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Mercy Comes to Meet Us

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

You probably already know that Pope Francis has declared this year the Year of Mercy. On December 8 they opened the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica. Pilgrims who walk through the Holy Door can receive a plenary indulgence. But not everyone can get to Rome, so the grace has come to us. There are extra locations for earning the …

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Mister, Are You Jesus? (#613, Lent 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Abraham believes God even though he cannot see the stars. The disciples believe in Jesus’ glory on the streets and on the cross. We listen to Jesus when we allow God’s love to shine through us. When was you were mistaken for Jesus?” [AUDIO]

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Pope Francis Says “Knock It Off” (#532, 12th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Pope Francis speaks of the ecological storm caused by our indifference. A culture of encounter allows us to meet God and be met by him. Accepting His Fatherhood brings peace and calm to our lives, our families, and even our planet. (21 June 2015)

FrBen – Three signs Jesus lives (Ascension)

Benjamin Homilies

After he rose from the dead, the disciples saw Jesus ascended into Heaven. Although Jesus is in Heaven right now, He is still with us here on earth and He is already reigning as king of this world. I can point to three signs that Jesus is lives: Pope Francis’ recent meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis inviting Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican, and the ordination of two new priests, because priests continue Christ’s priestly power in the world. These are three signs in the world that Jesus lives, but every Christian is called to be a sign that Jesus lives. We must be signs in our homes, shops and businesses.

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+414+ Being a good Catholic means you live like Jesus (Ash Wednesday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Pope Francis shows the Church that we can’t get by on “good enough.” Every Christian should reflect the face of Christ. This Lent: Fast from a luxury, find a way to serve the poor, and pray a little more. Then you will reflect the Face of Christ!

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+350+ Controversy! Pope says Church should preach Jesus (28th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Good News is not about abortion, divorce, or homosexuality. The Good News is the incredible love of God that washes clean every sin. The Pope wants us speak more about Christ; he wants wounded people to meet the Healer. Today we ready how a man named Naaman discovers the healing power of God. More importantly, through his journey of healing, he discovers God Himself. We all have a part to play to help heal the wounds. Will you bring people to Jesus?

HARLEY-DAVIDSON RIDES INTO THE ETERNAL CITY (VIS News)

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Vatican City, 14 June 2013 (VIS) – This weekend, Rome will have a unique soundtrack coming from the roaring pistons of some 35,000 Harly-Davidsons that, since yesterday, have begun to invade the capital for the 110th anniversary celebrations of the American motorcycle maker’s founding. There is also room for faith among the rumbling engines, leather jackets, and elaborate tattoos. Events …

Catholics believe that atheists can be saved – so let’s act like it

Benjamin God & Faith

Catholics might squirm at the idea that atheists have been redeemed by the blood of Christ, but this is exactly what we believe. A few comments have been popping up on the internet about the homily that Pope Francis’ preached on Wednesday, May 22nd. A few snippets of that homily can be found on the Vatican Radio web site (the …

+322+ God wants You to be Holy (Lent 5)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The election of Pope Francis shows us that the Church is still alive and full of surprises! Perhaps the biggest surprise is this: the Church seriously believes that you can be holy. No matter where you have been or what you have done, every Christian is called to be a saint by God’s grace and mercy. Will you accept your call?