Why the Nativity Scene has an Ox and a Donkey | #907

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Holy Family — When the angel comes looking for us, are we going to be too proud, selfish, or busy to serve the Holy Family? Or will we be humble, hard-working, and generous? Let Jesus be the King of your heart; let him be the Lord of your family.

Want to Win the Game? Lift Others Up | #848

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary 29 – We like the idea of leaders serving others… until its our turn. How would life be different if you put others first? It would look like a baseball team helping each other win. If you want to be a servant, you have to do these two things.

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Recipe for a Holy Family (#807, Holy Family)

Fr. Joel Homilies

We are all responsible for creating a holy family. Today St. Joseph teaches us three keys to fatherhood: obedience, self-sacrifice, and giving your children back to God. If you follow Joesph’s example, your family will be holy too. [AUDIO]

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The Family is a Trinity (#629, Trinity Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Trinity is foreshadowed by the family. The love between a husband and a wife, as a total gift of self to the other, reveals the Trinity. We are called to live in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [AUDIO]

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The Ultimate Power in the Universe (#609, 4th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Love is the ultimate power and it can only be used for good. Selfishness leads to the dark side. We should love like Jesus in our family, our parish, and our Catholic school. The sacrifices we make manifest our love, and love never fails. [AUDIO]

If You Want Your Family To Be Happy, Give Your Children Away (#606, Holy Family)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Hannah shows us that children are a gift. Jesus teaches that all are meant to give. A family must learn the Law of the Gift: Man cannot find himself except in a sincere gift of self. May your family be a holy family. [AUDIO]

The Family: Overwhelming Suffering, Great Joy

Fr. Joel Church meets World

The recent Synod at the Vatican sounded like a free-for-all. Media reported lots of controversy. It made it sound like the Church was going in different directions and the Bishops were divided. And that was just the prelude to next year’s synod. It is obvious that the family touches all of us deeply. I found helpful this pastoral letter that …

How to Find the Magic this Christmas

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Christmas Letter 2014 Remember how Christmas was such a magical time when you were children? You were excited for weeks, tried to be good just before Christmas, and maybe even caught a glimpse of Santa’s reindeer. What is the true spirit of Christmas, and how can it still be magical after all these years?