One of the things that priests have to deal with is criticism. This criticism could be well-intentioned (constructive) or without any purpose (destructive). Some people like to talk behind the back of others and are not able to bring to a conversation something that is distressing. As a priest, I received any kind of criticism with love and understanding, even if I … Continue reading A Hard Gospel Vs A Soft Gospel
Easter Sunday is all about the Resurrection of the Lord. We are rejoicing and full of gladness because, by the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesuschrist, we are saved. The Resurrection of Christ is a turning point in the history of salvation. We are immersed in this joyous time of the year. This … Continue reading About Easter Sunday, the Purgatory and other Current Events
If you have asked yourself lately: Why Fr. Juan has not written anything on his blog? the answer is: because I am in the grieving process. I lost my dad about a month ago and that change the dynamics of my life as a newly ordained priest. I am grateful that my dad was able to … Continue reading Grieving and Growing
Probably, you were wondering where has been the Priest of the Missing Backpack (still looking for his backpack?) or maybe you were very busy doing so many things for your family during the Christmas and New Year season that you did not have time to read... Well, actually I was so busy enjoying time with my … Continue reading A Short Break, a Thousand Stories
I took a moment to research about vestments and colors in the liturgical life of the Church. Today, I will explain the chasuble http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03639a.htm and its evolution; then, I will explain why the color rose is used in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. The evolution of the name of what is now today known as chasuble is … Continue reading Priestly Vestments: Why Catholic Priests wear Rose on the Third Sunday of Advent?
Since it has been quite a while since I wrote my last reflection, I would like to honor the memory of Our Mother. The most blessed Virgin Mary was conceived spotless without a trace of original sin. Based on the evangelist Luke 1:28, “Hail, full of grace” (RSV), means that Mary was always filled with … Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady of Guadalupe
I had a great time last week sharing with longtime friends (no family, because all my family is in Venezuela) a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. For me, Thanksgiving Day should be every day because we should give thanks always and everywhere. That is why every day when we celebrate Mass, the priest give thanks to God on … Continue reading Giving Thanks after Thanksgiving
Lately, I have been very busy. Even though I have two assistants helping in my office, two days of the week, I am behind with many things. My desk is full of pending items. I asked one of the parishioners to help me with an article about Apologetics. She came up with a great reflection … Continue reading A Shared Reflection about Apologetics: Images or Idols?
I have been trying to lose weight. Last month, after a while inactive, I started playing soccer, basketball, and tennis. I also, committed myself to ride my bike more often... I was not inspired by reality shows, but I have watched these shows in which people who struggle with overweight and obesity try to lose some … Continue reading Loosing to Win the Prize
A little more than 5 months ago, I was ordained as a priest. Since then, virtually every single day family members, friends and people that I have met occasionally want from me a favor or something to do for them. I receive many requests People's expectations are very high. Some people want to take me … Continue reading Priesthood, the Saints, People-Pleasers and the Sin of Human Respect