A different response: Mercy, not vengeance

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 10, 2016
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Living in strange times

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 15, 2015
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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…)

Qué significa perdonar después de un daño terrible

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XXIV Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 11 Septiembre 2011
Sir 27, 30–28, 7; Sal 102; Rom 14, 7-9; Mt 18, 21-35

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo nos habla hoy del tema del perdón. Y el perdón es un tema muy familiar y también muy susceptible para todos. Lo conocemos; y sabemos que a veces es muy difícil cumplir este mandamiento del Señor.

Y oímos sus palabras en un día en lo cual los Estados Unidos, y el mundo, recuerdan los ataques terroristas del 11 de Septiembre, 2001—hace diez años. Fue un día en lo cual este país experimentó lo mismo que otros países y otras gentes han experimentado: una gran herida del terrorismo o alguno otro golpe, que causó mucho dolor, mucho temor, muchas dudas.

Recordando esta tragedia y otras semejantes, quizá nos preguntamos: ¿Cómo se relaciona el perdón con estos? (more…)

September 11 and the truth of forgiveness

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Sept. 11, 2011
Sir 27:30–28:7; Ps 103; Rom 14:7-9; Matt 18:21-35

Today we hear strong teaching from our Lord Jesus on how we must forgive others. And this comes as our nation recalls the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001—ten years ago. As we recall that day, and the days and weeks that followed—a time of pain and fear and uncertainty—we may well wonder: What does forgiveness have to do with that?

For the actions of September 11 caused great harm: physical death for nearly 3000; physical injury for many more; emotional pain and damage, in different degrees, for the entire country and even the world; as well as much physical destruction. They also sparked great fear (more…)

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.

A homily on September 11

I don’t write out my weekday homilies beforehand; but every so often I will type them up here afterward, if they seem worth sharing more widely. I used the Mass “in Time of War or Civil Disturbance.”

Today we have the 7th- and 8th-graders with us for Mass. Now most of you are 12 or 13– which means that 8 years ago, on September 11, 2001, you were 4 or 5. The front page of the Washington Post today talks about those who are young enough that you don’t remember the terrorist attacks of that day as your own memory or experience, but now learn about it as a subject in school (article). And so let me say a few words about what made this day so important for Americans.

There had been terrorist attacks in places in the past. But the U.S. had put up safeguards against these, security checks to keep them from happening here. That day, those terrorists pierced through that security. (more…)

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