The God of Jews and Christians

Benjamin God & Faith

In my previous post about the three great monotheistic religions, I talked about the similarities between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. All three choose to worship a single, infinite, all-powerful divinity. All three refuse to accept any lesser beings as divine or to give them worship, no matter how intelligent, powerful, or glorious they happen to be. Of these religions, though, …

Homily for the 21st Sunday by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Love is Sacrifice Ordinary Time, 21st Sunday. The central message of Christianity is this: the loving Fatherhood of God. But how can God be a loving Father when this world is so full of sin and suffering? Our readings today …

Assumption of Mary – Fr Benjamin

Benjamin Homilies

Podcast: Download (12.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Mary came to Green Bay It took me a while to appreciate Mary, because I had trouble understanding where Mary fit, and I was more comfortable praying to God. The Bible tells us that Mary was the first Christian, the …

Homily for the Assumption by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

Mary is a perfect example to us in three aspects of her life: Virgin, Mother, Disciple. She shows us how to leave space for God, how to recognize him in the vulnerable, and how to always remain faithful to him. She is happy to teach every Christian, if only we would ask. [click post for audio content]

Homily for the 19th Sunday by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

Welcome His Kingship. Ordinary Time, 19th Sunday. Christ warns us that he will come unexpectedly. Those who welcome His kingship look forward to His coming with joyful expectation. Those who resent His kingship experience fearful expectation. Do we welcome or resent the kingship of Christ in our lives? An opportunity I have the welcome or resent Christ’s kingship is being transferred to a new parish. I was encouraged by hearing an old favorite song, Love Changes Everything. [click post for audio content]

Same-sex “marriage”

Benjamin Church meets World, Human Relationships, The Loving Life

Newspapers are declaring a victory for the same-sex marriage efforts. In November of 2008, California voters had added Proposition 8 to the Constitution, declaring that, “Only marriage between a man and a woman as valid or recognized in California.” A judge recently declared this law invalid on the grounds that it violates the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. …