“The Best Gift” (Homily for Christmas 2011)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Christmas – The Best Gift (11 min) Christmas Eve. We love all kinds of things about Christmas: Presents, family, the tree, cookies….  The first Christmas didn’t have any of those things. But they were still …

Christmas Letter 2011

Fr. Joel Church meets World, The Loving Life

Christmas 2011 Dear Christian, Merry Christmas to you and yours! This is such a magical time: memories of childhood, traditions new and old, twinkling lights and fantastic treats… people even hope for snow! As we celebrate the birthday of Jesus, we learn to believe in miracles. A simple woman becomes the Mother of God. Shepherds are sung to by angels. …

“What are you getting Jesus for His Birthday?” (Homily for Advent 4)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Adv4 – What are you getting Jesus for His birthday? Advent, 4th Sunday. Imagine throwing a birthday party for all your closest friends. They all come to celebrate with you and they bring fantastic gifts. …

Jesus has cast down the mighty from their thrones (2)

Benjamin Life on Planet Earth

part 1 ( Part 2 ) part 3 – part 4 – part 5 In the centuries before Christ, the Middle East was dominated by empires and their armies, who used their learning and prosperity to conquer cities and collect their wealth. Politics at that time was nasty, and rebellions were crushed with horrifying brutality. On the other hand, taxes …

“Rejoice the Lord is Near” (Homily for Advent 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Advent3 – Rejoice the Lord is Near (5:50) Advent, 3rd Sunday. [not recorded live] Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near (Phil 4:4-5) These are the words of …

Family life

Benjamin Human Relationships

[This is a recent address by Pope Benedict XVI] Cardinals, Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and the Priesthood, dear brothers and sisters! I am pleased to welcome you on the occasion of the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family, on the occasion of a double XXX anniversary: that of the Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio, published November 22, …