“The Best Gift” (Homily for Christmas 2011)

Fr. Joel Homilies

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 happy because they had Jesus. Our Lord and Savior had given up all his riches as the Lord of the Universe to come and be …

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. …

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

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 our entrance antiphon for today’s Mass. It’s “pink candle Sunday”, when we celebrate passing the half-way point of Advent. That means that Jesus is near …

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, …