Thank you Bishop Joe Vasquez

I was a brand new Catholic when Bishop Joe Vasquez was appointed to my Diocese. I didn't know anything about him. Was he going to be a good shepherd? Would he be able to stand against the issues facing our community with love and compassion but without fear of speaking the truth? I didn't know. But someone I trust did know. My RCIA director, Noe, knew Bishop Joe Vasquez from his days as a parish priest in San Angelo. Having Noe Rocha's approval meant a lot to me because I know for a fact that … [Read more...]

Did I Die? Let Me Count The Ways

By now most of you must have heard the leaked tape where Donald Trump explains to Billy Bush that he often kisses women without permission and grabs them by their genitals as they both die with laughter at how funny that is.I was pretty upset about that tape, but not because I am a prude or even that I am shocked that men talk like that. When Billy Bush says "will you give him a hug" while holding back giggles, I remembered all the times that I was the girl who was the butt of jokes between … [Read more...]

What About My Words

As I watched the memorial for the five fallen officers in Dallas yesterday, I was convicted by words from both President George W. Bush and President Obama. Each one had some great things to say as leaders of our country.President Bush said "too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, but judge ourselves by our best intentions" That really got me to think about my own words when discussing the issue of race, police shootings of black males and pretty much any other hot button … [Read more...]

I need to Know how to Love Jackwagons

I had great plans on how exactly Friday morning was going to go down. Pope Francis was dropping an exhortation and I was going to be one of the first people to read it (well, one of the first among us bloggers who don't get to read it before it is open to the public) and it was going to be great. I love papal documents.  I was so excited, like a kid on Christmas morning. I have a whole system in place and I can't sleep the night before, it's awesome.Then my uncle got sick and was put in ICU … [Read more...]

Trump Tapped What Was Already There

There is a hidden issue in the debate about illegal immigration. A lot of good people are either unaware of it or ignore, but it is real. There is a really thread of racism against Latinos/Mexicans/Hispanics when it comes up. As long as I can remember, I have been able to see it. I am a Hispanic who has lived in Texas my entire life, I have seen it in my family and been the target of it.Now Drumpf is leading in polls and winning primaries based on his views about illegal immigrants and his … [Read more...]

RISEN: A Movie about Searching for the Risen Christ

The central point of Christianity is the Resurrection of Jesus after His death on the Cross. Everything else is either before or after of the story, but in the center is the fact that Jesus conquered sin and death to open the doors to Heaven for those of us who choose, by our own free will, to follow Him. There comes a point in every Christian's life where we ask ourselves if we really believe that He rose. I remember exactly where I was the moment that I asked myself the question seriously. … [Read more...]

I Never Dreamt Marriage Was Like This

Last night my husband and I sat in our room after dinner. He was in his chair working on his laptop and I was in bed reading a book. I felt a nudge to look up and when I did I saw my husband, the man that I love more than words the way that his mother looked at him.My husband had the most loving mother. She was everything that I could have ever wished for in a mom. She baked cookies, cooked your favorite dinner when you visited, drank giant diet cokes and chain smoked. What I loved the most … [Read more...]

A Witness of Mercy

Mercy is central to my life. Without it, I would not be here. I have had mercy showered on me from the first time that I stepped foot in St. William Catholic Parish's RCIA program (Rite of Christian Imitation for Adults). The first time that the RCIA director, Noe Rocha, looked at me and said the words “God loves you more than you think he does”, I felt it. I felt the Love of God to the core of who I am. At that moment, I had no clue who I even was, but I somehow knew that God did and that He was … [Read more...]

The Truth Reigns

Defending my faith is something that comes pretty easy to me, I am a fighter, and it comes natural to me. The problem for me is that I fight the way that St. Peter fought in the garden when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus and he cut off the ear of one of them. What did Jesus do? He healed the guy, then rebuked Peter. I  almost know for certain how Peter must have felt at that moment, because I’ve been there many times. I have cut off a lot of ears thinking that I am defending Jesus when the tr … [Read more...]