Santa Eulalia (Thursday Late)

On a Christmas Weekday

Today’s gospel portion (another selection): Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

Follow him. Bring your friends and family too.

I think we go to Soloma on the way back.

Convent, Santa Eulalia, Huehuetenango

Web: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Eulalia,_Huehuetenango

Web: https://www.guatevalley.com/que-visitar/catedral-txajul-ewul-santa-eulalia-huehuetenango

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

Quetzaltenango, Thursday

On a Christmas Weekday

Today’s gospel portion: Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Be open to the miraculous!

If I understand the plan correctly. We stop at Huehuetenango on the way to Santa Eulalia. This map is from the airport not the city proper but gives the general idea.

Quetzaltenango (Xela)

Dinner only, running late.

Huehuetenango (place of the ancients)

Quick stop.

Web site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huehuetenango

Santa Eulalia, Martyr

Saint Eulalia

Web: https://southernspaces.org/2011/living-across-borders-guatemala-maya-immigrants-us-south/

Languages: http://www.mineduc.gob.gt/DIGEBI/mapaLinguistico.html

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

Passing on the Faith

In this modern era we forget. In times past education was only for the wealthy and well placed. Reading and writing for the people was rare and limited. Yet the church communicates the salvation story through music, art, sculpture. And most of all, Eucharist Exposition. Enjoy these photos not as extravaganza but as eloquent loving teaching to those without literacy. All of us but especially for them, a gift from the Church. To know, to know with grandeur, God’s love for them.

Each painting depicts a scene from the life of Jesus.
Nativity
Side view of Eucharist Exposition
Martyrdom for the Oppressed
Sacred Heart
Expiation
Three days

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

Santiago Atitlán

On a Christmas Weekday

Today’s gospel portion: “Behold, the Lamb of God.”

Plans change. Actually ended up at 2A Avenida, Panajachel 07000. A tourist area. Certainly comfortable and luxurious. Tomorrow (today) boat tour then driving to next location. I have never holiday with a group before. Very nice. Fr Quesnel is excellent leader and planner.

Santiago Atitlán (Panajachel, actually)

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago_Atitl%C3%A1n

Santiago Atitlán was the site of considerable state-sponsored violence during the country’s civil war. Some of the most notable incidents that occurred during the war include the assassination of Roman Catholic priest Stanley Rother by right-wing death squads on 28 July 1981, and the massacre of 14 people (and wounding of 21 others) when the Guatemalan Army opened fire on a crowd of unarmed civilians on 2 December 1990. (Wiki)

Cojolya Weaving Center and Museum

Web site: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/guatemala/the-highlands-lago-de-atitlan/santiago-atitlan/attractions/cojolya-association-of-maya-women-weavers/a/poi-sig/1331233/358422

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

Antigua Guatemala

On the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Today’s gospel portion: they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord.

Cathedral Metropolitan Guatemala City

Guatemala City morning

Antigua Guatemala

Catedral de San Jose

Web site: https://okantigua.com/antigua-guatemala-cathedral-san-jose/

El Cerro de la Cruz

Wiki: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerro_de_la_Cruz_(Antigua_Guatemala)

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

Who are you?

Mission Trip to Guatemala – Begins
On the Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church

In the Christmas Season having just completed the Octave of the Nativity.

From today’s gospel portion: Who are you?

I am one of many that proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”

I am part of a travel delegation from Sacred Heart of Jesus, Lake Worth Beach, FL.

There is a mix of personal and parish goals for this trip:

  1. Parish mission on Three Kings’ Day (annual event, my first. I am not a major contributor to this effort).
  2. Assist Father Quesnel Delvard on his trip (I am escorting him as his deacon).
  3. Continue my Pilgrimage of the Diaspora Start Point in Guatemala. See blog trips 2022 tag Pilgrimage.
  4. Diaspora aid and assistance.
  5. Swimming education.
  6. Cathedral and sightseeing.

PHOTOS FROM THE DAY.

Grand Tikal Futura Hotel

Cathedral: http://catedralbicentenaria.org/

City Life

Group Photo

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

Happy New Year 2023!

A Reply to a Priest friend.

My recap.

Merry Christmas, holy Father!

I pray for Benedict XVI and his peaceful journey. I read everything he ever wrote so plain speaking and genuine his faith. Sad the Curia exhausted him their intrigue and power.

Pope Francis equally worn down but the advantage is his street-bishop smarts kept him from being overwhelmed. I think the pasta and pastries at the Vatican did more harm than these.

Pastor Quesnel leaves us in a few weeks. The administrator to come will have little interest in my eclectic spiritually. Such is life. If St Thomas More hadn’t seceded from the faith through schism, I would be happy to finish my service in the shadows of Dcn George Collins and Bill Cresswell, whom you would have loved.

As it is I insisted to accompany Fr Quesnel to Guatemala this Monday for the Three Kings Mission, ten days. Since coming to Sacred Heart I have protected him from harm, why would I stop now. Once he is boarded USA bound, I told him I will pray Simeon’s praise.

