“Make time for God” (Homily for Advent 1)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Advent1 – Make time for God (5:30) Advent, 1st Sunday. I recently visited my little niece. She was so excited that every half-hour she asked, “Is Uncle Joel here yet?” When I arrived she came running out to meet the …

Lighting Advent candles

Benjamin Being Catholic, Free Range

This Sunday we light the first candle on the Advent wreath, and we leave the other three candles unlit. As I child it always bothered me that the candles burned so unevenly – the last purple candle hardly got warm before Christmas came. I suggested to my parents that we could rotate which candles were lit so they would burn …

Treat the King as He Treats Us | #148

Fr. Joel Homilies

Christ the King – Jesus is the King now, but he hides like an “undercover boss.” He rules not by violence and force but through compassion and mercy. He hides in humble disguise and gives us a chance: Do we treat others the way our King treats us?

Seven Billion is a big family

Benjamin Free Range

The United Nations recently announced that there are 7,000,000,000 people living simultaneously on the planet, an announcement that is more of a good guess than an accurate count. Most of that growth happened in the last hundred years (there were 2 billion people c. 1927). This is a rare blessing: we have been spared from severe epidemics, and better medical …

Mary of the Month (November 2011)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

Here is an image of the Coronation of Mary, from the mosaic of the apse at St. Mary Major in Rome. Since November 1st is the Feast of All Saints, I thought it would be nice to start the month with Mary, Queen of the Saints. This piece is done in the classic Byzantine style, which does not show Mary …