The Priesthood at 5 years, a Reflection

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

I was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 30th, 2007, at the Cathedral in Green Bay. A couple months ago it dawned on me that my five-year anniversary was fast approaching. I was taken aback. I always saw myself as a “baby priest,” but now half my priest support group has been ordained fewer years than me. How did the …

Brothers in life and in eternity

Benjamin Human Relationships

Today Fr. Joel and Fr. Benjamin celebrate five years of serving Jesus and His Church as Catholic priests. God is very good, and these years have been filled with many challenges, and with many blessings. Pope Benedict must have known about our priestly anniversary yesterday, since he hinted at it in his homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and …

Every life is Sacred (Homily for John the Baptist)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Every life is Sacred (12:00) Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist.Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist. John was the last of the prophets and came to testify to Jesus. Like every prophet he had two parts to his mission: Comfort the Afflicted Afflict the Comfortable Even though Jesus is not even born yet, John jumps …

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The secret way for a wife to have a trusting and intimate relationship with her husband: obey him.

Benjamin Human Relationships, The Loving Life

When I was growing up, my mother sometimes mentioned that it was very important to her to be obedient to her husband. (I think she mentioned this more often to her children than she did to her husband. Her husband happened to be my father: we were very blessed that things worked out that way.) My mother was not always …

Food for the Journey (Homily for Corpus Christi)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Food for the Journey (8:15) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). We always ate well when my Mom was out of town. She was sure to prepare meals in …

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A Community of Life and Love (Homily for Trinity Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?A Community of Life and Love (11:45) Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Jesus Christ has opened for us the mystery of God himself. God is all-powerful, eternal, all-knowing, and all-good. But God is not …

How Patty can be a priest in the Catholic Church (some imagination required!)

Benjamin Priesthood

Some time ago I published a series of three articles on why the Catholic priesthood is not open to women. (Since this continues to be an important issue, they can be found under the Priesthood section of this blog). Recently, a woman wandered over to our blog because she was looking for an answer to this question. She said that …

Mary of the Month (June 2012)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

This month’s image is a painting on canvas of one of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. She was accompanied by lighting, and seemed to come from the sky and return there at the end of the apparition. Mary stood on top of a little tree when she talked to the three shepherds, but the leaves were not bent …