Oddly enough I am doing substitute service to the Altar at Miracle House tomorrow. I pray for the Mom’s and babies. It’s distracting to pray through the fog of power and politics. The women understand my prayers and reflection. The men want to interrogate for republican orthodoxy. Happily a newly ordained Priest is the presider so the Lord in his cosmic humor places him in my care if for a moment.

I feel so blessed to be near holy men.

I am still working your must read list from 2011. It’s comprehensive.

2023. Camino de Santiago via France. If I were to enter monastic life it would be as a perpetual pilgrim. Passing through every place of diaspora bringing Christ’s blessing. One tunic, one cloak, and a pair of sandals. GPS, too. My angel antenna is bent.

Every good wish and blessings,

Dcn Gerry

Through the Mist

Greetings on this the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Mal 3:19-20a; Ps 98:5-6, 7-8, 9; 2 Thes 3:7-12; Lk 21:5-19
Notes: We near Christ the King Sunday.

Recurring themes of:

  • Persistence in prayer (Saturday).
  • Perseverance in hope (Sunday).

Personal note: Happy Birthday, Barry! We share the same birthday and faith in Christ!!

In the Mist
My daily walk this morning was through a heavy fog-mist. It was really beautiful, the fog.

Line of sight is reduced but for 50 yards.
Beyond that, the horizon is shrouded in a mist.

No matter how far or fast I walk, the distance I can see remained about the same. Always a mist in the distance.

Always, the future is shrouded in a mist.

Pilgrimage Mist
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to drive from Mexico Ciy to Frontera Corozal passing through the Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park as a part of a larger pilgrimage journey. One section through the mountains has such dense fog that I literally could not see a thing in front of me. I trusted the driver in the vehicle ahead of me. His tail lights were my only guide. If he doesn’t go off the mountian side, then neither will I.

Hope through Mist

  • But as it is written: “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him,” this God has revealed to us through the Spirit (1 Cor 2:9-10a).
  • For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.(2 Cor 4:17-18).
  • Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1).

Today and Forever

  • Saturday, we were encouraged to be persistent in prayer trusting in the Lord in matters of justice (big and small).
  • Sunday, we are encouraged to persevere to secure our lives for eternity.

Dense Fog!

  • You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death.
  • You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.

Obviously, there is an apparent contradiction here. You cannot be put to death and also say not a hair on your head will be destroyed.

Or can you(?), through the Mist, see the double meaning?

Mist phrases

  • Not a hair on your head will be destroyed. On Divine Protection.
  • For you cannot make a single hair white or black (Matt 5:36b). On Worry.

These are describing the permanence and reliability of the love of God even in the need to persevere and persist.

  • You are who you are, how you are made, and the divine plan for you.
  • Your essence and importance to the Lord cannot change.
  • Your “hair” is a gift from God. It is neither subject to destruction nor to worry.
  • Your destiny is a gift from God.

Just follow the taillights.

First reading
But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Second reading
Brothers and sisters: You know how one must imitate us.

On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you.

Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us.

  • Persistence in prayer.
  • Perseverance in hope.

Follow the taillights.

Alleluia Verse
Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.

Gospel Portion
The temple will be destroyed.
The faith shaken by persecution and oppression.

By your perseverance you will secure your lives.
Follow the taillights.

Exodus Mist
The LORD preceded them, in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show them the way, and at night by means of a column of fire to give them light. Thus they could travel both day and night. Neither the column of cloud by day nor the column of fire by night ever left its place in front of the people (Ex 13:21-22).

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

Rejoice, Rejoice, Celebrate and Rejoice!

Classic Compostela de Santiago photo finish.
I did in fact get lost a few times! But He found me and brought me home safely!

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, in northwestern Spain. The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, as the destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route since the 9th century. (Wikipedia)

When I arrived at the Chapel of Pilgrims I cried most deeply. I was home with the Father.

Greetings on this the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19; 1 Tm 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-32
Notes: We have intercessors. Moses and Abraham and excellent intercessors.

Jesus the perfect intercessor.

The Lord does not want you to be miserable. He wants reconciliation as a Son to a Father.

And he wants us to have Great Joy!

These are the final expressions of each parable:

  1. Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep!
  2. Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost!
  3. But now we must celebrate and rejoice!

Your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.

First reading
But Moses implored the LORD

So the LORD relented in the punishment
he had threatened to inflict on his people.

Responsorial Psalm
I will rise and go to my father.

A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

Second reading
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Of these I am the foremost.
But for that reason I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost,
Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.

Alleluia Verse
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Gospel Portion
Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus.

One lost Sheep among a hundred of them.
One lost coin among ten of them.
One lost Son among the two of them.

  • He found himself in dire need.
  • He tried to fix it.
  • His efforts are nothing in comparison to forgiveness.
  • Coming to his senses.
  • Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
    • Now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.

Rejoice, Rejoice, Celebrate and Rejoice!
Let us celebrate with a feast to honor the One who Saves and thankful those who are saved. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry