How do I read the stars in the night sky?

Benjamin Church meets World

A favorite game from my boyhood was flashlight tag. We lived in the country, and on summer nights after it was dark, one person with a flashlight would try to find everyone hidden in the night. Sometimes, hiding along the edge of a fence or a row of bushes, I would lay on my back and gaze up at the …

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“Total Gift” (Homily for week 4)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Total Gift [audio:2012ord4.mp3|titles=Total Gift|artists=Fr.Joel] Ordinary Time, 4th Sunday. There are many unclean spirits that we need Jesus to cast out of us. We need help! Jesus knew this, so He shared with us His Mother …

“Pray like a Champion Today” (Homily for week 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 10:11 — 9.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Pray Like a Champion Today (10min) Ordinary Time, 3rd Sunday. All of Wisconsin thought the Packers were going to the Super Bowl. What did the Packers do wrong to lose their first …

“An Humility Epiphany” (Homily)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?An Humility Epiphany (11:00) [Readings for the Epiphany of the Lord] Today the Church celebrates the moment when wise men from the East arrive bringing gifts for the Baby. Ancient Christians saw this as a …

Mary of the Month (January 2012)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

“Your blessed and fruitful virginity is like the bush, flaming yet unburned, which Moses saw on Sinai. Pray for us, Mother of God.” – Liturgy of the Hours, First Vespers for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This evocative image is of a stained glass window in the chapel of the Holy Name of Jesus Carmelite Monastery in Denmark, …

Looking for a good New Years resolution? Ask the Pope

Fr. Joel Free Range

Pope Benedict expressed three wishes for Christmas. They would make excellent resolutions this New Year. VATICAN CITY, 9 DEC 2011 (VIS) – Wednesday, 7 December, thanks to a “tablet” connected to the power grid, Benedict XVI lit the largest Christmas tree in the world from the papal apartments. This electronic “tree” is located in the Italian town of Gubbio. Before …