Last week I began reflecting a little on our call to be evangelizers after reading Pope Francis' book, The Joy of the Gospel. Pope Francis writes, "Being Church means being God's people, in accordance with the great plan of his fatherly love. This means that we are to be God's leaven in the midst of humanity. It means proclaiming and bringing God's salvation into our world, which often goes astray and needs to be encouraged, given hope and strengthened on the way. The Church must be a place of mercy freely given where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel."READ MORE
Have you ever spoken and said something you wished you hadn't and wanted to take it back? Do you say things to your spouse in anger, frustration or just not thinking that are hurtful, causing rifts between you? "But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison" (Jas 3:8). Words are important. God created everything through the power of His Word: Jesus is the Eternal Word made flesh; scripture is the life giving Word of God.READ MORE
As we think about Jesus’ 40 days of temptation in the desert, let us pray that God will fill our hearts with gratitude this Lent. Because Jesus defeated every temptation of Satan, we can overcome sin’s temptation in our own lives.
Lent is the perfect time to put into practice the virtues we know will help build good habits. Then we will be truly free to choose good for ourselves and for our families.
Debido a que Jesús venció todas las tentaciones de Satanás, nosotros podemos vencer la tentación del pecado en nuestras propias vidas.
La Cuaresma es el momento perfecto para poner en práctica las virtudes que sabemos que ayudarán a construir buenos hábitos. Entonces seremos verdaderamente libres de elegir el bien para nosotros y para nuestras familias.
Recently while I was in El Salvador I had the opportunity to reread Pope Francis' book, The Joy of the Gospel. Remembering that Pope Saint John Paul II called us to a "New Evangelization", our Holy Father reflected on evangelization in his book. In this Lenten season it is good for us to reflect on this as well.READ MORE
Jesus said, "Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye. You hypocrite! First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye" (Mt 7:3-5). How awful it would be to have Jesus say these words to us at the moment of our death. Each of us is imperfect; complaining about our spouse instead of working on our own personality flaws is hypocritical.READ MORE
It's time for Lent! Bring your family, get your ashes, and make this the best Lent ever!
I hope families with smart phones or computers will take advantage of one of these three wonderful resources available for free to you this Lent.READ MORE
I just returned from Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in El Salvador and Soledad came in my office to ask if I had a note for the bulletin. I looked at my calendar and said, "Oh no! It cannot be Lent already!" but of course, it will be starting this coming Wednesday.
While I was in El Salvador I was reading Pope Francis' book, the Joy of the Gospel, and many thoughts came to me about Lent. Of course, Lent is a time of fasting, prayer, and alms-giving, but Pope Francis also reminds us that some of our most serious sins are "sins of omission", not so much the things we have done, but the things we have failed to do. That is worth considering during this Holy Season of Lent.
Greetings! Time at work, family obligations and commitments to friends may interfere with your desire to attend Bible study. It is understandable. The pace of daily life is a green light with only rare glimpses of the red stop sign, but your friends and fellow parishioners at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale invite you to come when you can. Welcome.READ MORE
Can you imagine yourself in the crowd at the door of Simon Peter's house? Jesus healed Simon and Andrew's mother-in-law and so many sick and demon possessed people the townspeople brought to him. Imagine being a witness to it all; blind people could see again, the deaf could hear, and the lame could jump and dance for joy! It must have been exhilarating. I wonder how long it took before the excitement began to fade? When did they return to "life as usual"? Did they knowingly ignore the longing that is in every heart to be near him, or did they just get distracted by other things?READ MORE
Next weekend is another very busy weekend. Of course, this is OLPH-Glendale! We will begin our annual Charity Development Appeal. As you know, this helps fund those offices in the diocese that reach out and help parishes and other Catholic organizations in our diocese. For a parish like ours that depends on so much volunteer help, these offices help to educate our volunteers.READ MORE
"Work out your salvation in fear and trembling" (Phil 2:12). This scripture quote is ignored by those who think salvation is a onetime decision. St. Paul knew that living the life Jesus taught is hard work, hence, this quote. Our toxic culture presents marriage as a fun adventure with a fun partner. The idea that marriage is for sanctification is a foreign concept.READ MORE