Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels; watch over us we pray

For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thes. 4:16 Today the church recalls the archangels Raphael, Gabriel and Michael. These mighty messengers from God have a veryContinue reading “Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels; watch over us we pray”

Intentional Christian Communities & a Reflection on the Life of St. Vincent de Paul

Be united with one another, and God will blessyou. But let it be by the charity of Jesus Christ,for any union which is not sealed by the bloodof Our Savior cannot perdure. It is therefore inJesus Christ, by Jesus Christ, and for JesusChrist that you ought to be united with oneanother. The Spirit of JesusContinue reading “Intentional Christian Communities & a Reflection on the Life of St. Vincent de Paul”

St. Pio of Pietrelcina O.F.M. Cap., Pray for Us

About Padre Pio: https://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_20020616_padre-pio_photo.html Letter from Padre Pio To Raffaelina Cerase, May 19, 1914 Stones of the eternal dwelling With unceasing blows of healing chisel and careful stripping away, the divine Artificer seeks to prepare stones to build an eternal dwelling – as our mother, the holy Catholic Church, full of tenderness, sings in the hymnContinue reading “St. Pio of Pietrelcina O.F.M. Cap., Pray for Us”

St. Matthew, Apostle, & Gospel Writer

Mt. 9:9-13 As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw thisContinue reading “St. Matthew, Apostle, & Gospel Writer”

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Lk. 14:27 “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” 1 Pet. 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” Gal. 6:14 “But may I never boastContinue reading “The Exaltation of the Holy Cross”

The Dignity of Labor

In the United States of America, Labor Day is acknowledged as a national holiday in which President Grover Cleveland signed the act into law in 1894 (https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history). From scripture, we are reminded of God’s plan and work in the creation narratives with the role that man plays toward this goal. Gen. 2:3 “God blessed theContinue reading “The Dignity of Labor”

Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, mother of God…Maria, Regina pacis, ora pro nobis!

In his encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the memorial of the Queenship of Mary following the 8th day after the feast of the Assumption (https://www.vatican.va/content/pius-xii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xii_enc_11101954_ad-caeli-reginam.html). Hail, holy Queen Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. ToContinue reading “Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, mother of God…Maria, Regina pacis, ora pro nobis!”

The Narrow Gate: Our Path to Heaven

What is the narrow gate? Jesus clearly speaks of a consequence for our actions where the saving grace and heavenly promise of being with Him in paradise is not a choice for everyone. Our personal encounter with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, show us that our God is merciful in many encounters. Why is Jesus displayingContinue reading “The Narrow Gate: Our Path to Heaven”

The Lord’s Prayer Reflection

The ‘Our Father’ prayer is a common prayer we say all the time when we gather in communal worship and with each other. The Our Father is our Christian calling card and is the great ecumenical prayer uniting many Christians despite differences in theological interpretations. Such a prayer reminds us of our need to followContinue reading “The Lord’s Prayer Reflection”

Solemnity of St. Peter & Paul

O Peter, who were named by Christ  The guardian-shepherd of his flock,  Protect the Church he built on you  To stand unyielding, firm on rock. Apostle of the gentiles, Paul,  The greatest witness of them all,  You turned to Christ, the risen Lord,  When out of light you heard him call. Unseen, eternal Trinity,  WeContinue reading “Solemnity of St. Peter & Paul”

The Sacred Heart of Jesus & A Heart for Life

On this day of the solemnity of the sacred heart of Jesus, we are reminiscent of the love the Son of Man has for all of creation. The filial love of the persons of the Father & Son bring forth the life giving Holy Spirit that is bestowed upon all of God’s creation. From whatContinue reading “The Sacred Heart of Jesus & A Heart for Life”

Corpus Christi…the Body of Christ

In a world that is longing for more and that is seeking real nourishment, our spiritual food is found with the reception of holy Eucharist. Jesus reminds us of such a gift in the bread of life discourse in John’s gospel chapter 6. Jesus reminds us that anyone who partakes of His flesh and bloodContinue reading “Corpus Christi…the Body of Christ”

O Most Holy Trinity, Undivided Unity

The unique renaissance fresco painting of Jerónimo Cósida’s The Holy Trinity capturing the face of Jesus with three faces symbolizes the mystery of this occasion. The Latin message for ‘non est’ or ‘it is not’ followed by the unique centering of ‘est’ for ‘it is’ in the above image portrays such a mystery of ourContinue reading “O Most Holy Trinity, Undivided Unity”

Pentecost: A reflection on the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is Greek which means the “50th day” after Easter in the church calendar. Such a festive occasion recalls the “birth” of the Church. Holy scripture in Acts chapter 2 in the New Testament recalls the coming of the Holy Spirit enabling those disciples that were gifted with tongues of fire to proclaim a languageContinue reading “Pentecost: A reflection on the Holy Spirit”

