Three brothers and the priesthood

Benjamin Priesthood

Recently the youngest of three brothers was ordained the the priesthood. The oldest and first to be ordained to the priesthood, as a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was Fr. Luke Strand. Fr. Luke was briefly on the national news after his ordination because a company was threatening to sue him for infringing on their image by driving around …

Jesus has risen, and he married Elizabeth Lee

Benjamin God & Faith

How do we prove that Jesus rose from the dead? The first way to prove that something happened is through the testimony of witnesses who saw it happen. No one saw Jesus rise from the death, but a number of trustworthy people encountered him after his resurrection, and they have left a record that they saw him, and that he …

Celibacy – true love waits

Benjamin Being Catholic

I talked in a previous post about the treasure of celibacy. Not only is it a loving response to God, but it is a loving response that involves the whole person, body and soul. Celibacy is valuable because the consecrated person is looking constantly beyond the horizon, and this invites both the Church, and the world, to look where he …

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 …

The 40-year-old Virgin

Fr. Joel Church meets World, The Loving Life

I recently witnessed one of the strangest and most counter-cultural ceremonies possible. On Saturday, June 26 at the Diocesan Cathedral, our Bishop received and blessed a woman as a consecrated virgin. This means that she has never been with a man in a physically intimate way, and she never intends to be with a man either. Rather than choosing marriage, …

Response to Married Priests – Doing One Thing

Benjamin Priesthood

There is an African proverb that says, “He who chases two rabbits will catch none.” Recently I cut my finger because I was talking on the phone and trying to trim the wax off a candle at the same time. Because neither of the tasks needed my full attention, I thought I could do them both at the same time. …

An argument for married priests

Benjamin Priesthood

The local newspaper published this letter today: “A priest shortage is offered as a reason for transferring the Rev. G. from one local Catholic Church to another, each within throwing distance of the other. I believe there are more than 200,000 married priests worldwide, some of whom might be willing to help ease the critical mass of the shortage (not …