How to Bury the Dead

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Life on Planet Earth

—– Part 1 of 3 —– “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin “They say death and taxes are the only things that are inevitable. The truth is, you can not pay your taxes. I’ve done it, and there’s consequences, but it can be done. Death you’re not going to …

What does the Catholic faith say about shootings? Subtitle: is Elliot Rodger in Hell?

Benjamin Church meets World

The news last week was about a shooting spree in California. The news was disturbing, not so much because of the number of victims, but because of crazy randomness of the whole event. The protagonist was a 22 year old name Elliot Rodger. As best as journalists can determine, the event began when he stabbed three roommates – all three …

FrBenjamin – Life is stronger than death (Easter Sunday)

Benjamin Homilies

Our human life is marked by a lot of darkness. Although life is beautiful, we can easily feel that death is stronger, and that death has the last word. Easter Sunday proves once and for all that life is stronger than death, that the light is stronger than the darkness. Every Easter, the Church asks us to recommit ourselves to our baptismal promises, which is the promise to reject hatred and evil in order to live in love and do what is good.

FrBenjamin – Jesus jumped in to push us out (Good Friday)

Benjamin Homilies

In September there was a story about a man who died after jumping into his septic tank. His son, Joseph, had fallen into the tank and the man jumped in to save his son. Falling into a septic tank is a perfect image for what our sins do to us. On Good Friday, we remember that Jesus jumped into the darkness of sin in order to push us out.

Search Party RED

+421+ Rescue Operation Thirty-Three (Good Friday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

August 5, 2010, a cave-in at a Chilean mine left 33 miners trapped deep underground. Rescuers bored down to them from the surface, then sent an escape capsule with a rescuer inside. One by one they entered the capsule and were winched up out of the mine. All the men were saved.
Our world is like a collapsing mine. God sent Jesus to be our Rescuer. One by one we are loaded into the rescue capsule, which we call a casket, and we are lifted to the surface. Be not afraid!

Heaven is something new (32nd Sunday OT)

Benjamin Homilies

Like the Sadducees in today’s Gospel, we often assume that life in Heaven is a lot like life on earth, only with better food, and no one gets fat. Jesus corrects that interpretation, teaching us that those who are chosen for Heaven will receive a new life that is completely transformed, that we call “eternal life.” The truth that eternal life is waiting for us should give us courage to face all life’s difficulties without fear.

+337+ God knows and He cares Deeply (10th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

God both knows what we need and cares deeply. Through tragedy God invites us to realize that we are not the center of the universe and that everything is a gift from Him. Tragedy also reminds us how powerless we truly are. We are weak, but God is strong. Peace comes when we can say: Not my will, but Yours be done.

After Ezra: an Easter Story

Benjamin God & Faith

Read the full story at the Des Moines Register I recently encountered a beautiful story about a young husband and wife. She was raised a Hindu in India, and he was raised a Baptist in Iowa, and they entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. What was so powerful about the story was that it shows the power of …