God’s Mercy Endures Forever

There was another mass shooting that took place today here in the States that appeared to be a racial hate crime with 10 souls having perished and left this earthly life. May God bless them & keep them, and bring comfort to their families as they mourn their tragic loss. Catholic churches have also beenContinue reading “God’s Mercy Endures Forever”

St Mark the Evangelist

Today in the Catholic church’s calendar, St. Mark the Evangelist is recalled in prayer today. History indicates that his gospel may have been one of the earliest writings completed sometime around 70 ad (https://www.britannica.com/topic/Gospel-According-to-Mark). When I was to be confirmed and had to choose a saint name, it was Mark that I chose. Some attributeContinue reading “St Mark the Evangelist”

Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Alleluia!

Our hope in Jesus Christ our Lord has come to fulfillment for He has conquered death & vanquished our sin & rose from the grave. While we may at times lose hope, and fall into sin, we have the promise that we too may have life eternal if we turn to our Lord. As PopeContinue reading “Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Alleluia!”

Maundy Thursday

Today marks the beginning of the Triduum (the 3 liturgical days of our church year) and God’s eschatological plan of salvation for us. His unconditional agape love for us from the washing of the feet of His disciples to the institution of the Eucharist marks that great moment where He gives us Himself in theContinue reading “Maundy Thursday”

Our Procession into Holy Week

As we process with our Lord Jesus upon His entry to Jerusalem, how do we view our spiritual journey during this Passion week? Perhaps, we are like the colt that is “tethered upon which no one has sat” per the gospel of Luke. Such an animal doesn’t know what is going on & knows onlyContinue reading “Our Procession into Holy Week”

Undergoing the Test as Christian Believers

We’ve all been in that place where trying times may test our very soul & shake our faith & belief in all that is good and of God. I myself have encountered those difficult moments that make me question God’s existence in a crazy & messed up world. Faith and fortitude are difficult virtues toContinue reading “Undergoing the Test as Christian Believers”

St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary – March 19 Reflection

Ancient legend and folklore states that Joseph may have died on March 19th. Various traditions and devotions recalling the life of St. Joseph go back to as early as the 4th century. It wasn’t until 1480 in which Pope Sixtus IV elevated March 19 to an official liturgical feast in the church (https://www.vaticannews.va/en/liturgical-holidays/solemnity-of-saint-joseph–the-spouse-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary.html). My sisterContinue reading “St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary – March 19 Reflection”

This Is My Chosen Son, Listen to Him (Lk. 9:35)

The story of the Transfiguration moment for this Sunday’s gospel in which Jesus takes Peter, John and James up to the mountain to pray is reminiscent of another account in Luke’s narrative in Luke chapter 22 of the Agony in the Garden narrative. In both accounts, the disciples fall asleep while praying. How often doContinue reading “This Is My Chosen Son, Listen to Him (Lk. 9:35)”

Lifting One’s Mind to God & Suspending Judgement

Have you ever viewed an image of Jesus on the crucifix or seen a work of religious art and wondered why Jesus, or one of the many saintly figures have their eyes fixed in an upward direction? There is an ancient practice of suspending one’s judgement that we should re-examine this Lenten season. Eyes andContinue reading “Lifting One’s Mind to God & Suspending Judgement”

ECCE AGNUS DEI – A Reflection for our Lenten Journey

John’s response as one of the first disciples utters a bold proclamation in the portrayal of the account of the gathering of the first disciples of Jesus. John states, behold the “Lamb of God.” (Jn 1:36) is a truly remarkable account of what our mission can be for us this coming Lent. The writer thenContinue reading “ECCE AGNUS DEI – A Reflection for our Lenten Journey”

The Wedding at Cana

The events in the first few chapters from the Gospel of John show us that it is necessary to reflect on our own eschatological plan for salvation as it relates to the high Christological foundation that Jesus has in our own life. Starting with the baptism of Jesus, we are reminded that his participation inContinue reading “The Wedding at Cana”

In His Love & Light

Have you ever received a Christmas card or other greeting card in the mail and not really paid attention to the message? Have you ever let those humble saints that walk among us pass you by without taking notice? After watching the recent Christmas special of The Chosen in “The Messengers” (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15772866/) and reflecting onContinue reading “In His Love & Light”

Third Sunday of Advent & Our Lady of Guadalupe Reflection

Miracles occur each & every day. Four years ago, my wife & I closed on a house that was a closer commute to our church we were married in. Our house faces east in the same direction of the location of the church in which the congregation faces toward Jerusalem & the holy sacrifice ofContinue reading “Third Sunday of Advent & Our Lady of Guadalupe Reflection”

