Jason Gray: Love Will Have the Final Word (CD)

Fr. Joel Church meets World

I first discovered Jason Gray through A Way to See in the Dark, which quickly became my favorite Christian CD. His simple lyrical style reminds me of early Rich Mullins. I loved the catchy rhythm and deep message of his new hit single “With every Act of Love,” so I picked up Love Will Have the Final Word as my …

FrBenjamin – The Holy Spirit gives us power (6 Easter)

Benjamin Homilies

Without the Holy Spirit, the Church would just be like any other community. The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome the obstacles that we face and to do more than we could do on our own. Like the reactor that powers Iron Man’s supersuit, the Holy Spirit is the motive force that powers the Church. The life and death of Fr. Frans van der Lugt is an example of what the Holy Spirit enables us to do.

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The “I” Has to Die so a “We” Can Be Born (#426, Easter 6)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Marriages often fail when a couple is not prepared for the depth of communication and partnership that is required. But I do the same thing to God. I have often expected that God would support me in living “my” life and otherwise stay out of the way. Just like marriage, so we have to be willing to put God first and work on good communication. Most things are too big for me to handle, but there’s nothing “we” can’t handle.

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Being the Father’s Son (Easter 5)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The following is a transcript of my homily delivered 18 May 2014. The audio recording was unfortunately not available. Peace and Joy. ~Fr. Joel Easter, 5th Sunday Today’s Gospel shows us why Christianity is not like all the other world religions. The Buddah and all the other great religious leaders claimed to know the way. Jesus does not claim to …

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Breast-feed My Sheep (#425, Mothers’ Day)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Good Shepherd knows his sheep by name, leads them out, and helps them find abundant life. Where do we see the Good Shepherd today? In other people. When a mother cradles her child and feeds it, God is feeding His sheep. Let us draw from God’s love so we can reflect it to other people.

My mother, the Church

Benjamin Being Catholic

Everyone celebrates on Mother’s Day. Some of us celebrate being mothers, and all of us celebrate having mothers. It is easy to slip into Mother’s Day sentimentality, but motherhood is far too wild and dangerous for that. Motherhood is beauty and glory, shot through with pain; shot through with the pain of labor. Mothers remember how long they were in …

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Look! Listen! God Is Here (#424, Easter 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Why do Catholics today look sad, timid, shy, and fearful? They haven’t met the risen Jesus! The Gospel shows us five places we can look for God: In the world He created, In good friends, In Scripture, In the Sacraments, and in the depths of our heart. Start living life in a contemplative way. This means we begin to realize that we are always in the presence of God. Look and Listen, and the risen Jesus will meet you.

FrBenjamin – Jesus walks with us (3 Easter)

Benjamin Homilies

On the happiest day of human history, two disciples are walking to Emmaus and they are downcast. They are downcast because they do not realize that Jesus has risen from the dead. In the middle of their sadness, Jesus walks with them and begins to show them that He had to suffer in order to enter into His glory. Jesus walks with as as we go through life, and He helps us carry our burdens. Just as Jesus had to suffer in order to enter into His glory, so we also have to suffer before we are ready for Heaven.

Frozen Weather

Benjamin Free Range

Tuesday morning I was drinking my coffee and watching the rain pelt against the windows. After a little while the rain started to look lumpy as it hit the windows. Soon it had become a wet, torrential snow. It was a little surreal to see such a heavy snowstorm at the end of April. I thought about the snow on …