Me? On EWTN!

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As most of you know, I’ve been an aspirant in the permanent diaconate program for the Diocese of Las Cruces. Next month will be our final month and then we break for the summer and come back as candidates. During the beginning of our process, I was following Bear Woznick and his crew on their Youtube channel as they were filming a series for EWTN called “Long Ride Home.” Little did I know that Bear and his crew would be stopping in Las Cruces for fuel when my bride and I were going to have dinner before our diaconate weekend. Long story short, I introduced myself to them and told them that I’d been following their journey on Youtube. I tripped out that Bear recognized me as one of his friends on Facebook. We had a short chat before Bear asked if my bride and I would like to be interviewed for the show they were filming. Me being the extrovert was like “HECK YEAH” and my bride being more reserved I’m sure was yelling “HECK NO” in her head. Unfortunately for her, I have a big mouth and a “YES” came out before she could breath lol.

They interviewed us and by the time I knew it, it was done and it was time for all of us to move on. I was stoked that I got to meet Bear and Tony and was wondering if our clip would make the cut. A few months back, I was informed that we would be on episode 8. I was really excited about that. Since it was all a blur to me (being star struck) I can’t wait to see it cause I honestly can’t remember everything I said.

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Bear, Me and Tony

Fast forward to a couple of days ago. I get a message from Bear asking if I could break away in May to be on Season 2 of Long Ride Home. In my head I was like “yeah” thinking “OK, they will probably call you up and do an interview over the phone.” Wrong! Bear told me that he was looking at the episode of my bride and I and that he thought it would be cool to have me on the show or to be part of it. This is definitely the work of the Holy Spirit because as you can tell, I’m the ugly one in the middle on the photo above…I’m no Tom Cruise lol. After discussing it further with my bride and with the help from Bear and his crew, I am happy to say that I will be joining them for Season 2 of Long Ride Home which will air on EWTN!

Just like with the call to the diaconate, I am nervous yet excited about this opportunity and I definitely trust in God that he will use me however he wants. Thanks to my brother Bear and the cast and crew for allowing a knucklehead like me be part of their journey.

Don’t forget to check out Season 1 of Long Ride Home on EWTN June 4th!

May God continue to bless you all in all that you do for his Kingdom. Viva Cristo Rey!

Maundy Thursday not Monday Thursday

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Matthew 26:20 When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples

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John 13:3-5 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.

The Triduum is upon us now beginning with Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday. If you’ve never been to a Holy Thursday Mass, I would highly encourage you to attend one tonight. It is not just a recreation of the last supper, all the actions that take place in the mass have so much significance. The washing of the feet for example is one of the things that takes place that some people just see as that, the priest washing a persons feet but, there is so much more to it than that. It is just like in the scripture verse above when Jesus humbled himself and washed the feet of his apostles. John 13:12-15 When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. He was giving us an “example” of what we are to do…serve our fellow man.

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Luke 22:19-20 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. Jesus said “This is my body, my blood.” He didn’t say this was a symbol of his body and blood, he said “This is.” This is also the time where Jesus instituted the priesthood by his words “Do this in remembrance of me.” He is telling the apostles who to go out and “Do this.”

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The action of the Church on this night also witnesses to the Church’s esteem for Christ’s Body present in the consecrated Host in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, carried in solemn procession to the flower-bedecked Altar of Repose, where it will remain ‘entombed’ until the communion service on Good Friday. No Mass will be celebrated again in the Church until the Easter Vigil proclaims the Resurrection. This is the time that we get to spend with Jesus in the garden.

So when you attend mass this evening, let’s us understand the true meaning of why we are there to celebrate Holy Thursday. God bless & Viva Cristo Rey!

 

What’s Your Anchor?

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Many Catholic men would like to have a better relationship with Jesus but they still have something holding them back, an anchor if you will. What is your anchor?

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Prior to my reversion, I had multiple anchors. My biggest one though was just being selfish, my pride. Although I was married, I lived my life for the unholy trinity of me, myself and I. I caused so much turmoil in my marriage and with the relationship or lack thereof with my children. Those are the years that I wasted and can’t get back but as one priest told me, they are the years that helped to make you the man you are today. We can continue to focus on our regrets or we can move forward. The best way to move forward is through the grace of God.

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So what is your anchor? Do you have multiple ones? Is it lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy or pride? Chances are, whatever your anchor(s) it will fall into one of the categories of the seven deadly sins.

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It takes surrender. You have to surrender your life or the life you are living and give it to Jesus Christ and start living your life for Him. Allow Him to cut those chains off the anchors in your life. Be bold, be brave and take that leap of faith. Let Jesus mold you into the person He made you to be and quit being the person that “you” want to be.

Enjoy the journey with Him. God bless.