Advent Reflection – Preparing Our Hearts for the Lord

Oftentimes in life we are a society that is rushed for time. We let the secular calendar and anxiety of life creep up on us like a thief in the night, taking away our sense of purpose and belonging in this world as human beings created in His image. We are also an advanced humanContinue reading “Advent Reflection – Preparing Our Hearts for the Lord”

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Who is the ruler and king of your life? Is it a particular vice or action or sin that keeps your eyes closed from seeing the true beauty and goodness of our Lord and King Jesus who came to rule in a different kind of way? If we recall, the greatest commandment that Jesus gaveContinue reading “Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe”

Are You Prepared for the final hour?

The lectionary reading from the Gospel of Mark for the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary time before the feast of Christ the King is a great foreshadowing of apocalyptical literature. As Mark’s gospel chapter 13 verses 24-32 indicate, no one knows the day, or hour for which the “great tribulation” will appear except for the Father.Continue reading “Are You Prepared for the final hour?”

Reflection on the Sacrament of Matrimony & Christian Mission of the Church

The cycle of readings in scripture takes its selection from the new testament of Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians chapter 5 in regard to the symbolic relationship of a husband being head of his wife just as Jesus Christ is head of the church. As such, a husband’s role is to care for his spouseContinue reading “Reflection on the Sacrament of Matrimony & Christian Mission of the Church”

The Bread of Life & Gift of the Eucharist

The nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary time continues to take the cycle of readings from John’s Gospel, chapter 6 with an excerpt from the Bread of Life Discourse. Last week, there was the story of the multiplication of the loaves. This week, we have the bold proclamation from Jesus revealing His divine nature in which heContinue reading “The Bread of Life & Gift of the Eucharist”

The Transfiguration of our Lord

Image retrieved from https://pilgrimcenterofhope.org/the-transfiguration-makes-a-way-for-the-cross/ Oftentimes in life we don’t have the full and complete picture and are oftentimes blinded by our human condition. I imagine that Peter, James and his brother John had no idea who Jesus really was as portrayed in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 9 verses 2-10 when being led up toContinue reading “The Transfiguration of our Lord”

St. Joachim & Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

What is a grandparent and what role do they play in the faith of their children and grandchildren? Not all are blessed to have known their grandparents, however yesterday was the church’s newly minted World Day of prayer for Grandparents and the elderly (https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2021-07/world-day-for-grandparents-and-the-elderly-is-the-ultimate-gift.html). Such a day of prayer and remembrance also coincides with theContinue reading “St. Joachim & Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary”

St. Mary Magdalen: A Reflection

Today the Roman Church remembers the life of St. Mary Magdalene, formerly a person whose title was associated with the “penitent.” It is reported that St. Thomas Aquinas gave Mary the title of “Apostle of the Apostles” (https://www.vaticannews.va/en/saints/07/22/st–mary-magdalene–disciple-of-the-lord-.html). On July 22 of 2016, Pope Francis elevated the day to a Feast to “stress the importanceContinue reading “St. Mary Magdalen: A Reflection”

When I am weak, then I am strong

The second letter to the Corinthians chapter 12 verses 7-10 today has a reflective image from St. Paul in which he acknowledges that God’s grace is sufficient for us despite our weaknesses and “beatings” from Satan. In a sense, on this sabbath day and remembrance of our independence as a Nation, we should strive forContinue reading “When I am weak, then I am strong”

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Image retrieved from: 5 Beautiful Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Every Catholic Should Know | (churchpop.com) Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy Christ, have mercy Christ, have mercy Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy     God our Father in heaven have mercy on us GodContinue reading “Sacred Heart of Jesus”

7th Sunday of Easter or Feast Day of Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ Reflection

The popular praise and worship Gospel Song, Lord I Lift Your Name on High by songwriter Rick Founds encompasses the totality of God’s plan for salvation history in a great song that one can teach their young children, especially as we explore the mystery of Jesus’s Ascension into Heaven. Our end goal is of courseContinue reading “7th Sunday of Easter or Feast Day of Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ Reflection”

Good Shepherd Sunday: Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings in the Catholic church during this Easter season are oftentimes known as “Good Shepherd” Sunday per the selection from sacred scripture. Today is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We must always remember to pray for our men and women called by God that receive the spiritual call to imitate JesusContinue reading “Good Shepherd Sunday: Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter”

No Vaccine for Martyrdom

By Tom Grossman, Jr., Special Contributor I thought it important to use my friend Tom’s testimony who agreed to be a guest contributor to this blog site. God bless, Eric – The Street Evangelist. No Vaccine for Martyrdom In the Gospel for this past Sunday, we see that Jesus comes to the disciples as theyContinue reading “No Vaccine for Martyrdom”

