January 20, 2021

News outlets reported this morning that Rome had put a stop to the publication of a statement by Archbishop Gomez as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops where he congratulated President Biden while offering strong words in regards to where Biden and the Church disagree.  The statement was published anyways, and Rome issued a friendly statement to President Biden later in the day. After the USCCB published the statement of Archbishop Gomez, which I found fair and… Read more

January 20, 2021

Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez, issued a statement today on the inauguration of President Joseph Biden.  I quote below the “pertinent” paragraphs.  Of the whole statement, these words are the ones most Catholics will be interested in reading.  Gomez speaks clearly with the mind of the Church.  He welcomes the new president, yet speaks resolutely on the issues where absolute disagreement exists: abortion, contraception, marriage and gender. “I look forward to working with President Biden and his administration, and the… Read more

January 19, 2021

Among the gods of the Roman Empire was Janus, god of doors, gates and passageways.  As god of these, it is reasonable that he was also the god of transitions, of beginnings and ends.  He was portrayed as having two faces, each one looking in the opposite direction: one looking to the past and another to the future.  Oftentimes Janus also held a key in his hand, signifying his authority over doors and transitions.  It should be no surprise that… Read more

January 18, 2021

Entre los numerosos dioses del Imperio Romano se encontraba Jano, el dios de puertas, portones y pasillos. Como patrón de estos, tiene sentido que también fuera el dios de las transiciones, de los inicios y los finales. Jano era retratado con dos caras, cada una mirando en la dirección opuesta: una mirando al pasado y otra al futuro. A menudo, Jano también tenía una llave en la mano, la que representaba su autoridad sobre las puertas y las transiciones. No… Read more

January 15, 2021

The annual rally and march held in Washington D.C. in January to protest the legality of abortion will be a virtual event this upcoming January 29th.  The march which gathers hundreds of thousands of people from all over the United States will be composed of a small number of pro-life leaders and other participants will be invited to participate online. The organization that coordinates the march issued a statement today announcing that “in light of the fact that we are… Read more

January 8, 2021

Father Ubald Rugirangoga’s Facebook page recently posted: “Father Ubald passed peacefully last night at 11:17pm Mountain Time into the hands of his loving Savior Jesus and His Mother in heaven Mary.  He fought the good fight.  He is in the glory with God and we have a new intercessor in heaven.  Father Ubald pray for us.” When he visited Georgia in March 2019, he gave several talks about the Rwandan Genocide and his peacemaking efforts afterwards.  He led healing services… Read more

January 6, 2021

For the first time since the War of 1812 when the British besieged and burnt the US Capitol in Washington DC, the Capitol Building has been besieged.  Supporters of President Trump overwhelmed the capitol police this afternoon, disrupted the work of elected officials, and vandalized federal property.  Millions of us have been glued to the television all afternoon watching in utter amazement at pictures from our capital. As I watch and listen, one phrase echoes in my mind: “words have… Read more

December 27, 2020

Gaudete Christus est natus ex Maria Virgine gaudete. Un hermoso villancico del siglo dieciséis abre con estas palabras las cuales invitan a los oyentes a alegrarse por el nacimiento de Cristo – ¡Alégrense, Cristo ha nacido de la Virgen María, Alégrense! Escuché este bello y enérgico villancico mientras estaba en seminario. Su melodía pegadiza y su estribillo repetitivo son difíciles de borrar de la mente una vez que se escuchan. Luego de nuestra larga espera durante el Adviento, después de… Read more

December 26, 2020

Gaudete Christus est natus ex Maria Virgine gaudete.  A beautiful sixteenth century Christmas carol opens with this line inviting listeners to rejoice in the birth of the Christ – Rejoice Christ is born of the Virgin Mary, Rejoice!  I first heard this beautiful, brisk carol while in seminary.  Its catchy tune and repeating refrain are both difficult to remove from the mind once they are heard. After our waiting throughout Advent, after lighting the candles of the wreath, we celebrate… Read more

December 11, 2020

Cuando era un estudiante universitario decidí que el tiempo no me gobernaría. Me negué a usar un reloj y tampoco tenía un celular. Sorprendentemente, nunca llegué tarde a donde tenía que ir. Aprendí a estar atento a las personas y actividades que me rodeaban para determinar el paso del tiempo. Desarrollé un reloj interno bastante preciso. A pesar de mi deseo de rebelarme contra el tiempo, los relojes seguían marchando y el mundo seguía girando alrededor del sol. Aprendí la… Read more

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