Prophets, Fireflies, and Fireworks | #835

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary 14 – God calls you to preach the Gospel in your own town and to your own family. Here are three suggestions for preaching the Gospel to your children: 1) Let yourself be challenged and changed 2) Pray with your children 3) Play with your children.

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Building the Kingdom one Block at a Time (#647, 27th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Does your corner of the God’s Kingdom reflect good stewardship? God can do amazing things when we just do the little tasks we have been given. Mother Therese and St. Therese of Lisieux were fruitful because they were faithful. [AUDIO]

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100,000 Miles and Counting

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth

My first year in my three-parish assignment was also one of the snowiest years on record. After the third snowfall of 14+ inches, I decided it was time for a vehicle with all-wheel drive. I took delivery of my new Subaru Forester on the feast of St. Anthony in 2011. It was the year of the tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown; …

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Start a Gratitude Journal

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth

I was talking to a priest friend about issues in our parishes. The more we talked about our problems, the more frustrated we both became. Our challenges grew bigger and our abilities shrunk. Then my friend said he’d read an article about a pastor who was incredibly successful. His Masses were well attended and his collections were overflowing. “What was …

Jesus Knocking at the Door

To Enter the Kingdom, Let the Kingdom Enter You (#552, Christ the King)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jesus is the King of everything — stars and planets, stuff, animals — everything but you. Jesus invites but does not force; the choice is yours. Do you want to enter God’s kingdom? Then you must allow the Kingdom of God to enter you. (22 Nov 2015)

How to Get Greater Blessings from God (#550, 32nd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The poor widow is not afraid to give away her last piece of bread. God gives her a greater blessing. What is God inviting you to sacrifice? Every Christian must live a life of daily sacrifice until we sacrifice our life itself. (8 Nov 2015)

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Where to Find True Security (#502, Advent 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Here comes your God with power — to scoop you up in his strong arms! Stop trusting in money and things. Our true security does not come from what we have but from who we are: beloved sheep in the arms of our mighty and gentle shepherd. (7 Dec 2014)