Death and Eternal Life from Vatican II

Fr. Joel Church meets World

“It is in the face of death that the riddle a human existence grows most acute. Not only is man tormented by pain and by the advancing deterioration of his body, but even more so by a dread of perpetual extinction. He rightly follows the intuition of his heart when he abhors and repudiates the utter ruin and total disappearance …

The Day the Music Died (22 January 1973)

Fr. Joel Church meets World, The Loving Life

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or …

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 …

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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 …

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The Woman Who Conquered Mexico

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Mary of the Month

December 9, 1531, Bishop Juan de Zumarraga received an unusual visitor at his Bishop’s palace in Mexico City. The Spanish conquistadores firmly held the reins of power, having conquered the Aztecs and ended the pagan worship and human sacrifice. They were not kind to the newly conquered Aztecs. The Bishop’s visitor was one of the few converts to embrace the new religion. His …

Search Party’s Greatest Hits

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, Church meets World, Homilies

The Top 10 Homilies of 2014 Last year’s podcast “album” was called Search Party. It was meant to focus our attention on the lost sheep who had wandered away from God. The album artwork showed four sheep and one was straying. Each homily had a little featured image that was a sheep on a colored background that matched the liturgical …

How to Bury the Dead

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Life on Planet Earth

—– Part 1 of 3 —– “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin “They say death and taxes are the only things that are inevitable. The truth is, you can not pay your taxes. I’ve done it, and there’s consequences, but it can be done. Death you’re not going to …