FROM OUR EDITORS—March 17, 2019 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Author: Joan McKamey ~ March 11, 2019

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Listen to him. In Sunday’s Gospel of the Transfiguration, a voice from the cloud says, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” That doesn’t sound so difficult, but really listening to another—in this case, the Son of God—requires more than our attention. Listening involves making a response—an action, a change of behavior, a surrender of will. Listening to the Son of God means following wherever he leads.

Peter, John, and James were given a glimpse of Jesus in his divine glory. We pray that our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving help move us along the path that Jesus laid out for us…to Heaven!

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FROM OUR EDITORS—March 10, 2019 – 1st Sunday of Lent

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ March 4, 2019

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“Be with me Lord, when I’m in trouble” is the response to this Sunday’s psalm. Lent gives us a wonderful opportunity to strengthen our trust in God. We know that Jesus defeated death once and for all when he rose on the third day. We also know that God has commanded “his angels to guard [us] in all [our] ways,” yet many of us live in a constant state of anxiety and distress.

As I write this, Psalm 46 comes to mind: “Be still and know that I am God!” The Lord is asking us to stop relying on our own talents, knowledge, and abilities as sources of strength and to allow him, our Heavenly Father, to fill our lives with comfort and peace. What a wonderful Lenten exercise!

Loving Father, grant us the confidence we need to abandon ourselves to you, knowing that you are with us in times of distress and that you will deliver us. Amen.

 

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DE NUESTROS EDITORES—10 de marzo de 2019 – 1.er Domingo de Cuaresma

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ March 3, 2019

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“Tú eres mi Dios y en ti confío”, es la respuesta al Salmo de este domingo. La Cuaresma es un tiempo especial en el que podemos fortalecer nuestra confianza en Dios. Sabemos bien que Jesucristo terminó por vencer a la muerte cuando resucitó al tercer día, sabemos que Dios ha prometido “enviar ángeles para que nos lleven en brazos y para evitar que tropecemos” y, sin embargo, vivimos en un constante estado de ansiedad y angustia.

Al escribir sobre la confianza, me viene a la mente el versículo 10 del salmo 46: “Estad quietos y sabed que yo soy Dios”. El Señor nos pide que dejemos de buscar seguridad y consuelo en nuestras habilidades, en nuestros conocimientos, en nuestros talentos, en las cosas de este mundo y que dejemos que él, nuestro Padre del Cielo, sea quien nos llene de fortaleza y de paz. ¡Qué buen ejercicio para esta Cuaresma!

Padre de bondad, te pedimos que en esta Cuaresma podamos abandonarnos a ti, sabiendo que tú estás con nosotros en nuestras angustias y que nos librarás de ellas. Amén.

 

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FROM OUR EDITORS—March 3, 2019 – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ February 25, 2019

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As difficult as it may be to believe it, Lent begins this week. Ash Wednesday is March 6. As we invite and guide the children in our care to prepare their hearts for Easter through age-appropriate increases in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we must give thought to our own Lenten preparation for Easter.

If you tend to do the same thing every Lent, consider making a change or adding something new to your Lenten preparation. You might consider joining me in one of my go-to Lenten practices. Using the letters of Lent as an acronym—Let’s Eliminate Negative Thinking, I make an effort to be more positive throughout the season of Lent.

When tempted to be critical of another person, we might remember Jesus’ words in Sunday’s Gospel: Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?” When tempted to speak badly of another, spread gossip, lie, or use bad language or God’s name in vain, we might remember that Jesus said, “A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Lent is a time for more intense training in following our Master. Jesus said, “[W]hen fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher.” We pray it may be so!

 

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DE NUESTROS EDITORES—3 de marzo de 2019 – 8.o Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Author: Joan McKamey ~ February 25, 2019

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Aunque parezca increíble, esta semana comienza la Cuaresma. El 6 de marzo celebramos el Miércoles de Ceniza. Ahora que invitamos y guiamos a los niños que están bajo nuestro cuidado a preparar sus corazones para la Pascua mediante acciones apropiadas para su edad como incrementar su oración, ayunar y dar limosna, nosotros también debemos pensar en nuestra propia preparación.

