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St. Benedict’s – San Benito, TX

March 17 – 23, 2019: 2nd week of Lent

As we go through Lent we need to fast, give alms, and pray.  Thomas Merton was asked, “What can I do to improve my prayer life?”  Just take time to pray.  Make it part of your daily routine.  Like Peter, John, and James who went to the mountain to pray, spend time in a room where you can converse with God and experience him as a friend.  Every relationship shapes us, influences us, transforms us.  Prayer is the urgency through which God sets us on a mission to help transform the world (Fr. Luis Tinajero at 5:30 A.M. Mass).

“Jesus, help me to keep my eyes fixed on you today” (Lent 2019, p. 36).

“Father, show me your mercy today that I might show it to everyone around me” (p. 37).

“Thank you, Father, for St. Joseph, a righteous man and a holy model of faith” (p. 38).

“Jesus, teach me to serve your people with your love” (p. 39).

“Come, Holy Spirit, and refresh my heart” (p. 40).

“Father, lord over history, I entrust my life to you” (p. 41).

“Heavenly Father, thank you for running to me with open arms whenever I turn back to you” (p. 42).

Fr. Nacho Luna


St. Joseph – Port Aransas, TX

March 10 – 16, 2019: 1st week of Lent

Jesus, I believe that you are the Savior of the world.  Let this faith continue to sanctify my heart (Lent 2019, p. 29).

“Lord, help me to grow in holiness and love this Lent” (p. 30).

Father, thank you for revealing yourself to me.  Open my eyes to your wonders as I turn to you in prayer today (p. 31).

“Holy Spirit, give me the confidence to share your good news today” (p. 32).

Father, hear the cry of my heart today.  Above all that I want and need, help me grow more in love with you (p. 33).

“Lord, help me live in the freedom of your Spirit and to renounce all anger and bitterness” (p. 34).

Jesus, thank you for this day.  Open my eyes to the grace you have for me, grace that is perfect for today (p. 35).

SJC photos: 3.9.19 & 3.9.11, respectively


St. Joseph – Port Aransas, TX

March 3 – 9, 2019: 8th week in Ordinary Time / Ash Wednesday

“Lord, help me to reflect your grace and love to the people around me” (February 1 – March 6, 2019, p. 50).

Yes, Lord, I will follow you.  Thank you for the way you love me (p. 51).

“Jesus, thank you for your generous mercy” (p. 52).

Jesus, help me embrace the everyday ordinary practices of Lent so I can grow closer to you (Lent 2019, p. 25).

“Lord, help me to deny myself anything that is keeping me from following you” (p. 26).

“Jesus, show me how I can serve you in the poor and needy this Lent” (p. 27).

“Lord, help me to honor the Sabbath this Lent by resting with you” (p. 28).

SJC photos: 3.3.19, 3.6.11, & 3.6.12, respectively


St. Joseph – Port Aransas, TX

February 24 – March 2, 2019: 7th week in Ordinary Time

“Lord, help me to be merciful as you are merciful” (February 1 – March 5, 2019, p. 43).

“Father, thank you for teaching me the way of wisdom” (p. 44).

Lord, give me patience whenever I find myself in a “crucible of faith.”  Help me stay close to you, so you can continue to purify me (p. 45).

“Jesus, may your name be ever on my heart and lips” (p. 46).

“Father, show me how I can serve your people today” (p. 47).

Jesus, show me how faithfully you love me.  Make me a faithful friend
(p. 48).

“Jesus, help me draw near to you like a child” (p. 49).

SJC photos: 2.23.19 & 2.27.11, respectively


St. Luke – Temple, TX

February 17 – 23, 2019: 6th week in Ordinary Time

Luke’s beatitudes are different from Matthew’s; he lists only four woes (ouches).  A second grader, Joshua, wrote me a note recently.

Dear Fr. John, thank you for being a priest and for being funny.

P. S. Drink chocolate milk so you won’t need a stool.


In the Old Testament God is perceived as mean, but no— he’s loving.  When we sin, we hurt him.  Ouch!  In the New Testament the Risen Jesus asks, “Why are you persecuting me?”  Ouch!

Let’s think about that.  How do we cause him pain?  Every time we sin, God feels disrespected.  Ouch!  Underneath the anger there’s hurt and frustration, yet God’s a loving father who longs to gather his children.  God longs for our return.  He wants to heal our wounds.

Rejoice, for your reward will be in heaven.  No ouches there (Fr.  John Guzaldo at 5 P.M. Mass).

Jesus, fill my heart with your vision of life.  Teach me to be content with riches or poverty, with good times and bad.  Lord, give me only your love (February 1 – March 5, 2019, p. 36).

“Lord, help me look to you for divine strength in the face of every temptation” (p. 37).

Jesus, help me to understand.  Help me believe that you can satisfy my deepest desires.  O Lord, I trust in you (p. 38).

Jesus, you are always here for me.  Give me the grace to trust you more and more (p. 39).

Jesus, I believe that you are the Messiah.  Thank you for offering your life for me (p. 40).

Lord, I want to be your disciple.  Keep teaching me and forming me so that I can be the saint this world needs (p. 41).

Lord, I will keep praying, especially for those good things that I do not yet see fulfilled.  May these trusting prayers strengthen my faith (p. 42).


