Why the road to hell is wide and many walk on it - July 16, 2023

We love distraction and don’t listen. Even when saving knowledge is offered to us, we are too often tuned out, distracted, and resistant. ADHD is nothing new in the human family. God said through Jeremiah, To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised, they cannot listen; behold, the word of the LORD is to them an object of scorn; they take no pleasure in it (Jeremiah 6:10). Jesus invoked Isaiah to explain why He spoke to the crowds only in parables: For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed (Is 6:10).

We are opinionated. We tend to think that something is true or right merely because we think it or agree with it. There is nothing wrong with having opinions, even strong ones, about what is right and true, but if God’s Word or the Church’s formal teaching challenges your opinion, you’d better consider changing it or at least making distinctions. The last time I checked, God is just a little smarter than we are. His official teaching in the Scripture and the Doctrine of the Church is inspired; we are not. Scripture says, All we, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way (Is 55:8). Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”? (Is 29:16) Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, “What are you making?” (Is 45:9) Despite this, many go on with their own opinions and will not abide even the clear correction of God.

We have darkened intellects due to unruly and dominating passions. Our strong and unruly passions cloud our mind and seek to compel our will. Too easily, without training and practice in virtue, our baser faculties come to dominate our higher faculties, making unreasonable demands for satisfaction. We love to tell ourselves lots of lies. We suppress the truth and our senseless minds become darkened (Romans 1:21). The Catechism says, The human mind … is hampered in the attaining of … truths, not only by the impact of the senses and the imagination, but also by disordered appetites which are the consequences of original sin. So it happens that men in such matters easily persuade themselves that what they would not like to be true is false or at least doubtful (CCC #37). The Second Vatican Council, in Lumen Gentium 16, says, But very often men, deceived by the Evil One, have become vain in their reasoning and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, serving the creature rather than the Creator.

We are lemmings. We are too easily swayed by what is popular. We prefer modern notions to ancient and tested wisdom. Tattoos, tongue bolts, and piercings are in? Quick, run out and get one! Whatever the fad or fashion, no matter how foolish, harmful, or immodest, many clamor for it. Hollywood stars get divorces and soon enough everyone is casting aside biblical teaching against it. The same goes for many other moral issues. What was once thought disgraceful is now paraded on Main Street and celebrated. Like lemmings, we run along with the crowd to celebrate what was once called sin (and is still sinful). Instead of following God, we follow human beings. We follow them and the “culture” they create, often mindlessly.

If all this isn’t enough, consider a “few” others: We are so easily, in a moment, obnoxious, dishonest, egotistical, undisciplined, weak, impure, arrogant, self-centered, pompous, insincere, unchaste, grasping, harsh, impatient, shallow, inconsistent, unfaithful, immoral, ungrateful, disobedient, selfish, lukewarm, slothful, unloving, uncommitted, untrusting, indifferent, hateful, lazy, cowardly, angry, greedy, jealous, vengeful, prideful, envious, contemptuous, stingy, petty, spiteful, indulgent, careless, neglectful, prejudiced, and just plain mean.

So, if the road to destruction is wide (and Jesus says it is), don’t blame God. The road is wide for reasons like these. We are a hard case; we are hard to save. It is not that God lacks power; it is that we refuse to address many of these shortcomings. God, who made us free, will not force us to change.

We ought not to kid ourselves into thinking that we can go on living resistant and opposed to the Kingdom of God and its values, yet magically at death we will suddenly want to enter His Kingdom, which we have resisted our whole life. Jesus said that many prefer the darkness. Is it really likely that their preference will suddenly shift? Will not the glorious light of Heaven seem harsh, blinding, and even repulsive to them? In such a case is not God’s “Depart from me” both a just and merciful response? Why force a person who hates the light to live in it? I suppose it grieves God to have to abide such a departure, but to force a person to endure Him must be even more difficult. I am sure it is with great sadness that God accepts a person’s final no.

Yes, the road is wide that leads to destruction. It is wide because of us. The narrow road is the way of the cross, which is a stumbling block and an absurdity to many (1 Cor 1:23), who simply will not abide its message.

