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How to Keep Christ in Christians

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

I recently returned from a great men’s retreat. Like most retreats, the participants went home on a “spiritual high.” But this retreat emphasized followup before sending us out. They suggested meeting weekly with a small group and going through a short accountability list: Piety, Study, and Action. The idea is simple but brilliant. Here’s how it works.

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Why God Gives Us Crosses (#439, 22nd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Our expectations can get us into trouble when they aren’t realistic. Peter has expectations for the Messiah but they don’t match God’s plans. Too often we expect life to be free of struggles. God gives us struggles because he wants us to love more deeply, live more courageously, and to become better people. When you follow Jesus, your life will not be easy, but it will be worth it.

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Lord, Who do You say that I am? (#438, 21st Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The pagan city of Caesarea Philippi forms the dramatic backdrop to Peter’s confession. As Peter discovers who Jesus is, Jesus also reveals Peter’s identity. Only God knows who you truly are and all the amazing gifts He has given you. Be open to Jesus revealing yourself to you. Ask Him, “Lord, who do You say that I am?”

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What Color Were Jesus’ Eyes? (#436, 19th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jesus made the disciples sail into a storm. But Peter keeps his eyes on Jesus and he can walk on water. Elijah keeps his ears open for God and he can weather any storm. We can practice this by looking people in the eyes and trying to notice their eye color. Keeping our eyes on Jesus helps put everything in perspective. Keep listening for the voice of God you will hear: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

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When did You know He was the One? (#434, 17th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

I like to ask couples, “When did you know your spouse was the One?” Finding the right person is like a buried treasure or the perfect pearl; they are worth any price, any sacrifice. The Church is the field. Jesus is the treasure. And the pearl of great price is you. His love is worth any price, any sacrifice. So when did you know that Jesus was the One?

Book Review: Something Other Than God (updated)

Benjamin Being Catholic

Fr. Joel ( 21 Jul 2014): Jennifer is a passionate woman and her passion for life is evident on every page of this memoir. Sometimes the sentences and writing style feel overwrought; she seems to be exaggerating for dramatic effect. But when she talks about free-lancing so she can jet-set with her boyfriend and hiring waitstaff to cater parties at their …