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Celebrating Hispanic heritage, culture and the fire of God’s love

People representing Hispanic communities from all over the Jefferson City Diocese gather for a reception following an Aug. 18 Mass in the Cathedral of St. Joseph to celebrate Hispanic heritage.

In a passage from the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus expresses a longing for flames to engulf the earth.
Those flames are the fire of God’s love, enlightening and warming the hearts of all people.
“As fire gives light and heat, so Jesus looks to the time when God’s love, God’s Holy Spirit, will fill our hearts and minds, enabling us to know the truth and live it with courage,” Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos told about 700 Hispanic Catholics from throughout the Jefferson City diocese.
Representing various ages, communities, nationalities, cultures and experiences, they gathered as one congregation in the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Aug. 18 to celebrate Hispanic heritage and worship God in the language in which they first came to know Him.

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