Today is Christ the King Sunday. We put an end to theChurch liturgical year by proclaiming that Jesus Christ is King ofthe Universe. This Feast was insti- tuted by Pope Pius XI, in 1925, when atheist ideolo- gies and totalitarian regimes were on the rise in some parts ofthe world. Against the pretense of any ideology, political regime or individual of taking the place of God, theChurch proclaims that God is the only Absolute and Jesus Christ is the true Lord ofhistory. This proclamation has been sealed by the blood of many martyrs who died crying out: Long live Christ the King! in Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and many other places. The Feast of Christ the King reminds us that our ultimate allegiance belongs to God. Our faith proclaims that Jesus Christ is the Lord of all creation, the center, the meaning, the reason of eve- rything. He is the image ofthe invisible God. Every- thing is through him and for him, and in him all things hold together. Everything in heaven and earth has been put under his dominion. And now the question is: what about you and me? Is Christ the King and Lord of our lives? Is Jesus the center, the meaning, the purpose of our lives? Who controls our lives? Who determines our goals and sets our priorities? If it is not Christ, then some else or something else will be. To us, Jesus cannot be like a king in
These rites, that the Catechumens will go through, are very ancient, but they were lost in the course ofthehistoryoftheChurch and retaken after Council Vatican II. They, at first, may seem strange to us. But, to experience these rites, will help all of us to deepen in our own faith journey. Our Catechumens’ names are to be inscribed in a especial book, “The Book ofthe Elect”, and will need to examine (scrutinize) how they are doing in this process; the areas of their lives where they are tempt- ed, failing, or in need of conversion. Our Catechumens will really need to receive strength, so they will be anoint- ed with the “Oil of Catechumens” and receive the support of their sisters and brothers in this community of faith. Let us then, pray for them and ask the Lord, He continues working in them and in all of us, in the process of our transformation, giving us perseverance and strength.
Every Monday morning I sit down in my office to write the column for the following Sunday Bulletin. As I sit down to write this, I do so with a heavy heart. By the time you read this time will have passed, but I write this in the wake ofthe mass shooting in Las Vegas—the worse in our nation’s history. Last week in this space I wrote about October being Respect Life Month and how all lives, from the unborn to the elderly need to be respected. Life was obviously not respected in Las Vegas this past Monday nor in the other countless mass shootings that we have mourned over the last few years. There is too much violence and not enough love and peace in our world. I am reminded of a quote from St. Mother Teresa: “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Isn’t that the root of every problem in the human race? We forget that we were ALL created in the image and likeness of God and that God placed us on this earth for two primary purposes: to love Him and to love each other. It’s really that simple. We truly do belong to each other. We are called to love each other more than we love ourselves.
In today’s gospel we heard Jesus say the sermon on the plain. And it really feels like everything is upside down and in reverse. He says: “Blessed are you who are poor…but woe to you who are the rich. Blessed are you who are now hungry…but woe to you who are ﬁlled now. Blessed are you who are now weeping…but woe to you who laugh now. Blessed are you who are reject- ed…but woe to you who are accepted.” What a radical disconnect with the world of today. The world of today considers anyone who is rich and full to be blessed. I must confess, it makes me nervous. Here in the Unit- ed States we have homes, jobs, food, cars, college de- grees, vaca ons, medical insurance, and re rement. These are things poor people don’t have, especially in third world countries. Compared with them, we are wealthy.
What incredible joy! What indescribable lightness in my soul! I immediately thought about how ridiculous it was that I had carried this around all this time when just talking it out could have filled me with such life and love. Had I not had the social pressure of being a seminarian, I might not have had the courage to simply address the issue, but God in His timing allowed this to be a growth opportunity for me. Peter does something very similar. He tries to find any limi- tation or condition for reconciling with his neighbor. Jesus gives him neither. In fact, Jesus reminds us through His con- versation with Peter that God our Father has forgiven us the impossible debt of our sinfulness through the blood of His Son. God’s infinite love provided payment for our impossi- ble debt so that He could commune with us in the deepest possible way. God made us His children, equal to Jesus Christ His Son. What an incredible gift!
Faith is a gift we should never take for granted. Faith is a gift we should be grateful for and take care of on a daily basis. Faith can grow cold or be lost. In order to persevere in faith, Jesus in- vites us to pray, and pray persistently, without becoming weary. If we don’t pray, we lose con- nection with God who, little by little, becomes an idea and then an empty name.
