Daily Reflection with Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes



Dear Friends: Praying is not easy. Our daily routine calls for our full attention. And the world around us puts little value on prayer; our lives are full of material things but at the same time are getting emptier in God’s value.

For this reason, I will post a daily reflection and as you visit this site may the Holy Spirit within you come to your aid and guide you gently to the God who loves you
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Wish for You in 2015

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.

After serious and cautious consideration.....your contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2015!

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and May laughter assault your lips!
May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy.
May the problems you had forget your home address! In simple words ............

May 2015 be the best year of your life!!!..

God Bless you Always ! ! !
Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Julia Sosa
Mercedes Torres
Adelina Martinez
Mark A. Torres
Margarita Torres
Johnny Madera

Monday, December 29, 2014

To Dance With Angels

Have you ever seen an angel, or heard an angel sing, Have you ever felt their presence or heard the ruffling of their wings?
Have you ever seen them dance at night when your fast asleep,
Singing out their wonderful song in voices , oh so sweet?
Rejoicing in the heavens for nothing more than life, filling man with peace and love to help relieve his strife..
Some sing and play their harps and others simply dance,
Bringing peace to all men’s hearts and serving them for life.
They come to guide the lost and fill their lonely hearts,
They do not question when or where but simply do their part.
And when they find a lonely heart filled with love from within,
This person might be asked if he would like to join in.
To dance the dance of angels is a joy beyond belief,
And fills the hearts of many with calm and relief.
So if asked to dance with angels open up your heart, and allow these wonderful beings to do their vital part.
So dance the dance of angels let them fill your hearts with light,
Sing their song and rejoice and let them help you ease your plight.
~ Author Unknown ~

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Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century /Descubriendo el siglo 21
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778

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Monday, December 22, 2014

A Christmas Creed

I believe in Jesus Christ and in the beauty of the gospel begun in Bethlehem.

I believe in the one whose spirit glorified a little town; and whose spirit still brings music to persons all over the world, in towns both large and small.


I believe in the one for whom the crowded inn could find no room, and I confess that my heart still sometimes wants to exclude Christ from my life today.


I believe in the one who the rulers of the earth ignored and the proud could never understand; whose life was among common people, whose welcome came from persons of hungry hearts.

I believe in the one who proclaimed the love of God to be invincible:

I believe in the one whose cradle was a mother's arms, whose modest home in Nazareth had love for its only wealth, who looked at persons and made them see what God's love saw in them, who by love brought sinners back to purity, and lifted human weakness up to meet the strength of God.

I confess my ever-lasting need of God: The need of forgiveness for our selfishness and greed, the need of new life for empty souls, the need of love for hearts grown cold.


I believe in God who gives us the best of himself. I believe in Jesus, the son of the living God, born in Bethlehem this night, for me and for the world.


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Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century /Descubriendo el siglo 21
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Lord Jesus

Oh Lord Jesus, Heavenly Father,
Our Lord Our God,
Our Holy Redeemer,
Son of the Holy Almighty.
I thank you for this day, thank you for my family.
Thank you for your infinite Love,
Your forgiveness of sin,
Your Crucifixion,
Our Redemption and Salvation.
Thank you for our Blessed Mother, Virgin Mary,
Your saving Grace,
And all your gifts of Love that you have given us thru our lives.
Amen.

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Need a Bible? We have them in English and Spanish, please visit our website or call us.
Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century /Descubriendo el siglo 21
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778

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Monday, December 8, 2014

What do you think of Christmas?

Seeing the stores all decorated with Christmas wreaths, and trees plus plenty of holiday catalogs coming thru mail months before Christmas, it makes me think and meditate in the real meaning of Christmas.
Seeing all these, I knew that I had to write something about it, and I have been searching for words but “the right words” or the “key words” to express and describe how I feel are not easy, since I see that Christmas has become a multimillion dollar profit for all stores worldwide.
But before I start typing away my thoughts and ideas, I need to ask myself:
1-"What does the word Jesus Christ mean to you?"
2- "What does Christmas Holiday mean to you?"
3- "How do your Catholic beliefs contribute to your quality of life, your expectations of your life and your life experiences?"


