I Come to Give You Life

Baptism of Jesus

The Baptism of the Lord

All of us who bear the title Christian are called to be saints.  And the world needs you, and needs me, to live up to that saintliness of life, that holiness of life that the church calls all of Christianity to.

And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”


If We Have Died with Christ We Shall also Live with Him


On October 16-17, 2015, St. John Neumann parish in Gaithersburg, MD celebrated a Mini-Congress on the Family with the title “Let Us Build A Civilization of Love: The Gift and Task of the Second Vatican Council for Our Families. The Congress had acclaimed speakers such as Dr. Helen Alvaré and Dr. Scott Hahn. Fr. Avelino gave a reflection during the Mini-Congress entitled, St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans and the Radical Call to Holiness of Life.

The Challenge Pope Francis Left for Us

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Pope Francis] has beckoned to us to rise above all those things that are superficial in life, and to go deeper in our own faith, because the world needs it so much. . .  The theme throughout his trip is one of taking responsibility.  Responsibility for those less fortunate than us.  Responsibility for taking action, because the universal call of the Church is holiness of life, and holiness of life demands action.

Pope Francis“It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.