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.

Treasure in Heaven

Benjamin God & Faith

Please continue to pray for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines….It is painful to look at images from this disaster, which show whole cities destroyed and bodies lying in the streets. It is hard for us to believe that this sort of destruction can really happen, and it is frightening to think that hundreds of years of making …

God calls us by name (31st Sunday OT)

Benjamin God & Faith, Homilies

The Bible teaches us the striking truth that, compared to God, this whole world is less than a pebble. Yet despite the fact that we are so miniscule, God knows each of us and God calls us by name. God calls us and invites us out of our own little boxes in order to live in His love, and this is the meaning of life.

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Faith is like a seed (27th Sunday OT)

Benjamin God & Faith, Homilies

The mustard seed is a little speck of a seed, but it has the power to grow into a whole plant. Seeds are amazing; everything that makes up an entire plant is packed into a tiny little package to be spread about, looking for fertile soil where it can grow. The faith is very much like a seed that God plants in our heart. If we do not harden our hearts, but give faith room to grow, then this seed can become a strong tree that shelters our life.

Catholics believe that atheists can be saved – so let’s act like it

Benjamin God & Faith

Catholics might squirm at the idea that atheists have been redeemed by the blood of Christ, but this is exactly what we believe. A few comments have been popping up on the internet about the homily that Pope Francis’ preached on Wednesday, May 22nd. A few snippets of that homily can be found on the Vatican Radio web site (the …

After Ezra: an Easter Story

Benjamin God & Faith

Read the full story at the Des Moines Register I recently encountered a beautiful story about a young husband and wife. She was raised a Hindu in India, and he was raised a Baptist in Iowa, and they entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. What was so powerful about the story was that it shows the power of …