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Friday, April 12, 2024

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Poem: “A Prayer in Spring” by Robert Frost (1874-1963)

 Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;

And give us not to think so far away

As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year.

 

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchid white,

Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;

And make us happy in the happy bees,

The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

 

And make us happy in the darting bird

That suddenly above the bees is heard,

The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,

And off a blossom in mid-air stands still.

 

For this is love and nothing else is love,

The which it is reserved for God above

To sanctify to what far ends He will,

But which it only needs that we fulfill.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Photo: Blue Hues


 

Poem: Wendell Berry, "A Purification"

 At the start of spring I open a trench

in the ground. I put into it
the winter’s accumulation of paper,
pages I do not want to read
again, useless words, fragments,
errors. And I put into it
the contents of the outhouse:
light of the sun, growth of the ground,
finished with one of their journeys.
To the sky, to the wind, then,
and to the faithful trees, I confess
my sins: that I have not been happy
enough, considering my good luck;
have listened to too much noise;
have been inattentive to wonders;
have lusted after praise.
And then upon the gathered refuse
of mind and body, I close the trench,
folding shut again the dark,
the deathless earth. Beneath that seal
the old escapes into the new.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Peace’s Power: The Third Sunday of Easter 2024

                                                            Peace’s Power:

The Third Sunday of Easter 2024 

April 14, 2024

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Acts 3:13-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48

 

We see the Apostles again huddled in the Upper Room joined with the two disciples who returned to Jerusalem from their trip to Emmaus. The two were eager to share the events that happened to them as they walked on that dusty road with a stranger who broke bread with them. Jesus appeared to wish them peace that would take away their fears. This peace was an extraordinary gift, the same peace that is offered to us today. 

 

The power of that peace turned the Disciples from people crouching in fear to Apostles who boldly proclaimed to the religious leaders of the day that they killed Jesus and God vindicated him. This peace gave them courage to speak what they knew – that Jesus was the Holy and Righteous One. It tells us that fear is not faith, and this peace gives us courage. A person who trusts in this peace will handle all of life’s challenges well – whether it is rejection, failure, lack of reconciliation, or even death. This peace takes away the essential fears that we have.

 

During Mass, after we say the Lord’s prayer, we wish one another peace. To our loved ones, we give hugs or a kiss of affection. To our neighbors, we extend a handshake or a wave. Imagine if we really thought about the sign of goodwill we are extending. Rather than a quick gesture, what would it be like if we took our time, looked the person in the eyes, really saw the person, tried to imagine what was going on inside the person, and sincerely wished the person wellbeing. Imagine the effect of looking upon a person and seeing them for who they are. Imagine the power that is within that gaze.

 

What if we were to bring this power into the world. The two disciples who returned from their trip to Emmaus were able to tell their story. What would happen if we gave each other time to hear their stories. I believe we would see each other’s humanity. We would not see those characteristics that separate us because we would see fellow pilgrims of humanity on the road to salvation. Loneliness is the great suffering of our day as so many of us feel disconnected even though technology has power to keep us together. Our ability to encounter one another and to wish one peace is a force that changes the world.

 

Imagine the power of this peace for humanity. It comes from a deep place that respects the sanctity of life. It breaks down any ideologies, judgments, or perceptions we have made. It allows us to connect the reality of God in my soul with yours. It is an inclusive peace of hospitality that shows no partiality but sees equal dignity in each person. It is a peace that forgives and reconciles and sees the radical potential for goodness of the human person who is striving. It is a peace that does not know war or suffering caused by human avarice or violence. We must give this peace a chance.

 

We are witnesses to the Resurrection, and this is the peace spoken about by the prophets and is the center of the law of Moses and the Psalms. It is the peace freely offered by Jesus that can transform the fears in our lives to convictions of courage. It is an unknown energy that we may not have tested fully yet. My prayer for us today is that we allow Jesus to offer us this gift once again, and may we be weak enough to receive it. His peace will do the rest. May this reconciling, forgiving power settle into our souls that we bring we bring forth boldly the creative, resurrecting presence of Christ. 

 

Scripture for Daily Mass

 

Monday: (Acts 6) Stephen worked great signs and wonders in the name of Jesus. 

