Celibacy – true love waits

Benjamin Being Catholic

I talked in a previous post about the treasure of celibacy. Not only is it a loving response to God, but it is a loving response that involves the whole person, body and soul. Celibacy is valuable because the consecrated person is looking constantly beyond the horizon, and this invites both the Church, and the world, to look where he …

Homily for the 26th Sunday

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Actions speak louder than Words Ordinary Time, 26th Sunday. Today’s Gospel can be summed up with this little phrase: Actions speak louder than words. What you do matters more than what you said. This can …

Homily for the 25th Sunday

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Receiving the Gift of God Ordinary Time, 25th Sunday. The workers in today’s Gospel are not grateful for the gifts they have received because they compare themselves to others. In the same way, we are …

The message of Our Lady of Good Help

Benjamin Free Range

In 1859, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a woman named Adele Brise. This is not, strictly speaking, an article of faith, since the approval of the shrine by the Bishop of Green Bay does not add anything to the Catholic faith. The approval confirms, through the authoritative voice of the Church, that the reports of the apparition show no …

Homily for the Anniversary of Sept 11th

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Forgiveness is like Spiritual Judo Ordinary Time, 24th Sunday. Do you remember what you were doing on September 11th, 2001? Most of us can. The world after 9/11 is a very different place than before. …

Human cry – divine response

Benjamin God & Faith

This morning Benedict XVI travelled by helicopter from the Apostolic Palace in Castelgandolfo to the Vatican for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Continuing a series of catecheses on the subject of “the school of prayer”, the Holy Father turned his attention to Psalm 3 which recounts David’s flight from Jerusalem when Absalom rose against him. “In the …

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Homily for the 23rd Sunday

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?If my brother sins against me Ordinary Time, 23rd Sunday. Love builds community. Sin destroys it. We are called to be people of love. So what do we do when someone sins against us? Jesus …

Mary of the Month (September 2011)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

The patroness of the cathedral of Madrid is the Blessed Virgin Mary, venerated by locals (and pilgrims) in this image of the Virgen de la Almudena. The unusual name for Mary apparently comes from the Arabic word, al-mudayna (the citadel), indicating a part of the city of Madrid, a city which was founded by the Moors. The Virgin was one …