Joy

3rd Sunday of Advent: “GAUDETE” OR REJOICE! SUNDAY


3rd Sunday of Advent “GAUDETE” OR REJOICE! SUNDAY. This coming Sunday marks the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also known as “Gaudete” (Latin for “Rejoice!” or “Be glad/happy!”) Sunday. This is the reason why in some ADVENT WREATHS, there is a PINK CANDLE which differentiates it from the rest. In some Churches as well, instead of using the purple vestments, PINK priestly vestments will be utilized (if the church has them). The Church encourages us to be glad and happy and for what []

Nov. 30: WHO WAS THE FIRST PERSON EVER TO LIVE THE SEASON OF ADVENT? Novena to the Immaculate Conception. Day 1


On Advent (4): WHO WAS THE FIRST PERSON EVER TO LIVE THE SEASON OF ADVENT? Novena to the Immaculate Conception.   In my weekly Catechetical Masses for Grade 4 students in the school where I am one of the chaplains, I always make it a point that the homilies are interactive: I ask the young girls some questions and they, in their candor and simplicity, –admirable traits of children which we adults should never lose –, excitedly reply to all my questions. []

ON ADVENT (2): INTERIOR PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS. Make Baby Jesus Happy By Going to Confession This Advent!


ON ADVENT 2: INTERIOR PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS In a talk I gave last year to Grade 1 (7 yr-old) girls, I asked them what they were doing to prepare for the Coming of the Child Jesus. A blonde, chubby girl answered: “I’m preparing the Nativity Scene in our house”…Another girl with pony tails said: “I helped Dad and Mom decorate the Christmas tree.” I told them that all these things are quite all right but there is something more important than the []

POPE FRANCIS IN UGANDA “TEACHERS, CATECHISTS: YOURS IS A HOLY WORK!”


POPE FRANCIS IN UGANDA “CATECHISTS: YOURS IS A HOLY WORK!”     Dear friends: Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave on the evening of Nov. 27, 2015, to a meeting of catechists and teachers in Uganda, taken from zenit.org. The meeting was held at the site of the first martyrdoms of the persecutions against the Church in Uganda. The Holy Father mostly followed the prepared text. Some of his off-the-cuff comments are included in brackets. In it, []

ON ADVENT (1): WHAT IS ADVENT? Time of Preparation, of Hope and of Interior Joy


ON ADVENT (1): WHAT IS ADVENT? Time of Preparation, of Hope and of Interior Joy This coming Sunday marks the beginning of a new liturgical year when the Catholic Church celebrates the 1st Sunday of ADVENT. BUT WHAT IS THE ADVENT SEASON ALL ABOUT? The word “Advent” comes from the Latin term “adventus” which indicates the “coming”, “arrival” and “presence” of someone especially important. For us Christians, the season of Advent is a time of EXPECTATION, a time of HOPE, a time []

ON HEAVEN (3): A FORETASTE OF HEAVEN HERE ON EARTH. The Joy of Being United with God in Prayer, Confession and Holy Eucharist.


ON HEAVEN (3): A FORETASTE OF HEAVEN HERE ON EARTH: THE JOY OF HAVING GOD IN OUR SOUL What do you feel within you after receiving God in the Holy Communion, or after being absolved from your sins in the Sacrament of Confession, or just by being in front of Our Lord in the Tabernacle, talking to Him, telling Him your joys, your problems…? Many people, young and old alike, have affirmed and experienced an immense and profound joy as well as []

POPE FRANCIS ON THE RICH YOUNG MAN. Faith and Attachment to Riches Cannot Coexist.


POPE FRANCIS ON THE RICH YOUNG MAN Faith and Attachment to Riches Cannot Coexist. Dear friends, below you’ll find Pope Francis’ Angelus speech as he comments on the Gospel of the 28th Sunday of O.T. (B) taken from zenit.org. The Pope reminded the faithful of the following ideas: “Faith and attachment to riches cannot coexist.” “If we entrust ourselves to the Lord, we can overcome all of the obstacles that impede us from following him on the path of faith. To entrust []

POPE FRANCIS GIVES “HOMEWORK” TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLCHILDREN: “Please don’t forget to pray for me, so that I can share with many people the joy of Jesus.”


POPE FRANCIS GIVES “HOMEWORK” TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLCHILDREN “Please don’t forget to pray for me, so that I can share with many people the joy of Jesus.” (Harlem NY, Sept. 25, 2015) Dear friends, yesterday, Pope Francis visited the Our Lady, Queen of Angels School in Harlem, where he received a “rock-star” treatment. A lot of people, especially teenagers, lined up the street to welcome the Holy Father and even had the chance to take selfie shots with the Pope. With the presence []

PopeinUS : REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS! KEEP MOVING FORWARD TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL Homily, Canonization of Fr. Junipero (Sept. 23, 2015)


PopeinUS : REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS! KEEP MOVING FORWARD TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL  Homily, Canonization of St. Junipero Dear friends, during the canonization of Father Junipero Serra, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to “rejoice in the Lord always!”, overcoming our tendency towards self-enclosure which leads to apathy. Rather, imitating the example of the St. Junipero, we can maintain our joy by going outside ourselves, give ourselves to proclaim the Gospel to the people around us for this is the only way []