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

November 28, 2018

God has blessed our diocese with five new seminarians this academic year. I am reminded of God’s love for His people that He continues to place a desire for the Priesthood in the hearts of young men so that He can manifest Himself through the sacraments of the Church. The prayer and support of so many faithful throughout South Georgia tremendously enc ourage young men to consider the Priesthood, and to take the concrete step to apply for seminary. Now… Read more

November 26, 2018

The first and oldest cathedral of the United States was built from 1806 to 1821 in Batimore, Maryland.  Officially named the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, this beautiful church was designed by John Carroll, the first Archbishop of Baltimore, his cousin Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol Building. Though we proudly learn that the USA was founded on the principles of… Read more

November 25, 2018

Hace poco visité una familia devastada por la pérdida de su hijo recién nacido. Al entrar al cuarto de hospital encontré a la madre en cama con el pequeño niño envuelto en una cobija blanca hecha en casa. Lo miraba con una ternura de madre mientras acomodaba sus bracitos colorados.  El bebe tenía un sombrerito triangular blanco que cubría su cabeza y sus ojos estaban cerrados. Ninguna palabra podía consolar plenamente ni cualquier expresión podía sanar plenamente tal pérdida significativa… Read more

November 23, 2018

On an early morning a few years ago I walked from my hotel to the Jesuit parish in Mexico City where the remains of Blessed Miguel Pro are buried.  Mass had just finished, so I walked up to the silver urn beneath his picture on the right side of the main altar.  During my brief visit, I was struck by the courage of this young priest who valiantly defied the persecutors of the Church and willingly died though he knew… Read more

November 19, 2018

Cuando estaba en la universidad había un estudiante ciego un año debajo de mí. Nunca tuve una clase con él y sólo le hablé una vez, pero todos en la universidad sabían bien quien era.  Formaba parte del ministerio de música de la capilla teniendo que memorizar la música y la letra de todas las canciones que preparaban para la Misa. Caminaba por toda la universidad con gran facilidad usando uno de esos característicos bastones blancos utilizados por los ciegos…. Read more

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