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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Don't judge

Good morning, happy Monday and blessings.


Good morning, happy Saturday and blessings . 

I remind you that tomorrow Sunday we will have our Eucharistic masses live-streamed on Facebook at 10:00 am in English & ASL and in Spanish & ASL at 12:00 pm. Connect through: https://m.facebook.com/HolyroodSCruz.

The indifference

Good morning and happy Friday and blessings.

Today I woke up meditating on the sin of indifference. This in the context of the Gospel of the Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 30-38) is the story of a man who was robbed and beaten and left for dead. As he lies clinging to life, several people from prominent ethnic groups and communities who choose not to help him overlook him. Finally, a Samaritan who is not as prominent and has a different religious vision helps him.

Living in Jesus

Good morning, happy Thursday and blessing.


Biblical reflection today in the Gospel of Saint John (5: 31-47) tells us of a dispute between Jesus and the Jews. It is a moment where Jesus felt misunderstood, rejected and attacked; this because they did not understand his words. So, he appeals to the works he does, for they speak of who he is and who he sends him to. The works are irrefutable, and people of right intention understand and comprehend them.


Day of the Annunciation of Mary

Good morning, happy Wednesday and blessings.

Saint Romero of America

Good morning, happy Tuesday and blessings.


On a day like today, March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated in El Salvador and that same day, when he liberated himself from his body, he became our Saint Romero of America and making the Gospel of Matthew 5:11 real: Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  


How do I approach God

Good morning, happy Saturday and blessings.
Do we constantly criticize others? Do we constantly compare ourselves to others to justify ourselves? Let’s learn from Luke 18:9-14 that we are all in the same boat and that God alone justifies.

Spiritual Desolation

Good morning, happy Monday and blessings.

Doing as a kind of recap or summary of the week I could notice that many people with whom I could communicate were suffering from spiritual desolation. I am aware that difficult times are opportunities for us to strengthen our faith.

But at the same time, it may be the beginning of my spiritual desolation.

Where does my help come from???

Good morning, happy Friday and many blessings.
Psalm 121:1 tell us; I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from? Of course, my help always comes from God. The challenge of the Coronavirus is not a time to take away our faith, on the contrary, this is a time to reaffirm ourselves and strengthen our faith in God and solidify our relationships.

Obstacles in life

Good morning, happy Thursday and many blessings.


There is a phrase in Lazurus' resurrection (John 11:39) that has always fascinated me: "Take away the stone," He said.