 

Tuesday: (Acts 7) False testimony is lodged against him but he stands angelic before them. Angry opponents stone him, including Saul, who consents to execute him.  

 

Wednesday: (Acts 8) A severe persecution breaks out in Jerusalem and the believers are displaced to Judea and Samaria. Saul, trying to destroy the Church, enters house after house to arrest them. 

 

Thursday: (Acts 8) Philip’s testimony and miracles in Samaria emboldens the believers. Philip heads out to Gaza and meets an Ethiopian eunuch who is reading Isaiah’s texts. Philip interprets the scripture and the eunuch begs to be baptized. 

  

Friday (Acts 9) Meanwhile, Saul is carrying out hateful acts against the believers and is struck blind as he beholds a manifestation of Jesus. The beginning of his call and conversion takes place.  

 

Saturday (1 Peter 6 – Mark the Evangelist) Clothe yourself in humility; be sober and vigilant and resist the devil. The God of grace will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little.  

 

Gospel: 

Monday: (John 6) Jesus feeds the 5000 as a flashback to the Eucharistic memory of the believers with the Bread of Life discourse. 

 

Tuesday: (John 6) Jesus instructs them, “It was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven; my heavenly father gives the true bread.” Jesus proclaims, “I am the bread of life.”

 

Wednesday (John 6) God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but that the world might be saved through him. 

 

Thursday (John 6) Jesus states that all that is required is belief in him. Belief is not given to all. The way to the way is through the Son. 

 

Friday (John 6) The Jews quarreled and opposition to the cannibalistic references of Jesus rises because his sayings are hard to accept. He tells the people, “my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” If you eat of Jesus, you will live forever. 

  

Saturday (Mark 16) Jesus appeared to the Eleven giving them instructions to proclaim the Gospel to every creature. 

 

Saints of the Week

 

No Saints are on the calendar this week.

 

This Week in Jesuit History

 

  • April 14, 1618. The father of John Berchmans is ordained a priest. John himself was still a Novice. 
  • April 15, 1610. The death of Fr. Robert Parsons, the most active and indefatigable of all the leaders of the English Catholics during the reign of Elizabeth I. 
  • April 16, 1767. Pope Clement XIII wrote to Charles III of Spain imploring him to cancel the decree of expulsion of the Society from Spain, issued on Aprilil 2nd. The Pope's letter nobly defends the innocence of the Society. 
  • April 17, 1540. The arrival in Lisbon of St Francis Xavier and Fr. Simon Rodriguez. Both were destined for India, but the King retained the latter in Portugal. 
  • April 18, 1906. At Rome, the death of Rev Fr. Luis Martin, twenty-fourth General of the Society. Pope Pius X spoke of him as a saint, a martyr, a man of extraordinary ability and prudence. 
  • April 19, 1602. At Tyburn, Ven. James Ducket, a layman, suffered death for publishing a work written by Robert Southwell. 
  • April 20, 1864. Father Peter de Smet left St Louis to evangelize the Sioux Indians.

El poder de la paz: El tercer domingo de Pascua 2024

                                                        El poder de la paz:

El tercer domingo de Pascua 2024

14 de abril de 2024

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Hechos 3:13-19; Salmo 4; 1 Juan 2:1-5; Lucas 24:35-48

 

Vemos de nuevo a los Apóstoles acurrucados en el Cenáculo junto con los dos discípulos que regresaban a Jerusalén de su viaje a Emaús. Los dos estaban ansiosos por compartir los acontecimientos que les sucedieron mientras caminaban por ese camino polvoriento con un extraño que partía el pan con ellos. Jesús apareció para desearles una paz que les quitaría los miedos. Esta paz fue un regalo extraordinario, la misma paz que se nos ofrece hoy.

 

El poder de esa paz hizo que los Discípulos pasaran de ser personas agazapadas por el miedo a ser Apóstoles que proclamaron con valentía a los líderes religiosos de la época que habían matado a Jesús y que Dios lo reivindicó. Esta paz les dio valor para decir lo que sabían: que Jesús era el Santo y Justo. Nos dice que el miedo no es fe y esta paz nos da valor. Una persona que confía en esta paz afrontará bien todos los desafíos de la vida, ya sea el rechazo, el fracaso, la falta de reconciliación o incluso la muerte. Esta paz elimina los miedos esenciales que tenemos.

