I Am Free!

Every day I face a choice: to pick up my cross and follow Jesus or to not pick up my cross and to not follow Jesus… Wait… I am already baptized, I have consumed Jesus Christ, I have confirmed my faith and accepted Jesus as my savior. So why do I face this choice? I […]

Do you love me?

I was struck with this Gospel the other day, where Jesus asks Peter: “Simon son of John, Do you love me?” three times. Peter responds affirming, “Yes,” every time. (Jn 21:15-17) That brought me to the scene where Jesus says to Peter: “Before the cock crows you will deny me three times.” So it makes […]

Training Day: The “ministry” in Eucharistic Ministry

I have been a Eucharistic Minister before, but coming into a new diocese, it turns out I have to be trained within the diocese before being able to serve. And I thought, “oh, well that sucks!” And shrugged off this service I have been doing. But now, having the opportunity to be trained made me […]

Word on the Street

Driving down the street in a twelve-passenger van, all of a sudden it skids to a stop and a couple of guys jump out and start talking about Jesus! They walk down the street and into random stores and start asking cashiers and employees about their faith life. The first thing one of the cashiers […]

What is mission?

Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, build a family a house. The media portrays all these needs around the world and opens our hearts to charity work, to give generous gifts to help aid these needs. Huge wonderful organizations invite us to go on mission, to a third-world country, and aid the poor and hungry […]

Mommas’ Got My Back

Growing up in middle school, I shared a bed with my two sisters. It was crazy! Every night would either end with an argument or on some occasions, with loud laughter.  Someone would get mad for kicking someone else – war broke out, we would scream and hate each other randomly without care. Or, we […]

Praying with Coffee

I enjoy a good cup of coffee – even though it’s more like milk with coffee. Every morning, I wake up at 6:30am and start that coffee maker! There’s a “mysterious” ingredient in coffee that gives me the energy I need to get through my day without falling asleep during prayer or even getting tired. […]