Responding to Receiving by Peter Cao, devoted husband & father

Responding to Receiving By Peter Cao, devoted husband and father I found writing the last reflection piece in the evening such a wonderful way to use time I would otherwise have spent preoccupied with my future financial state of affairs, or anxiously mulling over my day after I had already completed a thorough nightly examen.Continue reading “Responding to Receiving by Peter Cao, devoted husband & father”

Good Friday: The Defeat of Sin and Fulfillment to New Life

Oftentimes, as I ponder over the meaning of Good Friday when reflecting on the mystery of the cross as our instrument of salvation, I can’t help but think about the two that were crucified alongside with our Lord and Savior on that hilltop known as Golgotha or “Place of the Skull” in Hebrew. Luke’s Gospel,Continue reading “Good Friday: The Defeat of Sin and Fulfillment to New Life”

Holy Week: Acknowledging Our Weakness to Follow Him and Lift up our cross to new life

This week marks the greatest week in the history of the Christian church. From the Judeo celebration of Pesach marking the Exodus event, the Seder meal commemorates the paschal full moon starting on March 27 sundown and ending Sunday April 4 to the start of Holy Week this week. We see the plan of God’sContinue reading “Holy Week: Acknowledging Our Weakness to Follow Him and Lift up our cross to new life”

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah chapter 7 verses 10-12 has an interesting conversation between the King of Judah Ahaz and the Lord in which Ahaz decides to not follow through on his hearing of the Lord’s voice to ask for a sign for his people in which he remarks “I willContinue reading “The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”

Being Present for Others and Having the heart and mind of Christ in our world amidst violence, destruction and death

A great friend and fellow Knights of Columbus, “Sir Knight” Isaac, passed away recently from my home parish that I attend due to Covid-19 complications. I have a relative that is a Benedictine monk that resides at the Cistercian Abbey in Subiaco and thought to myself that a mass remembrance memorial seemed like the appropriateContinue reading “Being Present for Others and Having the heart and mind of Christ in our world amidst violence, destruction and death”

St. Joseph, pray for us.

fyi – my almost 7 year old daughter Abigail (Hebrew – my father’s joy) was holding the Ipad for this video blog (hence the reason I am leaving as is). Happy Feast of St. Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary. Grant, we pray, almight God, that by Saint Joseph’s intercession, your Church (and domestic church)Continue reading “St. Joseph, pray for us.”

Learning the Art of Receiving

Fr. Jacques Philippe wrote that “it is vitally important to learn to receive, to receive one’s very own self along with everything from God. To the extent we learn to receive everything from God, we can give to others the best of ourselves.”1 Indeed, it is written into the nature of being Christians that weContinue reading “Learning the Art of Receiving”

St. Patrick, the Trinity and the “Luck of the Irish”

On March 17, the Christian church recognizes the feast of St. Patrick whom was a 4th century bishop and missionary (slave that was captured and brought to the Irish isle) and brought his experience of Christianity to the Celtic peoples (see more about the life of Patrick: Who Was St. Patrick? – HISTORY) at theContinue reading “St. Patrick, the Trinity and the “Luck of the Irish””

Righteous Anger & Temple Cleansing

In the Gospel of John of the second chapter, verses 13-25, we see a very human Jesus that is quite angry for the temple being used as a marketplace for the exorbitant sale of sacrificial offerings. In Leviticus 14:22 we see that a poorer person can purchase 2 turtledoves or pigeons which are more affordableContinue reading “Righteous Anger & Temple Cleansing”

The Cross Leads us to New Life

The cross is the great paradox of being a Christian disciple. It is through the cross, which is an instrument of suffering, pain and sacrifice that we will come to new life with a merciful and loving God. As Jesus proclaims in Matthew’s Gospel, anyone that wishes to follow Jesus “must deny himself, take upContinue reading “The Cross Leads us to New Life”

Evil, suffering, and God’s divine plan

In the 14th century, Italian author Dante Alighieri wrote his Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso political allegory revealing the vile acts of those nefarious individuals living during his time. His various nine circles of Hell represented an increased level of wickedness and strife ranging from the following: those in limbo who were unbaptized Christians and virtuousContinue reading “Evil, suffering, and God’s divine plan”

Encounter Our True Self

Today marks the second Sunday of Lent and the readings in the Catholic Church come from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 9 verses 2-10. The transfiguration moment that startled Peter and the disciples had to be a powerful moment to behold. The combination of the old testament and fulfillment of the new testament as portrayedContinue reading “Encounter Our True Self”