February 18, 2019

On April 6th, 1994, the airplane carrying the Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana was shot down seconds before landing in Kigali.  Absolute chaos descended upon the central African country of Rwanda for the next one hundred days as almost one million people were massacred.  The genocide was perpetuated by members of the Hutu majority tribe against the Tutsi minority.  Decades of vitriolic speech, systematic discrimination, and occasional violence erupted into an unimaginable disaster.  Corpses bearing signs of rape and machetes littered… Read more

February 11, 2019

When I was six or seven years old I remember asking my mom what I should do if the Virgin Mary ever appeared to me. She told me kneeling would be appropriate and then added not to worry about it because it was not likely to happen. I was satisfied with her answer. At least I knew what to do in case she did appear. Bernadette Soubirous was a poor and illiterate 14-year old peasant girl in the small town… Read more

February 6, 2019

Cuando estaba en el quinto grado recuerdo colocar frijoles sobre unas bolas de algodón húmedo dentro de vasos de plástico transparente y esperar. En pocos días un tallo brotó de uno de los frijoles. Aún recuerdo bien la emoción que sentí al ver vida brotar de un frijol tan seco y sencillo.  El tallo creció rápidamente y su color verde hacia contraste con el grano oscuro.  No recuerdo exactamente el tema del proyecto de ciencias que estaba llevando a cabo,… Read more

February 4, 2019

Before leaving for Abu Dhabi Pope Francis tweeted, “I am about to leave for the United Arab Emirates.  I am visiting that country as a brother, in order to write a page of dialogue together and to travel the paths of peace together.  Pray for me!” After a grand arrival yesterday where a young man greeted him in perfect Spanish and the Pope commended him for it, today the Pope visited the presidential palace where he was greeted with an… Read more

February 4, 2019

When I was in the fifth grade, I placed beans over moist cotton balls inside clear plastic cups and waited.  Soon enough, a slender green shoot sprung forth from one of the beans.  I still clearly remember the excitement I felt to see life spring forth from the small, plain bean.  The shoot grew quickly and its bright green color stood in contrast to the dark bean.  I do not recall the exact topic of the science fair project I… Read more

January 22, 2019

I recall my grandfather say once, “the more someone speaks the more likely he or she will say something dumb.” I agree with him. It is always better to listen more and to speak less. Unfortunately today in society everyone speaks, but not many listen. The number of outlets to express opinions has rapidly multiplied in the last few decades – I venture to say that the internet has so much information that several lifetimes would not be enough to… Read more

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




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