So, we ought to be sober about the Lord’s lament. We ought also to be more urgent in our attempts to secure our own unruly soul and the souls of those we love for the Kingdom. The blasé attitude of most moderns is rooted in the extremely flawed notion that judgment and Hell are not real issues. That is a lie, for it contracts Jesus’ clear word.

Why is the road to destruction wide? Because we are hard cases; we are difficult to save. We ought not to be unduly fearful, but we ought to run to Jesus in humility and beg Him to save us from our worst enemy—our very self. If you don’t think you’re a hard case, read the list above and think again.

Keep Your Fork! - July 9, 2023

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things ‘in order,’ she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

“There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly.

“What’s that?” came the Pastor’s reply.

“This is very important,” the young woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

“That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the young woman asked.

“Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the Pastor.

The young woman explained.

“My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, “Keep your fork.”

It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming .... like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance! So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder... “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork ... the best is yet to come.”

The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, “What’s with the fork?” And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

Remember ... keep your fork!
The BEST is yet to come!

Let's Play Ball - July 2, 2023

pee wee baseball


Though you may not say it. Everyone has dreamed about making the gaming winning shot, game saving tackle, game winning touchdown pass, finishing first while a large crowd is watching, etc. Sports is one of the biggest idols. It is so easy to be swept in it.

As an athlete you must pray it’s all for God’s glory and not my own. I shall honor the Lord and not myself. I am able to participate in this event because of the Lord. God has blessed me with a talent for His glory.

...1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.

While Jesus was suffering Jesus said not My will, but your will be done. There are some sports athletes who talk about the goodness of the Lord when they are on top winning, but as soon as they are on the bottom they forget about His goodness and they have a bad attitude. I believe that God can use a loss to humble someone just like He could use a trial for the same purpose.

...Romans 8:28, We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.

One of the greatest things about being an athlete is the training. You are taking care of the body that the Lord has given you. Always remember that physical training might have some benefits, but never forget about godliness which has greater benefits.

...1 Timothy 4:8, Train yourself for devotion, for while physical training is of limited value, devotion is valuable in every respect, since it holds a promise of life both for the present and for the future.

Never let the doubters get to you. Let no one look down on you, but be a good example for others.

Titus 2:7-8, Urge the younger men, similarly, to control themselves, showing yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect, with integrity in your teaching, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be criticized...

Win the competition the right way. Do what is needed and have self-control. Fight through the struggle, keep your eyes on the eternal prize, and keep on moving towards the finish line.

2 Timothy 2:5, Similarly, an athlete cannot receive the winner’s crown except by competing according to the rules.


Prayer of Release

Heavenly Father, I release to You the burdens that I have been carrying, burdens that You never intended for me to carry. I cast all my cares upon You - all my worries, all my fears. You have told me to not be anxious about anything, but rather to bring everything to You in prayer with thankfulness.

Father, calm my restless spirit, quiet my anxious heart, still my troubling thoughts with the assurance that You are in control. I let go of my grip upon the things I have been hanging onto, with opened hands I come to You. I release to Your will all that I am trying to manipulate; I release to Your authority all that I am trying to control; I release to Your authority all that I am trying to control; I release to Your timing all that I have been striving to make happen.

I THANK YOU for Your promise to sustain me, preserve me, and guard all that I have entrusted to Your keeping. Protect my heart and mind with Your peace, the peace that passes all understanding. Father, may Your will be done in my life, in Your time, and in Your way.

