January 15, 2019

Recientemente vi una película lanzada en el 2007. Había escuchado que era excelente, pero no encontraba la historia muy interesante: un joven se va de excursión a Alaska y muere poco antes de regresar a la civilización al erróneamente comer semillas venenosas. Ahora reconozco que estuve muy equivocado. La historia de Christopher McCandless es extraordinariamente conmovedora. Es una historia de descubrimiento, sanación y lamentablemente de una muerte prematura. Click here for English En un momento semejante a la vida de… Read more

January 14, 2019

Nunca olvidaré la primera vez que vi a un bebé recién nacido muerto. Era una pequeña niña y la bebé era preciosa. Era como una muñeca lista para ser recogida por alguna otra niña para jugar. Antes de entrar con mi párroco al cuarto de hospital donde estaba la bebé, yo estaba extremadamente nervioso. El párroco había recibido una llamada a través del número de emergencia y rápidamente nos dirigimos al hospital de Douglas, Georgia. Después de bendecir a la… Read more

January 8, 2019

I recently watched a movie released in 2007.  I had heard it was excellent, but the plot did not intrigue me: a young man goes hiking in Alaska and dies shortly before returning to civilization because he mistakenly eats poisoned berries.  I had been terribly wrong for years.  The story of Christopher McCandless is extraordinarily moving.  It is a story of discovery, healing and sadly, premature death. In a move that closely resembles Saint Francis of Assisi, the new college… Read more

December 19, 2018

La Navidad siempre implica la repetición de tradiciones familiares tales como quien arma el nacimiento, quien coloca los adornos en el árbol de Navidad y el menú de la deliciosa cena compartida con seres queridos.  Aunque cada familia tiene sus propias tradiciones y prácticas, hay tradiciones muy antiguas presentes en diversas culturas que celebran el nacimiento de Jesús. En estas expresiones de piedad popular dice el Papa Francisco, “se puede percibir el modo en que la fe recibida se encarnó… Read more

December 16, 2018

The Christmas season always involves the practice of family traditions such as setting up the nativity scene, who places the angel on top of the Christmas tree and the menu of the delicious meal shared with family members.  Though each family has its own practices and traditions, there are very old traditions embedded in cultures that celebrate the birth of Christ.  These expressions of popular piety writes Pope Francis, “enable us to see how the faith, once received, becomes embodied… Read more

December 14, 2018

I will never forget the first time I saw a dead baby.  She was like a baby doll ready to be picked up by a child to play.  She was beautiful.  I was extremely nervous as I entered the room with my pastor, I was a fairly new seminarian.  The pastor had received a call through the emergency number and we rushed to the hospital in rural Georgia.  After he blessed the sleeping child with holy water and offered a… Read more

December 12, 2018

Hoy celebramos a la mujer que mejor nos enseña cómo vivir este tiempo de Adviento: la mujer que nos enseña el valor de esperar… y no esperar por simplemente cualquier cosa, pero el valor de esperar por la venida de su hijo, Jesús. Vivimos en un mundo que no le gusta esperar.  Todo lo queremos rápido.  Vivimos tan atareados y nunca terminamos, vivimos agobiados con todos nuestros quehaceres.  Tenemos acceso una cantidad infinita de información en nuestros celulares, todo accesible… Read more

December 12, 2018

The Virgin Mary appeared four times to Saint Juan Diego on December 1531, only ten years after the defeat of the Aztec empire in Mexico by the Spanish. This time period marked the integration of Spanish and native cultures which ultimately gave rise to a unique people and culture which continues to flourish today throughout Latin America. Click aqui para mi homilia de hoy Mary’s words to Juan Diego were soon recorded in the work called Nican Mopohua written in… Read more

December 2, 2018

When the king of Portugal requested missionaries for his colonies in India from Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Ignatius sent one of his best men: Francis Xavier.  Francisco Javier was a fellow Spaniard and good friend having roomed with Ignatius while they studied in Paris.  Francisco Javier became one of the first members of the Society of Jesus which Ignatius founded.  In 1541 Francisco Javier set out for the Orient and spent the rest of his life preaching the Gospel in… Read more

November 30, 2018

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.  He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.  At once they left their nets and followed him.”  Gospel of Matthew 4, 18-20 This is the short yet powerful call of the brothers Peter and Andrew to follow Jesus.  Their response to a… Read more




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