From the Pastor's Desk
My dear friends...
Growing up near the corner of LeJeune and 13th Terrace, I would take my bike on most afternoons after school and ride through the beautiful streets of Coral Gables. The canopy of trees that line each road always led me into different directions. Each day a different adventure, but for whatever reason I never made it from my childhood home all the way to the corner of Sevilla Avenue and Indian Mound Trail. While my parents were very active in another parish, every now and again we would stop by the parish we actually belonged to geographically: the Church of the Little Flower. My mother tells me that as a child I would have a sense of wonder when walking into a church and obviously this would be heightened when I would walk through the main doors of Little Flower.
Now this great adventure of the priesthood has led me back to this magnificent church. Never did I imagine that I would someday be named her pastor. When the Archbishop called me on April 29 with the news, I thought back to this neighborhood that I have not called home for a very long time. I thought about all those beautiful memories growing up in this beautiful corner of God’s kingdom, and how the Lord has now brought me back here to serve all of you.
A few weeks ago, I came to visit Father Davis who offered to give me a tour of the grounds and to start the transition process. He could not have been more welcoming and gracious. I thank him for 8 years of grace-filled service as your pastor. Please keep him in your prayers. It is providential that I begin my ministry at Little Flower on the weekend of Father’s Day. This parish and school has a wonderful history of good spiritual fathers who have served this community. They have baptized you and married you, confessed you and anointed you, and most importantly fed you at the table of the Lord with the Holy Eucharist. Many of those spiritual fathers have now gone home to their Father in heaven, but their legacy lives on in what they taught us and how they loved us.
This Sunday we also celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity that reminds us that God himself, Father, Son, and Spirit, is a community of love. Ten years ago while offering a reflection on the Trinity, Pope Benedict XVI contemplated the concept of our God who is love: “All things derive from love, aspire to love and move impelled by love.” And so we are called to live as God lives: as a community of love. I am humbled to now serve this community as your pastor. I ask you to please pray for me and for all your priests. I entrust my ministry to the maternal care of our Blessed Mother and to the intercession of our patroness, St. Theresa, who once prayed: “O my God, Most Blessed Trinity, I desire to love Thee and to make Thee loved…”
God bless you all,