It has been a great adventure all these years I have worked here at the Church of the Holy Apostles. First trying to create a Hispanic Ministry, but this didn’t work because of the reality of this parish, then my call was to work in the soup kitchen as a spiritual counselor providing pastoral care of the guests and volunteers. God has directed me during this time which has molded the spirit of tolerance, respect, and sharing both from the guests to the volunteers and from the volunteers to the guests and both to the church. I am so glad when I listen to some of the guests expresses that now they feel safe at the Soup Kitchen because there is no more violence and the danger that existed before….
…God bless you and give you many, many blessings at this time of great rejoicing both at a personal level and at Community level. That baby Jesus be born again in your hearts and with the joy of having Jesus in our hearts, you can share it with all those who surround you, but in particular with the poorest and neediest because that is what make God happy. Merry Christmas!
It has been a great adventure all these years I have worked here at the Church of the Holy Apostles. First trying to create a Hispanic Ministry, but this didn’t work because of the reality of this parish, then my call was to work in the soup kitchen as a spiritual counselor providing pastoral care of the guests and volunteers. God has directed me during this time which has molded the spirit of tolerance, respect, and sharing both from the guests to the volunteers and from the volunteers to the guests and both to the church. I am so glad when I listen to some of the guests expresses that now they feel safe at the Soup Kitchen because there is no more violence and the danger that existed before….Read More
We come once again at the end of the liturgical year and at the same time it is the week when we give thanks to God for all that He has given to us. This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It is the time when we stop our lives briefly to celebrate and give thanks to God for all the good and opportunities that we have received throughout this year. Although many of us think that as this year comes to a close that we have little reason to give thanks, we must remember that while we have the breath of life, we must give thanks to God for that life itself and for the opportunity to fight for the extension of his kingdom and his righteousness…..Read More
The month of October is nearly over, and at the same time in front of us, are two festivals in November that are very important in Latino culture. The first is All Saints’ day on November 1; next we celebrate All Souls’ Day on November 2….
Let’s celebrate these two holy days in a respectful way and let us rejoice both. All Saints’ because they are an example to follow and the feast of All Souls’ in that, although the material body disappears, we will always be united to our family and friends.Read More
In the reading of this Sunday’s gospel, we see the Apostles asking Jesus to increase their faith and Jesus responds by saying. “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” I can say that we don’t just hope in God for our faith to grow in a magical way; but that we also need to work on it. We need to work in our faith, but at the same time we must work to extend the Kingdom of God and his justice. Faith without works is dead. If we do the work that we have been commanded, we don’t have to say with false pride “Look, look what I did;” on the contrary we have to recognize that we are humble servants of God and that everything we do is for the glory of God and his Kingdom….
When we plan to travel or when we move to another city either for study, work or for other needs many times we leave behind what is most loved and wanted by us. It is quite painful to leave everything behind but we must continue because we believe that in this change we are presented new opportunities for ourselves and our future will be better….
…In the gospel this Sunday Jesus tells us that “Those who come to me cannot be my disciples unless they love me more than they love father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and themselves as well. Those who do not carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciples. None of you can be my disciple unless you give up everything you have.”…Read More
In the past few days we have heard news that has had a great impact on our society. The most recent example is the massacre in Orlando, Florida in which 50 people were killed and 53 people suffered serious wounds. This morning some Soup Kitchen volunteers asked me why God allows these things happen, and many of us also are asking the same thing.
In Sunday’s readings we see a God willing to help us with everything we need, but we choose to reject or ignore God’s love. We often define or create our own gods who can satisfy our own passions or who can help us ignore the suffering of all those who surround us….Read More
This week we marked the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Luke’s gospel tells us that when Mary was pregnant with Jesus, she spent three months with her cousin Elizabeth. Although Elizabeth was too old to conceive, and in any case she had been barren, she too was miraculously pregnant with John the Baptist. In the story, when the kinswomen saw each other, John the Baptist leapt with joy in his mother’s womb in response to being in Jesus’ presence. And Mary responded to the joy of being together with the beautiful words of the Magnificat….Read More
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I am writing this after our priest conference of the Diocese of New York. We heard about and discussed the strategic plan that the Diocese seeks to implement for the future. Many of these ideas and decisions are somewhat difficult to deal with…..Read More
Alleluia, the Lord is risen!!!!!!!
Almost a week ago we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The resurrection is a change not only at the spiritual level, but also at the human level — a total change in society.
With the resurrection, Jesus destroys death and begins to live a new life; a new life for us. We are given hope to continue living with Jesus in this new life….
Anglican Prayer for EasterRead More
Almighty God, who through your only begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
In Latin-American countries, famous Carnivals are celebrated this weekend. During these “holidays,” people celebrate the cult of “the carnal appetites;” gratifying their pleasure as best they can. Yes, I’m talking about food, alcohol, sex, drugs, etc. These festival begin Friday evening and ends on Tuesday night as the next day is Ash Wednesday….
With Ash Wednesday we begin the season of Lent: the time we are called to slow down our busy lives and reflect on our relationship with our Creator and with our brothers and sisters. In lieu of celebrating these festivals of ‘carnal delight,’ perhaps a better preparation might be… prayer…Read More