 

Durante la Misa, después de decir el Padrenuestro, nos deseamos paz unos a otros. A nuestros seres queridos les damos un abrazo o un beso de cariño. A nuestros vecinos les extendemos un apretón de manos o un saludo. Imagínese si realmente pensáramos en el signo de buena voluntad que estamos brindando. En lugar de un gesto rápido, ¿cómo sería si nos tomáramos nuestro tiempo, miráramos a la persona a los ojos, la viéramos realmente, intentáramos imaginar lo que estaba pasando dentro de ella y le deseáramos sinceramente bienestar? Imagine el efecto de mirar a una persona y verla tal como es. Imagina el poder que hay dentro de esa mirada.

 

¿Qué pasaría si trajéramos este poder al mundo? Los dos discípulos que regresaron de su viaje a Emaús pudieron contar su historia. ¿Qué pasaría si nos diésemos tiempo unos a otros para escuchar sus historias? Creo que veríamos la humanidad del otro. No veríamos esas características que nos separan porque veríamos a compañeros peregrinos de la humanidad en el camino hacia la salvación. La soledad es el gran sufrimiento de nuestros días, ya que muchos de nosotros nos sentimos desconectados a pesar de que la tecnología tiene el poder de mantenernos unidos. Nuestra capacidad de encontrarnos unos con otros y desearnos la paz es una fuerza que cambia el mundo.

 

Imagínese el poder de esta paz para la humanidad. Proviene de un lugar profundo que respeta la santidad de la vida. Rompe cualquier ideología, juicio o percepción que hayamos hecho. Nos permite conectar la realidad de Dios en mi alma con la tuya. Es una paz inclusiva de hospitalidad que no muestra parcialidad sino que ve la misma dignidad en cada persona. Es una paz que perdona y reconcilia y ve el potencial radical de bien de la persona humana que se esfuerza. Es una paz que no conoce la guerra ni el sufrimiento causado por la avaricia o la violencia humana. Debemos darle una oportunidad a esta paz.

 

Somos testigos de la Resurrección, y esta es la paz de la que hablaron los profetas y es el centro de la ley de Moisés y de los Salmos. Es la paz ofrecida gratuitamente por Jesús la que puede transformar los miedos de nuestras vidas en convicciones de valentía. Es una energía desconocida que quizás aún no hayamos probado en su totalidad. Mi oración por nosotros hoy es que permitamos que Jesús nos ofrezca este regalo una vez más, y que seamos lo suficientemente débiles para recibirlo. Su paz hará el resto. Que este poder reconciliador y perdonador se instale en nuestras almas y que traigamos a cabo con valentía la presencia creativa y resucitada de Cristo.

 

Escritura para la misa diaria

 

Lunes: (Hechos 6) Esteban hizo grandes señales y prodigios en el nombre de Jesús.

 

Martes: (Hechos 7) Se presentan falsos testimonios contra él, pero él se presenta angelicalmente ante ellos. Sus oponentes enojados lo apedrean, incluido Saúl, quien accede a ejecutarlo.

 

Miércoles: (Hechos 8) Estalla una severa persecución en Jerusalén y los creyentes son desplazados a Judea y Samaria. Saulo, tratando de destruir la Iglesia, entra casa tras casa para arrestarlos.

 

Jueves: (Hechos 8) El testimonio y los milagros de Felipe en Samaria envalentonan a los creyentes. Felipe se dirige a Gaza y se encuentra con un eunuco etíope que está leyendo los textos de Isaías. Felipe interpreta la Escritura y el eunuco ruega ser bautizado.

  

Viernes (Hechos 9) Mientras tanto, Saulo está llevando a cabo actos de odio contra los creyentes y queda ciego al contemplar una manifestación de Jesús. Se produce el inicio de su llamada y conversión.

 

Sábado (1 Pedro 6 – Evangelista Marcos) Vístete de humildad; sed sobrios y vigilantes y resistid al diablo. El Dios de gracia te restaurará, confirmará, fortalecerá y establecerá después de que hayas sufrido un poco.

 

Evangelio: 

Lunes: (Juan 6) Jesús alimenta a los 5000 como un flashback a la memoria eucarística de los creyentes con el discurso del Pan de Vida.

