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These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Monday, 26 September 2022 00:00

Day 21, Monday, 26 September

I rejoiced when I heard them say, let us go the house of the Lord. And now our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem.  (Psalm 122:1-2)

Today we arrive in the Holy City, Jerusalem.

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Saturday, 17 September 2022 00:00

Day 12, Saturday, 17 September

Today we land in Egypt and begin a four-day cruise on the Nile to visit the temples of Luxor and Aswan.

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Day 2, Thursday, 07 September

Today we land in Istanbul, Turkey. Today's picture is of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Hagia Sophia was the cathedral of ancient Constantinople.

Tuesday, 06 September 2022 00:00

Middle Eastern Adventure, Day 1

Today we begin our journey. First, we fly from Medellín to Bogotá in this morning. Then this afternoon, we board our overnight flight to Estambul, Turkey. We have a brief stop in Panamá, then we continue our flight and should arrive in Turkey around 5:00 pm on Wednesday. After arrival we head to the hotel, dinner and rest! Thursday morning, bright and early, we begin! (There is an 7 hour time difference between Turkey and the Eastern Time Zone of the USA.) I will be praying for all of you!

Monday, 05 September 2022 00:00

Monday, Week XXIII, Ordinary Time

For our Paschal Lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast. (1 Cor 5:1-8)
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/090522.cfm
Our Passover lamb is Christ, God’s Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.

Sunday, 04 September 2022 00:00

XXIII Sunday, Ordinary Time

Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 90)
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness, that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours; prosper the work of our hands for us! Prosper the work of our hands!
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/090422.cfm
How important is wisdom—not only to “number our days aright” but to remember that God has been our refuge from one generation to the next!

For as I see it, God has exhibited us Apostles as the last of all, like people sentenced to death, since we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and men alike. We are fools on Christ’s account, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clad and roughly treated, we wander about homeless and we toil, working with our own hands. When ridiculed, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we respond gently. We have become like the world’s rubbish, the scum of all, to this very moment. (1 Cor 4:6b-15)
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/090322.cfm
With all the difficulties of his ministry, Paul would not have changed places with anyone. Saint Gregory (540-605) promoted a renewal of pastoral ministry in the church.

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