-Roy Lessin

Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus - June 11, 2023

Lord, have mercy.                      Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.          Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy.          Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, hear us.                        Jesus, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,         Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,         Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,         Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,         Have mercy on us.
Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, Save us.
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, Save us.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony, Save us.
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, Save us.
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,             Save us.
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, Save us.
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, Save us.
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness. Save us.
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, Save us.
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, Save us.
Blood of Christ, victor over demons, Save us.
Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs, Save us.
Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors, Save us.
Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins, Save us.
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, Save us.
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, Save us.
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, Save us.
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, Save us.
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, Save us.
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, Save us.
Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life, Save us.
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, Save us.
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, Save us.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world.          Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,        Graciously hear us,        O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,        Have mercy on us,        O Lord.
You have redeemed us, O Lord, in your Blood.   And made us, for our   God, a kingdom.
Let us pray:  
Almighty and eternal God, you have appointed your only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by his Blood. Grant we beg of you, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Holy Trinity - June 4, 2023

----- The Holy Trinity -----

The story is told of St Augustine of Hippo, a great philosopher and theologian. He was preoccupied with the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity. He wanted so much to understand the doctrine of one God in three persons and to be able to explain it logically. One day he was walking along the sea shore and reflecting on this matter. Suddenly, he saw a little child all alone on the shore. The child made a whole in the sand, ran to the sea with a little cup, filled her cup with sea water, ran up and emptied the cup into the hole she had made in the sand. Back and forth she went to the sea, filled her cup and came and poured it into the hole. Augustine drew up and said to her, “Little child, what are you doing?”

She replied, “I am trying to empty the sea into this hole.”

“How do you think,” Augustine asked her, “that you can empty this immense sea into this tiny hole and with this tiny cup?”

She answered back, “And you, how do you suppose that with your small head you can comprehend the immensity of God?” With that the child disappeared.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (2 Cor 13: 14)

------ Socrates on Gossip ------


Socrates, the great Greek philosopher, was once stopped by an acquaintance as he passed through the markets.

“I’ve something important to tell you,” he said. “It’s about your friend.”

“That’s very kind of you,” Socrates said. “But, don’t tell me just yet. I run all information through the Three Filters Test to ascertain if I want to know it.”

The man looked somewhat puzzled as Socrates continued, “First is the filter of truth. Whatever you want to tell me, have you seen or witnessed it first-hand?”

“Umm…I actually heard it from someone,” the man said, “and, it is from a trusted source.”

“Alright. But that does not pass my first test,” Socrates added, “since you don’t know whether it’s true.”

“Second is the filter of goodness. Is that a good statement you want to make about my friend?”

“Not really. That’s the reason I wanted—”

Socrates interjected, “So, you want to tell me something bad about someone but don’t know if it’s true.”

“The last is the filter of utility.” He continued, “Your statement about my friend, is that gonna be useful to me?”

“Not really as such. I just wanted to share”

“Well, if the information is not necessarily true, it is not good, and, it is of no use,” Socrates concluded, “please, I don’t want to know about it.”

Who is the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit)? - May 28, 2023


The Holy Ghost is God and the third Person of the Blessed Trinity.

(a) The Holy Ghost is also called the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of Love.

From whom does the Holy Ghost proceed?

The Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son.

(a) The Holy Ghost does not proceed from the Father and the Son by spiritual generation. Only the Son proceeds from the Father by generation. This is one of the mysterious truths that we know only from revelation.

Is the Holy Ghost equal to the Father and the Son?

The Holy Ghost is equal to the Father and the Son, because He is God.

(a) Because of the oneness of nature in the Blessed Trinity, the Father is entirely in the Son and in the Holy Ghost; the Son is entirely in the Father and in the Holy Ghost; and the Holy Ghost is entirely in the Father and in the Son. No one of the three divine Persons is outside the other, for none precedes the other in eternity, nor surpasses the other in power, nor exceeds the other in any way. This indwelling of one divine Person in the others is called circumincession.

What does the Holy Ghost do for the salvation of mankind?

The Holy Ghost dwells in the Church as the source of its life and sanctifies souls through the gift of grace.

(a) Although the sanctification of mankind, like all other outward works of God, is performed by all three Persons of the Blessed Trinity, it is attributed to the Holy Ghost, the third Person. The sanctification of mankind is attributed to the Holy Ghost because He is the love of the Father and the Son and because the sanctification of man by grace shows forth God's boundless love.

Ascension of the Lord - May 21, 2023

Jesus Christ is the risen ascended and glorified Son of God


Written by Maria Valtorta. From POEM OF THE MAN-GOD,
Volume 5, Chapter 634. Farewell and Ascension of the Lord.