 

Martes: (Juan 6) Jesús les instruye: “No fue Moisés quien os dio pan del cielo; mi padre celestial da el pan verdadero”. Jesús proclama: "Yo soy el pan de vida".

 

Miércoles (Juan 6) Dios no envió a su Hijo al mundo para condenarlo, sino para que el mundo sea salvo por él.

 

Jueves (Juan 6) Jesús afirma que todo lo que se requiere es creer en él. No a todos se les da la fe. El camino al camino es a través del Hijo .

 

Viernes (Juan 6) Los judíos se pelearon y surge la oposición a las referencias caníbales de Jesús porque sus dichos son difíciles de aceptar. Él le dice al pueblo: “mi carne es verdadera comida y mi sangre es verdadera bebida”. Si comes de Jesús, vivirás para siempre.

  

Sábado (Marcos 16) Jesús se apareció a los Once dándoles instrucciones de proclamar el Evangelio a toda criatura.

 

Santos de la semana

 

No hay santos en el calendario esta semana.

 

Esta semana en la historia jesuita

 

  • 14 de abril de 1618. El padre de John Berchmans es ordenado sacerdote. El propio Juan era todavía un novicio.
  • 15 de abril de 1610. La muerte del P. Robert Parsons, el más activo e infatigable de todos los líderes de los católicos ingleses durante el reinado de Isabel I.
  • 16 de abril de 1767. El Papa Clemente XIII escribe a Carlos III de España implorándole que anule el decreto de expulsión de la Compañía de España, emitido el 2 de abril . La carta del Papa defiende noblemente la inocencia de la Compañía.
  • 17 de abril de 1540. La llegada a Lisboa de San Francisco Javier y del P. Simón Rodríguez. Ambos estaban destinados a la India, pero el Rey retuvo a este último en Portugal.
  • 18 de abril de 1906. En Roma, la muerte del Rev. P. Luis Martín, vigésimo cuarto General de la Sociedad. El Papa Pío X habló de él como de un santo, un mártir, un hombre de extraordinaria capacidad y prudencia.
  • 19 de abril de 1602. En Tyburn , Ven. James Ducket , un laico, sufrió la muerte por publicar una obra escrita por Robert Southwell .
  • 20 de abril de 1864. El padre Peter de Smet dejó San Luis para evangelizar a los indios sioux.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Photo: Ignatius


 

Prayer: Pope Francis

 The Virgin Mary teaches us what it means to live in the Holy Spirit and what it means to accept the news of God in our life. She conceived Jesus by the work of the Holy Spirit, and every Christian, each one of us, is called to accept the Word of God, to accept Jesus inside of us and then to bring him to everyone. May Mary help you to be attentive to what the Lord asks of you. 

Monday, April 8, 2024

Photo: The Feast of the Anunciation


 

Poem: Hallelujah, by Mary Oliver

Halleluiah 
Everyone should be born into this world happy and loving everything. 
But in truth it rarely works that way. 
For myself, I have spent my life clamoring toward it. 

Halleluiah, anyway I'm not where I started! 
And have you too been trudging like that, sometimes almost forgetting how wondrous the world is and how miraculously kind some people can be? 

And have you too decided that probably nothing important is ever easy? 
Not, say, for the first sixty years. 

 Halleluiah, 
I'm sixty now, and even a little more, and some days I feel I have wings.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Photo: The reflection of Stained Glass Windows at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona


 

Poem: “God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. (British, 1844-1889)

 The world is charged with the grandeur of God.

It will flame out, like shining from shook foil.

It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil

Crushed. Why do men then now reck his rod?

Generations have trod, have trod, have trod,

And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;

And wears  men’s smudge and shares men’s smell; the soil

Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

 

And for all this, nature is  never spent;

There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;

And though the last lights off the black West went

Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs – 

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Poem: May Sarton, “April in Maine”

The days are cold and brown,
Brown fields, no sign of green,
Brown twigs, not even swelling,
And dirty snow in the woods.
But as the dark flows in
The tree frogs begin
Their shrill sweet singing,
And we lie on our beds
Through the ecstatic night,
Wide awake, cracked open.
There will be no going back.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Photo: At Aranzazu


 

Poem: Give Me That Stranger, Byzantine Liturgy

Joseph went to Pilate, pleading with him and cried out:
Give me that Stranger
Who since his youth
Has wandered as a stranger.

