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FRENTE A LA CRUZ | El dilema de escoger entre candidatos imperfectos
September 8, 2016

Algunas veces, cuando consideramos todos los temas de la elección y le damos a cada uno su propio peso, se nos presenta un dilema. ¿Qué pasa si uno de los candidatos es inaceptable en un grupo de temas que son no negociables para los votantes católicos, mientras que el otro candidato es inaceptable en un grupo de temas que un votante católico no puede ignorar? Entonces, ¿Qué debemos hacer?

Lo primero, debemos orar. Debemos orar para ped...

Bishop Robert J. Hermann
September 8, 2016

'This is good and pleasing to God, our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.' 

The readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary time focus on the issue: "How do we negotiate our future with God when we realize that our weaknesses have tripped us up?"

In the first reading, God sends Amos, a prophet from the southern kingdom, to the northern kingd...

Father John Mayo
September 8, 2016

Before His ascension, Jesus told His apostles, "'Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature'" (Mark 16:15). While these words were meant for the whole Church, the apostles were the first to embrace them. They traveled, sometimes great distances, to preach the Gospel. All but one of the apostles were martyred for their belief in Christ and proclaiming Him to others.

With that, let us look at what the apostles did a...

September 1, 2016

Many issues confront us in this election. Abortion and euthanasia. Immigration and national security. The list goes on.

The issues don't carry the same weight. In one sense that means different issues appeal to different people. But is there an objective scale of values to weigh the issues? How do we consider all the issues, while giving each issue its proper weight?

The U.S. Catholic bishops provide guidance in a document issued...

September 1, 2016

Muchos temas nos confrontan en esta elección. Aborto y eutanasia, inmigración y seguridad nacional. Y la lista continúa.

Los temas no tienen el mismo peso. En cierto modo esto significa que diferentes temas atraen a diferentes personas. Pero, ¿existe una escala objetiva de valores para evaluar estos temas? ¿Cómo considerar todos los temas dándole a cada uno el peso adecuado?

Los obispos de la Iglesia Católica nos dan orientación...

September 1, 2016

I want to go home to my Father" is the cry of the Prodigal Son in the Gospel for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. That is also the deepest cry of us as sinners.

The first reading reveals how depraved God's chosen people have become. God, depicted in human terms, precedes His threat to wipe out His people by first saying, "Let me alone...." Even in His threat of punishment, He makes Himself "vulnerable" by inviting Moses to bargain with...

September 1, 2016

All of us probably have a Bible somewhere at home. It sits, quietly calling us whenever we see it or think to pick it up and to read its Good News.

Before reading it, examine it to make sure it is a Catholic Bible. If it isn't, some books might be missing that the Catholic Church accepts but other denominations of Christianity don't.

Also, you might want to look at which translation it is. The New American Bible is close to what...

August 25, 2016

Hablemos acerca de las votaciones.

Jesús no es candidato para las elecciónes de este año. Ni lo es su madre. Esto significa que podemos dejar de buscar el candidato perfecto. Desde la perspectiva de la fe católica, el candidato perfecto no existe.

Esto también significa que no les voy a decir como votar — no porque lo prohíban los códigos de impuesto del IRS, sino porque la fe no lo requiere. Yo solo intento escribir acerca de lo...

August 25, 2016

Let's talk about voting.

Jesus isn't running for public office this year. Neither is His mother. That means we can stop looking for the perfect candidate. From the perspective of the Catholic faith, the perfect candidate isn't out there.

It also means I'm not going to tell you how to vote — not because IRS tax codes prohibit it but because faith doesn't require it. I only intend to write about what faith requires — to look at iss...

August 25, 2016

The readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time demonstrate that to know and act upon God's will for our lives, we need all the help we can get from Him.

The first reading asks the question: "Who can know God's counsel or who can conceive what the Lord intends?" It takes very little experience to realize that when it comes to understanding our own inconsistent complexities and how these relate to God's will, we humans are clueless....

August 25, 2016

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to three young children at Fatima, Portugal. While 100 years is a long time, the significance of an event shouldn't be judged solely on the time since it occurred. Indeed, the core message of Our Lady of Fatima is still fresh and relevant today.

At Fatima, Mary diagnosed the problems in the world as arising from sin. In 1917, the effects of sin were seen in the cruel w...

August 18, 2016

We begin a cycle of readings from St. Paul this week. It takes us from Aug. 22 to Sept. 17 — when election season will be in full swing.

St. Paul's life as a preacher taught him valuable lessons. He explains one with precision this week in the First Letter to the Corinthians. Perhaps this letter will guide us as we approach the elections.

When Paul began preaching — in Acts 17 — he started with profound human eloquence. He was in...

August 18, 2016

For the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, the second reading from Hebrews captures a vivid snapshot of the deepest longing of our hearts, a life of eternal glory with God, in the midst of all the angels and saints. The first and third reading reveal humility is a necessary virtue to get there.

The author of Hebrews describes the giving of the first covenant on Mount Sinai as a fearful and dreadful experience, with "blazing fire and gloomy d...

August 18, 2016

On May 13, 1917, three young children received an apparition of Our Lady near Fatima, Portugal. She urged the children to pray the Rosary for an end to World War I. She also urged them to pray for sinners and the conversion of Russia, which slipped into a revolution, bringing the rise of a communist government. For six months, Mary visited these children on the 13th of each month, entrusting them with three secrets and a request to the Holy Fa...

August 11, 2016

Q ué significa para nosotros la Asunción de María, que celebramos el 15 de agosto?

En la segunda lectura para la festividad, San Pablo escribe: "Así como en Adán todos mueren, así también en Cristo todos volveremos a la vida, pero cada uno en el orden correcto". Esto explica la lógica de la festividad. María siguió a Jesús más cercanamente que nadie más en la tierra, de la misma manera María siguió a Jesús al cielo más rápidamente que t...

August 11, 2016

What does Mary's Assumption, which we celebrate Aug. 15, mean for us?

In the second reading for the feast, St. Paul writes: "For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order." This explains the logic of the feast. Mary followed Jesus more closely than anyone else on earth, so Mary followed Jesus more quickly than anyone else into heaven. Christ goes first, Mary next — that's the pr...

August 11, 2016

God is the initiator of all salvation and He sends His invitation to everyone. What we do with that invitation affects God's glory. If we receive and live it, we bring God's glory to others; if we reject it, we diminish God's glory and rob Him of the opportunity to glorify us.

The first reading is rather unusual because it proclaims that God will bring various nations into the Promised Land to see His glory. Some of those who come will...

August 4, 2016

Conozco a alguien que ama a los santos. Cuando ella aprende acerca de un nuevo santo — a través de un libro, una biografía o una película — dice, "Conocí a un nuevo amigo"

Los santos pueden haber muerto hace muchos años, pero están más vivos ahora que cuando estaban en la tierra. Son un regalo del cielo para nosotros. ¿Por qué no podríamos ser sus amigos?

Esta semana está llena de días de santos. El lunes tenemos a Santo Domingo;...