I believe the life of our Lord Jesus Christ was an example for us to follow, remembering, not forgetting his sorrowful ending, but the most important legacy for us Catholics and Christians are his teaching along the way. And that’s how I have learned thru the Holy Gospel:
Follow His mission.- If it is a strong call, it may result in conflict with your earth-family, friends and community but your greater calling will always be to Your Creator, our Heavenly Father. The satisfaction you feel out of acting on your calling will far exceed your discomfort from breaking off on your own.
When you do something that is new to others, you might be seen as a fool or dupe, but follow your heart and spirit. Remembering that Jesus is your guide. Many of us experience loneliness but remember that you are truly never alone.
Heal those that seek healing but know that some people find healing through their experience with physical hardship. Suspend judgment; do not think less of those that choose the "hard way".
Knowing your true connection to our Heavenly Father is wonderful, but does not mean that life will be "easy" or that your knowledge will improve all problems. In fact, knowledge always brings responsibility. Those with greater knowledge have a greater share of responsibility.
Everyone is a child of our Heavenly Father, treat everyone with respect.
Working with friendly people is a joy, but reaching out to those that believe and think differently than you is what it is all about.
I respect other people's beliefs about what the Jesus Christ's life means to them. My experience is that when one focuses on the "negative", the negative seems to be there in full force, ready to be seen and experienced. Those that are fully connected to reality but working through love and compassion will find that life is full of joy and hope. One doesn't want to run away from reality, but one doesn't want to be stuck in unconstructiveness, sorrow and guilt either.
Now to bring things back down to earth a bit, perhaps we can look at the birth of Jesus in a general way. I like to think about his birth and reconnect with his human incarnation, linking it to all of the births that had come before and still are today. How miraculous is the birth of a child. I pray that each child will be looked upon as miracle, a Chris, since we are all a part of the same God.
I encourage you to seek out what your particular religious tradition believes. I would also encourage you to remain or become curious of other beliefs. I know that in doing so; you will find your concept of life expanding and your options with also expand. And never be afraid to allow your view of God to grow and change as you grow and change.


May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your family, now and forever, Amen.

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Need a Bible? We have them in English and Spanish, please visit our website or call us.
Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century /Descubriendo el siglo 21
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778

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Monday, December 1, 2014

For Christ has come

You are in your car driving home.
Thoughts wander to the game you want to see or meal you want to eat, when suddenly a sound unlike any you've ever heard fills the air.
The sound is high above you.
A trumpet? A choir?, A choir of trumpets? You don't know, but you want to know...
So you pull over, get out of your car, and look up. As you do, you see you aren't the only curious one. The roadside has become a parking lot.
Car doors are open, and people are staring at the sky.
Shoppers are racing out of the grocery store...
The Little League baseball game across the street has come to a halt. Players and parents are searching the clouds and what they see, and what you see, has never before been seen.


As if the sky was a curtain, the drapes of the atmosphere part, a brilliant light spills onto the earth. There are no shadows, None!


From every hue ever seen and a million more never seen. Riding on the flow is an endless fleet of angels.
They pass through the curtains one myriad at a time, until they occupy every square inch of the sky.
North, South, East, West....


Thousands of silvery wings rise and fall in unison, and over the sound of the trumpets, you can hear the cherubim and seraphim chanting, Holy, holy, holy...
The final flank of angels is followed by twenty-four silver-bearded elders and a multitude of souls who join the angels in worship.


Suddenly, the heavens are quiet. All is quiet. The angels turn, you turn, the entire world turns and there He is... Jesus.


Through waves of light you see the silhouetted figure of Christ the King. He is atop a great stallion, and the stallion is atop a billowing cloud. He opens his mouth, and you are surrounded by his declaration:

I am the Alpha and the Omega.


The angels bow their heads...
The elders remove their crowns...
And before you, is a Figure so consuming that you know, instantly you know: Nothing else matters...
Forget stock markets and school reports.
Sales meetings and football games! Nothing is newsworthy...
All that mattered, matters no more...
For Christ has come.

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Need a Bible? We have them in English and Spanish, please visit our website or call us.
Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century /Descubriendo el siglo 21
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778

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