24th April 1947.
... I thank you for your faithful love. I thank all of you. You, My friend Lazarus, you, Joseph, and you, Nicodemus, who took pity on the Christ when to do so might have been very dangerous... And you, good women disciples, stronger, in your kindness, than Judith... Blessed be the Earth with its herbs and flowers, and its fruits that have given Me pleasure and refreshment so many times. Blessed be the Earth with its waters and its tepidness, for its birds and its animals that many a time exceeded man in giving relief to the Son of Man. May you be blessed, sun, and you, sea, and you, mountains, hills, plains. Blessed you, stars, My companions in My night prayers and in My sorrow. And you, moon, who illuminated Me as I wandered around in My pilgrimages of the evangelizer. May all you creatures be blessed, the works of My Father, My companions in this mortal hour, friendly to Him Who had left Heaven to relieve tortured Mankind of the troubles of the Sin that separates from God. And may you also be blessed, you innocent instruments of My torture: thorns, metals, wood, twisted hemp, because you have assisted Me in fulfilling the will of My Father! »

... He says to His disciples: « Stop the people where they are, and then follow Me. »

He climbs farther up, as far as the highest summit of the mountain, the one closer to Bethany, which it dominates from above, than to Jerusalem. Close to Him are His Mother, the Apostles, Lazarus, the shepherds and Marjiam. Farther away, in a semicircle, are the other disciples to hold the people back.

Jesus is standing on a large stone, that protrudes a little and stands out in its whiteness among the grass of a clearing. He is brightly illuminated by the sun that makes His garment shine as white as snow and His hair like gold. His eyes sparkle in a divine light. He opens out His arms in the gesture of an embrace. He seems to be wishing to press to His chest the multitudes of the Earth, whom His spirit sees represented in that crowd. His unforgettable inimitable voice gives the last order: « Go! Go in My Name to evangelize the peoples as far as the ends of the Earth. God be with you. May His Love comfort you, may His Light guide you, may His Peace dwell in you until you reach eternal life. »

He becomes transfigured in beauty. Handsome! As handsome and even more so than He was on Tabor. They all fall on their knees worshipping. While He is already rising from the stone on which He is standing, He looks once again for the face of His Mother, and His smile reaches a power that no one will ever be able to express… It is His last goodbye to His Mother. He rises, rises… The sun, now more free to kiss Him, as no foliage, not even a thin leaf, intercepts its beams, brightens with its splendor the God-Man, Who with His most Holy Body is ascending to Heaven, and displays His glorious Wounds that shine like living rubies. The rest is a pearly smile of light. And it is really the Light that is revealing itself for what it is, at this last moment as on Christmas night. Creation sparkles in the light of the Christ Who is ascending. A light exceeding that of the sun. A superhuman and most blissful light. A light descending from Heaven to meet the Light ascending to it… And Jesus Christ, the Word of God, disappears from the sight of men in this ocean of brightness…

On the earth, only two noises in the deep silence of the ecstatic crowd: the cry of Mary when He disappears: « Jesus! », and the weeping of Isaac. The others are struck dumb with religious astonishment, and they remain there, as if they were waiting, until two snow-white angelical lights, in human form, appear repeating the words mentioned in the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles...

The most caring child - May 14, 2023

mary with infant jesus gray background


Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.
The purpose of the Contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was:

1. A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old Gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy just said, ‘Nothing, I just Helped him cry.’


2. Teacher Debbie Moon’s first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different hair color than the other members. One of her students suggested that he was adopted. A little girl said, ‘I know all about Adoption, I was adopted..’

‘What does it mean to be adopted?’, asked another child.

‘It means’, said the girl, ‘that you grew in your mommy’s heart instead of her tummy!’

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3. On my way home one day, I stopped to watch a Little League base ball game that was being played in a park near my home. As I sat down behind the bench on the first-base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was ‘We’re behind 14 to nothing,’ he answered with a smile.

‘Really,’ I said. ‘I have to say you don’t look very discouraged.’

‘Discouraged?’, the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face...

