Hallowed Be Thine Name

Hallowed Be Thine Name

There I was about to leave at the end of my prayer time when I noticed an elderly woman deep in prayer. I could hardly take my eyes off her. She was mesmerizing. I still can’t believe that I went and did something I would normally never do. I mean I was looking on eternity. How could I pass up the opportunity? So I went up and nudged her gently. “Excuse me,” I began, “I couldn’t help but notice that you were praying…” She looked up a little  embarrassed and said, “Oh, yes I suppose I was praying the way my father taught me…”  “Your father?… he must have been quite the man,” I said. “Oh yes he was. He was a good man, and he taught me that every time we pray we enter into God’s plan for our lives.” Again she smiled a little embarrassed. “He told me,...

Dies Domini

Dies Domini

…As we leave it is early morning. It is still dark outside, and the obscurity cloaks us, much like that which soffocates our hearts. Sadness, pain and other such sentiments chase each other around within us, as though our feelings had gone crazy. I do not know how to explain this unjust death, which in its inevitability has struck again.Who knows why this time we thought that it would have been different, that it could not have happened.By now, it was almost day as we drew nearer to the tomb. We immediately realized that the heavy stone that sealed the tomb had been rolled away. Before it stood two men who told us WHAT WAS UNHEARD OF: He is no longer here, He is risen…Fear, disbelief, and dismay came over me, but at that same moment, a voice within me...

Peter and Paul: The Two Pillars of the Church

Peter and Paul: The Two Pillars of the Church

In this month of June we will celebrate the great Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Who more than they can be numbered among the friends of God? Surely they are two of the closest and most intimate friends! Why are they so important? Why do we celebrate them together? We can let the preface from the Mass of this Solemnity tell us:“You (God) desired to unite in joyous fraternity these two holy Apostles: Peter, who first confessed faith in the Christ, Paul, who illuminated the depth of the mystery; the fisherman of Galilee, who founded the first community with the just of Israel, the teacher and instructor, who preached salvation to all of the gentiles. In this way, with different gifts, they edified the one Church, and associated in the veneration of the...

Compelled By Force, He Remains For Love

Compelled By Force, He Remains For Love

“And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak, and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him. And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross…” (Mk 15; 20-21) For who still has a vivid memory of the film “The Passion” of Mel Gibson, I think it shouldn’t be difficult to call to mind that man with a little girl in his arms that, at a certain point, appears in the middle of the crowd that is following Jesus on the way of the Cross. The soldiers that escort the condemned men stop close to him, while he seeks to protect his daughter from those horror scenes, covering her eyes. Jesus is exhausted; he continues to fall and seems not to...

Peter and Paul: The Two Pillars of the Church

Peter and Paul: The Two Pillars of the Church

In this month of June we will celebrate the great Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Who more than they can be numbered among the friends of God? Surely they are two of the closest and most intimate friends! Why are they so important? Why do we celebrate them together? We can let the preface from the Mass of this Solemnity tell us:“You (God) desired to unite in joyous fraternity these two holy Apostles: Peter, who first confessed faith in the Christ, Paul, who illuminated the depth of the mystery; the fisherman of Galilee, who founded the first community with the just of Israel, the teacher and instructor, who preached salvation to all of the gentiles. In this way, with different gifts, they edified the one Church, and associated in the veneration of the...