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 …

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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. If we aren’t in the habit of looking, we can often miss the presence of Jesus and the ways He tries to encounter us. Prayer is an important way of encountering …

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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 …

Four Blood Moons – This is What it Means

Fr. Joel Church meets World, God & Faith

“I am coming soon.” – Jesus There has been much buzz about four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each happing on the Jewish feast days, and the last being a “supermoon” eclipse on September 27-28. Some say that it is a sign of the end times, others that it’s just a natural phenomenon that means nothing. It is true that a …

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Prayer: God Wants You More

Fr. Joel God & Faith

“God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter knowns as prayer. In prayer… God’s initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always …

Steubenville St Louis 2015

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, God & Faith

I have not posted a lot of homilies this summer because I’ve been away several weekends. Over the weekend of July 12 I was away at a Steubenville Youth Conference. These have been going on for 40 years, and now take place at 17 locations around the US and Canada and include more than 50,000 people in a summer. They …

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FrBen – Three but not divided (Trinity Sunday)

Benjamin God & Faith, Homilies

Like Jews and Muslims, Christians believe in one God. However, Christians are unique in believe that God is a Trinity of persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Although they are three distinct persons, there is no division among them: they are perfectly united. The unity of the Trinity teaches us that although there are many differences between people, we don’t have to be divided. Instead, we can be united in love.