My Goddaughter Sofia

In the heart of a hyperactive collection of cement buildings, motos, and burrito joints — think Tijuana in the 80s — lives a little girl just over a year old. She’s from the vibrantly pulsating heart of the Petén in Guatemala and I am so happy to be a part of her life.

I was blessed to hold her while the holy water poured over her head as I stood at the altar and declared that I would take up a special responsibility for her soul — the picture above is of she and her padrino on that special day.

And so, I write this to ask that you take just a hot second to hold the thought of her in your heart. Hold it closely and pray to the grandparents of Christ that she never tire in her pursuit of Him in this world.

Prayer to St. Anne and St. Joachim

Dear Saint Anne and Saint Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and grandparents of Jesus, our Divine Savior, have pity on thy loving and trusting client, and listen to the petition which I present before thee.

Oh, blessed Saints, thou art both most dear to the Heart of Jesus, Whose beloved Mother was thy own tender, devoted child! Can He refuse anything to thee, in whose veins the same blood flowed which afterwards furnished the precious price of our Redemption? Great Saints, nothing was impossible to thy power and influence over the young Jesus “Who grew and waxed strong, full of wisdom” under the maternal care of thy glorious Daughter, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. In mercy and compassion, be like unto Him “Who went about doing good,” and come to the aid of thy servant in my great necessity!

Saint Anne, Saint Joachim, beloved parents of Mary, “our life, our sweetness and our hope,” pray to her for me and obtain my request.


May He bless you forever and always, and may you never be ignorant of His continual blessing.

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