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 …

Ord26 – Actions Speak Louder Than Words | #141

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary26 – Today’s Gospel can be summed up with this little phrase: Actions speak louder than words. Since Christians follow Jesus, we also need to forgive, be generous, and be humble. We say we are Christians, but actions speak louder than words.

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 …

Ord24 – Forgiveness Is Like Spiritual Judo | #139

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary24 – Today is the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack. Jesus calls us to forgive others, including Osama Bin Laden. Forgiveness frees us and makes us better people. It turns the evil of others into spiritual growth for me.

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 …

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 …