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God’s Love Flowing Through You (#728, Trinity Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Year A) • God is a community of love. Jesus reveals the face of God to us. The Spirit reveals the face of God in us. The Spirit gives us Charisms which enable us to be instruments of God’s love. The Sign of the Cross is not just what we believe, but what we do.Read More


Every Christian has been given the Spirit of God (#727, Pentecost Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Pentecost Sunday (Mass During the Day) • The Holy Spirit is always working in the background to make the Kingdom happen in our lives. The Spirit brings peace, joy, and unity. The Spirit also guarantees the truth of Catholic teaching and the presence of Jesus in the Sacraments.

The Spirit has blessed every Christian with charisms, special gifts for the service of others and the building up of the Kingdom. Some have Wisdom, some Knowledge, others Mercy. We all have a part to play in the evangelization of the world.

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Live Turkey Food and Living Stones (#726, Easter 5)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year C) • Even ticks and mosquitos were created with a purpose. Of course you have a purpose: to radiate the love of God. Priests, deacons, all Christians are living stones. You are chosen and precious and have a special purpose to reflect the love of God. Feeling the love is something that should happen whenever and wherever we are.

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God’s Children Need a Mother

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

The local newspaper runs a column by a local pastor. Recently she took up the question of whether we should pray to Mary. This pastor is one of several in our area who grew up Catholic and then migrated to another church. My family traveled the other way. My earliest memories of Christianity are a reformed Episcopalian church, a Lutheran church, and a Christian and Missionary Alliance church (like the Gospel Chapel). When I was about 12 years old my family made the switch to Catholic. I was the one who had the biggest problem with becoming Catholic. I didn’t like the idea of having to obey the Pope and I definitely did not like devotion to Mary. Over time I have come to appreciate the role of Mary in the Christian life.Read More


Sufferings Are Stepping Stones (#725, Easter 4)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A) • The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. So how do we explain the trials we have to go through? We want abundant life. But to get there, our Good Shepherd must lead us through sufferings and trials. The sufferings are stepping stones.Read More


Are You Running at 99%?

Fr. Joel Church meets World, The Loving Life

My office computers run Windows 10 (I have two offices, therefore two office computers). Recently one of my computers slowed down dramatically. A look at the Task Manager showed that the computer was using 99% of its CPU. That means the computer is thinking really hard. This should only happen briefly when I’m opening a big application or doing a job that takes a lot of computer thought (like editing and encoding video). But I wasn’t doing much of anything and it was still happening. I looked for a greedy app hogging all the resources, but there wasn’t one. I tried the antivirus scanner but it was taking forever. Everything was taking forever! Finally I googled the problem on my phone and found: Windows 10 High CPU Usage Fixes

I followed the instructions for the first 3 methods. Ordinarily it would have taken 1 minute to accomplish these steps. Since my computer was so “busy” it took it 30 seconds to accomplish every single click. It took me 10 minutes to accomplish the steps and reboot. Problem solved! Finally my computer was free to do what I needed it to do. I suspect that culprit was Method 2 — P2P Sharing — because that feature was already turned off on my other computer. And my other computer never showed symptoms of this problem. What had happened was that some little background service was using up all the resources. It took forever to respond to any of my requests and was very slow to do what I asked it to do.

How often does this describe our spiritual lives? We are all so busy these days. We have a million things going on. It often feels that we are running at 99%. But are those things really the things that God wants us to do? In many cases we allow things that should be background applications to hog all our resources. We find ourselves constantly working on things that do not glorify God, build up his kingdom, or even help us be better people.

God, of course, has plans and tasks in mind for us. But when 99% of our resources are taken up already, it’s like me trying to get my computer to do important things. It takes us forever to even acknowledge that God has something for us. By the time we get around to starting what God wants, the opportunity may have passed.

Ask yourself today:

  • Are the things hogging my resources really the most important things?
  • Do I stop and listen for what God wants me to do?
  • How can I keep background things in the background, and be more available to listen and respond to what God wants of me today?

How to Recognize Jesus Before the Big Reveal (#724, First Communion)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Third Sunday of Easter (Year A) • We are on a pilgrimage to our Heavenly homeland, the New Jerusalem. At the end of our journey we will recognize Jesus — and realize He has been walking with us all along.

How can we recognize Jesus before the “big reveal”? We find Him at your local Catholic church, in the reading of the Scriptures and the breaking of the bread. Sunday Mass teaches us to hear and see Jesus.

Mass also transforms us into the presence of Jesus. Once you have seen and heard Jesus, You must begin to reveal Jesus to others. The Body of Christ? AMEN

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You Won’t Always Be a Caterpillar (#723, Easter 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Divine Mercy / Second Sunday of Easter (Year A) • Our scriptures show us the early Church: called together by Christ, gathered around the Risen Lord, filled with the Holy Spirit, and sent on mission. We need to lead others to faith.

Faith gives us a glimpse of our final destiny. We are like caterpillars preparing for a transformation into butterflies. Heaven wants you to know, “Don’t worry, it will be OK. You look great as a butterfly. Even your wounds are glorious.”

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For more information about Fatima and the First Saturdays devotion visit the World Apostolate of Fatima https://wafusa.org/the-story-of-fatima/

Fatima and the First Five Saturdays Devotion

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

One of the most amazing apparitions of Our Lady occurred 100 years ago in the small town of Fatima, Portugal. Three young shepherd children saw Mary appear on the 13th of each month from May to October, 1917. Our Lady asked them to say the Rosary every day and to bring peace to the world and to bear sufferings in reparation for the conversion of sinners. She also asked for the First Five Saturdays devotion. On the first Saturday of each month, for five months, she asked faithful Christians to:

  • Go to Confession
  • Receive Holy Communion worthily
  • Pray five decades of the Rosary
  • Keep Our Lady company for 15 minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary.

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Easter Vigil Fire

Live in the Light and Be Filled with the Light (#722, Easter Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Resurrection of the Lord (Year A) • This world is full of light and darkness. But the Kingdom of God is filled with all light and no darkness. Let the light of Christ illuminate your mind, yourself, and your world. Our faith teaches us that the secret to conquering all darkness and evil is obedience to our Father. Through obedience we walk in the light and radiate the light. Let your light shine!

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