October 22, 2018

Yesterday, three armed men attacked the house of Cardinal Emeritus Norberto Rivera of Mexico City, killing one security guard at the residence. News sources report that the intent of the armed men may have been robbery and it happened in the middle of the day.  The men gained access by pretending to deliver a letter to the Cardinal.  Rivera was present in the house at that time but was not hurt, and the armed men got away. The Mexican Bishop’s Conference… Read more

October 18, 2018

Ten years ago today I quietly processed out of the sacristy of Saint Peter Basilica wearing a white alb into the southern side of the majestic church.  As my classmates and I advanced toward the altar on the day of our diaconate ordination, over one thousand people gathered to be part of the momentous occasion.  Bishop William Callahan, a past spiritual director of the seminary and at that time auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee, ordained us by calling down the Holy… Read more

October 14, 2018

“Jesús es radical,” expresó el Papa Francisco durante su homilía esta mañana al canonizar a seis, entre ellos el Papa Pablo VI y Monseñor Oscar Romero.  “Él lo da todo y lo pide todo: da un amor total y pide un corazón indiviso… Jesús no se conforma con un porcentaje de amor: no podemos amarlo al veinte, al cincuenta o al sesenta por ciento.  O todo o nada.” El Evangelio del joven rico que partió triste después de que Jesús… Read more

October 14, 2018

“Jesus is radical,” stated Pope Francis during his homily this morning when the canonized six faithful including Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero.  “He gives all and he asks all: he gives a love that is total and asks for an undivided heart… Jesus is not content with a percentage of love: we cannot love him twenty or fifty or sixty percent. It is either all or nothing.” Click aqui para español The Gospel of the rich man who… Read more

October 5, 2018

Un gran fervor religioso invadió España en 1492 cuando los reinos españoles se unificaron bajo los reyes católicos Fernando e Isabel, el último califato de Granada fue derrotado después de casi 800 años de presencia musulmana, y Cristóbal Colón aseguró un nuevo continente para la corona. Los españoles del siglo XV, sin duda, vieron la mano de Dios presente en estos importantes eventos. Al concluir la reconquista de España y el restablecimiento del cristianismo en toda la península, los españoles… Read more

October 4, 2018

Religious fervor erupted in Spain in 1492 when the Spanish Kingdoms were united under the Catholics monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, the last Muslim caliphate of Granada was defeated leading to the expulsion of the Moors after 800 years of conquest, and Christopher Columbus claimed a whole new continent for the crown.  Fifteenth-century Spaniards undoubtedly saw the hand of God at work in these significant events.  As the reconquest of Spain concluded and reestablished Christianity in the whole peninsula after centuries,… Read more

September 20, 2018

Pope Francis addressed the 3,500 delegates gathered for the opening of the V Encuentro near Dallas Texas on a giant screen.  The Pope encouraged the delegates and stated that the Encuentro is a concrete way that the Church in the USA is responding to the challenge of leaving behind a comfortable place in order to seek communion with those who are desperately seeking hope.   He challenged us to seek ways to better respond to the presence of youth and of… Read more

September 9, 2018

When we are sick, it makes no sense to wait until we are healed to go to the doctor.  Rather, we go to the doctor so he or she can heal us, no matter how sick we are. The doctor does not judge us for being sick.  It is the doctor’s job to be present among the sick in order to heal them. We approach Jesus in this same way: ill, in need of His help and trusting that He… Read more

September 8, 2018

Unas semanas antes de completar mi asignación en la Parroquia San José en Augusta organicé un taller de preparación matrimonial en español para varias parejas. A las 6:30pm abrí el salón, encendí el aire acondicionado y confirmé que todo esté listo. Las mesas y sillas estaban en su lugar, la comida preparada, mis charlas listas, y la pareja que conduciría el taller ya había llegado. De repente era ya las 7:00, la hora de iniciar, pero ninguna de las ocho… Read more

September 2, 2018

I remember one time when I was fourteen or fifteen years old, riding on the back of a pick-up truck in the Peruvian Amazon.  I had spent the day with my dad around the small town of Cuñumbuque visiting dairy farmers.  Up until the year before, the town had been controlled by one of Peru’s main terrorist organizations, now that the army had liberated it, its people were free to do business with outsiders.  That’s why we were there. As… Read more

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