My Journey into Migrant Ministry

In the early part of 2019 I was living in Mokpo, South Korea, and investigating opportunities in university chaplaincy at Mokpo Catholic University. One day in April, I received a phone call from an unknown number. Thinking it was spam, I ignored the call. However, the caller was persistent, and I eventually answered on the third call.

All Saints Prayer

How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord
which You give us for our eternal well-being
Your glory shines radiantly in Your saints, O God
In the honor and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow You,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world's power.
For You they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments,
they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to You
who were grounded deep within their hearts;

Prayer for Halloween

Almighty God, in whom is no darkness at all:
Grant me Your light perpetually,
and when I cannot see the way before me,
may I continue to put my trust in You;
that so, being guided and guarded by Your love,
I may be kept from falling,
this day and all my days,
through Jesus Christ my Lord.

Amen.

Come into My Heart

My Jesus, I believe that You are present
in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

Peace in Our Hearts

Glorious Queen of peace,
grant us peace in our hearts,
harmony in our families
and goodwill throughout the world.
Immaculate Mother,
as patroness of our beloved country,
watch over us and protect us
with your motherly love.

Amen.

Gardening

When the pandemic started to escalate, and the U.S./ Mexico border needed to impose restrictions, the ministries where I was involved in Juarez, Mexico, were in lockdown, including the church where I was helping as a catechist. There were restrictions on crossing back and forth over the border.

Prayer to Sts. Simon and Jude

O God, Who, through Your blessed Apostles Simon and Jude,
have brought us to the knowledge of Your name,
grant that we may celebrate their everlasting glory
by advancing in good works we may celebrate their glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns with You,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
world without end.

Amen.