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Don’t Just Give Something Up, Offer It Up (#714, Ash Wednesday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ash Wednesday • Lent is about realizing we don’t need stuff as much as we think. But we can do more than just give something up. When we offer it up we are saying, “I’m doing this for You, God. I love you more than sweets.” Our sacrifice can be a gift of love to the God who loves us.Read More

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Focus on Your Father, Not on the Crowd (713, 8th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time • Jesus reminds us that we are God’s children. Today we are reminded that God is a good father, not an overbearing father nor an absent father. Why do we miss the providence of God? When we get focused on immediate needs, we lose sight of God’s presence in our lives. Keep your eyes on your Father and the other stuff will fall into place.Read More

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Fight Fire With Love (#712, 7th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • God wants his people to be set apart by their unconditional love for others. Even when people hurt us and cheat us, we must not reflect their evil back to them. We stand up for our dignity in a way that is loving and respectful even to our enemies.

Why is this so hard? We can only love our enemies if we already love ourselves. Too often we are looking to others for our value when we should be looking to God. We cannot choose how others will treat us, but we can choose how we respond. And we can respond with love when we know how much God loves us.

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Only A Heart Transplant Can Save You (#711, 6th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • Good and evil are something more than my personal preferences. We know this, and yet we cannot seem to do good and avoid evil. God wants us to be perfect so He gives us the heart of Jesus. By our own power we cannot fulfill these commandments. But Jesus can. And he lives in you.

(12 Feb 2017)

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Seeds of Faith to Light the Way (#710, 5th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • Our Faith often gets treated like fine china: an heirloom from the past you take out for special occasions. But faith is more like heirloom tomatoes. You inherit the seeds but you must water them. If you care for your faith, it will give off many seeds for others. Faith is meant to be shared.

(5 Feb 2017)

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The Whole Truth about Missing Mass

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

In the January 13th edition of The Compass, Fr. Ron Rolheiser states (“Moral [sic] sin: Who are we to judge?”, p. 11), “Does the Catholic Church really teach that missing Mass is a mortal sin and that if you die in that state you will go to hell? No, that’s not Catholic orthodoxy….” This statement is not correct. The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly teaches:

“The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail at this obligation commit a grave sin.” (CCC 2181, emphasis added)Read More

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Let Jesus Teach You the Secret to Happiness (#709, 4th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) • Sit at the feet of Jesus and learn the secret to happiness. Power, pleasure, possessions, popularity? These four things are poor substitutes for God. When we feel poor, mournful, meek, and persecuted, it is then that we realize we are close to God. This relationship lets us be merciful, pure of heart, and peacemakers. When we have nothing but God, we have everything. And we are Blessed beyond measure.

This week is Catholic Schools Week. Catholic education is about sitting at the feet of Jesus and learning from the Master. The word Catholic means “universal.” Catholic education is universal in two senses:

  1. It teaches the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. We call this kind of education, formation. It is about shaping you to reach your full potential in Christ.
  2. It teaches the whole truth. It’s about more than just how the world works. It’s about what it all means, where it came from, and where it is going.

Catholic education is about more than Catholic schools. It happens at faith formation programs, Sunday Mass, and above all, in your own families. It happens when your children sit at your feet and learn by your words and your example. It happens whenever we live the Beatitudes and become like Christ.Read More

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The Light Brings Unity (#708, 3rd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • As long as the Packers keep winning, Green Bay lives in joy of the past and expectation of the next game. Christians should be living in the joy of Jesus’ victory and expectation of more to come. This joy and light should unite us, and make us a sign of unity in a divided country. Lets share the light of Christ this week.Read More

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God Things Come in Humble Packages (#706, Christmas)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) • We have been waiting for Jesus and now here he is! Christmas tells us that we can find Jesus in humble, ordinary places: a stable, the Eucharist, with jail inmates, and with cancer patients. Christmas reminds us that the God who loves us has come to dwell with us. But Christmas is also about learning to recognize Jesus among us. Where do you see Jesus?

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