St. Joseph – Port Aransas, TX

February 10 – 16, 2019: 5th week in Ordinary Time

“Jesus, teach me to open my heart to your grace” (February 1 – March 5, 2019, p. 29).

Mighty Lord Jesus, you can do the impossible.  Hear my prayer (p. 30).

“Lord, help me to treasure my family relationships” (p. 31).

“Lord, renew and recreate in me whatever feels tired and used up” (p. 32).

“Lord, help me to reach out in love to one lonely person today” (p. 33).

“Lord, give me the courage to share about how much you’ve done for me” (p. 34).

“Father, keep drawing me back to you so that I can be safe by your side” (p. 35).

SJC photos: 2.9.19 & 2.7.10, respectively


St. Joseph – Port Aransas, TX

February 3 – 9, 2019: 4th week in Ordinary Time

“Lord, teach me to love more deeply each day” (February 1 – March 5, 2019, p. 22).

“Lord, thank you for offering me a place in your Hall of Faith” (p. 23).

“Jesus, help me remember the holy men and women who surround me and testify to your presence” (p. 24).

Lord, I want to be strong enough to resist sin.  Show me today how I can grow stronger (p. 25).

“Jesus, help me step out with trust and confidence in you” (p. 26).

“Jesus, help me to love as you have loved— completely and generously” (p. 27).

Thank you, Jesus, for calling me to your side.  Here I am, Lord.  Come and fill me up (p. 28).

SJC photos: 2.3.19 & 2.5.11, respectively


Our Lady of Sorrows – McAllen, TX

January 27 – February 2, 2019: 3rd week in Ordinary Time

The same who praised Jesus were filled with fury.  Opinions and moods can change.  Opinions are like belly buttons; everyone has one.  Because of the sin of pride conflicts inevitably arise.  Parts of the body can’t be one.  A husband and a wife are one body psychologically, spiritually.  Yet some need to be divorced.  Fifty years later the couple won’t look the same.  Things fall or droop.  Living proof.  [Laughter]  The soul never grows old and is never boring.  A couple learns to resolve conflicts.  Public enemy number one is the silent treatment.  Two strangers!  Spouses are forgotten or taken for granted.  I quickly learned “be quiet,” “don’t interrupt,” “I serve your father first.”  Marriage should be taught at home.  Only spouses can heal what needs healing.  Forgiveness.  Jesus gives us the power to live his bond, his family (Msgr. Gus Barrera at 4 P.M. Mass).

Here I am, Lord.  You have anointed me, and I want to serve (January 2019, p. 47).

“Thank you, Jesus, for teaching me how to live in your grace” (p. 48).

“Lord, help me to surrender to you today so that I can live for your glory” (p. 49).

Jesus, make me a generous sower of your word.  Fill me with zeal and courage to spread your seeds all over the world (p. 50).

“Lord, thank you for all the times a brother or sister has roused me to love, prayer, and good works” (p. 51).

“Lord, help me to keep looking back so that I can move closer to you” (February 1 – March 5, 2019, p. 20).

Jesus, I trust in you!” (p. 21).


St. Pius X – Corpus Christi, TX

January 20 – 26, 2019: 2nd week in Ordinary Time

Thank you, Jesus, for renewing me.  Lord, help me to see your glory so that I can believe in you more deeply (January 2019, p. 40).

“Jesus, help me become more flexible, just as you are” (p. 41).

Jesus, thank you for wanting us to grow to mature Christian love.  Help me learn to live according to your law of love (p. 42).

Jesus, take the callous places in my heart and soften them.  Fill me with your compassion (p. 43).

“Jesus, I want to know you more” (p. 44).

“Lord, open my eyes so that I see all believers as my brothers and sisters” (p. 45).

Thank you, Father, for the example of Sts. Timothy and Titus.  Raise up men and women like them who love you and who are willing to serve your Church at any cost (p. 46).


St. Joseph – Port Aransas, TX

January 13 – 19, 2019: Baptism of the Lord / Christmas / 1st week in Ordinary Time

“Praise to you, Jesus, for taking all my sins” (January 2019, p. 33).

“Jesus, thank you for embracing the cross so that I could enter into a new, eternal covenant with you” (p. 34).

“Jesus, teach me how to stand firm and resist all the temptations of the evil one” (p. 35).

Jesus, you know what it is like to struggle with the demands of life.  Help me, Lord (p. 36).

Lord, bring to my mind all the ways you have been with me through the years.  I believe you are in my midst (p. 37).

Jesus, we bring our divisions and disagreements to you.  Lord, heal us and unite us as your one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church (p. 38).

“Thank you, Jesus, for joining me at my table” (p. 39).

SJC photos: 1.12.19 & 1.10.10, respectively


St. Joseph – Port Aransas, TX

January 6 – 12, 2019: Epiphany of the Lord / Christmas

Lord, I ask you for an epiphany today.  Jesus, help me see you anew (January 2019, p. 26).

“Lord, pour out your grace on all young people” (p. 27).

“Jesus, thank you for spending time with me…” (p. 28).

“Lord Jesus, thank you for being with me and helping me to face my fears” (p. 29).

Lord, let your love fill me today.  Help me to love as fully as you love (p. 30).

Lord, I believe.  Help my unbelief (p. 31).

Lord, help me to listen for your voice of truth.  I want to rejoice that you are leading me to your kingdom (p. 32).

SJC photos: 1.6.19 & 1.8.12, respectively


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