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+351+ With the Strength that comes from God (29th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

An elderly widow teaches us to be persistent. Moses shows us that when we are doing the work of God, we can rely on God for the strength to achieve it. In the same way, the movement 40 Days for Life is successful because it is faithful to God’s purposes in a way that is both prayerful and persistent. Are you doing the work of God, with the strength that comes from God?

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The value of silence

Benjamin Church meets World

As I have grown in my spiritual life, I have come to treasure the value of silence. The American culture today does not have any idea of the value of silence. Just as we tend to fill our days with activities, we tend to fill our lives with sounds and music, conversation and noise. When we find ourselves alone, we …

Praying for a new Pope

Benjamin Being Catholic

Today the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church celebrated Mass together in St. Peter’s Basilica, before entering the Sistine Chapel. There is a strong Catholic sense that all the important moments of life should be connected to Mass, and so it is almost taken for granted that the Conclave would begin with the celebration of Mass. What struck me most …

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Our daily Bread of Life (Homily for the 19th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeOur daily Bread of Life (14:23) Ordinary Time, 19th Sunday. I recently visited a restaurant so full of distractions that it was impossible to share with the people you came with. When we go out to eat, we really want to share special …

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Bless us O Lord (Homily for the 18th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeBless us O Lord (10:45) Ordinary Time, 18th Sunday. Long-distance travel brings out the worst in the Israelites. They grumble against Moses because they are hungry. God feeds them with quail and manna, “so that you may know that I, the Lord, am …

He is our Peace (Homily for the 16th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeHe is our Peace (7:50) Ordinary Time, 16th Sunday. In areas with poor reception, a cellphone restlessly searches for signals. We too are restlessly searching. What are we looking for? Our faith tells us that we were wired for God. We can only …

The Pentecost Novena

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Jesus ascended 40 days after Easter (Acts 1:3), which always falls on a Thursday. We usually transfer the celebration to the nearest Sunday. Then the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles on Pentecost, 50 days after Easter. Before ascending, Jesus invited the Apostles to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:8). The Church traditionally fulfills this …

Does God curse us with bad weather?

Benjamin Free Range

The first snowfall of the year is always something magical. I love to look out at the ordinary world that has been transfigured. Messy piles have disappeared, dirty things are covered over, and all the trees are clothed in white as if dressed for a wedding. I always feel that a new snowfall is a little invitation from God to …

Human cry – divine response

Benjamin God & Faith

This morning Benedict XVI travelled by helicopter from the Apostolic Palace in Castelgandolfo to the Vatican for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Continuing a series of catecheses on the subject of “the school of prayer”, the Holy Father turned his attention to Psalm 3 which recounts David’s flight from Jerusalem when Absalom rose against him. “In the …

Jesus makes forgiveness possible (2 of 3)

Benjamin Human Relationships

In you haven’t already read Part 1, Why should I forgive?, I recommend taking five minutes to read it before beginning part two. Jesus began His mission by preaching “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Recognizing that not everything we have done is appropriate for the Kingdom of Heaven, changing our lives is the best way to …