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

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | 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 …

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 …

Homily for Christ the King

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Treat the King as He treats Us Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. The glory of the King of Kings is revealed. Everyone is judged on whether they treated Him well or badly. …

Homily on the New Mass: Please Respond

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?The Mass 2.0: The Eucharistic Prayer (12:30) Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my Roof So far we have covered the Gloria and the Creed. As we look ahead, we see …

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 …

Homily on the New Mass: The Creed

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?The Mass 2.0: The Creed (14:00) We Catholics we share a common set of beliefs. We believe that we have met God in a significant way, and this God has taught us who He is …

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 …