Reflections with Fr. Mark
Today’s celebration of the Memorial of Damasus I, Pope is a story for today:

“If we think we’ve got it tough: juggling the gift list, social schedule, family feuds and ailing bank account…consider Damasus.  He embodied truism that faith is more a compass than an insurance policy. When he was elected pope, another faction chose someone else. What followed were violent battles, scandals, accusations, heresies, and troubled relations with the Eastern Church.

While we might sing carols about the Prince of Peace, the hard reality of human life has, since the Incarnation, also involved moments of hurricane-force wind.  Today, let’s welcome whatever problem we’re reluctant to engage, knowing it might be our teacher.”

Often, we shrink from the demands of discipleship or make excuses as to why we cannot be a good disciple.  Look at Damasus and others in our history and be inspired.

The journey continues…as a good disciple not counting the cost.


Fr. Mark


The Archdiocese of Los Angeles invites everyone to join in virtually in expressing our love and devotion to ‘Nuestra Virgencita de Guadalupe’ on Friday, Dec. 11, beginning at 8:00 pm. 

This year’s celebration from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels will have a Mariachi tribute, prayer of the Rosary and Holy Mass celebrated by Archbishop José H. Gomez. 

Artists such as Andrea Andrea, Anna Betancourt, Adrian Cruz, Angelito Garcia and Jacky Ibarra, alongside the Mariachi Charros de Oro de Adrian Cruz, will also be there to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. CLICK HERE to see the livestream and find more information