‘Why should we be discouraged? We haven’t been up to bat yet.’

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4. Whenever I’m disappointed with my spot in life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott.

Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play. His mother told me that he’d set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be chosen..

On the day the parts were awarded, I went with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement.. ‘Guess what, Mom,’ he shouted, and then said those words that will remain a lesson to me....

’I’ve been chosen to clap and cheer.’


5. An eye witness account from New York City , on a cold day in December, some years ago: A little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold.

A lady approached the young boy and said, ‘My, but you’re in such deep thought staring in that window!’

‘I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,’ was the boy’s reply.

The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.

She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel.

By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks.. Placing a pair upon the boy’s feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes..

She tied up the remaining pairs of socks
and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, ‘No doubt, you will be more comfortable now.’

As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her: ‘Are you God’s wife?’


Congratulations to our Confirmation Candidates! - May 7, 2023

Holy Spirit with dove


  • Carson Miller Armato
    Emma Anne Baldassaro
    Elizabeth Rose Brouillette
    Alan Cervantes
    James Charles Chandler III
    Jayda Katherine Conrad
    Abril Flores-Urbina
    Isabel Renee Fontenot
    Lorelei Grace Gautreau
    Caleb Martinez-Ortega
    Elvis Martinez-Oretega
  • Tiffany Nohemy Martinez
    Juan Jose Muniz Jr.
    Natalia Muniz-Diaz
    Eugenio Ortiz Jr.
    Elizabeth Estelle Pierce
    Justin Anthony Pierce
    Carter David Rainey
    Jacob Ashton Smith
    Lane Zachary Smith
    Nicolas Enrique Soto
    Owen Matthew Spitale

The Prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners - April 30, 2023


“Today I heard a voice in my soul: ‘Oh, if sinners knew My mercy, they would not perish in such great numbers. Tell sinful souls not to be afraid to approach Me; speak to them of My great mercy. The loss of each soul plunges into mortal sadness. You always console me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, my daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.”

Notebook V, (Diary #1396-1397), Pages 497-498, November of 1937

Trust Me - April 16, 2023

Divine mercy image


Do you believe that I am the Son of God?
And do you believe that I died for all men and women and that I rose from the dead?
Then why do you continue to be distracted and anxious about your loved ones?
Do they not also belong to Me?
Would I refuse to work in their lives just as I work in yours?

I have not put you in charge of redeeming them.
I have already done that.
Nor do you have the power to change their hearts; only My Holy Spirit searches and knows the deepest hearts of men and women, and only He can heal their deepest wounds.

Your task is to love, to forgive, to pray for them and to turn them over to Me.
Come closer to Me yourself, and I will do the rest.


Lord, My God - April 9, 2023

jesus wounds in hands


Mary is prostrated with Her face on the floor. She looks like a poor wretch. She looks like that withered flower of which She has spoken.

The closed window is opened with a violent banging of the heavy shutters, and with the first ray of the sun, Jesus enters.

Mary, Who has been shaken by the noise and has raised Her head to see which wind has opened the shutters, sees Her radiant Son: handsome, infinitely more handsome than He was before suffering, smiling lively, brighter than the sun, dressed in a white garment that seems woven light, and Who is advancing toward Her.

She straightens Herself up on Her knees and crossing Her hands on Her breast, She says with a sob that is joy and grief, “Lord, My God.” And She remains thus, enraptured in contemplating Him, with Her face all washed by tears, but made serene, pacified by His smile and by the ecstasy.

But He does not want to see His Mother on Her knees, like a servant. And He calls Her, stretching out His hands from the wounds of which emanate rays that make His glorious Flesh even brighter: Mother! But it is not the sorrowful word of the conversations and the farewells before His Passion, or the heart-rending lament of the meeting on Calvary and of the agony. It is a cry of triumph, of joy, of freedom, of rejoicing, of love, of gratitude. And He bends over His Mother, lifts Her up, He presses Her to His Heart and kisses Her.