Give me that Stranger
Upon whom I look with wonder,
Seeing him a guest of death.

Give me that Stranger
Whom envious men
Estrange from the world.

Give me that Stranger
That I may bury him in a tomb,
Who being a stranger has no place
Whereon to lay his head.

Give me that stranger
To whom his mother cried out
As she saw him dead:

“My Son, my senses are wounded
And my heart is burned
As I see you dead!
Yet, trusting in your resurrection,
I magnify you!”

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Photo: Flowers and Altar


 

Prayer: “Mary at Peace with the Risen Lord” by Ranier Maria Rilke (Austrian, 1875-1926

What they experienced then: is it not 

beyond all secrets sweet,

and all still terrestrial; 

while he, a little pale still from the grave, 

disburdened came to her

in all parts resurrected. 

Oh, to her first. How they were both then 

inexpressibly healing. 

Yes, healing, just that. They did not require 

to touch all that strongly. 

He laid for a bare second,

His soon to become 

eternal hand on her woman’s shoulder. 

And they had started, 

quietly as trees in springtime, 

immensely together, 

this season of their 

farthest-reaching communion. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

God’s Final Word: The Second Sunday of Easter 2024

                                                            God’s Final Word:

The Second Sunday of Easter 2024 

April 7, 2024

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Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1-15:47

 

The Acts of the Apostles give us a picture of the ideal Christian community that was able to discern their new way of proceeding guided by the Holy Spirit. Scripture says that they were of one mind and one heart. This is an evolution of the community of the Disciples that we read about in the Gospel when Thomas doubted the Resurrection accounts about Jesus. We recall that all the Disciples had doubts about Jesus after his arrest in the Garden because they deserted, denied, and betrayed him. Jesus was able to bring most of them back together, but the Resurrection event is done one person at a time. When the Apostles gathered in the Upper Room, they were confronted with Thomas’s doubts. We have to see doubting is a good thing.

 

Doubting is essential for a mature faith. It is necessary to ask hard questions about church doctrine and basic beliefs if one is going to be secure in one’s wholehearted commitment to the community. No one enters marriage lightly or buys a house without inspections or makes a foundational career commitment without asking questions that give one assurance. This is what Thomas was doing that night in the Upper Room. There are many aspects of the faith that do not always make sense, and we need to have solid answers to settle our minds. We need a better answer than, “It is just a mystery.” No, we must give an account of our hope, of our faith. 

 

The world today is more complex than when we were children and in our age of discovery, we will call more things into question. In this age of rapid, explosive change, it is only natural to ask questions about the faith. We wonder if the faith has modernized when we have certain knowledge of the sciences and other academic disciplines. It is fine to wonder whether 13th century doctrines are still viable and applicable to today’s challenges. It is permissible and expected to have questions. Questions are you friends because they will lead you to a more assured answer. No one could answer the question for Thomas. He has to ask Jesus himself. 

 

The Resurrection was not an event that was universally understood by all peoples at all times. The Resurrection was revealed one person at a time. It entailed the openness of the disciple, and Jesus needed to console and teach. Each person has to experience the Resurrection – even today. When someone is grieving, she may not experience the Resurrection on Easter morning. It could happen in August. It is an individual encounter with the Risen Jesus, who invites us into the community of believers. This is what Thomas experienced. It is what we experience. The questions, the doubting, are essential parts of faith.

 

          What are we called to today? We are called into a community of collegiality and discernment, called a Synod, just like the early disciples, who come together to share stories of their faith and to face challenges together. We may present questions that lead to a new point of view to ask about meaning, truth, and God. With each other, we ask questions, we worship, we bring our conflicts and doubts forward. Mostly, we allow ourselves to experience the Resurrection and remain open for Jesus to give us the Resurrection, a life of new possibilities, of newness, of promise. Our proper response to this event is to stand back in amazement and speak these words: My Lord and My God. 

 

Scripture for Daily Mass

 

Monday: (Acts 4) Peter and John return to their people after being released from the religious authorities. They prayed about their ordeal and the whole house shook and all were filled with the Holy Spirit. 

