Book Review: The Fix by Damian Thompson

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

What do iPhones, cupcakes, vicodin and internet porn have in common? They are all addictive, according to Damian Thompson, author of The Fix: How addiction is taking over your World. Thompson, it quickly becomes obvious, is no stranger to addiction. He gives details about his own experiences with alcohol, prescription drugs and even an addiction to buying classical music. His central …


+319+ The Church is serious about Marriage (Lent 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies, The Loving Life

Four things the Church is Serious About, #3. God loves His people faithfully; He will never give up on us. Neither is divorce possible for human marriages; once the two have become “one flesh” no human being can separate them. The Church takes the words of Jesus seriously, and that’s why the Church is serious about Marriage. (3 Mar 2013)

+318+ The Church is Serious about Love (Lent 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies, The Loving Life

Four Things the Church is Serious about, #2. Love is Sacrifice: love leads us to lay down our lives for the beloved, an act we call Marriage. Marriage belongs together with Sex and Babies in the “Love Triangle.” If we choose one, the others come with it. This is why sex outside of marriage is wrong: Because the Church is serious about Love. (24 Feb 2013)

What kind of person are you?

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

Go ahead, do whatever you want. With apologies to my brother (“I can do whatever want” = False): You can do whatever you want. You can mix and match different suits of armor if you want to. You can eat lots of ice cream, post stupid things on twitter, tattoo your girlfriend’s name on your body; you can do whatever you want …

Love is Forever (Homily for the 27th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies, The Loving Life

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeOrd27 – Love is Forever (9:40) Ordinary Time, 27th Sunday. Why does the Catholic Church refuse to accept divorce? Because Jesus told us that divorce is not possible. Once two have become one flesh, it is not humanly possible to separate them. What …

The Priesthood at 5 years, a Reflection

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

I was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 30th, 2007, at the Cathedral in Green Bay. A couple months ago it dawned on me that my five-year anniversary was fast approaching. I was taken aback. I always saw myself as a “baby priest,” but now half my priest support group has been ordained fewer years than me. How did the …

Bride and groom on church steps

The secret way for a wife to have a trusting and intimate relationship with her husband: obey him.

Benjamin Human Relationships, The Loving Life

When I was growing up, my mother sometimes mentioned that it was very important to her to be obedient to her husband. (I think she mentioned this more often to her children than she did to her husband. Her husband happened to be my father: we were very blessed that things worked out that way.) My mother was not always …