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Thanksgiving: An attitude for the whole Holiday Season

Fr. Joel God & Faith

Deuteronomy 8:6-20 (RNAB) Therefore, keep the commandments of the LORD, your God, by walking in his ways and fearing him. For the LORD, your God, is bringing you into a good country, a land with streams of water, with springs and fountains welling up in the hills and valleys, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees …

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The end of the Twinkie is Coming! (Homily for the 33rd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Ord33 – The end of the Twinkie is Coming! (9:45) Ordinary Time, 33rd Sunday. Twinkies are coming to an end. Will the end of the world be next? Today’s Gospel talks about the end of …

“I can do whatever I want” = false

Benjamin Society Today

“I am free to make my own choices” is a statement that is rings true to us. The fact that we have freedom is evident not only in our sense of our own life, but also because all the people around us, most of the time, act as if they had free will. In our Secular Modern society, this statement …

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Are you being Generous? (Homily for the 32nd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Ord32 – Are you being Generous? (11:21) Ordinary Time, 32nd Sunday. The prophet Elijah asks a widow for her last meal. She gives generously, and God takes care of them both. God’s nature is to …

God sent Hurricane Sandy

Benjamin God & Faith, Life on Planet Earth

The awesome power of nature should make us tremble. The photographs of Hurricane Sandy’s recent visit to the United States remind us of that power: rivers running through city streets, homes destroyed, buildings torn apart, and beaches moved about. I firmly believe that there are only two ways to see a hurricane, just as there are only two ways to …

God and Government II (Homily for the 31st 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, Part II (16:56) Ordinary Time, 31st Sunday. There are three particularly important and troubling issues this election season: 1) Same-Sex Marriage: God has made our human nature in such a way that …

Mary of the Month (November 2012)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

Students of art history will notice that this stone relief, featuring Mary and the Child Jesus with Sts. Peter and Paul, is very medieval in its design and execution. This carving sits over the door of the sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel in Puglia, southern Italy. Although the figures are a little worn by the weather, they still stand …