Greetings From Sr. Marlita/ Saludos desde Sr. Marlita

When we are asked about our faith in God, I wonder how many of us think or say : “ I BELIEVE that God….” because faith does have the dimension of our beliefs. But there is another side of faith that is even more fundamental, and when I read the following comments of Bp. Robert Barron, (auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles) a prominent Catholic media writer and speaker, I thought it is a good challenge to our understanding about FAITH. He wrote this: “One of the most fundamental statements of faith is this: your life is not about you. You’re not in control. This is not your project; rather, you are part of God’s great design. To believe this in your bones and to act accordingly is to have fait

Greetings from Sr. Marlita/ Saludos desde Sr. Marlita

We are God’s Good News! Did you ever think about that? Each of us is an expression of the love of God for his creatures, so we are the Good News that God wants us to be about. That implies that we are truly free persons who can express the love and care of God to others by how we live and act. But isn’t it true that the news desks of the nation and world give us a considerable amount of BAD news on a daily basis? Maybe one story at the end of a 30 minute evening newscast says something positive. So we would love to receive Good News, but it gets blocked out too easily. The gospel today speaks of liberation, but are there actually people who are truly free? Isn’t poverty of spirit and spi

Greetings from Sr. Marlita - Saludos desde Sr. Marlita

Today we return to Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar. What that means is that the special feasts of Christmas, New Years, The Epiphany, and the Baptism of Jesus are now behind us, and during Ordinary Time we are called to reflect on the life of Jesus and try to conform our lives to his. Not so ordinary, you might comment, because following the example of Jesus and his life of service can be a real challenge because he is so self-giving. Plus, Ordinary Time also has a forward motion, inviting us to eagerly await the salvation and redemption of God’s holy people. The Gospel today is a familiar miracle of Jesus when he saves the day by miraculously providing choice wine for a poorly plan

The Baptism of Jesus

Today we remember the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Jesus begins a new phase of his life. He leaves everything: his carpenter’s workshop, home, family, and friends…to be totally at the service of the mission that was entrusted to him by his Heavenly Father: announcing the Good News of the Kingdom. He begins to live what he will later ask of his followers, of his disciples. This moment was the day in which his mission was publicly recognized as a response to his Father’s project…bringing freedom and forgiveness to all. For us, baptism also represents the reality that we are the beloved children of God. This entails a great dignity and also a call to carry out the w

The Epiphany of the Lord

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Today we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, more familiarly known as THREE KINGS DAY, or the Coming of the Magi. Epiphany is a word that means manifestation. Jesus is shown to or manifested to the world beyond Galilee, and the good news of his birth is taken by the Magi, or astrologers, to lands East of the region. They followed a star that guided them to the place where they found the Holy Family and offered gifts fit for a king to Jesus. When you first hear this story you may think that if the Magi were expecting a king, someone to rescue them from foreign domination, they may have been disappointed. They found a newborn child, found in a manger for animals, and with poor

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