A Gift to be Shared

Fr. Joel Church meets World

One of my biggest struggles as a priest is that people often assume that I will be handing the Gospel to them. They expect me to come prepared to Mass every week with a great and uplifting homily. How much work does the average Catholic put into preparing themselves for Mass? I guarantee you, if every Catholic spent just 15 …

Why should I forgive? (1 of 3)

Benjamin Human Relationships

In a previous post I talked about family healing, and how the key elements to this healing are accepting the love of God and accepting our parents with all their shortcomings. When their conduct was very hurtful, the healing demands a real process of forgiveness. Forgiveness is difficult to understand and I want to spend three posts talking about it. …

Mary of the Month (January 2011)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

At the beginning of every year, January 1st, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Her tender love for Jesus and His Divine love for her is extremely hard to capture, although once in a while an artist succeeds. I was very happy to have found this wonderful statue, which is a depiction of Our Lady of …