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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.

The first two lessons of Lent (Lent 2)

Benjamin God & Faith, Homilies

Lent is a training camp and spiritual retreat for the whole Church, and it always begins with the same two lessons. On the first Sunday of Lent, we have the scene of the temptation of Jesus in the desert. This story teaches the first lesson: we must worship God alone and obey only His word. The second Sunday of Lent always brings us to the Transfiguration, which teaches the whole church lesson two: Jesus is the beloved Son of God, and we should listen to Him. During the rest of Lent, we will be sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to His word.

God is with us (and God cares!) – Christmas

Benjamin God & Faith, Homilies

Jesus was born in a little shack, at the edge of town, and Mary and Joseph probably thought that nobody at all would notice them…until the shepherds showed up. We might think that nobody notices and nobody cares, but God notices, and God cares, and God’s angels are always around us. Because of this truth, we should not be afraid of anything, and we should let God help us with everything.