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The Church celebrates today the feast of St. Padre Pio, an Italian Capuchin friar (one of the branches of the Franciscan...
09/23/2020

The Church celebrates today the feast of St. Padre Pio, an Italian Capuchin friar (one of the branches of the Franciscan order), who died in 1968, at the age of 81, after nearly 50 years as a spiritual guide, confessor and intercessor. A mystic, with the stigmata (the wounds of Christ on his body), Pio was canonized in 2002 by Pope John Paul II. May we follow the advice of Padre Pio: "Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer."

Merciful God,
teach me how to pray, hope and not worry,
especially when things get tough for me.

Today's Readings:
Prov 30:5-9
Ps 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163
Luke 9:1-6

09/22/2020

We begin reading today from the Old Testament book of Proverbs. One proverb that stands out for me: "To do what is right and just
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."

Doing what is right and just before God and my sisters and brothers is more desirous to God than any sacrifice. As a matter of fact, that which is right and just may involve sacrifice; but, it is not the sacrifice that God looks at; it is my doing what is the right thing, the just thing.

While "sacrifice" here originally may have meant offering a sacrifice of grain, animal or bird at the temple, today it might mean bringing a special gift to God at church. But, to God, doing the right thing each moment of my life, and treating my brothers and sisters in the world with justice is more appealing to God than any material offering I can make to God.

Merciful and Compassionate God,
teach me to learn and then to do
that which is right, that which is just.

Today's Readings:
Prov 21:1-6, 10-13
Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44
Luke 8:19-21

We celebrate today the feast of St. Matthew, who gave us one of the Gospels, the first in the biblical order, though pro...
09/21/2020

We celebrate today the feast of St. Matthew, who gave us one of the Gospels, the first in the biblical order, though probably not the first written. We learn little about him from the Scriptures other than that he is mentioned in all biblical lists of the 12 apostles, though only in his own Gospel is it noted that he was a tax collector. The community he writes for seems to have been made up of mainly Jewish Christians (based largely on his frequent quotes from the Old Testament and presumptions that his hearers understand Jewish terms and ideas which he uses), though the way he tells many of the Jesus stories indicates that he is challenging his hearers to be much more open to Gentile Christians as well.

Loving God,
we thank you for the gift of St. Matthew
and his presentation of the Good News.
We also request that you help us
to become more welcoming individuals and communities
to those different from us.

Today's Readings:
Eph 4:1-7, 11-13
Ps 19:2-5
Matt 9:9-13

09/20/2020

Today's gospel--about the boss who hired people at different times of day, yet paid all the workers the same flat amount--is confusing to many, seeming downright "unfair" to others. The thing we need to remember is that Jesus is not giving a formula for hiring practices for employers to use, but a parable about God's extravagant generosity. God doesn't care at what point in history or at what point in one's life one joins "the God movement." In eternity, time doesn't matter--only that when we turn to God we are embraced with extraordinary love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness.

Gracious God,
we thank you for your great generosity.
May we learn from you
to be as generous with our love, mercy,
compassion and forgiveness as you are.

Today's Readings:
Isa 55:6-9
Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Phil 1:20c-24, 27a
Matt 20:1-16a

09/19/2020

Today's Responsorial Psalm begins, "Now I know that God is with me." How does the Psalmist know this? Or, for that matter, how do I know that? The Psalmist knows it because he has been able to trust God without fear; because God has rescued him from death; because God has kept him from stumbling through life. How do I know it?

From what has God rescued me? When has God helped me to trust without fearing? Over what big feet--my own, or another's--or rock or other impediment has God prevented me from stumbling and thus losing my balance in life? Or, what other way lets me know with complete confidence that God is always with me?

O Compassionate God,
I truly do know that you accompany me
every moment of every day of my life.

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49
Ps 56:10c-14
Luke 8:4-15

Paul reiterates today the centrality of Christ's RESURRECTION in our belief, for, he says, if we do not believe in resur...
09/18/2020

Paul reiterates today the centrality of Christ's RESURRECTION in our belief, for, he says, if we do not believe in resurrection, then our faith is in vain. Yes, we believe that Jesus died for us, but equally as important is our belief that he was raised for us as well. For, without resurrection, his death would have meant nothing.

Gracious God,
we thank you for the gift of Jesus' dying for us,
as well as for the gift of his rising for us,
and the promise that we, too, can rise at the end of time.

