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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Touching God in the Sacraments

Have you ever really desired a good retreat only to find yourself that the speaker was lousy? I remember a specific time, at the beginning of my novitiate, when I felt that I needed a good retreat. Spiritually speaking, I was depleted and needed a good spiritual boost. However, when I saw who the speaker

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How We Merit Before God

As a young teen, just eleven years old, I remember how curious I was to understand how the world functioned. At home we used to have a nice library with many encyclopedias. Some had to do with the ecology, others were more technological, others were more about culture. Some of these encyclopedias were specifically written

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Overcoming Inertia

Many of us have faced the difficulty of overcoming the inertia of our bad health habits. We may go for a long time eating junk food and keep postponing a healthier lifestyle until we are shocked at the news of how much we have gained in weight. Eventually we become conscious of our situation and

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Love and Responsibility

In 1998, as I arrived to Rome for the second time to continue my studies towards the priesthood I was entrusted with the responsibility of the administration of a parish, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  I was to work directly under the pastor of the Church.  I was young and inexperienced but full

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Healing Wounds

“Ummm”  As a one year old I was back at baby sounds, pointing a finger at the milk that I wanted.  I had “unlearned” the few words that I was already pronouncing: mama, papa, milk.  What had happened was that my mother had “suddenly disappeared” from my sight.  She had gone to the hospital as

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The Taming of the Heart

Ever since I was a child I dreamt of being an architect.  I would love to play by myself building homes, buildings.  Some of my favorite toys were Legos and Power City Construction.  I would design airports, shopping centers, skyscrapers, office buildings…  I would play with my Matchbox cars in my imaginary city. I wanted

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