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Love is Forever (Homily for the 27th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies, The Loving Life

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | 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 …

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 …

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Sharing Divine Life (Homily for Easter 5)

Fr. Joel Homilies, The Loving Life

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS | How to SubscribeSharing Divine Life (11:30) Easter, 5th Sunday. Being a Christian is about being in union with God; God shares His divine life with us so that we can be in Communion with God. Jesus is the …

Christmas Letter 2011

Fr. Joel Church meets World, The Loving Life

Christmas 2011 Dear Christian, Merry Christmas to you and yours! This is such a magical time: memories of childhood, traditions new and old, twinkling lights and fantastic treats… people even hope for snow! As we celebrate the birthday of Jesus, we learn to believe in miracles. A simple woman becomes the Mother of God. Shepherds are sung to by angels. …

Celibate love

Benjamin Human Relationships, The Loving Life

In a previous post, I talked about the mission of the family, and how that mission is rooted in the vocation to love. Blessed John Paul II’s teaching on marriage reveals a deeper reality to the human vocation. He says that we are made for love, which is communion with others, and this call to communion is expressed even at …