Three brothers and the priesthood

Benjamin Priesthood

Recently the youngest of three brothers was ordained the the priesthood. The oldest and first to be ordained to the priesthood, as a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was Fr. Luke Strand. Fr. Luke was briefly on the national news after his ordination because a company was threatening to sue him for infringing on their image by driving around …

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With God we have more than Enough (Homily for the 17th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 9:10 — 8.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Ordinary Time, 17th Sunday. Twenty barley loaves feed 100. Five barley loaves feed 5,000. Obviously the Bible is not trying to teach us math, so what are these stories about? Barley loaves …

He is our Peace (Homily for the 16th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?He is our Peace (7:50) Ordinary Time, 16th Sunday. In areas with poor reception, a cellphone restlessly searches for signals. We too are restlessly searching. What are we looking for? Our faith tells us that …

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Better than Having it All (Homily for the 15th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Better than Having it All (11:30) Ordinary Time, 15th Sunday. We have looked at some plans for rebuilding St. Anthony School. We have lots of exciting ideas, but one thing is clear — we can’t have it all. We have to decide what really matters the most. The same thing happens in our own lives. We can have all kinds …

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Amazed at our lack of Faith (Homily for the 14th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Amazed at our lack of Faith (8:50) Ordinary Time, 14th Sunday. Jesus goes to preach in his hometown but they don’t listen to Him. They had grown up with Him. They thought that they knew …

Mary of the Month (July 2012)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

I missed the first of the month to present an image of Our Lady, but this one seemed very appropriate for the eve of Independence Day and for the end of the Fortnight for Freedom. This awesome depiction, that I call Our Lady of the Apocalypse, is a mosaic in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The …

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Stretching our Faith (Homily for the 13th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Stretching our Faith (12:45) Ordinary Time, 13th Sunday. Today I look back on 5 years of service as a priest. When I answered God’s call to the priesthood five years ago, I didn’t realize how …