness of God. Continue Reading…

Born a pagan, St. Ambrose embraced Christianity and its joys

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Photo of Fr. Brankin. Go to Fr. Brankin's bioWed., Dec. 7, 2011
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Matt. 28: 11-13 “Take my yoke upon you”

Homily summary (Mass for grammar school children): Today is the feast of St. Ambrose. St. Ambrose was born into a pagan family. Imagine not being brought up in a Catholic home, but a pagan one. The Roman, Greek and Aztec gods were not nice gods. People lived in fear of them. They would pray, “Please don’t hurt me.”

Picture of St. Jane de Chantal. Click and go to Visitation website.Candor and true purity were virtues that St. Jane de Chantal spoke to her sisters about concerning making preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8. Learn more about this on the website Visitation Spirit by reading “Advent with St. Jane—Day 12 .”

But Ambrose became a Christian. We, like him, pray that Jesus blesses us and helps our families. If we don’t believe in the true God, we will believe in false gods. We will believe all kinds of things, such as in newspapers. Don’t believe them — they don’t know more than we do.

People still talk about St. Ambrose seventeen hundred years later. You must treasure your faith. It is fragile. Go to church. Otherwise you will lose your faith, and lose your soul. Then the world will collapse. You must believe in God; lead a good life. Then you will go to heaven.

Guard our thoughts and follow Christ to holiness — Video homily

Monday, November 14th, 2011

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

Gospel: Matt. 21:33-43 “The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”

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Homily Summary: Our morality and the state of our soul is determined by the choices that we make. What we take in with our senses (touch, sight, and hearing) will go a long ways to determining the choices that we make.

If we listen to, look at, and experience virtuous behavior, we will be more likely to become virtuous. But, if what we listen to, look at, and experience each day is sinful it will wear away at our resolve and eventually turn us into a person in bondage to sin.

A prudent discernment of the culture can preserve our purity of thoughts and prevent sin from enslaving us.

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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Why we need our Guardian Angels

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Go to Fr. Brankin's bio27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Matt. 21:33-43 The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone

Full homily text: We are celebrating the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels and I think that the theme of Guardian Angels might help us understand our catechism family Mass.

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Okay—so what are Guardian Angels? Well, what we believe as Catholics—and none of the so-called “Christians” believe in this—but what we believe is that at the very beginning of our lives God gives each of us our own Guardian Angel. Continue Reading…