Lately, I have insisted in my preaching about the importance of Sacred Scriptures to help us know more about the Lord. I am a cradle Catholic. When I was growing up, my family did not read the Bible very often. When I am teaching catechism to the teenagers who are preparing for Confirmation I use … Continue reading The Importance of Sacred Scripture in Our Lives
Bad habits interrupt what a good and healthy lifestyle really is. Bad habits prevent us from accomplishing our goals. They put in danger our health mentally and physically as we waste time and energy. Spiritually speaking, bad habits can prevent us from having a close relationship with the Lord and with others as well. A … Continue reading A Way to Go: Replacing Bad Habits for Good Habits
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