The message of Our Lady of Good Help

Benjamin Free Range

In 1859, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a woman named Adele Brise. This is not, strictly speaking, an article of faith, since the approval of the shrine by the Bishop of Green Bay does not add anything to the Catholic faith. The approval confirms, through the authoritative voice of the Church, that the reports of the apparition show no …

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Benjamin Free Range

“We need to make time for silence in our lives if we are to pray and listen to God”, said Pope Benedict XVI in his weekly general audience on Aug. 10. “Silence is the environment that best promotes recollection, listening to God, meditation,” he told pilgrims gathered at his summer residence in the hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo, 15 miles …

Catholic and love football? You bet!

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Free Range

We know that conversions are always possible, but can a Bear fan become a Packer fan? Apparently so. Archbishop Listecki of Milwaukee, a long time Chicago native, has apparently become a Packer fan. When he was first appointed Archbishop of Milwaukee, Listecki told his new diocese that he was still a Bears fan at heart. He would root for the …

The secret of Christmas joy

Benjamin Free Range

The Christmas season is, for me, one of the happiest times of the year, when the weight of daily life seems to lift. I realize, though, that not everyone experiences Christmas this way. One year, with Christmas approaching, I took a stroll through the mall dressed in my clerical clothes, to ask random strangers what the true meaning of Christmas …

Welcome to BrotherPriests.com

master Free Range

For the past two weeks, we have been diligently putting together this new web site.  You can already tell that this site is a little more powerful than our previous one, while actually being easier to navigate. Our homilies can all play right off the web site, just by clicking the Title of the homily. All the posts are collected …

Soft sole moccasins

Benjamin Free Range

– Fr. Benjamin My little brother’s slippers had holes in them. He likes to take his shoes off at the door and wear moccasins all day long, and he had worn through his $17 slippers. “We could make you some moccasins,” I told him. He was excited at the idea of a project. Before going home for Thanksgiving break, I …