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 15:12-20
Ps 17:1bcd, 6-7, 8b, 15
Luke 8:1-3

09/17/2020

In today's reading from 1 Corinthians, Paul includes what is essentially a mini-Creed, similar to our profession of faith at the end of the Consecration at Mass, in other words, the essence of the faith that Paul received and which he is telling the Corinthians he faithfully +passed on to them--that Christ suffered, died, was buried and rose again on the third day.

If you would like to profess your faith and can't quite remember--for whatever reason--the Nicene or the Apostles Creed, you can always profess this version--that you believe that Christ suffered, died, was buried and rose again--all for our sakes.

O God,
I truly do believe
that your Son Jesus
suffered, died, was buried
and rose from the dead.

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 15:1-11
Ps 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28
Luke 7:36-50

09/16/2020

"Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. ...the greatest of these is love," Paul says to the Corinthians--and to us--today. What is probably the most well-known and well-used passage from St. Paul, frequently used at weddings and other special liturgies, might well serve as a kind of examen of consciousness this evening--or whenever. I could reflect on any single relationship of which I am part, then ask what my love for that person is like. Is it truly patient? Is it really kind? Is it jealous or pompous? And so on through the passage.

Thank you, God Who Is Love,
for the gift of my relationship with [insert name].
Keep my love for her/him pure and holy.

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 12:31--13:13
Ps 33:2-5, 12, 22
Luke 7:31-35

If ever two feasts fit together back to back, they are yesterday's feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and today's...
09/15/2020

If ever two feasts fit together back to back, they are yesterday's feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and today's of Our Lady of Sorrows, Nuestra Senora de Dolores. Rooted in the 13th-century devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary, the feast has been universally celebrated since 1814.

For those who need the reminder, the Seven Sorrows include: Simeon's prophecy at the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple, the flight into Egypt, the disappearance of the 12-year-old Jesus in Jerusalem, the way to Calvary, the crucifixion, the taking down of her son from the cross, and Jesus' burial. Thus, it becomes clear how yesterday's and today's feasts are intimately intertwined--as Mary's most sorrowful moments relate to her son, including ultimately his death on the cross.

"At the cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to Jesus to the last." [from today's Sequence Stabat Mater]

Loving Jesus,
we thank you
for the gift of your Mother to us,
one who knows our pains, sufferings and sorrows,
as well as our joys and delights.

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a
Ps 100:1b-5
John 19:25-27

Today's feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, may seem incongruous to a non-Christian, wondering why anyone would exa...
09/14/2020

Today's feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, may seem incongruous to a non-Christian, wondering why anyone would exalt a cross, the instrument of someone's--in this case Jesus'--torture, suffering, death. Yet, Christians have honored the cross since at least the early 300s, when the true cross was supposedly discovered by St. Helena, the Emperor Constantine's mother. We do so because, as we proclaim when praying the Stations of the Cross, "by your holy cross and resurrection you have redeemed the world."

Christ Jesus,
we thank you
for your suffering, death on the cross and resurrection,
which have redeemed us and set us free.

Today's Readings:
Num 21:4b-9
Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-38
Phil 2:6-11
John 3:13-17

One of the themes of today's readings is that of the importance of FORGIVENESS for God-followers. A verse from Sirach, t...
09/14/2020

One of the themes of today's readings is that of the importance of FORGIVENESS for God-followers. A verse from Sirach, the first reading, says, "Forgive your neighbor's injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven." How like the similar message in the Lord's Prayer: forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us!

And Jesus reminds us in the Gospel passage that we need to forgive not just once, not just 7 times, but 77 times! In other words, we need to forgive over and over and over again. What a challenge, beyond our human selves! The only way most of us can do that is with God's help.

O God, our Help,
teach us how to forgive
over and over again.

Today's Readings:
Sir 27:30--28:7
Ps 103:1-4, 9-12
Rom 14:7-9
Matt 18:21-35

09/12/2020

Today's Psalm Response:
"To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise."

Some days I may feel as if I have so little to give to God. During this pandemic, I may not be able to visit the Santuario or even attend my parish church to participate in the Eucharist. I may have lost my job and/or not be financially well enough off to donate to my church or to a favorite charity. I may not have the time nor energy to volunteer at a neighborhood organization. But we can all offer God praise and thanks for what we do have or are able to do.

To you, Lord, I offer my prayer of praise and thanks!

