Reflections On Faith

Reflections on Faith

A faith that is alive grows through prayer and reflection. This is a new page, where our pastors and parishioners share their thoughts on our faith.

A NOTE FROM FR. ENRIQUE

Hello Dear Parishioners!

I cannot believe it is October already. I love the month of October, I love the fall weather, the colors of the trees, but most importantly I love this month because the church asks us to pray the Rosary with special devotion.Saint John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae wrote:

“The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness…The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer” (RVM 1).

One of the beautiful Catholic traditions is to pray the Rosary as a family. How many of us growing up were forced to pray the Rosary? How many of us fell asleep praying the Rosary? How many of us got the giggles while praying the Rosary because one of our siblings made a mistake or did something funny? How many of us know the Mysteries of the Rosary by heart? Even though many times I did not like to pray the Rosary as a child, I am truly grateful to my grandparents and my mom who forced me to pray it because now the Rosary is a daily prayer that sustains me in my priesthood.

Covid has brought many challenges, but we cannot deny the many blessings hidden in this pandemic as well. One of those blessings in my life has been to pray the Rosary with my family. Since March my family started to pray the Rosary online, and every single night around 7:30 pm I receive a video call through which I am able to see, and pray the Rosary with all of my family members who are in different cities in Colombia. I cannot pray with them every night because of meetings and other responsibilities, but it is always a wonderful blessing to receive the call every day and know that my family is praying the Rosary, just as many Catholics have done for centuries.

I challenge your family to pray the Rosary every day! It is such a wonderful prayer, and a great way to grow closer as a Christian family. A family that prays together, stays together!. I am greatly grateful to God because even though I am far away from my family, we still stay together because of the Rosary.

Blessings!
Fr. J. Enrique Hernandez

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