What 7th Graders Taught Me About Prayer

Published Dec 16, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

I might be exhausted from the pandemic, or frustrated that I can’t control a math class, or anxious about the election, but that all pales in comparison to everyone I’m praying for. What my students have taught me, though, is that behind this faux-humility is my false belief that I can probably resolve my exhaustion or frustration or anxiety by myself. My students have taught me so much about prayer. Read and reflect with me about wisdom that can arise from seventh graders.

How God and Grace Will Find Me this Holiday Season

Published Dec 9, 2020 in Advent, Blogs, Christmas, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

Perhaps, like me, you are discerning how you should spend your holidays? You are praying and asking God to show you how to be present to your loved ones and still keep them safe. As I pray with all my anger, frustration, loneliness, and hunger for loved ones this holiday season, I am reminded that God often provides for us in ways we don’t expect or even necessarily want. 

This Advent I’m Thinking About Death

Published Dec 2, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins

November, we formally mark the recollection of our beloved dead, has passed away. Now we’re in the season of Advent, a penitential season, a time to take stock of what we need and whether we’re willing to wait for it. And, as if All Souls and Advent weren’t a reminder of death, we’re still living in this pandemic, which has claimed the lives of nearly 1.5 million people worldwide. This might sound dire, but we’re in Advent, so there is hope! Hope in our waiting. Take a moment and reflect with me on waiting!

First Week of Advent: Stay Awake! | One-Minute Homily

Published Dec 1, 2019 in One-Minute Homily, Videos ~ Approx 1 min

Advent is here and Jesus reminds us to be attentive and stay awake! Damian Torres-Botello, SJ, kicks off a brand new season and new look to the One-Minute Homily. Based on the readings for Sunday, December 1. It’s Advent! Stay awake! Let the waiting begin! Hello! I’m Damian Torres-Botello and this is my One-Minute Reflection. […]