A Tale of Two Prayer Cards

Fr. Joel Priesthood

When a priest is ordained he traditionally issues a commemorative prayer card.  On this, the 3rd year anniversary of our ordination to the priesthood, I thought it appropriate to reflect on the prayer cards that my brother and I had made. Even though we are twins, you’ll notice that our cards are about as different as is physically possible. Fr. …

Homily for the 13th Sunday by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary Time, 13th Sunday. What is the difference between Elisha in the first reading and the other three in the Gospel? Elisha wants to give God everything, it will just take him some time. The other three plan on holding something back from God. What amazing things God can do if we are willing to surrender everything! We see this in the life of Sr. Francis Xavier. We could see it in you life too. [click the post for audio content]

Oil – another sign of the Apocalypse

Benjamin Life on Planet Earth

My brother pointed out that the oil spill should keep us humble, and remind us how limited our capabilities really are. In this sense, the disaster is a natural consequence of pushing too far. It is exactly the same to say that the oil spill is God’s wrath for our arrogance, and His warning to repent. After all, it is …

Homily for Fathers Day by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Dying to be a Man Ordinary Time, 12th Sunday. Learning to play an instrument involves suffering, but it’s worth it. Sin mostly happens when we try to avoid suffering, with the result that we cause ourselves more suffering. Jesus offers …

Celibacy is a Scandal, says Pope Benedict

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Priesthood

Recently in conjunction with a Prayer Vigil for priests, the Holy Father took questions from five priests. Here is his response to a question about celibacy: “A great problem of modern Christianity is that we no longer think of the future of God: the present moment of this world seems sufficient. … In this way we close the doors to …

Serving for the Pope, Photo by Ben Pohl

Homily for the Sacred Heart – Benedict XVI

Fr. Joel Homilies, Priesthood

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 11 June 2010 The Holy Father presided at a Eucharistic concelebration in St. Peter’s Square to mark the close of the Year for Priests which was called to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Mary Vianney, the holy “Cure of Ars”. The Eucharist was concelebrated by cardinals and …

Welcome to BrotherPriests.com

master Free Range

For the past two weeks, we have been diligently putting together this new web site.  You can already tell that this site is a little more powerful than our previous one, while actually being easier to navigate. Our homilies can all play right off the web site, just by clicking the Title of the homily. All the posts are collected …

Homily for the 11th Sunday by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

We judge other people by what they do and by what they own. We judge ourselves the same way. But King David learns that God’s love for him is a more important standard. The woman in today’s Gospel responds by loving Jesus with all her heart. We have heard that God loves us, but do we really believe it? [click the post for an audio link]

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Benjamin Homilies

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart Have we come to know and to believe in the love God has for us? In the Old Testament we hear that God chose Israel, not because they were a great nation, not because they were gifted or talented, but because he loved them. So, their existence as a nation was a proof of God’s …

Arrogant Scum

Fr. Joel Society Today

Since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded  and burned and sunk to the sea floor on 20 April 2010, the world has been watching a terrible tragedy unfold. Oil continues to leak from an unstoppable deep-sea gusher.  The big question that seems to be on people’s minds is, “What went wrong?” A congressional investigation is ongoing into the causes of …