May 14, 2019

When I made my first communion I received many gifts from friends and family members.  Among them was a rectangular, light brown ceramic plaque with praying hands on one corner and the following words, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  Since then, this prayer has hung in my bedroom at home. This was a strange first communion gift because… Read more

May 1, 2019

Mientras estudiaba italiano en la hermosa ciudad de Siena en la Toscana hace varios años, entré en la pequeña biblioteca de la escuela de idiomas y encontré un libro sobre el arte italiano. Ojeando el libro que estaba bien pesado hallé la obra maestra de Fra Angelico, la Anunciación. Después de haberme encontrado con esta pintura varias veces pensé que sería bueno verla en persona. Luego de regresar el libro a su lugar agarré a una guía turística de Florencia… Read more

April 25, 2019

Some time ago while studying Italian in the beautiful Tuscan town of Siena, I went into the language school’s small library and found a book about Italian art.  As I browsed through the significantly heavy book I came across Fra Angelico’s masterpiece of the Annunciation.  Having seen it many times before I thought it would be amazing to see it in person.  After placing the book back into its place I grabbed a sightseeing guide of Florence and opened it… Read more

April 18, 2019

When I was a child we lived in the country side about 20 miles south of the city of Lima.  We would attend Sunday Mass at any one of many chapels around our house, but occasionally we would drive into town to the beautiful, old, colonial church built in 1703. I clearly recall one time asking my mother right before communion while at Mass in this beautiful church: “Does the priest ever run out of hosts?” She gave me a… Read more

April 15, 2019

Various news outlets are reporting that the historic Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris is on fire.  Pictures circulated online show a tremendous and uncontrolled blaze in the transept of the building.  The steeple collapsed just few minutes ago. Many Catholic churches have been damaged by fire throughout the past few months in France.  This fire however appears to have been caused by renovation work happening at the cathedral.  For many years now Notre Dame has been raising money for much needed… Read more

April 12, 2019

La parábola del hijo pródigo es quizás la más conocida de toda la Biblia, en competencia solamente con la Parábola del Buen Samaritano. Es una historia simple pero duradera que ha cautivado a generaciones de cristianos y no cristianos por igual. Lo que hace tan atractiva esta parábola es la esperanza que transmite. Generaciones de hombres y mujeres han encontrado esperanza y aliento en la conversión del joven que insultó a su padre al pedir su herencia, malgastó sus dones… Read more

April 11, 2019

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is perhaps the best known story of the whole Bible, rivaled only by the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  It is a simple yet timeless story that has captivated generations of Christians and non-Christians alike.  What makes this parable so appealing is the hope that it transmits.  Generations of men and women have found hope and encouragement in the conversion experience of the young man who insulted his father by asking for his inheritance,… Read more

April 8, 2019

After six years leading Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, has resigned from his position of president. A statement from Father Sheridan published today on the university website reads: “Not too long ago, I submitted my resignation after a great deal of prayer, and over the weekend, it was accepted by the Board of Trustees.” Father Sheridan will continue as president until the conclusion of this academic year, and looks forward to serving the Church in… Read more

April 4, 2019

This morning Pope Francis announced that Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta will be the seventh Archbishop of Washington DC. The fact that today is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Atlanta’s most prestigious citizen, Martin Luther King Jr, cannot go unnoticed.  Today the Archbishop of Atlanta becomes the first African-American Archbishop of Washington, and could potentially be the first African-American cardinal.  How things have changed for good in our U.S. society in these past fifty-one years. Read more

March 28, 2019

The Catholic News Agency reported this afternoon that Pope Francis is expected to appoint Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta to the currently open Archdiocese of Washington DC, vacated after the resignation of Cardinal Wuerl last year. CNA made it abundantly clear that there has been no formal announcement, so anything can happen until a formal announcement is made in the near future. Who would succeed Cardinal Wuerl has caused tremendous anticipation in the Catholic world of the United States.  There… Read more

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