The value of silence

Benjamin Church meets World

As I have grown in my spiritual life, I have come to treasure the value of silence. The American culture today does not have any idea of the value of silence. Just as we tend to fill our days with activities, we tend to fill our lives with sounds and music, conversation and noise. When we find ourselves alone, we …

Church source of peace in the midst of war

Benjamin Church meets World

I want to follow my brother’s post about Cardinal Dolan’s presence at the Republican and Democrat national conventions. His presence was important for proclaiming the timeless truths that the Church stands for: the existence of God, the value of human life, the vital importance of the family, and the need for building a just society. Yet, as Cardinal Dolan showed …

Family life

Benjamin Human Relationships

[This is a recent address by Pope Benedict XVI] Cardinals, Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and the Priesthood, dear brothers and sisters! I am pleased to welcome you on the occasion of the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family, on the occasion of a double XXX anniversary: that of the Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio, published November 22, …

The Pope, Peace, and Agnostics

Fr. Joel Church meets World

VATICAN CITY, 27 OCT 2011 (VIS) – Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the historic meeting for peace in the Italian town of Assisi, called by Blessed John Paul II. For the occasion, Benedict XVI has made a pilgrimage to the city of St. Francis, accompanied by representatives of other religions and by non-believers, for a Day of reflection, dialogue …

Human cry – divine response

Benjamin God & Faith

This morning Benedict XVI travelled by helicopter from the Apostolic Palace in Castelgandolfo to the Vatican for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Continuing a series of catecheses on the subject of “the school of prayer”, the Holy Father turned his attention to Psalm 3 which recounts David’s flight from Jerusalem when Absalom rose against him. “In the …

Ord22 – Full of Love, Free of Selfishness | #137

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary22 – I just got back from World Youth Day 2011 in Spain. Peter (and I) life for pleasure and avoid pain. Jesus has something better in mind: a life full of love and free of selfishness. He invites His disciples to do the same. Follow Him!