Americas and Knights of Columbus are generously sponsoring thanksgiving meals for 50 families at Thanksgiving at a cost of $50 each. We know that we have many more families in need in our local area. We would invite people to act as sponsors so we can help a total of 100 families. If you would
When the Vatican released the McCarrick Report late last year, many victim-survivors of sexual abuse may have been triggered by the revelations in the report and the repeated mention of it in the news and on social media. In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Office of Victims Assistance Ministry was created to provide a safe and compassionate environment for victim-survivors who need to report abuse to be able to do so, and to receive assistance for healing. For more information about these resources, visit https://
We have been living in unprecedented times with COVID changing many aspects of our lives. These changes have caused many challenges to families, but they have also af- firmed our commitment to safeguarding our children and young people. As the year comes to an end we are reminded ofthe resiliency exemplified by the Holy Family in their Advent journey – the love Mary and Joseph had for their son, Jesus Christ, and the many ways in which they nurtured His Spirit as a model for our families. Join the Holy Fami- ly’s call by taking time next Sunday on the Feast Day ofthe Holy Family to nourish your own family’s spirituality. Click link to download the Take-Home Resource for Fami- lies: The Holy Family - Nourishing your Spirituality and Well-Being, https://lacatholics.org/wp-content/
My sister and I placed the newborn daughter of my nephew in “Mama’s hands” because the baby was very sick. And, today she is fine! Mystifying! I invited a parishioner to “speak with my mother” about a concern. SHE DID! I was MYSTIFIED! Allowing ourselves to be MYSTIFIED will begin to make us—like Samuel—more familiar with the Lord. Eli’s advice to the boy can change us, too: simply say: “Speak, Lord, your servant is lis- tening.”
Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to guide us to become the salt and the light ofthe earth by committing ourselves to sharing and shining in our faith and action by participating in the Together in Mission campaign. If every family commit to this mission we can easily uplift the burden of many parishes and schools. We do everything out of love and become the light ofthe world. During this year 2020, we have so much to share and shine, for the service of our community, and other parishes. Can talk part in Together in Mission Campaign, our Parish Pastoral Plan of renovating our Convent building to serve as our Parish Center, we also have our Fiesta “Festival ofthe Foothills” to raise funds for our Parish renovation. If everyone shares the burden it becomes lighter and easier. Jesus will ease our burden but we the member must take responsibility to build theChurch and help others. We have to journey together and take part in every possible way to become salt ofthe earth and light to the nation. You are in my daily prayer. May The Holy Spirit guide us along the right path and enthuse us to walk hand in hand with our community members doing everything for the Glory of God!
To assist our brothers and sisters in the many areas affected by “Harvey” I am asking each ofthe 109 Catholic parishes and missions in the Archdiocese of Miami to take up an emergency collection this weekend, September 2 nd and 3 rd . The financial donations received from this special collection will help support the humanitarian, infrastructure and recovery efforts by ofthe United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and help provide pastoral and rebuilding support to the impacted dioceses.
It has been stressed both the high concentration of disentailed land—a Gini coefficient of 0.89 was found at the national level—and , the low percentage of men who could read, write and attended school at the national level (12.33%, 10.72% and 2.75% respectively). Finding empirically the effects that disentailed land had on the provision of education is the main purpose the paper. It is pinpointed that despite the fact that theChurch was expropriated of its possessions, ownership ofthe land in the mid 19 th century remained concentrated in hands of a small group of landowners who continued to utilize their political influences to their own benefit. To the extent in which social investment (education) was optimal for all segments of society except this one landowners contribution to public goods was low opposing direct taxes on property and wealth, (Galor et al, 2004; Sokoloff and Zolt, 2005).
God’s voice is always with us, awake or asleep. It swirls around us like fog on a waterfront, enveloping us, gently urging us to wake up, to listen. Awareness ofthe voice comes first; then willingness to listen; then, in time, the decision to act, to live according to God’s word. Let’s ask today for the ability to keep our ears open so we don’t miss God’s voice.
A partir del 7 de enero de 2021 de este año, puede encontrar sobres con los acomodadores para colocar su donación. Sus donaciones irán directamente a nuestro comedor social. En la nota de su cheque, escriba: “Souper Bowl of Caring”. Gracias.
The “foreigners” as Isaiah calls them, the “Gentiles” as Paul calls them, or the “Canaanites” as Matthew calls them are called to worship the one true God in prayer. As we listen to today’s readings, perhaps we are tempted to ask: Why pray? The question is rhetorical; it is tanta- mount to asking why should friends talk to one another or people in love kiss one another. Prayer is a way of re- lating to God, a way of talking to God. The apostles had the opportunity to talk to Jesus in the flesh. We have the opportunity to talk to Jesus Christ in prayer. Our rela- tionship with him must be enthusiastic; it cannot be faint-hearted. John Donne, a fifteenth-century poet, knew what the qualities of good prayer were. Donne asks God to treat him differently from most Christians. The poet does not want God to merely “knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend,” but also to “break, blow, burn, and make me new” (Holy Sonnets, XIV).
I feel that I am being completely transformed into prayer in order to beg God’s mercy for every soul. O my Jesus, I am receiving You into my heart as a pledge of mercy for souls. I often receive light and the knowledge ofthe interior life of God and of God’s intimate dis- position, and this fills me with unutterable trust and a joy that I cannot contain within my-