Mary realises then that it is not a vision, that it is Her Son Who has really risen, that it is Her Jesus, the Son Who still loves Her as a Son. And with a cry, She flings Her arms round His neck, and She embraces and kisses Him, laughing in Her weeping. She kisses His Forehead, where there are no longer any wounds, His Head no longer unkempt and bloody, His shining Eyes, His healed Cheeks, His Mouth no longer swollen. She then takes His Hands and kisses their backs and palms, their radiant wounds, and She suddenly bends down to His Feet and uncovers them from under His bright garment and kisses them. Then She stands up, looks at Him, but dares not.

But He smiles and understands. He uncovers His chest a little and says, “And this one, Mother, are You not kissing it, this one that grieved You so much and that You alone are worthy to kiss? Kiss my Heart, Mother. Your kiss will cancel the last remberance of what is sorrowful and will give Me that joy, which My Joy of having risen from the dead still lacks.” And He takes the face of His Mother in His Hands and He lays Her lips on the lips of the wound of His Chest, from which streams of a very bright light are flowing.

Mary’s face is haloed by that light, flooded as it is with its beams. She kisses and kisses, while Jesus caresses Her. She never tires kissing. She looks like a thirsty woman whose mouth is attached to a fountain and who drinks from it the life that was escaping her.

Jesus speaks now.

“It’s all over, Mother. You no longer have to weep over Your Son. The trial is over. Redemption has taken place.”

Taken from Poem of the Man-God
Chapter 614

The Legend of the Donkey Cross - April 2, 2023

donkey cross on back
No matter what their color, almost all Miniature Donkeys share the distinctive mark of a cross that extends down their back and across their shoulders.  While genetics account for this coloration, poet Mary Singer has a more touching explanation:
The Donkey’s Cross
“Bring me a colt of a donkey,” was the Master’s request.
A young donkey was brought to Jesus to bring Him to Jerusalem.  A week later Jesus was ordered crucified.
The little donkey so loved the Lord that he wanted to help Him carry the cross. 
But alas, he was pushed away.
The sad little donkey waited to say goodbye until nearly all had left.
As he turned to leave, the shadow of the cross fell on his back  and shoulders.
And there it has remained, a tribute to the loyalty and love of one of the humblest of God’s creatures.

Letter from Bishop Duca - March 26, 2023

22 March 2023

To the Faithful Catholics of the Northeast Deanery:

Brothers and sisters, it is with deep regret that I am writing to you about the illicit ministry of Father Juan Bautista Morales-Montoya.

Father Morales-Montoya, a priest of the Diocese of Medellin in Columbia, arrived in the United States in June 2022. Between June and December 2022, at various intervals, he resided in northern Tangipahoa civil parish and engaged in ministry at the invitation of Father Mark Beard, a priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Pastor of St. Helena Church in Amite. At the end of December 2022, Father Morales-Montoya’s relationship with St. Helena parish ended, and he was to return to his home Diocese of Medellin in Columbia.

Recently, I learned that Father Juan returned to Louisiana in January and has been celebrating Mass in the Amite-Independence area without my permission or the faculties of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. In his disobedience, Father has separated himself from Church authority. As diocesan bishop, I now have no control over his ministry; he is not acting in the name of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, nor does he have permission to minister as a Catholic priest in any way here in the Diocese.

Should he still be residing in the area, the faithful are seriously instructed not to approach Fr. Morales-Montoya for any spiritual needs. The faithful should be aware that the Diocese has no knowledge of what he is doing as a priest while in our territory. Faithful Catholics should not attend any Masses offered by Fr. Morales-Montoya; they should not request any sacraments from Fr. Morales-Montoya, and they should not offer to him any financial support.

