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José Perez-Flores: Walking with Christ

St. Edward parishioner finds his way back to faith after years of rarely attending Mass

Published: September 1, 2017   
José Perez-Flores

José Perez-Flores was born Catholic, but there was a time when faith was the furthest thing from his life.

“I used to hang out with the wrong crowd, and I hardly ever attended Mass,” he said. “I’d be over hanging with my friends.”

Perez-Flores, 28, said one acquaintance was persistent in trying to show him a better path for his life.

“My friend Gabriel Munoz, he always invited me to church. I would always be like, ‘Naaaahhh, I really don’t feel like going today,” he said. “I said, ‘I’ll go next Sunday,’ and next Sunday would come and I wouldn’t go.”

He finally relented and never looked back. Mass attendance led him to a life-changing retreat and then being a regular cantor for the Spanish Mass at St. Edward Church in Texarkana.

“(My old friends) tell me, ‘Come hang out with us,’ and I’m like, ‘Nah. I got responsibilities at church. I can’t stay. Got to go,’” he said.

When Perez-Flores does seek out his old crowd these days, it’s for a different purpose.

“I see a few people going on the same path that I was, and I just try to change them around,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Oh, come on. Go to church with me,’ like my friend Gabriel did for me. It changed me a lot.” 

“I’ve got this one friend that I was hanging with, he hasn’t made his mind up yet. Maybe one day. The Lord will help me and he’ll come and join me.”


If you could be any saint, who would it be?

“Probably St. Jude. He’s the one that guides my way.”

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