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.

For I create Jerusalem to be a joy and its people to be a delight; I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people. (Is 65:17-21)
It’s always good to remember that “Jerusalem” is more than just a reference to the earthly Jerusalem. In the prophets, “Jerusalem” is the place of encounter between God and God’s people. In the Book of Revelation it is the Heavenly Jerusalem that comes down from heaven. “Jerusalem” is the true home for all of us.