Are you ready for the Super Bowl?

If you picked up the bulletin at Mass today, I would like to congratulate you. Yes! As a priest once said at a Mass in Denver on Super Bowl Sunday, “We are the faithful ones!” I remember the year the Broncos made it to the Super Bowl, the whole city moved around it and the Cathedral was half…

Do You Celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord?

When somebody says that people who practice their faith are boring, I always ask myself, who are they talking about? We Catholics celebrate everything! That’s right, we are joyful people. I don’t know if you remember how many feast days we have in the year. For example, we have a saint we celebrate almost every…

Recover the Real Meaning of Christmas!

Why is this time of the year so stressful? We have many parties to go to, we have a lot of shopping to do, we have to travel with the whole family somewhere, we volunteer to help the Committee for the Poor to reach out to those in need and we still have so much…

What do you want to be when you grow up?

One of the best conversations I ever had with a little boy was during a Pilgrimage to the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Colorado. It was a hot summer day. There were probably about one hundred people gathered at the foot of a mountain. We had a long way to go… singing and praying as a…

A Real Song to Life!

There are patron saints for every cause and activity. There are saints with different backgrounds and stories. Today, I would like to share with you the life of a woman who was an ordinary wife and mother, a dedicated medical doctor who lived a fulfilling life. Gianna Beretta, was born in Milan, Italy in 1922….

“You Don’t Have to Know You Are Dying to Start Living”

  A while back I watched a short YouTube video about the life of a seventeen year old who taught the whole world about living. Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. As part of his treatment he had about 10 surgeries and many rounds of chemotherapy. In May 2012, the doctors predicted he had a…

A Pilgrim’s Experience: Make Some Noise (El lío) – Part III

One of the most tweeted messages after World Youth Day was the words of Pope Francis to the Argentinean youth gathered at the Cathedral. He said: “Let me tell you what I hope will be the outcome of World Youth Day: I hope there will be noise.” What is the noise (lío) he is talking…

A Pilgrim’s Experience – Different Every Time! (Part II)

One of the most powerful messages of this past World Youth Day was the message of the Cross. It was cold and crowded on Friday night at Copacabana Beach, but we were all there praying the Stations of the Cross with the Vicar of Christ. The meditations were especially prepared for this occasion, focusing on the suffering of young people…

A pilgrim’s experience: different every time!

Have you ever been on a pilgrimage? I’ve been to several and I can say that there are some characteristics that all of them have in common, like going out of our comfort level, finding the unexpected, acquiring new physical and spiritual habits, living with a new group of people for days or weeks, making…

The Gift of a Family

(I would like to share with you this reflection I wrote for the Feast of the Holy Family last December). Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We are celebrating the gift of a Family! God himself wanted to be born within a family to be nurtured and…

Top 10 Spiritual Running Tips

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”  (2 Timothy 4:7). 1. REMEMBER YOUR RUNNING PARTNER: You are not running this race alone. Christ is running with you. This is what makes it special. 2. RENEW YOUR ARDOR: Commit to practicing your Faith. Start with the basics:…

Serve in a Ministry "God loves a cheerful giver” (2Cor 9:7)

“God loves a cheerful giver”(2Cor 9:7)…that was one of my first assignments when I started to help out in a Ministry. Javier, the leader of the program asked me to please find out that passage in the Bible where it says something about a cheerful giver. Here I go at seventeen looking all over the…