 

Tuesday: (Acts 4) The community of believers was of one heart and mind and together they bore witness to the Resurrection. Joseph, called Barnabas, sold a property and give money to the Apostles. 

 

Wednesday: (Acts 5) The high priest with the Sadducees jailed the Apostles but during the night the Lord opened the prison doors and the Apostles returned to the Temple area to preach.

 

Thursday: (Acts 5) The Apostles were brought forth again during their arrest and they were reminded that they were forbidden to preach. Peter said on behalf of the Apostles that they are to obey God, and not men.  

 

Friday (Acts 5) Gamaliel, the Pharisee, urges wisdom for the Sanhedrin declaring that if this is of God, it cannot be stopped, but if it is of men, it will certainly die out. 

 

Saturday (Acts 6) The number of disciples grew. The Hellenists complained to the Hebrews that their widows were being neglected. The Twelve decided it was right to select seven reputable men (deacons) to take care of the daily distribution while they continued with prayer and the ministry of the word. Meanwhile the number of disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly. Even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel: 

Monday: (John 3) Nicodemus, a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews comes to Jesus wondering about where he is able to do the great miracles and teachings. He tries to understand. 

 

Tuesday: (John 3) Jesus answered Nicodemus saying, “you must be born from above” to accept this testimony. 

 

Wednesday (John 3) God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but that the world might be saved through him. 

 

Thursday (John 3) Jesus explains that he was come from above and speaks of the things that are from above. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. 

 

Friday (John 6) Near a Passover feast, Jesus miraculously feeds the hungry crowds as a good shepherd would. He reminds the people that the actions in his earthly life were precursors of the meal that they are to share. They are to eat his body and drink his blood.  

 

Saturday (John 6) Jesus then departs to the other side of the sea. When a storm picks up, he walks on the turbulent waves and instructs them not to be afraid. He is with them. He has power over the natural and supernatural world. 

 

Saints of the Week

 

April 11: Stanislaus, bishop and martyr (1030-1079), was born near Krakow, Poland and studied canon law and theology before he renounced his family fortunes and became a priest. Elected bishop, he oppose the bellicose and immoral King Boleslaus II who often oppressed the peasantry. He excommunicated the king who ordered his murder but the soldiers refused to carry it out. The king murdered him by his own hands, but then had to flee into exile. 

 

April 13: Martin I, pope, (6th century – 655), an Umbrian was elected pope during the Byzantine papacy. One of his earliest acts was to convene the Lateran Council that dealt with the heretical Monothelitism.  Martin was abducted by Emperor Constans II and died in the Crimean peninsula. 

 

This Week in Jesuit History

 

  • April 7, 1541. Ignatius was unanimously elected general, but he declined to accept the results. 
  • April 8, 1762. The French Parliament issued a decree of expulsion of the Jesuits from all their colleges and houses. 
  • April 9, 1615. The death of William Weston, minister to persecuted Catholics in England and later an author who wrote about his interior life during that period. 
  • April 10, 1585. At Rome, the death of Pope Gregory XIII, founder of the Gregorian University and the German College, whose memory will ever be cherished as that of one of the Society's greatest benefactors. 
  • April 11, 1573. Pope Gregory XIII suggested to the Fathers who were assembling for the Third General Congregation that it might be well for them to choose a General of some nationality other than Spanish. Later he expressed his satisfaction that they had elected Everard Mercurian, a Belgian. 
  • April 12, 1671. Pope Clement X canonized Francis Borgia, the 3rd general of the Society. 
  • April 13, 1541. Ignatius was elected general in a second election, after having declined the results of the first election several days earlier.

