Mary of the Month (March 2011)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

Being Christian means being united as children of the same Father in heaven; being Catholic means we are all children of the same Immaculate Mother. Italy, like nearly every other Catholic country, has a special love for Mary, and American visitors to Rome are always surprised to encounter random shrines to Our Lady. This image is in a side street …

Mary of the Month (February 2010)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

One February 11th the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the name of an apparition of Mary that happened in France 1858. An abundant spring of water flows out from the grotto where the apparition took place, and people go there to bathe in the hopes of being cured. This is a picture of the cave where …

Mary of the Month (January 2011)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

At the beginning of every year, January 1st, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Her tender love for Jesus and His Divine love for her is extremely hard to capture, although once in a while an artist succeeds. I was very happy to have found this wonderful statue, which is a depiction of Our Lady of …

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 …

Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

Benjamin Being Catholic

Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, made history on December 8th, 2010. He became the first bishop in the United States to formally approve an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1859, Our Lady had appeared three times to a young Belgian farm girl at a spot north east of Green Bay. The third time, …

Mary of the Month (December 2010)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

In December the Church celebrates one of my favorite days, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast celebrates the truth that Mary was preserved from all stain of sin from the first moment of her existence, which is a beautiful testament to the power of God’s grace. If we did not believe this truth, …

Mary of the Month (Nov 2010)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

One of the Church’s favorite ways to depict Our Mother is with saints, because the saints demonstrate how Mary is a mother not only to Jesus, but to each of us. She spends her time and energy helping her children to respond to God and to become like Jesus, and the saints show most clearly the fruit of her prayers. …

Mary of the Month (Sept 2010)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

This is a statue of Our Lady of Fatima that travels about from house to house in my Diocese, and I had the joy of being her host for a month. It seems to me that the message of Our Lady of Fatima is just as important today as it was when it was first given.

Homily for the Assumption by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

Mary is a perfect example to us in three aspects of her life: Virgin, Mother, Disciple. She shows us how to leave space for God, how to recognize him in the vulnerable, and how to always remain faithful to him. She is happy to teach every Christian, if only we would ask. [click post for audio content]