“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her.” These are the words of the traditional entrance antiphon for today’s Mass, which gives it the name, “Laetare Sunday.” On this Sunday, the Church allows a respite from the sobriety that […]Read more "Coming into the Light"
Last Sunday, I began a series of sermons for the season of Lent on discipleship. For the purpose of this series, I told you that I want to consider discipleship as a way of following the Lord in a new and more intense manner. More specifically, we are focusing on the joy of being Christ’s […]Read more "The Reward for Discipleship: Heaven"
Lent is a great time for us to refocus our lives on what is most important, to turn away from worldly concerns and come back to the Lord with our whole hearts. Lent is about discipleship, about discovering a way of following the Lord in a new and more intense manner. In past Lents, I […]Read more "The Joy of Discipleship"
Announcing the St. John the Evangelist parish Lenten series, to be held on Monday evenings during Lent. Come and reflect with us on the Seven Last Words of Christ. Conferences will be given in Spanish and English. Anunciamos el serie cuaresmal de la parroquia de S. Juan Evangelista, que se lleva a acabo los lunes […]Read more "Parish Lenten Series"
What does our Lord’s Transfiguration have to do with Lent? It seems, at first, to be a strange story to choose, and yet, for centuries, the Church has read this Gospel on the second Sunday of Lent. Why? We can understand the events of the life of our Lord better if we understand them in […]Read more "Our Heavenly Goal"
Today we begin one of Holy Mother Church’s most ancient observances, the solemn fast of Lent. The ashes that we receive today are a relic of what in the early days of the Church was called the order of penitents. Before the sacrament of confession because widely available in the Middle Ages, it was only […]Read more "The Order of Penitents"