La última palabra de Dios: El Segundo Domingo de Pascua 2024

                                                   La última palabra de Dios:

El Segundo Domingo de Pascua 2024

7 de abril de 2024

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Isaías 50:4-7; Salmo 22; Filipenses 2:6-11; Marcos 14:1-15:47

 

Los Hechos de los Apóstoles nos dan una imagen de la comunidad cristiana ideal que supo discernir su nuevo modo de proceder guiada por el Espíritu Santo. Las Escrituras dicen que tenían una sola mente y un solo corazón. Esta es una evolución de la comunidad de los Discípulos que leemos en el Evangelio cuando Tomás dudó de los relatos de la Resurrección de Jesús. Recordamos que todos los discípulos dudaron de Jesús después de su arresto en el Huerto porque lo abandonaron, lo negaron y lo traicionaron. Jesús pudo reunir a la mayoría de ellos, pero el evento de la Resurrección se realiza una persona a la vez. Cuando los Apóstoles se reunieron en el Cenáculo, se enfrentaron a las dudas de Tomás. Tenemos que ver que dudar es algo bueno.

 

Dudar es esencial para una fe madura. Es necesario plantear preguntas difíciles sobre la doctrina de la iglesia y las creencias básicas si uno quiere estar seguro de su compromiso incondicional con la comunidad. Nadie se casa a la ligera ni compra una casa sin inspecciones ni hace un compromiso profesional fundamental sin hacer preguntas que le den seguridad. Esto es lo que Tomás estaba haciendo esa noche en el Cenáculo. Hay muchos aspectos de la fe que no siempre tienen sentido y necesitamos tener respuestas sólidas para tranquilizar nuestra mente. Necesitamos una respuesta mejor que: "Es sólo un misterio". No, debemos dar cuenta de nuestra esperanza, de nuestra fe.

 

El mundo actual es más complejo que cuando éramos niños y, en nuestra era de descubrimientos, cuestionaremos más cosas. En esta era de cambios rápidos y explosivos, es natural hacer preguntas sobre la fe. Nos preguntamos si la fe se ha modernizado cuando tenemos ciertos conocimientos de las ciencias y otras disciplinas académicas. Está bien preguntarse si las doctrinas del siglo XIII siguen siendo viables y aplicables a los desafíos actuales. Está permitido y se espera que tenga preguntas. Las preguntas son tus amigas porque te llevarán a una respuesta más segura. Nadie pudo responder la pregunta de Thomas. Tiene que preguntárselo al mismo Jesús.

 

La Resurrección no fue un acontecimiento universalmente comprendido por todos los pueblos en todos los tiempos . La Resurrección se reveló una persona a la vez. Implicaba la apertura del discípulo, y Jesús necesitaba consolar y enseñar. Cada uno tiene que experimentar la Resurrección – también hoy. Cuando alguien está de duelo, es posible que no experimente la Resurrección en la mañana de Pascua. Podría suceder en agosto. Es un encuentro individual con Jesús Resucitado, que nos invita a la comunidad de creyentes. Esto es lo que experimentó Tomás. Es lo que experimentamos. Las preguntas, las dudas, son partes esenciales de la fe.

 

          ¿A qué estamos llamados hoy? Estamos llamados a una comunidad de colegialidad y discernimiento, llamada Sínodo, al igual que los primeros discípulos, que se reúnen para compartir historias de su fe y enfrentar desafíos juntos. Podemos presentar preguntas que conduzcan a un nuevo punto de vista para preguntar sobre el significado, la verdad y Dios. Entre nosotros, hacemos preguntas, adoramos, planteamos nuestros conflictos y dudas. Sobre todo, nos permitimos experimentar la Resurrección y permanecemos abiertos a que Jesús nos dé la Resurrección, una vida de nuevas posibilidades, de novedad, de promesa. Nuestra respuesta adecuada a este evento es retroceder con asombro y pronunciar estas palabras: Señor mío y Dios mío.

 

Escritura para la misa diaria

 

Lunes: (Hechos 4) Pedro y Juan regresan con su pueblo después de ser liberados de las autoridades religiosas. Oraron por su terrible experiencia y toda la casa tembló y todos fueron llenos del Espíritu Santo.

Martes: (Hechos 4) La comunidad de creyentes era de un solo corazón y mente y juntos dieron testimonio de la Resurrección. José, llamado Bernabé, vendió una propiedad y dio dinero a los Apóstoles.

 

Miércoles: (Hechos 5) El sumo sacerdote con los saduceos encarceló a los Apóstoles pero durante la noche el Señor abrió las puertas de la prisión y los Apóstoles regresaron al área del Templo para predicar.

