All Saints and All Souls

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

“Father, I don’t want you to think I’m crazy, but I saw my grandmother after she died. She came to visit me. She told me that I shouldn’t worry and things would be fine. I’m not crazy, am I?” What’s crazy to me is that people are surprised by this. Our Catholic faith tells us that human beings are made …

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The Day the Sun Danced

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Mary of the Month

The fall of 1917 brought a strange controversy to the newspapers of Portugal. Three small shepherd children in the little village of Fatima claimed that the Blessed Virgin Mary had been appearing to them monthly beginning on May 13 of that year. The supposed appearances had caused much scoffing and ridicule, especially among the communist and anti-Catholic press. But crowds …

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Prayer for Spiritual Protection

Fr. Joel God & Faith

This past summer I attended a youth trip where the organizers had decided to pray a prayer for spiritual protection every day. There exist real forces of evil. Our Catholic faith clearly teaches that there are spirits that are opposed to God’s work in the world and that try to keep us from doing God’s will. A prayer for spiritual …