A few days ago I found myself in a conference with a teacher and a mentor, who after talking for a while offered me some words of advice, “The way is made by walking”. These words resonated in my heart and I meditated a lot on this phrase. The bible is full of references to the word “way”, but what is a way? A way is, according to the dictionary of the Spanish Royal Academy, is a journey from one place to another. In the Bible we find various references to the word “way;” In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:6), Jesus told them: I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Many of the ways are born from the need to reach a goal, the way provides a direction for us. So, armed with a goal and a drawn direction, we only need a way to take action and initiate a journey. As you can see, it is the actions within our day which causes us to change places, both physically and mentally. Thus, as Catholics, our day’s actions are ones we choose with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who invites us to be disciples and to Evangelization.

Our diocese of Fort Worth has been chosen as a headquarters of the Fifth Encounter. Meetings are processes of reflection and ecclesial action which invite all Catholics in the United States to an intense missionary activity, consultation and leadership development and identification of good ministerial practices in the spirit of the New Evangelization

Our Bishop Michael Olson understanding the needs of our community invites us to this day of discipleship of the New Evangelization, Fifth Encounter, which will take place from September 20th to the 23rd, 2018 at the Gaylord Texan Convention center in Grapevine Texas.

Their priests will share more information about this event and will elect parish delegates who along with a server will be contributing articles and resources about the Fifth Encounter and our Hispanic ministry. 

Let’s go! Let’s make a way to walk!

Long live Christ the King!

Joel Rodriguez. (Photo by Juan Guajardo / NTC)
Joel Rodriguez. (Photo by Juan Guajardo / NTC)



By Joel Rodriguez
Diocese of Fort Worth, TX