Jesus and Mary, a painting by El Greco (1585). Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, the mystery of the Mother of God being assumed body and soul into heaven, I would like to share my reflections on spiritual motherhood. First of all, the Motherhood of … Continue reading “Let Us Allow Ourselves to be Gazed Upon.” ~Pope Francis
The Transfiguration of Jesus by Ruth Stricklin, a local artist and iconographer of Phoenix, AZ. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This morning I was reflecting on the great mystery of the Transfiguration, which we are celebrating on this wonderful Feast Day in which the Lord was transfigured high on a mountain to Peter, … Continue reading The Transfiguration “throws a dazzling light on our daily life and makes us turn our mind to the immortal destiny it foreshadows.” ~St. Pope Paul VI
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is with great joy that I introduce to you the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a Religious Community from Miami that just established a new foundation, Immaculate Heart Convent, in Phoenix to serve at Bourgade Catholic High School and GCU Holy Spirit Newman Center. … Continue reading Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the Greater Glory of God
Michelangelo's Pieta at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It has been four months since we have experienced the "stay at home" life to protect ourselves and others from the coronovirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Our Lenten Season was the most penitential we could ever imagine; we did not have Holy … Continue reading “No one can become blessed, unless he ascends above his very self, not by an ascent with the body, but with the heart.” ~ St. Bonaventure
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Blessed Advent and Happy Feast Day of St. Nicholas, the patron Saint of children. This morning, I learned that our Santa Claus comes from the Dutch name, "Sinterklaas". Sint means "Saint", and this name is for Saint Nicholas. In the Netherlands (Holland), Sinterklaas is a legendary figure based on … Continue reading Blessed Advent! Jesus Christ is our light, illuminating and training us for Heaven.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is with great joy that I bring to you the wonderful news of a new work of art by Ruth Stricklin, The Holy Family. It has been unveiled and presented for the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of Phoenix and this Year of the Family in which we remember the … Continue reading Sacred Art Changes Hearts and Inspires Souls…
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Whether you are called to live Religious Life, the Priesthood, married life or unmarried, we are each called to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior: Jesus told his disciples, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross … Continue reading “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” ~ Jesus Christ (Mt 16:24)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On Friday evening of February 1st, the Vigil of the Feast of the Presentation, Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo Nevares celebrated a Candlemas for the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life to honor the Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests of the Diocese of Phoenix. Sixty-five Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests … Continue reading Communion among the Religious present at The Vigil Mass of the Presentation and World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we celebrate the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, I want to wish all of you a blessed Christmas Season and New Year, may your hearts be filled with joy, peace and love! This time of year is one in which the light of Christ illumines brightly … Continue reading ¡Feliz Navidad, Prospero Año y Felicidad! I want to wish you a Merry Christmas!
Dear Friends in Christ, God bless you, and happy Feast Day of St. Andrew, Patron Saint for Vocations since he introduced many, including his brother, Peter, to follow Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Humbly being transparent in his discipleship and service to Jesus, St. Andrew is a great model for us to bring … Continue reading Be a Saint, a light that shines at midnight. Sea un Santo, una luz que brilla en la medianoche.