As a priest, I visit the sick very often in hospitals, senior centers, and in houses to administer the Sacraments. Sometimes people (old and young) walk in the parish office to ask for guidance or they just ask to have some spiritual guidance. Beside bringing God's graces through the Sacraments, I practice the ministry of … Continue reading Ministry of Presence, Amazing People and Cancer Patients
A few days ago I came back to the parish. As soon as I entered my office, I knew that a big amount of work was waiting for me; it is been piling up in my desk. I prepared psychologically to the workload I would face after a long time out of the parish. I … Continue reading Back to the Parish, Ready to Work Hard
I do not like to wait and most of us we do not like to wait. When I am in a waiting room, I somehow feel desperate. I feel that time runs slowly. When I am in an airport waiting for a flight or for a connection, I have to do something; sometimes I pray, … Continue reading Patience: a Virtue and a Gift
When I celebrate Easter year by year, I reassure my faith, I reaffirm that the Lord is resurrected and I have new hope for the future. In contrast, we see a messy world: many people are turning away from God, suicide, addiction, abortion and the lack of respect for human life and the environment is … Continue reading From the distance: Happy Easter!!!
Last Friday was released UNPLANNED a movie based on Abby Johnson book with the same name. https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1414348355/ref=sr_1_1_olp?keywords=unplanned&qid=1554098796&s=gateway&sr=8-1 Abby's story portrays her own journey being in an organization dedicated to selling abortions as a "service" for the youth and most vulnerable women. Abby's story is very dramatic but it is a true story of radical conversion. … Continue reading A Prodigal Daughter
Yesterday after Mass there was a parishioner who asked me about the difference between fasting and abstinence. Fasting sometimes requires abstinence (not eating meat). I will address them separately. Fasting is eating less with a purpose. For instance, we fast when we skip a meal or when we eat smaller portions, not as a diet … Continue reading Is Fasting the same as Abstinence?
Last week we sent out letters to all our fellow brother and sisters parishioners who are willing to contribute to pay our parish debt. Fr. Henry and I, along with our parish and finance council, embarked in a campaign with a common goal: to be a debt-free parish. As you may know, to finish pay … Continue reading Blessing the Mail = Blessing all our Families
I have experienced that whether it is time, talent or treasure, the more I share the more the Lord give me back. When I was just a teenager, about fifteen years old, I was called to serve my local Catholic Church in Venezuela. I remember that I biked every time to Church volunteering for retreats … Continue reading The more you give, the more you get back
I was invited to the Magic Castle in 2005. I asked myself how these magicians were doing all these tricks. If you have been in the Magic Castle http://www.magiccastle.com/ If you have attended a Magic show, the same question would come to your mind: How did he do that? My first contact with the surreal … Continue reading Learning Magic for a Reason
The first time I visited Mexico City was in 2000. I was a missionary in my early twenties and there was always something from Mexico that always attracted me. I did not know what it was, I just knew in my heart that there it was something special. There were neither the enchiladas nor the sopes … Continue reading My Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe