Benedictine Nuns and Monks

Benjamin Free Range

One of the amazing things about the Catholic Church is the resilience of consecrated life. Here is a wonderful article on a congregation of Benedictine nuns at Tyburn Convent in London, which has been founding new houses of nuns all over the world. The convent in London was founded in 1903 by a French nun, Mother Marie Adele Garnier, who …

The Pope, Peace, and Agnostics

Fr. Joel Church meets World

VATICAN CITY, 27 OCT 2011 (VIS) – Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the historic meeting for peace in the Italian town of Assisi, called by Blessed John Paul II. For the occasion, Benedict XVI has made a pilgrimage to the city of St. Francis, accompanied by representatives of other religions and by non-believers, for a Day of reflection, dialogue …

Five things that don’t belong in the “modern wedding”

Benjamin Church meets World, Free Range, Human Relationships

Once upon a time, in a land far away, the fairy tales ended with a wedding. Why a wedding? Marriage was something definitive, conclusive, like death, except that it was happy. Marriage was permanent, and so it was hard to imagine anything better than being bound for your whole life to a wonderful and loving person. There was also the …

Prayer for the memorial of Blessed John Paul II

Benjamin Free Range

October 22nd will officially be the memorial of Blessed Pope John Paul, if you are living in Rome or Poland. The nature of declaring someone “Blessed” is to allow limited public celebration in honor of that person. The prayer for the memorial has been published and if you are a priest but not in Rome or Poland, you’ll just have …

Girl altar servers

Benjamin Free Range

The rector of Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix decided on a new policy – no girl altar servers at the Masses. Fr. John Lankeit, explained his decision from several perspectives: historically, that girls never used to be allowed to serve; philosophically, that men and women are different, priesthood is a male role and that altar serving is connected …

Ordinary28 – The Soiled Garments of Selfishness

Fr. Joel Homilies

[this homily was not recorded] Ordinary Time, 28th Sunday GK Chesterton once commented that people misunderstand the relationship of Jesus and the Church. They often think that Jesus is simple and nice, but the Church has made things complicated and confusing. The opposite is true. Jesus is sometimes complicated and confusing and the Church has tried to make things a …