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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

The Stations of the Cross

Good morning, happy Tuesday and blessings.


Today we start at 6:30 pm our Via Crucis or Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross, also known as La Via Dolorosa, or The Via Crucis, is a narrative of the final hours in the life of Jesus Christ on earth, which continue to provide spiritual conviction for every Christian, as well as its application to our lives. The Stations of the Cross serve as a strong reminder of the humble way in which Jesus was willing to set aside any privilege of His divinity, in order to provide a way to salvation through His sacrifice.

The Compassion

Good morning, happy Tuesday and blessings.


In today's meditation I share this question: Why was Jesus' compassion so outstanding? The Gospel of Mark (6:34) tells us: When Jesus disembarked and saw so many people, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So, he started teaching them many things.


Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy and concern for another person who is suffering, or who has had a misfortune. This is distinguished by a strong desire to help calm the suffering.


Be grateful

Good morning, happy Monday and blessings.


The story of the ten lepers in Luke 17:11-19 is a testimony to the healing power of Jesus Christ. But it’s more than that. It’s a witness of gratitude from a condemned man who was brought from death to life. This is what sets the story of the ten lepers apart from all the other healing stories of the New Testament, for of all those Jesus healed and raised from the dead, only this poor leper came back to say thank you.


The repentance

Good morning, happy Friday and blessings. Do you know that repentance is one of the main themes in our Lenten season?


The word repentance in the Bible literally means “the act of changing one’s mind.” True biblical repentance goes beyond remorse, regret, or feeling bad about one’s sin. It involves more than merely turning away from sin. In its fullest sense it is a term for a complete change of orientation involving a judgment upon the past and a deliberate redirection for the future.


Where is your wilderness?

Good morning, happy Saturday and many blessings.

I remind you that tomorrow Sunday we will have Community Masses at 10:00 am in English & ASL and in Spanish at 12:00 pm.


The Lenten

Today is  Ash Wednesday! Our Church will be sharing the ashes ‪from 7:00 am‬ and ‪at 7:00 pm‬ we will have our Bilingual Mass.


The Reconciliation

Good morning, happy Tuesday and blessings. In 2 Corinthians 5:19 Paul talk to us about the Ministry of Reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.


Don´t be afried

Good morning, happy Monday and blessings my dear Holyrood family. 


First, I remind you that today we have Community Mass in Spanish at 12:00 pm. Let’s worship together. And, on the other hand, in the Ash Wednesday prelude we will be today reflecting on the theme of discouragement in the context of the writing of John 16:33 where Jesus tells us: These things I have spoken to you so that in You have peace. In the world you have tribulation; But trust, I have defeated the world.



Good morning, happy Saturday and blessings.
I remind you that tomorrow Sunday we will be celebrating our Trilingual Mass at 11:00 am in the context of the celebration of the Day of the Transfiguration of Jesus and the challenges it presents in the Gospel of Matthew 17: 1-9. That is, beyond seeing a transfiguration Jesus is going to be inviting us to transform our lives.

Forgiveness is an action

Good morning, happy Friday and blessings.

The New or Second Testament addresses restitution from both the debtor and the owner's point of view. Romans 13:7-8 says, "Pay to all what is owed to them … Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law."


Ministry at the time of Coronavirus (Covid 19): Prevent, cure and accompany

Now we have to shape what some have started calling; The Church at Home. Although I keep asking myself; What do those who do not have a home do? For this reason, at the same time, I am declaring today in our Holyrood Church a Lenten day of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible in the Time of the Coronavirus.

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