Should there be any concerns or information about Father Morales-Montoya and his illicit ministry, please contact the Chancery Office at the Diocese of Baton Rouge at 225.387.0561 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Hope in the Lord,



Most Reverend Michael G. Duca
Bishop of Baton Rouge

Scripture - March 19, 2023

Boy studying and reading a book or bible isolated concept for education, religion or homework
Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit! It is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. God is the principal author of Scripture; the human authors are also true authors. These sacred authors were free, intelligent, and subordinate instruments of the Holy Spirit. In seventy-three books it gives us the History of God’s plan for salvation, beginning with the creation of the world and ending with the beginnings of the Catholic Church. It is important to remember that Scripture is literature. That means it uses literary forms and techniques to convey its meaning. With this being said, in Sacred Scripture God speaks to man in a human way. To interpret Scripture correctly, the reader must be attentive to what human authors truly wanted to affirm and to what God wanted to reveal to us by their words. And to do this, it is imperative that when discerning the meaning of inspired Scripture, one must distinguish between two senses of Scripture.
The Literal and the Spiritual
The literal sense is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture and discovered by exegesis, following the rules of sound interpretation. The later, the spiritual, is subdivided into the allegorical, moral, and anagogical senses. The profound concordance of the four senses guarantees all its riches to the living reading of Scripture in the Church. All other senses of Sacred Scripture are based on the literal. Hence, the allegorical, moral, and anagogical are secondary to the literal. 
The literal sense is that which the authors intended to express; historical and linguistic analysis, by shedding light upon the processes which gave rise to the biblical text help to determine this sense which is also intended by God, as principal author of the Scriptures and to determine the direction of thought expressed by the text... there should be no contradiction between the two senses of Scripture.
The allegorical sense one can aquire a more profound understanding of events by recognizing their significance in Christ; thus, the crossing of the Red Sea (which did take place, i.e. literally), is also a sign or type of Christ’s victory, and also of Christian Baptism. The moral sense deals with the events reported in Scripture (literally actual events) that ought to lead us to act justly. As St. Paul says, they were written ‘for our instruction’. And finally, the anagogical sense deals with viewing realities and events that actually happened, in terms of their eternal significance, leading us toward our true homeland: thus the Church on earth is a sign of heavenly Jerusalem.
***CCC # 109-117 & the Didache Series

The Carpenter's House - March 12, 2023

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family.

He would miss the pay check, but he needed to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.

When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.”

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.
So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.

Nuns Knelling in Adoration of Spilled Precious Blood - March 5, 2023

nuns kneeling in adoration of spilled precious blood


This past weekend at the 10:00 Mass, I accidentally spilled some of The Precious Blood of Jesus on the carpet during Communion. I immediately placed a cloth purificator over the spill so that no one would step on the area until I could clean up the spill after Mass. After Mass ended, I went to the sacristy to get some water and additional cloth purificators to clean up The Precious Blood. When I came out into the main part of the Church, there were 3 nuns from The Children of Mary who had attended 10:00 Mass kneeling around the spilled Precious Blood with their faces down in adoration awaiting me to return. I, along with others, were quite moved by the sisters’ witness of the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. One parishioner was so moved that she snapped a picture and shared it with me.

I thought later...How many of us would think to go kneel like that in adoration until The Precious Blood was cleaned up? Certainly something to reflect upon.

Peace to all...

What to give up: A Lenten Reflection - February 26, 2023

What to Give Up:
A LEnten Reflection

Give up on complaining -- focus on gratitude.

Give up pessimism -- become an optimist.

Give up harsh judgements -- think kindly thoughts.

Give up worry -- trust Divine Providence.

Give up discouragement -- be full of hope.

Give up bitterness -- turn to forgiveness.

Give up hatred -- return good for evil.

Give up negativism -- be positive.

Give up anger -- be more patient.

Give up pettiness -- become mature.

Give up gloom -- enjoy the beauty that is all around you.

Give up jealousy -- pray for trust.

Give up gossiping -- control your tongue.

Give up sin -- turn to virtue.

Give up giving up -- hang in there!

“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.”
- Hebrews 10:35-36



St. Helena Catholic Church
122 S. 1st. Street
Amite, LA, 70422

We, at St. Helena Catholic Church, are concerned with educating, directing, and sustaining all who visit. 

In particular those who draw near to the teachings and traditions of Holy Mother Church. 

We strive to achieve this by utilizing the Cardinal Virtues of Justice, Prudence, Temperance and Fortitude.