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Love is Forever (Homily for the 27th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies, The Loving Life

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeOrd27 – Love is Forever (9:40) Ordinary Time, 27th Sunday. Why does the Catholic Church refuse to accept divorce? Because Jesus told us that divorce is not possible. Once two have become one flesh, it is not humanly possible to separate them. What …

Three brothers and the priesthood

Benjamin Priesthood

Recently the youngest of three brothers was ordained the the priesthood. The oldest and first to be ordained to the priesthood, as a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was Fr. Luke Strand. Fr. Luke was briefly on the national news after his ordination because a company was threatening to sue him for infringing on their image by driving around …

Bride and groom on church steps

The secret way for a wife to have a trusting and intimate relationship with her husband: obey him.

Benjamin Human Relationships, The Loving Life

When I was growing up, my mother sometimes mentioned that it was very important to her to be obedient to her husband. (I think she mentioned this more often to her children than she did to her husband. Her husband happened to be my father: we were very blessed that things worked out that way.) My mother was not always …

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A Community of Life and Love (Homily for Trinity Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeA Community of Life and Love (11:45) Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Jesus Christ has opened for us the mystery of God himself. God is all-powerful, eternal, all-knowing, and all-good. But God is not the “one” of loneliness: God is a community …

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 …

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Sharing Divine Life (Homily for Easter 5)

Fr. Joel Homilies, The Loving Life

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeSharing Divine Life (11:30) Easter, 5th Sunday. Being a Christian is about being in union with God; God shares His divine life with us so that we can be in Communion with God. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. We …

“Jesus finds the antidote to Drudgery” (Homily for week 5)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeJesus finds the antidote to Drudgery [audio:2012ord5.mp3|titles=Jesus finds the antidote to Drudgery|artists=Fr.Joel] Ordinary Time, 5th Sunday. Today’s Old Testament reading from Job is quite the downer. But from time to time we have to admit that life looks just like drudgery. We are …

Five things that don’t belong in the “modern wedding”

Benjamin Church meets World, Free Range, Human Relationships

Once upon a time, in a land far away, the fairy tales ended with a wedding. Why a wedding? Marriage was something definitive, conclusive, like death, except that it was happy. Marriage was permanent, and so it was hard to imagine anything better than being bound for your whole life to a wonderful and loving person. There was also the …