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January 12, 2017

Un nuevo presidente tomará posesión de su cargo el viernes 20 de enero. ¿Cómo nos estamos preparando espiritualmente?

Tal vez queramos olvidar lo polémica que fue la campaña presidencial, o tal vez olvidar la respuesta inestable a los resultados. Pero, como personas de fe, no debemos olvidar.

En lugar de ello, debemos volver sobre estos puntos y preguntarnos: ¿cómo puedo contribuir al bienestar del país en los próximos cuatro año...

January 12, 2017

A new president will be inaugurated Friday, Jan. 20. What spiritual preparations are you making?

We might want to forget how contentious the race for the presidency was, or about the unsettled response to the result. But, as people of faith, we shouldn't forget.

Instead, we should pivot on those things and ask: what contribution will we make over the next four years to the well-being of the country? If the next four years were to...

January 11, 2017

Perhaps the responsorial psalm for the third Sunday in Ordinary Time summarizes God's movement in the day's readings. God answers mankind's hunger for the infinite and He is man's light, salvation and refuge.

He alone speaks to the deepest hunger for the infinite placed in the heart of man. "One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord...

January 11, 2017

In the early 1960s, successful yet dissatisfied Spanish artist Kiko Arguello sought greater spirituality. Arguello wondered about the spiritual meaning to life, or even if God existed at all. For answers, he moved into a shantytown with only a guitar and a Bible. There, he encountered violence and addiction as well as the deeper issues of interior wounds and despair.

He met Carmen Hernandez, a lay missionary. Through common work of evan...

January 5, 2017

El Tiempo de Navidad concluye con la Fiesta del Bautizo de Nuestro Señor (este año el 9 de enero). El Tiempo Ordinario comienza al día siguiente. ¿Qué recuerdo o gracia del Tiempo de Navidad llevará usted al Tiempo Ordinario para que le ayude a vivir más cerca del Señor este próximo año?

El Bautizo del Señor es una buena opción. En la oración y en nuestra imaginación, podríamos sumergirnos en el agua junto a Jesús. Entonces, cuando suba...

January 5, 2017

The Christmas season concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (this year on Jan. 9). Ordinary Time starts the next day. What memory or grace from the Christmas season will you carry into Ordinary Time to help you live more closely with the Lord this coming year?

The Baptism of the Lord provides a good possibility. In prayer and in our imagination, we might go down into the waters with Jesus. Then, when we rise with Him, we hear...

January 5, 2017

The readings for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time demonstrate for us that God's call of mankind is truly transformative. The first reading begins: "The Lord said to me: you are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory."

Scripture scholars aren't certain of the identity of the servant. It may be Isaiah, or it may be Israel. We know that God has called Isaiah to be His servant, as He also called Israel to be His servant. However...

January 5, 2017

A couple enters into marriage with great joy and hope for the future. When a marriage declines and ends in divorce, it's a painful event on so many levels. What makes it even more painful for a Catholic is the feeling that, because of this divorce, a divorcee can no longer be part of the Church at the time her support is most needed.

The Church, however, is still there for a person in this situation. As at other painful moments in life,...

December 22, 2016

Do you ever feel like your life is too small or too sinful to be worthy of Jesus coming into it?

The Gospel accounts of Jesus' birth serve as an antidote to that line of thinking. I say "antidote" deliberately — because this line of thinking is a spiritual poison. Our lives may be small. They may be sinful. But those truths are sometimes used to cloak a great lie — that Jesus won't come into our lives until we're worthy; that we need to...

December 22, 2016

Alguna vez siente como si su vida es extremadamente insignificante o pecaminosa como para merecer que Jesús entre en su vida?

El Evangelio que relata el nacimiento de Jesús sirve como un antídoto a esa línea de pensamiento. Utilizo la palabra "antídoto" deliberadamente ­— porque esta línea de pensamiento es un veneno espiritual. Nuestras vidas pueden ser pequeñas. Podemos ser pecadores. Pero muchas veces esas verdades son usadas par...

December 22, 2016

The Gospel reading for Sunday, Jan. 1, helps us understand why the calendar year begins with the celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.

It all began with the shepherds tending their flocks when an angel appeared to them and told them to go to a stable in Bethlehem, where they would find a savior who is "Messiah and Lord." "You will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."

These po...

December 22, 2016

The first three of the Ten Commandments outline our duties toward God. We are to place Him as first in our life, to respect His name, and to keep His day holy. As Christians, we honor the Lord's day on Sunday in commemoration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Other major holy days are included in this commandment as well, as their celebration marks major truths of our faith or events in the life of our Lord or His mother Mary.

In li...

December 15, 2016

Many children — and some adults! — are saying, "I can't wait for Christmas."

But if we look at the readings for the final week of Advent, we see God's plan unfolding in salvation history, one step at a time. It encourages us not to rush the season, but to let things ripen according to God's timing.

For example, on Monday, we hear about the conception and birth of Samson more than 1,000 years before Christ. In a perfect prefigurem...

December 15, 2016

Muchos niños — y algunos adultos! — están diciendo: "No puedo esperar por las Navidades"

Pero si observamos las lecturas de la semana final de Adviento, vemos como el plan de Dios se descubre en la historia de la salvación, un paso a la vez. Esto nos anima a no apurar la temporada navideña, sino más bien a dejar que las cosas maduren de acuerdo con el tiempo de Dios.

Por ejemplo, el lunes, oímos acerca de la concepción y nacimien...

December 15, 2016

The feast of the Birth of Jesus is perhaps the most attractive feast of the liturgical year. Children, adults and elders gaze into the manger at the "infant wrapped in swaddling clothes" and are speechless in awe and admiration.

How could an infinitely great God show more affection for fallen mankind than by becoming a helpless baby, born in a stable and placed in a manger? Normally, babies were born in the family home, surrounded by ex...

December 15, 2016

Donating one's body to science enables future doctors to directly study the human anatomy and gain needed practice in performing surgery. Such donations also advance medical science by more fully understanding diseases and conditions. These insights lead to better treatments and even preventive measures for future generations.

In the "Catechism of the Catholic Church," the Church insists that, even in death, the human body should be res...

December 8, 2016

El 12 de diciembre celebramos la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, y tres elementos estrechamente relacionados a esta celebración merecen nuestra atención: La Visitación de María a Isabel hace 2.000 años, la visita de María al pueblo de México en 1531, y la visita que nos hace María en nuestros días.

La Visitación es una opción para la lectura del Evangelio en la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Como parte del misterio de la...

December 8, 2016

We celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, and three closely related elements of this celebration deserve our attention: Mary's Visitation to Elizabeth 2,000 years ago, Mary's visitation to the people of Mexico in 1531, and Mary's visitation to us today.

The Visitation is an option for the Gospel reading on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As part of the mystery of the Incarnation and pregnant with Jesus, Mary br...