padre jorge http://padrejorge.com through him, with him, and in him Fri, 26 May 2017 21:35:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 https://i0.wp.com/padrejorge.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cropped-Site-icon2.png?fit=32%2C32 padre jorge http://padrejorge.com 32 32 115618127 Why are YOU a Christian? http://padrejorge.com/why-christian/ Thu, 25 May 2017 15:52:09 +0000 http://padrejorge.com/?p=1686/

A couple of years ago, when I was still in seminary, we were assigned to parishes over the summer.  I got assigned to a medium sized parish with a couple of resident priests. I befriended a Jesuit priest. Every night after having dinner, we would enjoy a glass of wine and talk about theology, the […]

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so… he rose, what now? http://padrejorge.com/what-now/ Sun, 07 May 2017 16:40:15 +0000 http://padrejorge.com/?p=1644/

I was meeting with one of the Confirmation students and talking about the Sacrament. She asks me, “So, what now?” “What do you mean?” I respond.  “Well, until now I’ve been in CCD classes for First Communion prep and then Confirmation prep classes. What now? What happens after I receive the Sacrament?” And I thought […]

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darkness, stench, and bondage http://padrejorge.com/stench-bonds/ Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:30:51 +0000 http://padrejorge.com/?p=1607/

We find ourselves in the fifth Sunday of Lent, and if we look back at the readings, we can see that all the readings in Lent seem to be building up to something. They’re our crescendo in preparation for what is to come. We remember, of course, the first Lenten Sunday: the temptations in the […]

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the amulet of faith http://padrejorge.com/amulet-faith/ Sun, 05 Mar 2017 16:42:14 +0000 http://padrejorge.com/?p=1555/

A couple of weeks ago the youth of the Parish and I were reflecting on our human condition, and how divided our fallen human nature is. We talked about how sometimes we know exactly what the right thing to do is, but somehow end up doing quite the opposite. It is in these moments that […]

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the ultimate user’s manual http://padrejorge.com/users-manual/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:01:00 +0000 http://padrejorge.com/?p=1507/

For the last few Sundays we’ve been hearing the Sermon on the Mount.  It starts in a very encouraging way, especially for the oppressed and the suffering: Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are the hungry, blessed are the thirsty… Then last week we heard an even more encouraging message when Jesus says to […]

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i don’t believe in priests http://padrejorge.com/priests/ Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:12:31 +0000 http://padrejorge.com/?p=1422/

Some weeks ago I paid a visit to the Car Wash. They received my car, gave me a ticket, and invited me to sit down in a small waiting room area. I found a seat in the waiting room, which was empty apart from a man and a woman sitting together; I pulled out my […]

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desire for god http://padrejorge.com/desire-for-god/ Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:47:00 +0000 http://padrejorge.com/?p=1177/

Crack open the history books and you will find that virtually every culture in world history has been fascinated by the stars. Every culture has looked up into the night sky, gazing into the darkness, and studying the movements of the heavenly bodies. There’s something about stars, isn’t there? Perhaps it has happened to you, […]

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her http://padrejorge.com/mary-mother-god/ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:44:42 +0000 http://padrejorge.com/?p=1054/

Today we celebrate a great feast of the Church, the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. It is the biggest of the Marian feasts, and its mystery is derived from the mystery of the Incarnation, that God willed to become man, and more specifically, as the second reading said, that He willed to be […]

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the art of hiding in plain sight http://padrejorge.com/hiding-plain-sight/ Sun, 25 Dec 2016 19:24:29 +0000 http://padrejorge.com/?p=1013/

Twice throughout the Liturgical year, we pause in a moment of silence, while reciting the Creed. These are the commemorations of the two occasions when God personally intervened in human history in an exceptional way: the birth of Christ and the death—and resurrection—of Christ. In today’s Gospel we explore the mystery of the Word becoming […]

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crisis of hope http://padrejorge.com/crisis-hope/ Sun, 11 Dec 2016 21:04:54 +0000 http://padrejorge.com/?p=1019/

I’m convinced that the biggest crisis of our times is a crisis of hope. It has been said that we live in an era of fraud. There are many kinds of fraud: Many of us are aware of financial fraud, like the mortgage crisis of 2008 in which the selfishness and ambition of a certain […]

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