Shattered faiths

My family and I lived through the 1979 communist revolution that violently overthrew the previous regime in my home country. It was estimated that the toll was over 50,000 people dead. And yet, I was optimistic. I believed that a new dawn was shining for my home country. In just a few months, those dreams

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For the good of the children

William Hess, a renowned American educator and political scientist once explained how, just like any other labor union, teachers’ unions are not primarily concerned with protecting the interests of students (customers) but that of teachers (the membership).  Sad reality!  This is not the way that God thinks when instituting a public association.  Imagine!!  The moment

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Branded

A few times I have had the opportunity to give counsel to young men desiring to be priests. After some practical advice, I eventually like to come to the nitty gritty. “Would you be willing to be falsely accused for abuse?” I invite them to embrace the possibility with courage. (Today, under present circumstances, it

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Strength for the Ultimate Detachment

During fourteen months I saw my brother fight fearlessly against his cancer.  He looked for a cure with different doctors and submitted himself to the most painful treatments in the process.  Even though he did not hide his pain and discomfort, I did not see him complain about his fate nor the procedures he submitted

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Abstaining from Holy Communion

Most of us would find it difficult to cultivate a friendship with someone who does not bother to ask for forgiveness when they have hurt us.  The pretense of acting as if nothing happened and yet constantly hurt us at the same time is difficult to bear.  It would seem to us as a double

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Broken Instruments of God’s Mercy

Some time ago, I had a very beautiful experience of confession.  In a community of priests, we normally confess each other’s sins.  However, we may tend to favor one or two as our go to companions to go to confession.  They may be our normal confessors.  Well, this time I ventured to go to confession

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Soldiers of Christ

We had spent a couple of days in retreat at a Trappist Monastery.  It was about 8:00 pm.  My friends and I had just finished dinner.  I was getting ready to retire.  As I was walking upstairs to my room I felt an intense experience of God’s love.  I stopped.  In that instant I felt

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Birthday or Baptismal Anniversary?

For many years we would celebrate the anniversary of our baptism instead of our birthdays in our congregation of the Legionaries of Christ.  So, every year, on October 1st, I would look to spend one hour of adoration in front of the Tabernacle with my professions candle lit in thanksgiving for the greatest of gifts,

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So Mundane and yet so Sacred…

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia is a very sacred place for me.  It was there, when I was 17 years old, that I felt the call from God to dedicate all my life to him.  The experience was intense.  It happened in a split of a second.  It was like an

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Close Encounters with God

When I was about 12 years old I watched the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  It was a movie about aliens and an attempt at communicating with them.  It turned out that these aliens were friendly and good willed.  However, before we came to that realization, there was the mystery of the unknown.

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