Soft sole moccasins

Benjamin Free Range

– Fr. Benjamin My little brother’s slippers had holes in them. He likes to take his shoes off at the door and wear moccasins all day long, and he had worn through his $17 slippers. “We could make you some moccasins,” I told him. He was excited at the idea of a project. Before going home for Thanksgiving break, I …

Living Well – Gratitude

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

"We must change from looking at the lack in our lives to looking at the abundance in our lives and being grateful." – LaVon Rader This little quote was part of a presentation on living a simple abundant life at the Diocese of Green Bay’s convocation for 2009. When I heard it, I realized that I had personally been looking …

Living Well – A New Series

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

Priests see people at their worst. It would be odd if I went through a whole week without someone breaking down and crying in front of me. “Father, can I meet with you?,” people always ask. Chances are slim that they go on to say, “I’ve had a great week and I just want to tell you about the wonderful …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Nov 8

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord32 – How to buy Heaven for Two Pennies (9:11) Ordinary Time, 32nd Sunday. What do we do when even our best isn’t good enough? Today we see two widows who do not have enough. One gives here little to Elijah and God rewards her generously. Another gives her little to the temple and wins the admiration of Jesus. What …

Year of the Priest – Some Sage Advice

Fr. Joel Priesthood

The US conference of Catholic Bishops has been using this beautiful icon to promote the year of the priest. This is not a year for us to be honored but rather a year to remind us of the sacred duty we have to live the priesthood to the full. Here is some excellent advice from St. Charles Borromeo. He was …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Nov 1

Fr. Joel Homilies

Nov1 – The Joy of Innocence (7:56) Solemnity of All Saints. God has adopted us as his children. "See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we might be called Children of God. Yet so we are." Children are innocent; they enjoy things simply because they are good. Children love to sing for the fun of it, while …