The Day the Sun Danced

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The fall of 1917 brought a strange controversy to the newspapers of Portugal. Three small shepherd children in the little village of Fatima claimed that the Blessed Virgin Mary had been appearing to them monthly beginning on May 13 of that year. The supposed appearances had caused much scoffing and ridicule, especially among the communist and anti-Catholic press. But crowds …

The Woman Who Conquered Mexico

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Mary of the Month

December 9, 1531, Bishop Juan de Zumarraga received an unusual visitor at his Bishop’s palace in Mexico City. The Spanish conquistadores firmly held the reins of power, having conquered the Aztecs and ended the pagan worship and human sacrifice. They were not kind to the newly conquered Aztecs. The Bishop’s visitor was one of the few converts to embrace the new religion. His …

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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 You Don’t Have Enough, Do This (#435, 18th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The disciples have just a few loaves and fish. It’s not enough to feed themselves, let alone a whole crowd. So often we come up short. We never seem to have enough time, money, or resources. Give the little you have to Jesus and He will bless it and multiply it. By yourself, you’ll never have enough. But you and Jesus — that’s more than enough.