In this Year of Mercy, it is good to reflect on one of the greatest gifts of our God: Life. One of the documents of the Second Vatican Council states:
"In the face of death the enigma of human existence reaches its climax. Man is not only the victim of pain and the progressive deterioration of his body; he is also, and more deeply, tormented by the fear of final extinction. But the instinctive judgment of his heart is right when he shrinks from, and rejects, the idea of a total collapse and definitive end of his person. He carries within him the seed of eternity…"READ MORE
"Footprints: the path of your life" is a film developed by a group of young Catholics from the Diocese of Phoenix. It will soon be shown in theaters worldwide. It has been produced both in English and a Spanish, dubbed, version.
It is estimated that some 200,000 pilgrims come from around the world to walk the Camino de Santiago each year. "Footprints: the path of your life" is the true story of ten men, led by Fr. Sergio Fita, pastor of St. Anne Parish in Gilbert, sharing their experiences as they journey together on the Way of St. James.READ MORE
This weekend I am in Mexico with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. Three of the young men I sponsor are graduating from high school. You can imagine how proud I am of them; I know them well and they are each very different, but great young men. Also, one of the guys I sponsor is finishing his year of service and will be leaving for the university of Monterrey. That means I will not see him very often as Monterrey is very far from Cuernavaca.READ MORE
Last weekend I was blessed to be at the celebration of a new religious community in our Catholic Church and in our diocese. Bishop Olmsted officially declared a "public association of the faithful" (legal talk for a new religious community): the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit (FFHS).
One of the friars helped us with masses a year ago for a couple of weeks, so you may have met him, Fr. Michael. Six friars made their solemn vows, five priests and one brother, and one brother made his temporary vows.READ MORE
A couple of months ago I asked all of you to consider increasing your Sunday offering; many of you did that and our collection has gone up a little. I want to thank all of you who were able to respond with whatever increaseyou could give.
With your increased giving we have been able to do some much needed work around our parish grounds. Some of that you can see and some of it is maintaining our buildings. Most importantly, we have been able to give an increase in salaries to our wonderful staff, especially to those who are paid the least.READ MORE