Prayer: Is It Really God?

Fr. Joel God & Faith

You’ve started to pray. You talk to God and listen to Him. When you do, thoughts and images come to mind. And you start to wonder: How do I know this is really God speaking to me? We know that God is active in our lives and in the world, but there is another spirt, who scripture calls a liar and the …


Prayer: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Fr. Joel God & Faith

Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, as in lectio divina or the rosary. This form of prayerful reflection is of …

Giving and Serving Makes Us Like God (#547, 29th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

To be like Jesus, we have to be willing to join him in giving and serving without looking for a reward. When we do, we are pleasantly surprised at what we receive. Because giving and serving generously makes us like God Himself. (18 Oct 2015)

Prayer: Let God Share Your Burdens

Fr. Joel God & Faith

You are on the phone with somebody. You tried your hardest to make it a cordial conversation but they said some very hurtful things and then hung up the phone. You sit there stunned, hurt, and angry. You want to call them back and “give them a piece of your mind”, call a friend and whine about how you were …

Jesus Is Worth More Than Many Possessions (#546, 28th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

To inherit Eternal Life you must follow Jesus and let go of the security you have built for yourself. What have you built to give yourself security? Don’t be afraid to follow Jesus away from them. Only Jesus can give you Eternal Life. (11 Oct 2015)

Prayer: The Word of God is Living and Effective

Fr. Joel God & Faith

Being a Disciple means allowing yourself to be transformed by the daily encounter with Jesus Christ. Jesus is alive and He walks with us every day of our lives. We have to keep our eyes open if we want to see Jesus. Prayer is one of the primary ways that disciples encounter the Master. Unfortunately, we are often not open to …

Marriage is for Children (#545, 27th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies, The Loving Life

Human beings were designed by God to mate for life. Marriage creates a safe place for children, which is why children hate divorce. Jesus calls us back to our childhood innocence. Come to him, let him heal you, and do not forbid others. (4 Oct 2015)

Prayer: Time Well Spent

Fr. Joel God & Faith

“You’ve just won money for life!”, says the sweepstakes envelope. The prize is $1440 every day for the rest of your life. It comes with a debit card linked to an account that will fill up just after midnight each day. No matter how much or little is left at the end of the day, just after midnight the account resets …