Two paths

Creation and Redemption

Benjamin God & Faith

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to Subscribe“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…” The opening lines of the Bible, which are the first reading of the Easter Vigil, take us back into that original DARKNESS, the darkness of nothingness before the world was created. Many people …

Rise from the Dead

Fr. Joel God & Faith

Bulletin Article for Easter 2011 Christ is Risen! He is truly Risen! It was one of the most horrific scenes I have ever witnessed. Two cars full of teens had just collided. A body lay dead on the pavement in front of the smaller car. Farther off, a young girl age 17 or so was lying in a pool of …

St. Therese of Lisieux

Benjamin Being Catholic, God & Faith

Pope Benedict XVI has been giving catechesis on the saints in his Wednesday audiences. Today, April 6, 2011, he mentioned a particular favorite of mine, the French Carmelite nun, Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX   Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to talk to you about St. Therese of Lisieux, …

Called to bear witness

Benjamin God & Faith

VATICAN CITY, 6 NOV 2010 (VIS) – At 4.30 p.m. today Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for the Holy Year of Santiago de Compostela in the city’s Plaza de Obradoiro, so called because it once housed the workshops of the stonemasons who worked on the cathedral. The square was able to accommodate some 8,000 people while the rest followed the Eucharistic …

The God who made this world

Benjamin God & Faith, Life on Planet Earth

In a previous post, I wrote about the Christian concept of God as the eternal source of all being, and later I wrote about our Christian idea of God as a creator who loves His creatures and who enters into relationship with us. It might be a little startling to think of God that way but it is also very …

The God of Jews and Christians

Benjamin God & Faith

In my previous post about the three great monotheistic religions, I talked about the similarities between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. All three choose to worship a single, infinite, all-powerful divinity. All three refuse to accept any lesser beings as divine or to give them worship, no matter how intelligent, powerful, or glorious they happen to be. Of these religions, though, …

Who is like God?

Benjamin God & Faith

Most Christians do not realize how refined and precise the Christian idea of God is, and how we share that treasure with Muslims and Jews, to some extent. These three religions believe in one God, a belief known as monotheism. This was a revolutionary idea when the Jews first professed it, several thousand years ago. To the ancient world, it …

Christmas Memories

Benjamin God & Faith

– Fr. Benjamin Christmas has always been a time of great excitement for me. My parents made church services an important part of the Christmas season, and often my father would read the account of Christmas from the Gospel of Luke. When I was young, however, the excitement focused on the candy and cookies that we would make, and on …

Evil proves God exists

Benjamin God & Faith

– Fr Benjamin Atheists will argue strongly that God does not exist, but evidence for the non-existence of God is a little hard to come by. They generally point to all the evil in the world as proof that God does not exist. If a good God really made the world, why would we have wars, racism, violence, exploitation, hunger …