Ascension, 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.
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 .
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…