International meeting: The Pastoral Project of Evangelii gaudium (2)

Pope Francis during his brief talk at the Meeting in Paul VI Hall

Organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization

Rome, Sept 18-19-20

Today’s agenda was full. We celebrated the Eucharist together in St. Peter’s Basilica; dozens of priests and bishops joined Mons. Rino Fisichella to concelebrate a beautiful Mass sung by Fr. Marco Frisina’s choir (directed by him in alb and stole).

By a little after nine, most people were in their seats, but the conferences began a little late, giving us time to save seats not only for us four, but also for Br. Luis Ramírez, LC and Fr. Alex Yeung, LC, who joined us today. Read the rest of this entry »

International meeting: The Pastoral Project of Evangelii gaudium

Organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization

Rome, Sept 18-19-20

Mary Patt Pirie, Veronica Fernández and Alice Bresolin outside Paul VI on their way into the Congress.

I was blessed to participate today in the first of three days in which the Church is inviting pastoral agents from all over the world to reflect on how to make Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium a true “pastoral project” in the practical sense of the word.

Vero Fernández, Alice Bresolin and Bernardo Pérez, consecrated members of the Movement, also participated. Read the rest of this entry »

Sisterhood: Unveiling Christ’s Own Heart

Over the years I’ve tried to distinguish the difference between the definition of a “friend” and of a “sister.” At least for me personally, one difference I’ve come to recognize is that friends may come and go, but sisters…don’t. Once you find a sister, you’re kind of stuck with them, but in the best, most beautiful way possible.

When you have a sister by your side who is striving toward the same goal as you, namely to love and serve Christ, you can’t truly look at that person for long without catching a glimpse of Christ himself and unveiling His own heart. I’ve seen it countless times: that Christ-like love shining through wounded, human hearts, overcoming every kind of natural tendencies and human weakness. It’s something that never ceases to baffle and inspire me and bring me to my knees in sheer awe and gratitude. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Hands

When I was a teenager I loved classic rock music. The ripping guitar solos and the loud, untamed drums really made my teenage boyish jaw drop. However, in the middle of my college years I went to see a concert by a young musician named Bebo Norman. Bebo got up on stage with only his acoustic guitar and played a beautiful and moving show. He poured out his heart on stage that night, just him and his guitar. From that moment on I set aside classic rock and really began to listen to music, not for the flashy solos, but for the message behind the melody. I fell in love with the art of songwriting and how great songwriters, like Bebo, so easily and fluidly were able to express their deepest thoughts and experiences in simple and memorable melodies and lyrics. In my experience, what makes good song writers is that they write and sing with passion. When you have a message that you feel very passionately about, it makes a song so much better. The man who is desperately in love writes and sings a better, more passionate love song. As well, the man who has found hope in God in the midst of deep suffering writes the better Christian song. This reflection got me thinking. What was I passionate about? What was the message that I needed to communicate in song? What was the message that would transform me from a guy who played guitar into a real artist, an artist with a unique message to bring forth? It didn’t take me long to figure out that I needed to communicate my experience of Jesus Christ and my desire, after encountering him, to go out and be His hands and feet to others. What are you passionate about? What message moves you to speak, write, or sing?

Your Hands



Letting you…Jesus










As I am before


Hesitation curls

round me

Why? Do I?

Hold back – shy

Gaze down

What fear do I carry

of your eyes?

Come closer

give me the strength

to look up


to let you

touch what

feels untouchable

in me

Let me

let you

Be, free

To see within

these walls


let me be


to see – You

see me.


Our Lady of Sorrows

I would like to say that I hesitate to embrace this feast. But that would be too mild. I balk. This makes for an interesting situation as she happens to be a patron of our Movement. (The questions runs through my mind, “couldn’t we make a case for Our Lady of Guadalupe—evangelization of peoples?). But still, Our Lady of Sorrows remains one of our main patrons. There seems something wrong with celebrating someone else’s sorrow.

Today, in the homily that Fr. Nikola Derpich, LC gave, he mentioned the roots of this feast and how, to begin with, it was called “Our Lady of Compassion.” Ahh! What a refreshing way to look at it. No longer am I “celebrating” the sorrows of Mary, but I am focusing on the compassion she had as she accompanied Jesus in His passion. Read the rest of this entry »

Sally forth!

"I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity." CS Lewis

True Christians need to "sally forth" (an action of rushing or bursting forth; especially : a sortie of troops from a defensive position to attack the enemy). We are not here to hide in our safe and comfortable bunker. We are here to live radical virtue and hopefully inspire and challenge others to follow Christ. Don't be afraid of living radical holiness and leaving your comfort zone…Christ needs our help!



True Love Waits

“True love waits.” It wasn’t quite the type of chastity ring that I was looking for. Don’t get me wrong, I completely agreed with the principle, but as freshmen in college seriously discerning my vocation I felt like something symbolic or even a Claddagh ring would be more apropos. I put the ring back on the shelf and continued browsing through the Catholic gift store; I didn’t have $30.00 to spend anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

Never give up…Pope Francis is on his way

Through a complex series of events, planned and unplanned, I found myself in a prime spot in St Peter’s Square today. There was a more than average chance I’d see the Holy Father up close.

Fortunately, I was with my good friend, Javier Bravo. Javier heads Regnum Christi’s communications office in Mexico. (You might say he is Mexico’s Jim Fair; in reality, I’m North America’s Javier Bravo.)

It was the Pope’s Wednesday Audience. As events wound down, the Holy Father gave his great blessing and boarded his Popemobile for a tour of the square and greeting of tens of thousands of gathered pilgrims. Read the rest of this entry »

True Progress

"True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice." St. Francis of Assisi

The world promotes glitter, glory, fame, recognition…but the real Saints get things done in a quiet and humble way, often behind the scenes without anyone noticing. I live with a bunch of holy priests who are quietly and persistently helping so many souls through their patience, prayers and fidelity…powerful witness indeed!



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