Equal rights and the world of “Hunger Games”

Benjamin Church meets World, Human Relationships

There is a clear connection between the current campaign for equal rights for homosexuals and the great campaign for equal rights for women. That movement had started with equal voting rights for women, and then moved on to fight for equal access to education, to jobs and careers, and equal pay for women who were doing the same work as …

Couple on bicycle

Same-sex relationships are always missing something important

Benjamin Human Relationships

There is a certain pattern to this world: many things exist in pairs. When children discover this, they love to play the game “What’s the opposite of….?” What’s the opposite of day? night! What’s the opposite of hot? cold! and so on. The Book of Genesis describes this fundamental structure to the world as “God divided”: God created light, and …

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, …

Family life – family struggles

Benjamin The Loving Life

Blessed John Paul II addressed families in his exhortation Familiaris Consortio. While talking about the beauty of the family, the Pope is also well aware of how difficult this vocation is, in a world marked by sin, tragedy, and compromises. Family struggles – The modern life style – especially in the more industrialized nations – all too often causes families …

Homily for the Holy Family

Fr. Joel Homilies

In the move It’s a Wonderful Life, we watch George Bailey as a self-sacrificing man versus Mr. Potter as a self-serving man. The whole town of Bedford Falls is a better place because of George Bailey’s sacrifices. In the Nativity story we see St. Joseph as a self-sacrificing man versus Herod as a self-serving man. Joseph made the world a better place and set a new standard for manhood. What was Joseph’s secret? He was humble enough to trust in God rather than himself, and God gave him everything he needed to succeed. Do you trust in your own strength or in God’s? [click post for audio content]

Family Healing

Benjamin The Loving Life

This Sunday the Church celebrated the feast of the Holy Family. This little family fulfilled perfectly what God intended a family to be from the very beginning, a community on earth that was completely filled with God’s love. I strongly believe that, of all the things that families do, sharing love is the most important. Our own families are less …