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How to Survive a Haunted House and America’s Next 4 Years (#652, 33rd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • Jesus wants to remind us: Just hold my hand, and you’ll be safe. It’s just like getting though a haunted house. My family held Jesus’ hand and it brought me to serve as a priest in the Diocese of Green Bay. Don’t grab hold of the President or the latest fad. Holding Jesus’ hand will help you reach out and make a difference in America.Read More

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Pray, Vote, and Don’t Worry (#651, 31st Sunday)

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Homilies

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • US Voters have the opportunity of going to the polls next Tuesday, November 8. If you don’t exercise your right to vote, you lose your right to complain. The Bishops say there are four key issues for Catholics voters:

  1. Human Dignity
  2. Subsidiarity
  3. Common Good
  4. Solidarity

We are not single-issue voters, but some issues are more important than others. Read more about this, look up the candidates on your ballot, and vote for the best candidates. But your job isn’t done. We have to stand up for our values and beliefs every day, in our country and our community. Pray a novena, do your job, and leave the rest in God’s hands. To paraphrase Padre Pio: Pray, Vote, and Don’t Worry.Read More

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The Jesus Prayer (#650, 30th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • “I’m basically a good person.” Most of us are in danger of believing in our own righteousness. St. Paul knows that he is nothing without God; all he has is a gift from God. Perhaps he spent a lot of time praying: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”Read More

A Cure for Warts

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth

I have to first admit that there is no quick and easy cure for warts. A dermatologist explained: “We have a number of different treatments for warts, and that tells you that none of them are particularly effective. Because if one were particularly effective we would just use that one all the time.”

Warts are a virus that infects the surface of the skin. It turns skin cells into something nasty. The body’s immune system can fight viruses, but warts are good at tricking the body into ignoring them. Several years ago I contracted a single on the bottom of my left foot. These are known as “plantar warts.” Since the skin is extra thick there, warts can grow extra deep. I didn’t know what to do, so I mostly ignored it and hoped it would go away. Periodically I would buy some treatment off a drug store shelf. The warts always came back. I went back to ignoring them. Eventually the wart spread to more sites on my foot and then to the fingers of one hand. I finally broke down and visited a family doctor and then a dermatologist. I expected that he would numb me up and cut the warts out and they would be gone. Cured.Read More

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How to Fight the Good Fight – and Win! (#649, 29th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • Plantar warts taught me three things: (1) Don’t ignore the problem (2) Get the help you need (3) Don’t give up. The same goes for our spiritual life. Life is a struggle, but with God’s help we can overcome. Just stay faithful and persevere.Read More

Why are You Idle? The Queen of Heaven Will Help You (#648, 28th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • The Queen of Heaven wishes us to pray for the Conversion of Sinners. All of us are called to spread the Good News of Jesus. Evangelization is about helping people begin to hear the voice of the true God and see the Face of God. It happens when we ourselves see, hear, and love as Jesus loves. Why are you idle when others are working in the vineyard of the Lord? Go and fear nothing, for she will help you.Read More

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

Fr. Joel Homilies

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • God is the Master; we are the stewards. Does your bedroom, apartment or home reflect good stewardship? Do your finances, time management, and life choices honor God? It’s about more than just ourselves; our corner of the kingdom includes our neighbors. We just do the little tasks we have been given and God can do amazing things. Look at Mother Therese or St. Therese of Lisieux. They were faithful, and that is why they were fruitful.Read More

National Novena Begins October 1st

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Any given Sunday in Wisconsin something special can happen. Particularly if you find yourself attending Mass at a local Catholic Church. One Sunday the Queen of Heaven came to speak to a Belgian immigrant named Adele. The message was very simple:

“I am the Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same. You received Holy Communion this morning and that is well. But you must do more. Make a general confession and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them.”

The Queen had a special mission for this young lady:

“Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation….Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing. I will help you.”

This apparition changed the Adele’s life forever. It was October 9, 1859. A shrine was soon built at the spot where Mary appeared. Many have found hope and healing by praying to the Queen of Heaven. Please consider commemorating the apparition by joining in the National Novena which begins on Saturday, October 1st (see below). If you heed the Queen’s requests, you too can fear nothing, for she will help you.Read More

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How to Avoid Spiritual Constipation (#646, 26th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • We have been given so much — even more than four new tires. Clinging to what we have been given will cause spiritual constipation. Instead we must give generously as we have received. I challenge you this week to notice someone you might have ignored. Look them in the eyes, listen to them, and give them some time.Read More

A Tall Drink of Water

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth

I still remember the day I quit buying soft drinks. I was standing in the aisle at the grocery store debating between regular, diet, caffeine-free, real sugar, and the latest weird flavor of Mountain Dew. Suddenly it hit me: there are no good choices. Neither the sugar nor the sweet-tasting chemicals are actually good for me. I passed on the pop that day. At first I felt funny ordering “just water” at restaurants. But as I drank less sugar I found it harder to stomach a cola. Even fruit drinks seem sweet to me now. I stick to mostly water now, supplemented by natural drinks like coffee, hot tea, and fermented barley water. Which is why I came to own a Berkey water filter.Read More