Children

While God loves each and every one of us equally, there are those who are, should we say, “closest to his heart: Mama Mary – We know Mothers have a very special place in the hearts of their children and Jesus was no different. The first miracle at Cana was through the intercession of Mama…

A Heart that Ponders

When my mother was still alive some years ago, the doctor’s clinic and hospital admittance became part of the last five years of her life. Being the one who has the most flexible schedule of my siblings, I would always accompany my mother. Eventually, I noticed that regardless of the type of doctor we would…

Corpus Christi

After mass one day in a Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, there was a woman who showed the parish priest a discarded Holy Communion. The priest got the host, placed it in water to melt, and stored it in the Tabernacle. After a few days, the priest checked the host and found blood in the…

Thanking God for People

Matthew 5:13-16 Every single time it is quiet and there is a time to reflect, one of the things that I do is to thank God for various people in my life.  There are people who are not here in this world anymore, yet I remember their kindness. There are people who I have not…

Ascension Day

Once I was mentored by an elderly priest and he would always say, “May misyon pa” (there still is a mission). A woman was able to recover from a chronic disease, he would say, “May misyon pa.” A man was able to recover from a motorcycle accident, “May misyon pa.” People in their 90s celebrating…

He is Risen

On April 15, 2019, at about 6:50 pm, a fire broke out beneath the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral. After about six hours the fire was put out. One of the earliest pictures of the state of the Cathedral that came out was a picture of the altar with all the burned wood and destroyed…

Acceptance

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a A beautiful prayer we may be familiar with is the Serenity Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can and the wisdom to know the difference In the many concerns that we face every day, it is…

Our Lady of Guadalupe

On Dec 9, 1531, our Lady appeared to Juan Diego at the Tepeyac Hill and asked that a Shrine be built. Juan Diego told the bishop, but he did not initially believe. He asked for a sign. On Dec. 12, the Virgin reappeared to Juan Diego and ordered him to collect roses in his tilmátli,…

Christ the King

In this world, everything comes to an end. The most beautiful song has an end; the most beautiful movie has an end; the most meaningful relationships have an end; and all our lives will come to an end. Yes, this world will also come to an end eventually. Yesterday we celebrated the Solemnity of Christ…

Christ is King

When one talks about a king, there are three elements that should be present:  Power – When the U.S. says boycott this or that country, others follow suit  Wealth – The country with the biggest foreign reserve is China, and their people are spread all over the world. Yes, they are even known to be…