Lesson From A Farmer

Posted by - May 20, 2017

We recently celebrated the feast of St. Isidore the Farmer (San Isidro Labrador), patron of Saipan. He is likewise the patron of farmers, day laborers, and agriculture in general. St. Isidore was known for his daily devotion to morning mass, encountering Jesus in the Eucharist. However, his devotion would often irritate his fellow workers. They

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Relics

Posted by - May 13, 2017

I had a classmate in college who was a Protestant (Southern Baptist), but who was slowly converting to Catholicism. One of his obstacles though was our Catholic understanding of Saints and Relics. Whenever he saw Catholics praying in front of statues or venerating Relics, he thought they were believers in magic and superstition. He would

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The Shepherd’s Voice

Posted by - May 3, 2017

I recently had dinner with some friends at a restaurant. Sitting across from us was a mother and her four children. When they were about ready to leave, the mother said, “Okay kids, let’s go”. Three of her kids immediately got up and headed for the door. One child however, stayed glued to his seat

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Want To Encounter Jesus?

Posted by - April 26, 2017

“Volumus Iseum Videre” is the Episcopal Motto of Bishop Ryan Jimenez. It translates to “We would like or we desire to see Jesus”. Who of us would not want to see and encounter the Risen Lord? This Sunday’s gospel describes the Sacrament of the Eucharist/Mass, as the best way to see and encounter the risen

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Wisdom & Bits of Knowledge

Posted by - April 15, 2017

“God’s Pencil has NO Eraser”     By: Ambrose Milton Bennett My Brothers and Sisters, God has placed his will in my heart to do more in his name. I pray that my writings on divine topics will be well received in my attempt to help people spiritually by being a voice for God, Christ and

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Palm Sunday 2017

Posted by - April 5, 2017

Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week. It is the biggest week of our church year, a time in which we remember the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. It is my third Palm Sunday as a priest and the liturgy always strikes me. We begin the mass by blessing our palm branches. In

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Anointing of the Sick

Posted by - March 29, 2017

We have seven sacraments in the Catholic Church. They are divided into the following: Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist; Sacraments of Service: Marriage and Holy Orders; Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation/Confession and Anointing of the Sick. In this reflection, I would like to share on our Church’s understanding of the Anointing of the Sick. It

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Father?

Posted by - March 20, 2017

“Call no one on earth your father, you have but one Father in heaven” (Mt. 23:9) Jesus’ words from Matthew’s gospel are often used to question Catholic tradition of referring to priests as “father”. As Catholics though, whenever we interpret Scripture we must ask, “What is the context? What does Jesus really mean? Is Jesus

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Love

Posted by - March 13, 2017

“I shall show you a more excellent way…Love is patient, love is kind..it is not rude, it does not seek it’s own interests…it does not rejoice in wrong doings, but rejoices in the truth” (1 Cor 13:1-6). These passages from St. Paul’s First Letter to Corinthians are some of the most well-known lines from Sacred

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Key To Fasting

Posted by - March 6, 2017

In my experience, many people have mixed feelings and thoughts regarding fasting during Lent. I know many who fast simply as a way to lose weight. Lent becomes a diet season to shed 10-15 extra pounds. A time to sacrifice all the “good stuff” and reap the health rewards. On the other hand, I do

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