SPRING — Father Martial Flodort Oya, Parochial Vicar at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Community in Spring, was ordained as a priest January 2012. Originally from French-Cameroon, he moved to the U.S. seven years ago and lived in the Bronx, N.Y., for a couple of years before joining the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He recently discussed his first eight months as a priest with the Texas Catholic Herald.
“Brothers and sisters: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.” -Ephesians 4:30-5:2
Recently, I picked up my teenage daughter and her best friend to go to the mall. While they were sitting in the car, both teens, who have smart phones, began texting and barely carried on any conversation. Later, after I picked them up from the mall and took them to dinner, I discovered once again they were busy checking Facebook statuses, messages and YouTube videos while at the restaurant, with very little in way of a verbal conversation with each other or the rest of the family. As I spoke up about it, my wife pointed out my own addiction with my smart phone at the table, making me realize I am also guilty of not practicing what I preach.
HOUSTON — Casa Juan Diego was founded in 1980, following the Catholic Worker model of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, to serve immigrants, refugees and the poor. Since its opening, it has grown from one small house to 10 houses.
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