October 31, 2020

Varias veces escuché a mi papá decir: “Cuando vi al hombre dar un paso sobre la luna, supe que nada era imposible”. Mi papá tenía veintidós años en 1969, acababa de terminar sus estudios y estaba a punto de casarse con mi mamá. El progreso especialmente desde la revolución industrial ha definido la trayectoria de la humanidad. El enfoque principal de la tecnología y el progreso es el mejoramiento de la experiencia humana. En estos últimos cien años pienso que… Read more

October 30, 2020

It seems as if March 2020 was a very long time ago.  The streets of downtown Savannah were empty.  There were no tourists, no pedestrians, and every parking spot was available.  Most businesses were closed except the pharmacy and a few coffee shops.  On March 27th, Pope Francis entered an empty and darkening Saint Peter Square for a special prayer service and blessing – one that captivated and consoled millions of souls worldwide. He opened his message stating, “a thick… Read more

October 29, 2020

I recently read a Catholic parish bulletin from the Diocese of Charlotte where the Pastor included the 2002 A Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters written by Fr. Stephen Torraco which was widely circulated before the 2004 election.  I found the same guide published on the EWTN website. Father Torraco uses a simple question and answer format to raise various issues.  Among his statements he writes, “If a political candidate supported abortion, or any other moral evil, such as assisted suicide… Read more

October 24, 2020

As we prepare for Election Day 2020, it is of critical importance that we make decisions based upon an informed conscience and our own personal prayer and reflection. I encourage you to fully participate in the election process but also to be aware of the critical issues of our times. Every vote is important and the decisions that we make today affect not only ourselves but future generations. …en español abajo… As a Church we do not endorse candidates and… Read more

October 23, 2020

On October 1963 during the Second Vatican Council after a heated debate whether the treatise on the Virgin Mary should be kept separate or be incorporated into the document on the Church Lumen Gentium, the New York Times ran the headline, “Council Votes to Downgrade Mary.”  This headline gave an impression incongruent with what actually happened at the Council, and in particular at that specific debate.  The role of the Virgin Mary was not downgraded, but rather the document that… Read more

October 20, 2020

When he foretold that Peter would deny him, Jesus said to him, “Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.”  Tradition points to the Church of Peter’s Primacy on the shore of the Sea of Galilee where the risen Jesus said to Peter “feed my lambs, tend my sheep, and feed my sheep.”  When… Read more

October 9, 2020

On October 7th, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christof Pierre, traveled to Atlanta to confer upon Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., the Pallium. The Pallium is a white liturgical vestment worn over the shoulders by Catholic archbishops throughout the world.  It is made from wool that the Pope sheers from a lamb on the Feast of Saint Agnes at the Roman Basilica of Saint Agnes, and it is placed… Read more

September 18, 2020

Cuando era un seminarista en 2004, mi párroco en Saint Mary on the Hill en Augusta, el Padre Jerry Ragan, me dio una tarea peculiar durante mi asignación de verano. Me pidió que hiciera las investigaciones y los trámites necesarios para colocar un marcador histórico en la parroquia para conmemorar a las Hermanas de San José que durante muchos años trabajaron en la escuela católica. Unos años antes, la parroquia había adquirido el convento antiguo y lo había convertido en… Read more

September 17, 2020

While I was a seminarian in 2004, my pastor at Saint Mary on the Hill in Augusta, Father Jerry Ragan, gave me a unique task during my summer assignment.  He asked me to do the necessary research and paperwork to place a historical marker at the parish to commemorate the Sisters of Saint Joseph who for many years staffed the Catholic school.  A few years prior, the parish had purchased the old convent and renovated it into an Adoration Chapel… Read more

September 15, 2020

I have visited two large immigration detention centers as a priest.  One I have visited annually for the past seven years to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with about 400 men at the outdoors basketball court.  This center is about to close in the near future.  The other one I visited only once, but I remained inside for about eight hours.  We visited each sector, ate lunch, and celebrated Mass with the men inside. During my visit… Read more

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