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.

While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” (Lk 11:27-28)
Today is the patronal feast of Colombia, Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquira. As Elizabeth says to Mary, "Blessed are you who have believed, for what the Lord has said to you will be fulfilled". And Jesus says to all of us: "Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and put it into practice".