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Parents’ good-bye is an act of entrusting their children to God

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephAscension, May 20, 2012
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
Gospel: Mark 16:15-20 “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.”

(Entire text of sermon) Oh how beautiful is this time of year!! May is a wonderful month. This is the time of warm days, flowers, barbecue, and, yes, graduations. All around the United States colleges are having their commencement exercises. Very soon, high school seniors will graduate from school and venture out into the world. These events offer time to celebrate the accomplishments of the past. They are also opportunities to give thanks to God, pray for the future, and say goodbye to the past.

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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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There is a great song by contemporary Christian singer Michael W. Smith entitled, “How to Say Goodbye.” The song is about a father who asks God to help him to say goodbye to his daughter who is getting married. Of course, this father is going to see his daughter again, but their relationship and lives will never be quite the same. Change is a part of life, but it can be difficult for parents who have sacrificed so much for their children. The lyrics of the song certainly capture the feeling of parents who have held their children “close keeping them safe until (they) could fly.”  Now as their child graduates and possibly moves away the parent must “loosen their grip” and entrust their child to the arms of God, trusting that Providence will take care of their beloved. Continue Reading…

With the Eucharist, Jesus strengthens us in our journey

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

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Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
Gospel: John 6:51-58 “I am the living bread which came down from heaven.”

Full homily text: Summer is a time for many things: family, fun, relaxation etc…. For us religious and priests it is often a time to make a home visit and see our families. It is always amazing to me to see my six nephews; how they have grown and what they are doing. Several are beginning new stages of their life. One is moving on to Kindergarten. Another is moving from elementary school to middle school. Both of these stages are big. Kindergarten means being gone from home for the whole day. Middle school means transitioning out of childhood into more serious academics and social interaction.

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My sisters are both anxious about how their children will handle these new steps. Will they adjust to the new demands? Will they make friends? Growing up is truly a journey. As an uncle I get to observe and marvel at how their lives change. But parents feel keenly the daily struggles and dangers that are present in the journey. Innately they wish that they could be present at each moment of their child’s life to protect and give them all the support that they need.  To surround them with their love and to strengthen them for the journey. Continue Reading…

To speak with authority, we must listen to Authority

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Fr. John Granato, S.M.
Gospel of Mark

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Summary: This Gospel shows that both the demons and nature listen to Jesus Christ. The Apostles and Mary Magdalene were told to no longer be quiet, but to preach the Good News. We are no longer called to be quiet. We are given the same authority given to us by Christ, through Baptism, to preach the Good News.

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As children grow up, they listen less and less to their parents. It’s the same with us; as they grow older, many people listen less and less to our Holy Father. He wants to free us from the bonds of sin and slavery. Parents know what is best for their children, but they cannot force them. The wisdom of two thousand years gives us what is best for us. There is life in the teaching of the Church. Continue Reading…