Si tiendes a hacer las mismas cosas cada Cuaresma, considera hacer un cambio o agregar algo nuevo a tu preparación cuaresmal. Yo en lo personal, trato de eliminar los pensamientos negativos y hacer un esfuerzo para ser más positiva durante el tiempo de Cuaresma.

Cuando sintamos la tentación de juzgar a otra persona, es bueno recordar las palabras que Jesús dijo en el Evangelio del domingo: ¿Por qué ves la paja en el ojo de tu hermano y no la viga que llevas en el tuyo?”.  Cuando sintamos la tentación de hablar mal de otra persona, divulgar rumores, mentir o utilizar en nombre de Dios en vano, recordemos las palabras de Jesús: “El hombre bueno dice cosas buenas, porque el bien está en su corazón, y el hombre malo dice cosas malas, porque el mal está en su corazón, pues la boca habla de lo que está lleno el corazón”.

La Cuaresma es un tiempo de aprendizaje intenso para poder seguir a Jesús, nuestro Maestro. Él dijo: “cuando [el discípulo] termine su aprendizaje, será como su maestro”. ¡Pidamos al Señor que así sea!

Traducción: Erika De Urquidi

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FROM OUR EDITORS—February 24, 2019 – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ February 18, 2019

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This Sunday’s First Reading tells the story of King Saul taking 3,000 men to find and kill David, his worst enemy. David walked into Saul’s camp in the middle of the night and found the ruler soundly asleep. He had the opportunity to kill him right there, but he didn’t. David spared the life of the man who was trying to end his, for he trusted that God would keep his promise to give him the throne of Israel.

Forgiveness is never easy, particularly when the person who hurt us is someone close, like a family member. It can be easier to forgive someone we barely know. During his General Audience on November 4, 2015, Pope Francis said, “One cannot live without seeking forgiveness…especially in the family.” And then he adds: “the family is a great training ground for the mutual giving and forgiving without which no love can last for long.” Forgiving is not only something I do for someone else’s benefit, it is something that allows me to be free and be at peace.

There is no such thing as a perfect family. God’s love must be the model of our love, just as his forgiveness should be the model and foundation of our forgiveness. If we forgive our family members, we witness to a God that forgives, a merciful God.

Let us pray that we may love as God loves us and forgive as he forgives us, especially in our family. Amen.

 

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DE NUESTROS EDITORES—24 de febrero, 2019 – 7.o Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ February 18, 2019

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La primera lectura de este domingo nos habla sobre el Rey Saúl y sobre la persecución que emprendió para acabar con la vida de su peor enemigo: David. David entró en medio de la noche al campamento en donde el Rey Saúl dormía profundamente y tuvo la oportunidad de matarlo, pero no lo hizo. David perdonó la vida al hombre que intentaba acabar con la suya, pues confiaba en la promesa que Dios le hizo: “Tú heredarás el trono de Israel”.

No es fácil hablar de perdón, sobre todo cuando la persona que nos ha ofendido es alguien muy cercano a quien amamos, alguien de nuestra familia. Es más sencillo perdonar a alguien a quien apenas conocemos. El Papa Francisco dijo en su Audiencia General del 4 de noviembre del 2015 que “No se puede vivir sin perdonarse…especialmente en la familia”. Y luego agrega: “la familia es un gran gimnasio de entrenamiento en el don y en el perdón recíproco sin el cual ningún amor puede ser duradero”. El perdón no es simplemente algo que hago por el bien de la otra persona, es algo que me libera y me ayuda a estar en paz.

La familia perfecta no existe. El amor de Dios debe ser el modelo de nuestro amor, así como su perdón debe ser el modelo y el fundamento de nuestro perdón. Si perdonamos en nuestras familias, damos testimonio de un Dios que perdona, de un Dios misericordioso.

Pidamos a Dios que podamos ser capaces de amar como él nos ama y de perdonar como él nos perdona, especialmente a los miembros de nuestra familia. Amén.

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FROM OUR EDITORS—February 17, 2019 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ February 10, 2019

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In the Beatitudes, Jesus gives us his roadmap to happiness—and to our ultimate destination: Heaven. The evangelist Luke has a bias for the poor. When Jesus teaches the Beatitudes in Matthew’s Gospel, he says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Luke takes out the phrase in spirit. Throughout his Gospel, Luke calls attention to the real poor—the ones without enough food, clothes, or shelter.

