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FRENTE A LA CRUZ | La encíclica ‘Humanae Vitae’ se refiere a aspectos en el mismo corazón de la fe

Hace cincuenta años — el 25 de Julio de 1968 — el Papa Pablo VI en su carta encíclica 'Humanae Vitae' reiteró las enseñanzas de la Iglesia sobre la inmoralidad de la anticoncepción. Es una buena oportunidad para decir algo acerca de esa enseñanza.

La Iglesia no objeta los anticonceptivos porque son artificiales. (Hay muchas cosas artificiales que nosotros aprobamos). La Iglesia los objeta porque son "anticonceptivos"

¿Por qué?

BEFORE THE CROSS | ‘Humanae Vitae’ touches on issues at the very heart of the faith

Fifty years ago — on July 25, 1968 — Pope Paul VI reiterated the Church's teaching on the immorality of contraception in his encyclical letter "Humanae Vitae." It's an opportune time to say something about that teaching.

The Church doesn't object to contraceptives because they're artificial. (There are plenty of artificial things of which we approve.) The Church objects to them because they're contraceptive.

Why?

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Dios nos desafía y requiere más de nosotros

Imagínese un hombre que le trae flores a su esposa cada semana, pero nunca escucha sus consejos. Con el tiempo ella puede comenzar a sentir resentimiento por las flores — no porque haya nada malo en ellas, sino porque son el símbolo de como él ocupa su tiempo y su energía en las cosas que menos importan.

Este escenario (y estoy seguro de que a usted se le pueden ocurrir otros) nos ayuda a comprender uno de los mensajes del profeta Isaías que leeremos esta semana: "¿Qué me importa el número de tus sacrificios? ... No traigas más ofrendas sin valor; tu incienso es repugnante para mi"

BEFORE THE CROSS | God challenges each of us to be more

Imagine a man who brings his wife flowers every week, but never listens to her advice. Over time she may come to resent the flowers — not because there's anything wrong with them, but because they're a symbol of how he spends more time and energy on what matters less.

This scenario (and I'm sure you could come up with others) helps us understand one of the messages of the prophet Isaiah that we read this week: "What care I for the number of your sacrifices? ... Bring no more worthless offerings; your incense is loathsome to me."

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Tal como Jesús lo hizo, debemos estar dispuestos a llevar la cruz por los demás

Esta semana nosotros escuchamos acerca del profeta Amós. Y si pensamos cuidadosamente en su mensaje, podemos descubrir un componente importante del enfoque cristiano del sufrimiento.

BEFORE THE CROSS | As Jesus did, we must be willing to bear the cross for others

We hear from the prophet Amos this week. And if we think through his message carefully, we might discover an important component of a Christian approach to suffering.

Amos was a prophet to the northern tribes of Israel in the mid-700s BC. To capture the attention of his audience, his prophetic message began by naming the sins of all the surrounding countries, and announcing that the judgment of the Lord would fall upon them. Then, having gained the Israelites' attention (and even enthusiasm), he announced the shocking news: God's judgment would fall on Israel as well.

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