The Mercy That Brings Us Peace (#620, Divine Mercy)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The risen Jesus offers reconciliation and peace. Jesus gives Thomas a second chance. Thomas received mercy; he shares mercy. Pope John Paul II brought mercy to the world. Let the risen Jesus meet you and offer you mercy and peace. [AUDIO]

How to Find Hope in Suffering (#614, Lent 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Featuring Deacon Michael: God knows well what we are suffering. St. John Paul II and Blessed Chiara Badano both found hope by uniting their sufferings with the sufferings of Jesus. They encountered Jesus and came to know I AM as Our Father. [AUDIO]

Pope St. John Paul II

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Official Vatican Prayer to Saint John Paul II Oh, Saint John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. Bless the young, who were your great passion. Help …

Church source of peace in the midst of war

Benjamin Church meets World

I want to follow my brother’s post about Cardinal Dolan’s presence at the Republican and Democrat national conventions. His presence was important for proclaiming the timeless truths that the Church stands for: the existence of God, the value of human life, the vital importance of the family, and the need for building a just society. Yet, as Cardinal Dolan showed …

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 …

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 …