He lays down his Life (Homily for Easter 4)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?He lays down his Life (12:40) Easter, 4th Sunday. The image of the Good Shepherd still inspires and consoles us. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” Jesus tells us that he doesn’t …

The Vatican and the LCWR conference of nuns – it’s not that complicated

Benjamin Being Catholic

Those who read this blog regularly know that I avoid commenting on news stories. This is because things come and go quickly and we can rarely understand what these stories mean until after they are gone. However, I could not pass up the opportunity to comment on the Vatican’s recent announcement regarding the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). To …

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Leave your Baggage in the Tomb (Homily for Easter 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?All we need is Jesus; leave your Baggage in the Tomb (10:10) Easter, 3rd Sunday. On our pilgrimage through life, we drag all kinds of baggage around with us. But the physical “stuff” is nothing …

Why does the Catholic Church exist? (2)

Benjamin God & Faith

I recently posted about the fact that the Jewish nation has a lot of similarities to the Catholic Church, but more needs to be said because the Church has something that the Jewish nation never had: the power to take away sin. The nation of Israel was chosen out of all the nations of the world as a witness that …

Jesus Knocking at the Door

Open your Heart to Jesus (Homily for First Communion)

Fr. Joel God & Faith, Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?First Communion – Open your Heart to Jesus (11:00) Easter, Second Sunday Even though the door is locked, Jesus appears in the middle of the disciples. They are all shocked, then overjoyed. All except Thomas, …

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The first witness to the resurrection…

Benjamin God & Faith

If you have debated or discussed the Christian faith, one thing becomes clear sooner or later: the whole faith hinges on the Resurrection. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, you might talk about a “Christian philosophy of life” or about a “Christian theory of the world”, but you would have to admit that the world continues to exist …

Pappa has called us to be an Easter People (Homily for Easter)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Easter Sunday. The world is different today. Something has happened that has changed our lives forever: Christ is Risen! He is truly Risen! We have heard of the Resurrection for so long that perhaps we do not realize what it really means. Let us explore how the Resurrection of Christ changes everything. Perhaps you have heard this quote: Our new …

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“It’s my Fault” (Homily for Palm Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?It’s my sin that crucified Jesus (6:00) Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord [readings] After the Gospel of Palm Sunday: Holy Week is a journey through the cross to the Resurrection. We are …

Mary of the Month (April 2012)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

The beginning of this month coincides with Holy Week, and to accompany the last days of our Lenten journey, here is a deeply treasured image of Mary, the Sorrowful Mother. The Spanish have a great tradition of Good Friday processions, and a statue of La Dolorosa always accompanies the way of the cross. This image is from a church in …