The Spirit stands with Us (Homily for Pentecost)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Spirit stands with Us (12:00) Pentecost Sunday. Jesus knows that we need help, so he sends us the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is known as the Paraclete because he stands with us. He defends us as our advocate, He encourages us as our comforter, and He advises us as our counselor. We cannot see the Spirit but we see …

Couple on bicycle

Same-sex relationships are always missing something important

Benjamin Human Relationships

There is a certain pattern to this world: many things exist in pairs. When children discover this, they love to play the game “What’s the opposite of….?” What’s the opposite of day? night! What’s the opposite of hot? cold! and so on. The Book of Genesis describes this fundamental structure to the world as “God divided”: God created light, and …

The Pentecost Novena

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Jesus ascended 40 days after Easter (Acts 1:3), which always falls on a Thursday. We usually transfer the celebration to the nearest Sunday. Then the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles on Pentecost, 50 days after Easter. Before ascending, Jesus invited the Apostles to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:8). The Church traditionally fulfills this …

Jesus has risen, and he married Elizabeth Lee

Benjamin God & Faith

How do we prove that Jesus rose from the dead? The first way to prove that something happened is through the testimony of witnesses who saw it happen. No one saw Jesus rise from the death, but a number of trustworthy people encountered him after his resurrection, and they have left a record that they saw him, and that he …

Mary of the Month (May 2012)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

Back in October, I posted this image of a statue of Mary in the Villa Doria-Pamfili in Rome. I complained that the poor situation of the statue was a sign of people’s difficulty in accepting love, and I thought to myself that this was also a sign of how few people cared about God these days. In the last few …