Luke makes it clear that those of us who have plenty or even just enough now will experience woe and God’s displeasure if we are blinded by the riches of this world and fail to recognize and seek the treasures of God’s kingdom. Seeking the treasures of God’s kingdom will open our eyes and hearts to the needs of the real poor that Luke calls blessed in his Beatitudes.

The Thanksgiving and Christmas collections for the poor are past, but the needs of agencies that serve the poor continue throughout the year. As the beginning of Lent (3/6) approaches, you might consider planning a collection for the “real poor.” Homeless shelters often need socks and personal care products. Food banks need nonperishable food items. Pregnancy help centers may need maternity clothes and baby items. As we work to help meet the physical needs of these agencies’ clients, we can also add our commitment to pray for them. Their spiritual needs are just as important as their physical needs.

LET US PRAY: Loving God, thank you for the many blessings we enjoy every day. Help us to not take them for granted. Help us to see those who are poor with God’s eyes and share our blessings with them. Give us the wisdom to seek and value the treasures of your Kingdom over the treasures of this world. Soften our hearts and break down our prejudices toward those who have less. Help us to depend on you and trust in your care. Amen.

 

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FROM OUR EDITORS—February 10, 2019 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ February 4, 2019

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God is generous. We see this in Sunday’s Gospel of the miraculous catch of fish. After Simon Peter had been fishing all night without catching anything, he and his partner caught such “a great number of fish [that] their nets were tearing” (Luke 5:6). They even had to call in help from James and John in another boat: “They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking” (5:7). This miraculous catch was the result of Simon following Jesus’ command.

Being generous is risky. We may fear giving too much and not having enough for our own needs. We may have been taken advantage of in the past and be concerned about repeating that experience. We may feel depleted and needy ourselves. We may simply be selfish.

God calls us to be generous. Jesus tells us to love others as God loves us—generously. He wants us to place our trust in God instead of the things and values of this world. Your generosity to the children in your care shows them a glimpse of the generosity of our infinitely generous God.

LET US PRAY: Good and gracious God, thank you for your great generosity. Help us to follow and trust your commands. Teach us to be generous in our thoughts, words, and actions. Help us when we are tempted to be selfish. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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DE NUESTROS EDITORES—10 de febrero, 2019 – 5.o Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Author: Joan McKamey ~ January 29, 2019

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Dios es generoso. Esto lo podemos comprobar en el Evangelio de este domingo que relata la pesca milagrosa. Después de que Simón Pedro había estado pescando toda la noche sin tener suerte, él y su amigo “pescaron tal cantidad de peces, que las redes casi se rompían” (Lucas 5, 6). Inclusive tuvieron que pedir la ayuda de Santiago y Juan que estaban en otra barca: ellos “vinieron y llenaron tanto las dos barcas, que por poco se hundían” (5, 7). Esta pesca milagrosa sucedió porque Simón hizo lo que Jesús le dijo.

Ser generoso puede tener sus riesgos. En ocasiones tenemos miedo de dar demasiado y no tener lo suficiente para satisfacer nuestras propias necesidades. Quizá alguien se aprovechó de nosotros en el pasado y nos preocupa que esto vuelva a repetirse. Quizá nosotros mismos sentimos que necesitamos ayuda, o simplemente somos algo egoístas.

Dios nos invita a ser generosos. Jesús nos dice que amemos a los demás como Dios nos ama: de manera generosa. Él desea que pongamos nuestra confianza en Dios, en lugar de confiar en las cosas y los valores de este mundo. Tu generosidad para con los niños que están a tu cuidado les hace ver la generosidad de nuestro Dios.

OREMOS: Dios bueno y misericordioso, gracias por tu generosidad. Ayúdanos a seguir y confiar en tus mandamientos. Ayúdanos a ser generosos con nuestros pensamientos, palabras y acciones. Ayúdanos cuando sintamos la tentación de ser egoístas. Por Jesucristo, Nuestro Señor. Amén.

 

Traducción: Erika De Urquidi
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