August 7, 2019

Esta mañana escuché en la radio un fascinante reportaje sobre el funcionamiento de la mente humana. El científico que fue entrevistado describió un reciente estudio que realizó el cual produjo resultados sorprendentes: las personas que toman decisiones concretas e irrevocables son más felices que aquellas que prefieren mantener varias opciones abiertas sin elegir definitivamente una cosa sobre otra. El científico quedó tan impresionado con los resultados de su investigación que inmediatamente le propuso matrimonio a su novia con quien había… Read more

August 6, 2019

This morning I listened to a fascinating story on the radio about the inner workings of the mind.  The scientist interviewed described a recent study he conducted that yielded shocking results: people who make concrete, irrevocable choices are happier than those who prefer leaving their options open and fail to choose definitively one thing over another.  The scientist was so surprised with the findings of his research that he went home and proposed to his girlfriend with whom he had… Read more

August 3, 2019

There is a small, old Catholic church not many know about in rural Georgia.  For decades it was the only Catholic church between Augusta and Savannah serving a small Catholic community.  I have driven countless times between those two cities, and I never knew about Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bay Branch just a few yards away from Highway 21.  Yesterday I found it and took some pictures. After the Civil War in the 1870s, Slavic and German Catholic families… Read more

August 1, 2019

Bishop Hartmayer of the Diocese of Savannah and I recently traveled to the ends of the earth.  After the familiar drive to Atlanta from Savannah, we boarded two long flights which after twenty-four hours carried us to the city of Abuja in central Nigeria.  The purpose of the long journey was simple: to participate in the ordinations to the Priesthood of Theodore Agba, Solomon Kaanan, and Peter Lanshima.  These three young men came to the Diocese of Savannah after completing… Read more

July 31, 2019

I arrived to the office where I had booked a tour of the landing beaches of Normandy.  It was a beautiful spring day, the sun shining brightly with an occasional cool breeze reminding me that I was close to the edge of the world.  The tour appeared to be delayed, so I sat for several minutes outside the office which was right across the street from the train station of Bayeux.  About ten minutes after the anticipated departure time, the… Read more

July 22, 2019

The Baltimore Sun reported this evening that Bishop Mark Brennan, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, is expected to become the new bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. After the disgraceful exit of Bishop Bransfield last year who has denied any wrong-doing during his leadership over the rural West Virginia diocese, Bishop Brennan will have the overwhelming task to bring healing and peace to the faithful of the state. Rome recently published sanctions against Bransfield after a detailed investigative report was submitted by… Read more

July 14, 2019

Le preguntaron a Jesús, “¿maestro, que debo hacer para heredar la vida eterna?” El respondió: “amarás al Señor tu Dios… y a tu prójimo como a ti mismo.” Continuaron con otra pregunta: “¿y quién es mi prójimo?” Jesús contestó con la gran parábola del Buen Samaritano. Click here for English Para heredar la vida eterna debemos imitar al Buen Samaritano.  Debemos amar a aquellas personas que son diferentes a nosotros.  Debemos amar a aquellos que nos cuesta amar.  Debemos amar… Read more

July 13, 2019

Jesus was asked: “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He answered: “You shall love the Lord your God… and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus was then asked: “And who is my neighbor?” He responded with the masterful parable of the Good Samaritan. To inherit eternal life, we must be like the Good Samaritan.  We must love those who are most unlike us.  We must love those we struggle to love.  We must love those we deem unlovable… Read more

July 12, 2019

Cuando hice mi primera comunión recibí muchos regalos de amigos y parientes. Entre ellos  había una placa rectangular marrón de cerámica con unas manos unidas en oración en una esquina junto con las siguientes palabras, “Dios concédeme la serenidad para aceptar las cosas que no puedo cambiar, el valor para cambiar las cosas que puedo, y la sabiduría para reconocer la diferencia”. Esta oración ha estado colgada en mi dormitorio por todos estos años. Este regalo de primera comunión fue… Read more

June 18, 2019

Un carro Mercedes-Benz verde oscuro se detuvo en el semáforo de una intersección congestionada.  Hacía frío. En el asiento de cuero trasero estaba sentado un joven de quince o dieciséis años. Viajaba solo y al frenar el carro su mirada que había estado fijada en el reposacabezas delante de él se reubicó lentamente hacia la ventana. En ese instante otro joven de aproximadamente la misma edad se acercó al carro vendiendo algo. Llevaba una caja de madera llena de chicle… Read more




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