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 10:14-22
Ps 116:12-13, 17-18
Luke 6:43-49

"How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!" we pray as today's Psalm Response.Let us praise God today for all...
09/11/2020

"How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!"
we pray as today's Psalm Response.

Let us praise God today for all the dwelling places where we find God--in the beauty of a sparrow feeding its young and in the antics of a toddler, in the soothing hands of the nurse's aide caring for the elder in a nursing home and in the worn hands of the elder whom the aide is comforting, in the silence of the library where the professor is researching and in the harmony created by the teen choir each member from their own home, at the Santuario de Chimayo and at our parish churches, in the tabernacle and in each of our hearts.

Where have you found God dwelling today?

How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27
Ps 84:3-6, 12
Luke 6:39-42

09/10/2020

In today's first reading, Paul addresses some practical issues affecting the Corinthian community, including that of whether or not it's OK for new Christians to obtain and eat meat that was originally sacrificed to idols. Bottom line: whatever we do, however we choose, needs to be DONE OUT OF LOVE for my sisters and brothers and for God.

God of Mercy and Compassion,
please help me to allow LOVE TO BE MY GUIDE always,
especially when I am making important decisions.

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13
Ps 139:1-3b, 13-14ab, 23-24
Luke 6:27-38

The saint we honor today is St. Peter Claver, a 17th-century, Spanish-born Jesuit, who, for nearly 40 years, ministered ...
09/09/2020

The saint we honor today is St. Peter Claver, a 17th-century, Spanish-born Jesuit, who, for nearly 40 years, ministered to the slaves being brought to Cartagena, Columbia, the then center of the slave trade to the Americas.
Let us pray with the Church, the Collect Prayer from today's Eucharist:

O God,
who made St. Peter Claver a slave of slaves
and strengthened him with wonderful charity and patience
as he came to their help,
grant, through his intercession,
that, seeking the things of Jesus Christ,
we may love our neighbor
in deeds and in truth.

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 7:25-31
Ps 45:11-12, 14-17
Luke 6:20-26

We celebrate today the Nativity (Birthday) of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast based in tradition and focused on thanks ...
09/09/2020

We celebrate today the Nativity (Birthday) of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast based in tradition and focused on thanks and praise to God that she was born. As we pray in the Entrance Antiphon for today's Liturgy,
"Let us celebrate with joy the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
for from her arose the sun of justice, Christ our God."

Or, as our Archbishop John Wester noted in a communication today,
We celebrate her birth because it "reminds us that Good News was on the horizon."

Loving God,
thank you for letting Mary be born,
so that she could give us Jesus.

Today's Readings:
Micah 5:5:1-4a (or Rom 8:28-30)
Ps 13:6
Matt 1:1-16, 18-23

[Icon below, by Giotto, depicts the Birth of the BVM]

09/07/2020
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Today in the United States, we celebrate Labor Day, a day to reflect on the dignity of work, to thank God for the talents we have and can share in our work, as well as to pray for those who are without work, especially this year with the threat, fears and concerns around the coronavirus.

Lord God, Master of the Vineyard,
How wonderful that you have invited us
who labor by the sweat of our brow
to be workers in the vineyard and assist your work
to shape the world around us.

As we seek to respond to this call,
make us attentive to those who seek work
but cannot find it.

Help us listen to the struggles of those
who work hard to provide for their families
but still have trouble making ends meet.

Open our eyes to the struggles of those exploited
and help us speak for just wages and safe conditions,
the freedom to organize, and time for renewal.
For work was made for humankind
and not humankind for work.
Let it not be a vehicle for exploitation
but a radiant expression of our human dignity.

Give all who labor listening hearts
that we may pause from our work
to receive your gift of rest.

Fill us with your Holy Spirit
that you might work through us to let your justice reign.

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 5:1-8
Ps 5:5-7, 12
Luke 6:6-11

[Above prayer is from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; for additional prayer ideas, seehttps://www.usccb.org/resources/labor-day-2020-pastoral-guide.pdf ]

09/06/2020

Once again today's readings are full of challenges. As noted by Fr. Julio, Santuario pastor, in his homily today, the first reading reminds us that we are all responsible for one another, or, as Ezekiel points out, we are watchmen/women for God's people. Add to that the gospel passage, in which Jesus tells us that, in order to grow in holiness, we are called to correct and be corrected by one another, when that is necessary. In other words, one of the ways in which we exercise our responsibility for one another is by correcting each other, when necessary, for growth--physical, spiritual or emotional. But, as Fr. Julio emphasizes, there is a time, a place and a way to do that correction. Pointing to the second reading, Fr. Julio reminds us, as does Paul, that whatever we do, including correction, we do with love--not when we're angry, upset, feeling defensive--but ALWAYS IN AND WITH LOVE.

