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
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
A few days ago I was celebrating my birthday and while I was reflecting about my own journey, I realized that I am full of blessings. A few years ago, I was so insecure about what was the next step to take in my life. I had many excuses to avoid listening God's calling. I … Continue reading Unpacking the Gift of Friendship
Most of the time we do not include God in our daily decisions. If we are hungry, we eat; if we are thirsty, we drink; if we are sleepy, we sleep; if we are tired, we rest... We can go on and on with different decisions we make in our daily lives, and we can … Continue reading Decision-making, Discernment and our Relationship with God