Prayer: God Wants You More

Fr. Joel God & Faith

“God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter knowns as prayer. In prayer… God’s initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always …

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Throw the Money Changers Out of Your Heart (#449, Lateran Basilica)

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, Homilies

The Temple is a place of encounter where God meets his people. They sacrifice and he blesses them. Church is also a place of encounter. So is your heart. Cast the clutter out of your heart to make room for God. (9 Nov 2014)

A “Simple Prayer” of St. Francis

Fr. Joel Free Range

In 2004 I had the privilege of studying Italian while living in Assisi. The town has been unmistakably marked by its most famous son, St. Francis. Most people only know that St. Francis loved the animals. He’s often seen as an environmentalist or some kind of medieval hippie. I was intrigued by the legend of the man and wanted to …

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The “I” Has to Die so a “We” Can Be Born (#426, Easter 6)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Marriages often fail when a couple is not prepared for the depth of communication and partnership that is required. But I do the same thing to God. I have often expected that God would support me in living “my” life and otherwise stay out of the way. Just like marriage, so we have to be willing to put God first and work on good communication. Most things are too big for me to handle, but there’s nothing “we” can’t handle.

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Look! Listen! God Is Here (#424, Easter 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Why do Catholics today look sad, timid, shy, and fearful? They haven’t met the risen Jesus! The Gospel shows us five places we can look for God: In the world He created, In good friends, In Scripture, In the Sacraments, and in the depths of our heart. Start living life in a contemplative way. This means we begin to realize that we are always in the presence of God. Look and Listen, and the risen Jesus will meet you.

Why do Catholics celebrate Lent?

Benjamin Being Catholic

Lent is the way that Catholics prepare for the celebration of the Triduum (which means “three days”). The Triduum is the triple feast of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. These feasts commemorate the climax of the life of Jesus. Holy Thursday remembers the His famous last supper with his closest disciples, while Good Friday commemorates his arrest, trial, …