Keep the fire of faith alive in your heart. The following articles and reflections are written by fellow ACTS brothers and sisters to help you nourish that flame that you received on your retreat. If you would like to contribute to our blog, please submit your article for approval.

Making a New Year’s Resolution to Kick Off the New Liturgical Year

Written by Ricky Jones

Every time a new year begins we make resolutions that we know we can’t keep. Whether it’s to lose weight, save money, or spend more time with the kids, we know it’s important, but for some reason we fail. We set ourselves up for failure. Well as the liturgical year comes to an end this week, let us make resolutions that will help us to deepen our relationship with God, and let’s keep them.

Community: Why You Can’t Walk the Christian Journey Solo

Written by Ricky Jones

It is easy for me to fall into the mistake of trying to do everything on my own. It’s a problem I continue to battle with everyday. This applies to my work, my faith, and many other things. But what I have to do is realize that I meant to live in community, to love and be loved—just as God is an intimate union of three distinct persons caught in an eternal exchange of love. The truth is you can’t walk the Christian journey alone. We need each other, as much as I’d like to think otherwise.

Theology: Falling in Love with God

Written by Ricky Jones

When most people think of theology we think of books and professors. We think of big words like transubstantiation and the hypostatic union. But the true purpose of theology is not just to study God for the sole purpose of study, rather learn more about He who loves us.

Pope Francis on the Mystery of the Encounter with God

Written by Ricky Jones

Pope Francis, when he was a Cardinal in Argentina, shared these beautiful words on a topic familiar to all of us members of the ACTS community, the mystery of the encounter with God.

The Mystery of Ministry Work

Written by Amateo Seno

Jesus said the harvest is great, but the workers are few (Luke 10:3). He also said that one will sow and another reap (John 4:37). Such is the mystery of ministry work. We are called to serve, but how do we know if we are serving well? After discerning our call through prayer, opening ourselves to be guided by Spirit, performing our due diligence with gifts God has graced us with, how do we know we are succeeding when even Jesus tells us we may not be one’s to reap what we have sown?

How to Keep from Getting Burned Out

Written by Ricky Jones

In our efforts to answer the Christian call to love our neighbor, we can often become consumed in our works of charity. It’s great to say yes to God. It’s wonderful to do good in our family, community, church, etc. But it’s also important that we don’t burn ourselves out.

In Pursuing Our Mission, Don’t Lose Sight of God

Written by Jay Vela

It’s important to remember that we are part of a large community, not just our tri-parish, but the world. Our Church expands throughout the world and ACTS Missions is doing a lot of work to continue this New Evangelization. For this reason I wanted to share this message from Jay Vela, the Executive Director of ACTS Missions.

Living the “A” in ACTS

Written by Ricky Jones

As we enter into Advent, a season of preparation, let us reflect on the meaning of ACTS. Do you remember your first ACTS retreat? Do you remember the way you saw the Gospel being lived out right in front of your eyes? That is what we are called to do. This message is just the beginning of a series of Advent reflections to help rekindle that fire that we all feel on retreat.

Rekindling God’s Love in Your Life

Written by Ricky Jones

Love is profound and the love we experience and receive throughout the ACTS retreat weekend is something that sticks with us forever. However, when we have returned to the “real world” we can find it difficult to maintain.

Pastoral Letter: Witness to the New World of Faith

Written by Most Rev. José H. Gómez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, The world needs a new evangelization! The people of our city, our nation and our continent are waiting for the encounter with Jesus Christ who makes all things new. In every age, Jesus draws near to offer his salvation to all people. He calls: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock!”