October 28, 2019

Every person has a need to be heard.  This need is significantly increased if a person has been deeply hurt.  At any given encounter with an individual, he or she has a unique life story to tell that has forged his or her thought and belief.  It is important to listen before speaking, especially when interacting with someone hurt through negative experiences by the Church and her members. A recent study conducted by the Barna Group notes that people want… Read more

October 22, 2019

Recientemente visité el Monumento Nacional por la Paz y la Justicia, y el Museo Legacy en Montgomery, Alabama. El sombrío monumento recuerda a más de 4,400 hombres, mujeres y niños afroamericanos que fueron linchados en los Estados Unidos entre 1877 y 1950. Estas víctimas fueron ahorcadas, quemadas vivas, abaleadas, ahogadas y golpeadas hasta la muerte por turbas de personas blancas que ignoraron la ley y a menudo actuaron en reacción a cargos falsos. El Museo Legado recuenta la historia de… Read more

October 13, 2019

El presidente Jimmy Carter inició su estudio bíblico pidiendo a los presentes que levantaran la mano apenas entendieran el tema principal del pasaje bíblico que estaba a punto de leer. Comenzó: “amados, amémonos los unos a otros, porque el amor es de Dios”. El presidente alzó la vista al mismo tiempo que sus labios se estiraron formando una sonrisa agradable, sus ojos brillaron un poco mientras miraba a la congregación. Observó unas cuantas manos arriba en el aire. Continuó, “todos… Read more

October 12, 2019

President Jimmy Carter started his Bible Study asking those present to raise their hands once they grasped the theme of the Scripture passage he was about to read.  He began, “beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God.”  He looked up as his lips stretched forming a gentle smile, his eyes sparkled just a bit as he looked out into the congregation.  A few hands rose.  He continued, “everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows… Read more

October 1, 2019

I recently visited The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, as well as The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama.  The somber memorial stands in remembrance of over 4,400 African American men, women and children who were lynched between 1877 and 1950 in the United States.  These victims were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs that ignored the rule of law and oftentimes acted in response to fabricated charges.  The… Read more

September 30, 2019

En el centro de la Plaza de San Pedro en Roma hay un gran obelisco egipcio. A pesar de ser muy antigua la basílica, este obelisco es aproximadamente 3.500 años más viejo, y ha permanecido cerca de la Colina Vaticana por unos 2.000 años. El emperador romano Calígula transfirió este obelisco de la ciudad de Heliópolis a Roma y lo instaló en medio del Circo Vaticano en el año 37 d. C. Esta nueva arena deportiva fue construida al lado… Read more

September 28, 2019

I delivered this homily at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church in Darien, Georgia for the 422th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Friar Pedro de Corpa and Companions. I have always thought that if God chose and called Saint Paul to play a foundational role in the early Church, God can definitely choose and call whoever he wishes to do whatever he needs to get done. Paul was not seeking Jesus, but was killing his disciples…. Read more

September 14, 2019

An Egyptian obelisk stands in the middle of Saint Peter Square in Rome.  As old as the Basilica is, the mighty obelisk is approximately 3,500 years older, and has stood by the Vatican Hill for 2,000 years.  The Roman Emperor Caligula transferred this obelisk from the city of Heliopolis to Rome and installed it in the middle of the Vatican Circus in AD 37.  This new sports arena was built on the side of the Vatican Hill outside the city… Read more

September 12, 2019

I have only seen a sign forbidding visitors to smile or laugh in a public place once in my life.  The site had no guards actively enforcing the rule, but the simple recounting of the horrific acts that unfolded at the site was enough to keep a person from smiling.  What horrible thing could have happened in a place that forbids smiling and laughing? The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was built as a high school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and… Read more

September 4, 2019

Cuando fui ordenado sacerdote nunca me imaginé que estaría tan inmerso en el tema de la inmigración. Anticipaba que serviría a mis compañeros inmigrantes y que trabajaría con católicos de habla hispana ya que yo hablaba español. Lo que nunca imaginé fue que como sacerdote pagaría la fianza de feligreses para que salgan de la cárcel, actuaría como mediador entre el departamento de policía y mis parroquianos, los organizaría para que participen en marchas en Atlanta y Washington, sería citado… Read more




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