The Family: Overwhelming Suffering, Great Joy

Fr. Joel Church meets World

The recent Synod at the Vatican sounded like a free-for-all. Media reported lots of controversy. It made it sound like the Church was going in different directions and the Bishops were divided. And that was just the prelude to next year’s synod. It is obvious that the family touches all of us deeply. I found helpful this pastoral letter that …

How to Find the Magic this Christmas

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Christmas Letter 2014 Remember how Christmas was such a magical time when you were children? You were excited for weeks, tried to be good just before Christmas, and maybe even caught a glimpse of Santa’s reindeer. What is the true spirit of Christmas, and how can it still be magical after all these years?

Bring This to Your Christmas Parties (#504, Advent 4)

Fr. Joel Homilies

God promises David a kingdom “forever” and Mary receives the fulfillment of God’s promise. God wants to do in and through You what he did in and through Mary. Christ dwells within us. Care for this presence of God and carry it to others. (21 Dec 2014)

God’s Not Dead – Movie Review

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Life on Planet Earth

God’s Not Dead was one of the “Christian” movies this year. It’s about a young man whose atheist professor begins every freshman philosophy class by having the students sign a declaration that God is Dead. Josh (Shane Harper) refuses to sign the paper, and finds himself having to argue before his classmates that God’s not dead. The consequences change his …