A Letter from St. Junipero Serra to His Parents

The Church’s newest saint, Junipero Serra, a Spaniard by birth, but an “American” by virtue of his selfless service to the natives of what would become the American southwest and Mexico, left home at the age of about 35, having already enjoyed a successful period teaching philosophy at a Franciscan seminary. When the desire to be a missionary in the New World took hold of his heart, he struggled to tell his parents. In fact, in the end, he left without saying good-bye and only after he left were they informed of his departure. He would never see them in this life again. The following letter expresses the deep desire of his heart for them and, even more importantly, for the will of God in his life and theirs! Continue reading “A Letter from St. Junipero Serra to His Parents”

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Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful!

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together (Acts2:1). 53 days ago, the Church led us, with our Lord and the Apostles, to the Upper Room. Here, they were to witness the depths of God’s love for humanity for Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. (John13:1).Última_Cena_-_Juan_de_Juanes  In word and deed, Jesus revealed the love which God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – has for mankind both individually and as a whole, for it was on that sacred night that Christ would institute the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist as the perpetual memorial of HIs One saving Sacrifice, and the Holy Priesthood as the way to make this Sacrifice truly present until the end of time. Both of these Sacraments, in their own way, would bring about the saving Presence of Jesus Christ in the world until Christ’s final return in glory. Continue reading “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful!”