Priesthood, the Saints, People-Pleasers and the Sin of Human Respect

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

Following Christ as a Sign of Contradiction

May be you are wondering why when you start following Christ seriously you find yourself in a difficult situation. When we get through a religious experience, we usually feel in awe. We start communicating and being vocal about particular experiences with the Lord that are changing our life. But sometimes following Christ is problematic when … Continue reading Following Christ as a Sign of Contradiction

The Real Presence of the Lord in the Eucharist from a Priest’s perspective

When I was a seminarian, I had to study Philosophy for two years. I had conflicting thoughts about almost everything.  Philosophy helped me to be more structured and it was a tool that helped me along the years to resolve complicated puzzles in my own life. Most of the time I asked myself the question: Why … Continue reading The Real Presence of the Lord in the Eucharist from a Priest’s perspective

On the Occasion of the Anniversary of the September 11 Attacks

On September 11 2001, I was living in Costa Rica when the terrorist attacks happened in U.S. soil.  I was a seminarian in the missions and I did not know at the time what the terrorist attacks meant for a superpower.  In my country, Venezuela, imperialistic ideas were prevalent when I was little and became … Continue reading On the Occasion of the Anniversary of the September 11 Attacks