 

Jueves: (Hechos 5) Los Apóstoles fueron sacados nuevamente durante su arresto y se les recordó que tenían prohibido predicar. Pedro dijo en nombre de los Apóstoles que deben obedecer a Dios y no a los hombres.

 

Viernes (Hechos 5) Gamaliel, el fariseo, insta a la sabiduría para el Sanedrín declarando que si esto es de Dios, no se puede detener, pero si es de los hombres, ciertamente se extinguirá.

 

Sábado (Hechos 6) El número de discípulos creció. Los helenistas se quejaron ante los hebreos de que sus viudas estaban siendo desatendidas. Los Doce decidieron que era correcto seleccionar a siete hombres (diáconos) de buena reputación para que se encargaran de la distribución diaria mientras ellos continuaban con la oración y el ministerio de la palabra. Mientras tanto, el número de discípulos en Jerusalén aumentaba enormemente. Incluso un gran grupo de sacerdotes se estaba volviendo obediente a la fe.

 

Evangelio: 

Lunes: (Juan 3) Nicodemo, un fariseo, un gobernante de los judíos, se acerca a Jesús preguntándose dónde puede hacer los grandes milagros y enseñanzas. Él trata de entender.

 

Martes: (Juan 3) Jesús respondió a Nicodemo diciendo: “es necesario nacer de arriba” para aceptar este testimonio.

 

Miércoles (Juan 3) Dios no envió a su Hijo al mundo para condenarlo, sino para que el mundo sea salvo por él.

 

Jueves (Juan 3) Jesús explica que vino de arriba y habla de las cosas que son de arriba. Quien cree en el Hijo tiene vida eterna.

 

Viernes (Juan 6) Cerca de la fiesta de la Pascua, Jesús alimenta milagrosamente a las multitudes hambrientas como lo haría un buen pastor. Recuerda al pueblo que las acciones de su vida terrena fueron precursoras de la comida que debían compartir. Deben comer su cuerpo y beber su sangre.

 

Sábado (Juan 6) Jesús luego parte al otro lado del mar. Cuando se levanta una tormenta, camina sobre las olas turbulentas y les instruye a no tener miedo. Él está con ellos. Tiene poder sobre el mundo natural y sobrenatural.

 

Santos de la semana

 

11 de abril: Estanislao, obispo y mártir (1030-1079), nació cerca de Cracovia, Polonia, y estudió derecho canónico y teología antes de renunciar a la fortuna familiar y convertirse en sacerdote. Elegido obispo, se opuso al belicoso e inmoral rey Boleslao II, que a menudo oprimió al campesinado. Excomulgó al rey que ordenó su asesinato pero los soldados se negaron a llevarlo a cabo. El rey lo asesinó con sus propias manos, pero luego tuvo que huir al exilio.

 

13 de abril: Martín I, papa (siglo VI  655), un umbro es elegido papa durante el papado bizantino. Uno de sus primeros actos fue convocar el Concilio de Letrán que se ocupó del monotelismo herético. Martín fue secuestrado por el emperador Constante II y murió en la península de Crimea .

 

Esta semana en la historia jesuita

 

  • 7 de abril de 1541. Ignacio fue elegido general por unanimidad, pero se negó a aceptar los resultados.
  • abril de 1762. El Parlamento francés emite un decreto de expulsión de los jesuitas de todos sus colegios y casas.
  • 9 de abril de 1615. Muerte de William Weston, ministro de los católicos perseguidos en Inglaterra y más tarde autor que escribió sobre su vida interior durante ese período.
  • 10 de abril de 1585. En Roma, muerte del Papa Gregorio XIII, fundador de la Universidad Gregoriana y del Colegio Alemán, cuya memoria será siempre apreciada como la de uno de los mayores benefactores de la Compañía.
  • 11 de abril de 1573. El Papa Gregorio XIII sugirió a los Padres reunidos para la Tercera Congregación General que sería conveniente que eligieran un General de alguna nacionalidad distinta a la española. Posteriormente expresó su satisfacción por haber elegido a Everard Mercurian, un belga.
  • 12 de abril de 1671. El Papa Clemente X canoniza a Francisco de Borgia, tercer general de la Compañía.
  • 13 de abril de 1541. Ignacio es elegido general en una segunda elección, después de haber rechazado los resultados de la primera elección varios días antes.