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The Jesus Prayer (#650, 30th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

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.” [AUDIO]

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 …

A Decade A Day Keeps the Devil Away

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Are you looking for a way to make this Advent special? Try gathering with your family each day to pray a decade of the Rosary. The Rosary is a classic Catholic prayer. The Rosary is a form of imaginative prayer that mediates on the life of Jesus through the eyes of His Mother Mary. Children can learn the Rosary once …

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Prayer: Consolation and Desolation

Fr. Joel God & Faith

I was on retreat a few years ago and discovered how wonderful prayer could be. For the first time in my life I was looking forward to my daily prayers. Within a few weeks after I got home, I had stopped daily meditation. My prayer had gotten dry and fruitless. It was hard to put the time in only to …

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Prayer: Dealing with Distractions

Fr. Joel God & Faith

Anyone who has invested time and energy in prayer has discovered that it’s difficult. Prayer requires work, and it is often fraught with distractions. One of my most frequently asked questions is how to deal with distractions. Since I have mastered the art of praying without distractions, I will LOOK A SQUIRREL! Where was I? It seems to me that …

Prayer: Is It Really God?

Fr. Joel God & Faith

You’ve started to pray. You talk to God and listen to Him. When you do, thoughts and images come to mind. And you start to wonder: How do I know this is really God speaking to me? We know that God is active in our lives and in the world, but there is another spirt, who scripture calls a liar and the …