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The Smoking Priest

The Smoking Priest

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Father James Farfaglia is the founding pastor of Saint Helena of the True Cross of Jesus Catholic Church. He is presently the new pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Both parishes are located in Corpus Christi, Texas. You can learn more about Father James, read his homilies and purchase his books by visiting him on the web at www.fatherjames.org.

Thanksgiving Day and Gratitude

Cicero, the famous Roman senator and orator once wrote, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”  The virtue of gratitude is the ability to express our thankful appreciation in word or deed, to […]

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The Alarming Rise of Depression

This week the Centers for Disease Control revealed some alarming statistics regarding the problem of depression here in the United States.  The use of antidepressant drugs has soared nearly 400% since 1988. Antidepressant medication is the most commonly used form […]

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Hit the Reset Button

You know the drill.  When some new gadget does not work, you just hit the reset button.  Even if the gadget does not have a reset button, there is some way to accomplish the same task.  When my Blackberry gets […]

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Smoking Away Your Anxiety

I enjoy a fine cigar after a long day of work.  For me, cigar smoking is very relaxing.  My most favorite brands are the Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970, the Kristoff Corojo Limitada, the Padron Classics and the Partagas Black.  […]

The Remedy for Anxiety

“Distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune: He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.”  This is how the dictionary defines the word anxiety.   Worry, fretfulness, apprehension and disquiet are all synonyms […]

Maintaining Joy in the Middle of the Craziness Around Us

Normally I wake up every morning in a great mood, always filled with enthusiasm to do what I can to fulfill my daily mission as a Catholic priest.  However, this morning, I awoke with a horrible feeling.  I kept pushing […]

New Beginnings

Thomas  Edison was a prolific inventor.  He invented over 1,000 things, but he is best known for inventing the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, the microphone, the storage battery and talking movies. It was December 1914, and he had already […]

Important Lessons from a Poor Mexican Guitar Player

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am going to play a few songs for you.  I hope that you like my music.” These were the words the poor Mexican guitar player spoke as he suddenly jumped aboard an old bus as it […]

Old Ideas Rising from the Ground

I thoroughly enjoyed Steven Spielberg’s version of “War of the Worlds.”  The special effects that Spielberg uses to show the aliens coming out of the ground are really cool. Heresies (yes, I did use that word) are like the aliens […]

Saving Friendship

Email, Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, text messages…we do live in a different world. I will not deny the good that new technologies can do for all of us. I do a lot of work with the Internet and my Internet […]

Summer Time and Enjoying Life

During my years in Spain and Mexico, it would be inevitable that interesting conversations with either Spaniards or Mexicans would take place regarding the differences between their countries and ours.  One man put it bluntly: “Look, the difference between us […]

Abortion, Culture Wars and the Fourth of July

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (The Declaration of Independence, July […]

The Mystery of God and Communion

St. Augustine was once confronted by a pagan leader who showed him his idol and said, “Here is my god; where is yours?” Augustine replied, “I cannot show you my God; not because there is no God to show but […]

Real Christians Needed

A number of years ago I was invited to give a retreat to a group of lay people in New York City.  A seminarian graciously accompanied me in order to help with the practical details.  Prior to the evening retreat, […]

Go to Heaven

What is Heaven?  Without a doubt, Heaven is a place difficult to describe.  We cannot begin to understand it because Heaven belongs to the mystery of faith. In the Gospels, Jesus speaks of this mystery through images.  He calls it the […]

My First Flight

Recently I began to reflect on the first time I was on a plane.  It was 1980 and I had just finished my first two years of seminary training for the Catholic priesthood and now I was being sent to […]

Are All Religions the Same?

“They call you Christ, Vishnu, Buddha, Jehovah, Our Lord.  You are Govindam, Bismillah, Creator of All.  You are the One, no matter what.”  These are the words that George Harrison sang in his 1981 song “Life Itself” recorded on the […]

Getting Real and Getting Serious

Getting directions from someone when you are lost can be a frustrating experience.  Perhaps you scramble for a piece of paper to scribble a few indications like “go right at the light and then take your first left”.  Maybe the […]

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead Naked?

There is something in the Gospel of Saint John that I never understood.  Why did Mary Magdalen think that the Risen Jesus was the gardener?  Gardener?  What’s the deal?  “Supposing him to be the gardener…” (John 20: 15). Think of […]

The Day We Call Good Friday

Had Jesus of Nazareth been a Roman or a Greek, certainly his contemporaries would have left behind statues in his honor.  However, because the Jews had a strict understanding of idolatry, their interpretation of the Mosaic Law did not allow them to make […]

Why we need the Catholic Church

“ I don’t need organized religion to be a good person,” is the usual response that I get when I knock at random on the doors of the homes around my parish. When I agree that they do not need […]

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Thanksgiving Day and Gratitude
Cicero, the famous Roman senator and orator once wrote, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”  The virtue of gratitude is the ability to express our thankful appreciation in word or deed, to the person whose words or actions have benefited us in some w

posted 2:59:54am Nov. 21, 2011 | read full post »

The Alarming Rise of Depression
This week the Centers for Disease Control revealed some alarming statistics regarding the problem of depression here in the United States.  The use of antidepressant drugs has soared nearly 400% since 1988. Antidepressant medication is the most commonly used form of medication for people between

posted 1:17:08am Oct. 22, 2011 | read full post »

Hit the Reset Button
You know the drill.  When some new gadget does not work, you just hit the reset button.  Even if the gadget does not have a reset button, there is some way to accomplish the same task.  When my Blackberry gets stuck, I just open up the back cover, take out the battery and then I put it back in wi

posted 11:34:12pm Oct. 16, 2011 | read full post »

Smoking Away Your Anxiety
I enjoy a fine cigar after a long day of work.  For me, cigar smoking is very relaxing.  My most favorite brands are the Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970, the Kristoff Corojo Limitada, the Padron Classics and the Partagas Black.  For those of you who know anything about great cigars, you can tell th

posted 2:40:32am Oct. 10, 2011 | read full post »

The Remedy for Anxiety
“Distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune: He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.”  This is how the dictionary defines the word anxiety.   Worry, fretfulness, apprehension and disquiet are all synonyms of this word that has become so common in our d

posted 5:47:00pm Sep. 27, 2011 | read full post »

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