His successor will die a martyr…

Benjamin Church meets World

Cardinal Francis George, the Archbishop of Chicago, recently published an article in which he explained a quote of his. So many people had repeated this quote to me that it is a little surprising to learn that it had been given, off the cuff, simply to a group of priests. The Cardinal said that his words were not prophecy, only …

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God and Government (Homily for the 30th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?God and Government (14:45) Ordinary Time, 30th Sunday. Human beings naturally create government to promote harmony and happiness. We have seen from history that a government must respect the laws of Nature (what the Church …

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True Greatness (Homily for the 29th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Ord29 – True Greatness (8:10) Ordinary Time, 29th Sunday. Do you know what makes for true greatness? Let’s do a little exercise to see if you can spot true greatness. [poll id=”3″]

Seven New Saints

Benjamin Being Catholic

Today the Pope canonized seven saints whose lives span the globe: Jacques Berthieu (1838-1896) A French Jesuit priest and missionary who was martyred by rebels when he refused to abandon the Catholic faith. Pedro Calungsod (1655-1672) a young Filipino layman and catechist who was helping with the evangelization of the Chamorros people in Guam. He and a priest had come …

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Three Reasons for my Hope – Benedict XVI

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Question Your Holiness, your Encyclicals present a compelling view of man: a man inhabited by God’s charity, a man whose reason is broadened by the experience of faith, a man who possesses social responsibility thanks to the dynamism of charity received and given in truth. Holiness… you have repeatedly stated that this rediscovery of the human countenance, of evangelical values, …

Did God make cars?

Benjamin God & Faith

The seed of faith can quickly take root in the heart of a child, because the heart of a child is not overgrown with thorns and weeds. Yet as the faith grows, it needs to be tended and pruned. I once told a little girl “God made everything.” After thinking about this for a little while, the seed began to …

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Love is Forever (Homily for the 27th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies, The Loving Life

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Ord27 – Love is Forever (9:40) Ordinary Time, 27th Sunday. Why does the Catholic Church refuse to accept divorce? Because Jesus told us that divorce is not possible. Once two have become one flesh, it …

Why convert to the Catholic Faith?

Benjamin Being Catholic

I recently stumbled on an excellent web site, called Why I’m Catholic.com, whose mission is to collect and publish stories of people who have converted to the Catholic Faith and come into the Church. Every single story is different, and every one is beautiful (just like each child of God is beautiful), but I notice that the grace of God …

Mary of the Month (October 2012)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

October is the month of the Rosary. I have no idea why this is so, but it might be because, in the United States, October comes before election day. This is Our Lady from the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome. The Church was built on top of a pagan temple, a good reminder that Christianity triumphs over …