+324+ Servant is Lord is Servant (Holy Thursday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Lord of the house lived in luxury; the servants lived simple lives. But Jesus, the true Lord, chooses to serve. He invites us to do the same. A husband washes the feet of his wife and family when he uses his authority to serve them. Let the Lord serve you that you might serve others.

Equal rights and the world of “Hunger Games”

Benjamin Church meets World, Human Relationships

There is a clear connection between the current campaign for equal rights for homosexuals and the great campaign for equal rights for women. That movement had started with equal voting rights for women, and then moved on to fight for equal access to education, to jobs and careers, and equal pay for women who were doing the same work as …

Archbishop Cordileone on Marriage

Benjamin Church meets World

Read the full story here: Link to USA Today site Q: What is the greatest threat posed by allowing gays and lesbians to marry? A:The better question is: What is the great good in protecting the public understanding that to make a marriage you need a husband and a wife? I can illustrate my point with a personal example. When …

+323+ The King and the Cross (Palm Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jesus enters Jerusalem as the triumphal Messiah and true King of a kingdom of love and peace. But the kingdoms of the world dominate and destroy Him. Peter discovers that Jesus’ kingdom is the one that truly lasts, but we can only enter it by taking up our crosses. Will you deny Him, or will you follow Him through death to the Resurrection? (24 Mar 2013)

+322+ God wants You to be Holy (Lent 5)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The election of Pope Francis shows us that the Church is still alive and full of surprises! Perhaps the biggest surprise is this: the Church seriously believes that you can be holy. No matter where you have been or what you have done, every Christian is called to be a saint by God’s grace and mercy. Will you accept your call?

Our Pope Francis

Fr. Joel Church meets World

I made the mistake of reading media reports the morning Wednesday, March 13th. The Church was so divided and with no front-running candidate, that we should expect a long election for a new Pope. When white smoke began pouring out of the chimney that afternoon, I wondered if I would see a retraction printed the next day. The 115 Cardinal …

Praying for a new Pope

Benjamin Being Catholic

Today the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church celebrated Mass together in St. Peter’s Basilica, before entering the Sistine Chapel. There is a strong Catholic sense that all the important moments of life should be connected to Mass, and so it is almost taken for granted that the Conclave would begin with the celebration of Mass. What struck me most …

+321+ The Church is Serious about God’s Mercy (Lent 4)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Father sees his Prodigal Son returning, runs to him, welcomes him, and throws a party for him. Only God the Father loves this generously. When God’s love meets our sins, love wins. Catholics are expected to make use of Confession at least once a year, so that every Catholic can personally encounter the loving mercy of God. (10 Mar 2013)

Mary of the Month (March 2013)

Benjamin Free Range

In case you might be tempted to anxiety over the future of the Church, here is a magnificent rendition of the “woman clothed with the sun, the moon at her feet.” This biblical image describes Mary, but it also describes God’s plan for the Church. Even though the Church is an outcast in so many ways, God has promised to …