July 2, 2022

These days of home improvement TV shows, many start their remodeling hoping they can just improve in place, believing that correcting the problems that can be seen will change their homes and lives. Yet, the common theme in most serious home improvement episodes is that the home’s infrastructure is found lacking. There is always a […]

June 18, 2022

Our Lord reminds us that we worry too much in the Sermon on the Mount. This is because we fail to place our trust in the correct source. Most of us are competent people, and experience has told us that we can handle most situations well enough. This creates complacency in us, and we forget […]

June 4, 2022

I know I am a sinner. If we are all sincere with ourselves, our judgment call is likely to be “sinner.” This is not something to hold onto but something to acknowledge and overcome. Our Lord Jesus is calling us to overcome our sin, spurring us to work towards salvation, salvation attainable only by his […]

May 21, 2022

As disciples of Christ and sons of the Father Almighty, we are also called to be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are called to be now through our recognition of the Holy Trinity acting upon our lives, as the Apostles were two millennia ago. We hear in Acts 16:7 that Paul […]

May 7, 2022

Reading from the Acts of the Apostles is inspiring, as we can see the legacy of our faith in action, the reason for our hope, and the drive for our love. We read that Tabitha was a generous woman wholly occupied with good deeds and almsgiving. She lived the love of Christ actively. She was […]

April 16, 2022

Holy Saturday Growing up in Puerto Rico, a traditionally Catholic nation, we had many public displays of our Catholic traditions during Lent. We would have long processions walking our town’s many roads, large groups singing acknowledgment of our sins, proclaiming our repentance, and imploring God’s mercy. For us, the faithful, Holy Week was about being […]

April 2, 2022

I teach my RCIA students that one of the most critical skills to practice is “recognition.” Recognition is the “identification of someone or something from previous encounters or knowledge.” To recognize, we have to know. We get to know God in a very personal way, seen through the eyes of everyday life. Our life experiences […]

March 19, 2022

Solemnity of Saint Joseph I imagine that Joseph’s expectation from his marriage to Mary must have been the same as most of ours, a call to the traditions of his faith, to nurture love and thrive in his married life, to love his wife and raise his children, whilst providing a safe home. I can […]

March 5, 2022

If we work to remove oppression, falsehood, and malice from our interior life, what should we place in that empty space?  Let us try for peace, truth, and benevolence. If from our newfound approach we can “bestow (our) bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; then light shall rise for (us) in the darkness, and […]

February 19, 2022

Peter, James, and John did not know what Jesus meant by “rising from the dead,” but we know; it has been explained to us. The disciples might not have understood what it meant to have received the gift of seeing the full grace and power of our Lord at Mount Tabor, but we do know; […]