Thursday, November 1, 2018


Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas
November 5-7, 2018


Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S

Auxiliary Bishop Michael Boulette

San Fernando Cathedral lit up at night. 

The Alamo

Tuesday, October 30, 2018



I even had a photo taken of it so I wouldn't forget!

My biggest problem is that I find it hard to say "no!" I have been sort of obsessive-compulsive my whole life and it's hard to stop now! 

I just might have to go get help from one of my favorite professionals who offers"single session therapy!" It is cheap and effective! 

Pope Benedict XVI found it hard to retire too. He tried a couple of part-time jobs, but finally gave them up!

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No matter how bad it gets, I am not ready to join this senior group yet! 

Sunday, October 28, 2018


He shouted even louder, “I want to see!”
Mark 10:51

I love this man named Bartimeus! He is a man who knows what he wants and is willing to jump any hurdles in his way to get at it! No wimpishly sitting back and wishing and waiting and whining for what he needs, he is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he needs! No hoping to be noticed! He makes sure he is noticed! Nobody’s “sit down and shut up” is going to stop him! For him it’s “jump up, shout and be sure you’re heard.” He is tired of being blind. He desperately wants to see! He has a burning faith in Jesus and he will not be held back either by his own reluctance or the obstacles others throw in front of him!

It is important to notice the words of Jesus here! These same words are often used in the miracle stories of the gospels. Jesus does not say, “Go I have healed you!” Rather he says to Bartimeus, “Go your faith has healed you!” In fact, there are failed healing stories in the gospel where Jesus could not work any miracles because of a person’s lack of faith.  It takes two for a miracle healing – the power of God and the faith of the one who asks for healing.

The one necessary ingredient, then, in all healing miracles is the string belief that healing is possible. This strong faith triggers an abnormal acceleration of natural healing processes. This is true of all the healing shrines in all religions – it is the firm faith of the believer that unleashes God’s healing power.

Bartimeus can teach us something. Psalm 119 says, “God hates half-heartedness!” Very often we are ambivalent about what we say we want. Often we hang onto our infirmities and losses because they give us convenient excuses for not getting on in life and doing hard things involved. We say we want things to be different, but in reality, we are not so sure! Often we actually do not want things to change all that much.

I am sure Batimeus thought twice about whether he really wanted to see because he knew that when he was able to see he had to quit feeling sorry for himself, give up depending on alms as a beggar and get a job for the first time in his life!

Some people wallow in grief for years over the loss of a spouse and find that they cannot go on. They say they would like to get over it, but sometimes in reality, they are scared of having to do the changing they would have to do to build a new life, another life, a scary new life on their own! It’s often safer and easier to stay stuck than it is to seriously change! Many people I run into as a priest will say they want their lives to be different, but in reality they don’t want it all that much, really! It’s easier to stay stuck! Bartimeus could teach them a lot today about getting up from their self-pity and get on with living! Yes, it is damned hard to move past grief, but the alternatives to moving on are even harder!

Miracles are possible in our lives, but miracles are different from magic! Magic is about sitting around wishing somebody else would make things happen to make us all better. Magic is waiting for a fairy godmother to come and wave her magic wand over us and we don’t have to do anything. For a miracle to happen, like Bartimeus we have to get up, throw away the security blankets that we have wrapped ourselves in and be clear about what we want and be willing to go get it! We have to override the naysayer in our own heads and the naysayers who line to roads of our life. Wishing and magic waits for others to fix us. Really wanting something make us take action. God is willing to help those who are willing to help themselves.  Once we commit. Providence moves too! Yes, we need to help the helpless, but we also need to encourage those who can help themselves to help themselves! 

Friends! We can begin to work miracles in own lives by really wanting and really believing that what we want is possible, like Bartimeus. As Dale Carnegie once wrote, “Believe that you will succeed…believe it firmly and you will do what is necessary to bring it to success.”  Jesus it put it this way to Bartimeus, “Your faith has healed you!”