Benedict XVI – a papacy full of suprises

Benjamin Church meets World

Pope Benedict’s eight years as Bishop of the See of Rome have not been what anyone expected. Vatican observers were frequently surprised by him, including the moment October when the Pope announced a consistory to create six new cardinals. Vatican observers could not make heads or tails of the announcement, and they wondered out loud why the Pope would not …

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+316+ Remember you are Dust (Ash Wednesday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Lent, Ash Wednesday – The Church is in the business of fundamental change. We call it “repentance.” Repentance starts when we remember we are dust, and to dust you will return. Now is the time to start preparing for that moment. (13 Feb 2013)

Mary of the Month (February 2013)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

Anyone who has studied Christian art, or just wandered through one of the art galleries in Italy, will quickly notice that a very popular subject for a painting is “Mary with the Baby Jesus and Saints.” Here is a version of that theme, done in mosaic. From the crypt of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem.

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+313+ Wholehearted Disciples (4th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary Time, 4th Sunday – Jesus predicts that the people of Nazareth will reject him — and they do! You can’t sing half-heartedly, you can’t love half-heartedly, and you can’t be a disciple of Jesus half-heartedly. Can we love as God does? (3 Feb 2013)

Can you live with one pair of shoes?

Benjamin Life on Planet Earth

I recently returned from a 10 day pilgimage to the Holy Land, and I will post more about that trip as I have time to sort through the experiences. Part of the packet of information given to me in preparation for the trip included travel tips from the 1920’s. Regarding what you need to pack, the author suggested that you …