Hearts like the Good Shepherd, embracing every nation, race, people, and tongue

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 17, 2016
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Work, work, work!

From the Aug. 31–Sept. 1, 2013, bulletin of St. Martin of Tours parish, Gaithersburg, Md.

Labor Day has been a federal holiday since 1894, to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers.  But our Catholic faith has valued work and workers for much longer than that! (more…)

Conflictos entre grupos, y el Buen Pastor

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IV Domingo de Pascua, Año C: 21 Abril 2013
Hch 13, 14.43-52; Sal 99; Ap 7, 9.14-17; Jn 10, 27-30

¡Yo tengo un sueño! Bueno, en realidad, es mejor decir que tengo una visión. Y es la visión que San Juan tenía hace tantos siglos, que hemos oído en la segunda lectura:

Yo, Juan, vi una muchedumbre tan grande, que nadie podía contarla. Eran individuos de todas las naciones y razas, do todos los pueblos y lenguas. Todos estaban de pie, delante del trono y del Cordero; iban vestidos con una túnica blanca; llevaban palmas en las manos y exclamaban con voz poderosa: “¡La salvación viene de nuestro Dios, que está sentado en el trono, y del Cordero!”

Es una imagen gloriosa, ¿no? Es lo que anhelamos, ¿no?—esta paz, esta armonía y amor entre todas las personas—y que sentimos debe de ser posible, de alguna manera. Y quizá lo anhelamos aún más durante un tiempo como la semana pasada, cuando las noticias nos han recordado otra vez de las divisiones y luchas entre los pueblos. (more…)

The Boston bombing and the Good Shepherd

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 21, 2013
Acts 13:14, 43-52; Ps 100; Rev 7: 9, 14-17; John 10:27-30

I have a dream! Well, actually, it’s more of a vision. It’s the vision that St. John had so many centuries ago, which we heard in the second reading:

I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”

Isn’t this a glorious picture? Isn’t this what we long for—this peace, this harmony and love between all people—and that we sense must be possible somehow? And perhaps we long for it all the more during a time like this past week, when the news has so often reminded us again of the divisions and struggles between peoples. (more…)

El Dios del universo te ama intensamente. ¿Y tú?

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XXIX Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 16 Octubre 2011
Is 45, 1.4-6; Sal 95; 1 Tes 1, 1-5; Mt 22, 15-21

La vista de nuestras lecturas hoy es una vista muy ancha—una vista internacional o universal. Y así es una vista que conocemos bien hoy. Pero, al mismo tiempo, se manifiesta como una vista muy personal; y así nos presenta un mensaje muy pertinente.

En la primera lectura, oímos el Señor hablando de su ungido, Ciro. ¡Qué sorpresa! ¡Qué impresión! Pero, ¿por qué? Porque esa lenguaje de unción y de un ungido, en el Pueblo de Israel en el siglo VI antes de Cristo, perteneció a sus sacerdotes y sus reyes—sus “mesías,” que significa, literalmente, ungidos. Pero ¡Ciro no es judío! (more…)

Remember whose you are

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Oct. 16, 2011
Isa 45:1, 4-6; Ps 96; 1 Thess 1:1-5; Matt 22:15-21

When I was in high school and college, and I was at the train station or the airport, about to head back to school, sometimes my dad would say to me before we parted: “Remember whose you are.”

This simple admonition captures the core of what is going on in the incident that we hear in our Gospel reading today. The opponents of our Lord Jesus are trying to trap him publicly by forcing him to say either something dangerous or something deeply unpopular. “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” they ask. (more…)

War & Capital Punishment

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Gift of Life, 5 of 6

Father Dan continues a series of classes on life issues (pressed upon us by new technologies) by considering when and how one person may take another’s life. What about self-defense? When can political authority inflict punishment, and should that include the death penalty? What are the conditions of just war? When is armed resistance against a government permissible?

Stem Cells & Cloning

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Gift of Life, 4 of 6

Father Dan continues a series of classes on life issues (pressed upon us by new technologies) by examining stem cells: embryonic, adult, and reprogrammed. Which can we research and use morally? Why would someone want to clone a human being? How is the government involved in all this? What are different ways of cooperating with an evil act, and what does this mean for our choices?

The Church’s Social Teaching

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Father Dan introduces us to the Church’s moral teaching on our life in society, within the changing conditions of the last 120 years. He gives an overview of the history; of natural law; of the key principles of the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity; and what we do about it all!

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International Community, War & Peace, and Ecclesial Action

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Church’s Social Teaching, 6 of 6

Father Dan concludes a series of classes on the Church’s Social Teaching by looking at international institutions and national sovereignty; conditions of just war and their application today; terrorism; and how the lay faithful can act upon all social teaching.