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Why Catholics Don’t Sing

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

The scene plays out in Catholic parishes all over America. The cantor stands up and announces, “Our opening hymn will be number 666 in your hymn book, Please sing.” By the time you’ve found the song they are already half-way through the first verse. You follow along the best you can in a half-hearted mumble. After two verses, the priest has …

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Lord, Who do You say that I am? (#438, 21st Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The pagan city of Caesarea Philippi forms the dramatic backdrop to Peter’s confession. As Peter discovers who Jesus is, Jesus also reveals Peter’s identity. Only God knows who you truly are and all the amazing gifts He has given you. Be open to Jesus revealing yourself to you. Ask Him, “Lord, who do You say that I am?”

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The Dragon Loses; the Woman Wins (#437, Assumption of Mary)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Mary is the new Ark of the Covenant because she contains Jesus, who is the true Priest, the Lawgiver, and the Bread of Life. Mary shows us our true dignity. She faces off agains the huge red dragon, and she wins because God is on her side. Be faithful to God and you will win the victory too.

Novena for Persecuted Christians

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Christians being forced to leave their homes in Mosul, with their goods confiscated. Christians caught in the cross-fire between Moslems and Jews in the Holy Land. Christian children kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Christians feeling pressure from secularist legislation. A Christian woman in Sudan sentenced to death for being Christian… We usually think of all these as isolated incidents, …

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What Color Were Jesus’ Eyes? (#436, 19th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jesus made the disciples sail into a storm. But Peter keeps his eyes on Jesus and he can walk on water. Elijah keeps his ears open for God and he can weather any storm. We can practice this by looking people in the eyes and trying to notice their eye color. Keeping our eyes on Jesus helps put everything in perspective. Keep listening for the voice of God you will hear: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

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When You Don’t Have Enough, Do This (#435, 18th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The disciples have just a few loaves and fish. It’s not enough to feed themselves, let alone a whole crowd. So often we come up short. We never seem to have enough time, money, or resources. Give the little you have to Jesus and He will bless it and multiply it. By yourself, you’ll never have enough. But you and Jesus — that’s more than enough.