God of Mercy,
fill us with your Spirit, your wisdom,
guiding us in giving and receiving correction,
and always in/with your love.

Today's Readings:
Ezek 33:7-9
Ps 95:1-2, 6-9
Rom 13:8-10
Matt 18:15-20

09/06/2020

Sorry! No post today. Praying that each of you had a blessed day and that you are staying safe and helping others do the same.

09/04/2020

Though it is difficult for most of us to hear and to do, Paul challenges us today not to judge others. Leave it to God to judge in due time. Easier said than done, right?

Spiritual writer Karla Manternach says, in livingwithchrist.us:
[When I find myself making a snap judgment about someone else], "I can remind myself to give others the benefit of the doubt. I can remember that I have faults of my own. Most importantly, I can pray. Loving God, give me the humility to refrain from judging others."

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 4:1-5
Ps 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40
Luke 5:33-39

"To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it," we proclaim in today's Psalm Response.Do I really live as if I be...
09/04/2020
Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home | USCCB

"To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it," we proclaim in today's Psalm Response.

Do I really live as if I believe this? Do I treat the earth and all of God's creation with the respect and care due to something that belongs to God? Do I do my part to reduce waste, and to recycle, reuse, repurpose to the best of my ability? Do I treat ALL God's people I meet or with whom I interact in some way with respect, love, mercy--not just the ones with whom it's easiest to do so? Do I truly treat the earth and all that fills it as if it's my home, as encouraged by Pope Francis in his encyclical letter to everyone, entitled "On Care for Our Common Home"? [For more information on this letter, see below]

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 3:18-23
Ps 24:1bc-4ab, 5-6
Luke 5:1-11

https://www.usccb.org/offices/general-secretariat/laudato-si-care-our-common-home

Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home is the new appealfrom Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental chall...

Paul reminds the Corinthians in today's first reading that he and his companions preaching the Gospel are God's CO-WORKE...
09/02/2020

Paul reminds the Corinthians in today's first reading that he and his companions preaching the Gospel are God's CO-WORKERS. In other words, God chose Paul, Apollos and others to share in the labor of passing on the Good News of God's love, mercy and forgiveness. Paul and his companions are not gods. Nor does God--somehow, magically, from the sky--do the work all by himself, but enlists the aid of his ministers, trusting them to be his earthly co-workers.

How am I God's co-worker? For what special work has God chosen me? Do I treasure that relationship as God's co-worker?

Thank you, God,
for all those who are your co-workers,
as well as for choosing me to be one of them.

Today's Readings:
1 Cor 3:1-9
Ps 33:12-15, 20-21
Luke 4:38-44

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For the next four weeks, our first reading moves from the Old Testament to the New, today's and tomorrow's from 2 Thessalonians. Today's concludes with a blessing which probably all of us could use about now: "May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word." May each of you be blessed with this blessing! Today's Readings: 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17 Ps 96:10-13 Matt 23:23-26
Does anyone in the community know this gentleman? I was given one of his Art work and would love to if he is still around.
Today the Universal Church honors and celebrates the faith and example of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, our first Native American canonized saint. Often referred to as the Lily of the Mohawks, Kateri was a young Algonquin–Mohawk laywoman when she was baptized as a Christian. She suffered physically, as well by persecution, and died at 24. May she serve as a model for Native American Christians, for youth, as well as for all of us who claim Christ as our leader. Today's Readings: Isa 7:1-9 Ps 48:2-8 Matt 11:20-24
Statue of Mary Magdalene
Hola. Saludos desde Honduras. En 1995 estuve de visita ahí con un grupo de IVLP. Traje un poquito de tierra del santuario. Me encantaría volver a visitarlos
Will it be open to the public this weekend 6/20 & 6/21?
Can i order gifts from the store and have them shipped to me? If so what is the website?
El Santuario de Chimayo.
I know there will be no mass this Thursday, but can we still do our yearly walk?
Am so excited to go visit soon. As a infant my Mom took me there and rolled me in the dirt, I was born with heart issues and I'm still alive through prayers and my Moms faith. She loved this place.
Thank y God Bless