Chris Fernandez

Chris FernandezChris Fernandez was born and raised in south Florida. Chris studied at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL where he obtained a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering. In 2013, Chris received a certification in spiritual direction from Our Lady of Divine Providece, School of Spiritual Direction, in Clearwater, FL. Then in 2019 he received a masters degree in theology, with a concentration in spiritual theology, from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT. Chris is a lay member of the Home of the Mother, currently living in Jacksonville, FL with his wife and three children.

Thursday, 30 April 2020 15:22

The Dignity and Holiness of Everyday Work

Some years ago, I went through a formation program in spiritual direction. This program involved times of formation at the school where I would interact with the other students. In getting to know one another we would often engage in small talk, asking one another about our lives, our families, our work, the ministries which we were involved in, etc. In these conversations with the other students, when speaking about the type of work that we were involved in, I would sometimes hear something to the effect of, “Oh, I do the Lord’s work”, before someone began to describe how they worked for some parish or diocesan ministry. The implication being that “the Lord’s work” consisted of working as a part of an explicit ministry of some kind. If I could describe my interior reaction, my response would have been a sort of grimace (hopefully not showing on my face), but the reality was that I experienced an aversion to the injustice, the violence that this implication commits on a lesson which I had learned through much suffering. This lesson was that of the great dignity and holiness of everyday work, work which is explicitly part of some ministry, as well as work in the home, or some secular workplace. The reality is that all our daily labor is meant to be “the Lord’s work.”

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:55

Take Heart, Lay Faithful, Take Heart

I write to the lay faithful in the Church, many who are now experiencing the suffering of the cancellation of our public Masses, as our Church attempts to make prudent responses to the spread of the coronavirus; holding the preservation of the dignity of human life in mind. Take heart, lay faithful, take heart.

This article is the fifth of a series of five articles. The five articles together make up a thesis writing on marriage and the spousal meaning of the body. This fifth article covers the fourth chapter of the thesis, on how properly living out the spousal meaning of the body affects marriage, and ends with the thesis conclusion.

This article is the fourth of a series of five articles. The five articles together make up a thesis writing on marriage and the spousal meaning of the body. This fourth article covers the second half of the third chapter of the thesis, on how the Theology of the Body is in continuity with historical Magisterial teaching.

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