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La Fundación para La Diócesis Presenta a Autor Internacional y Comentarista de Televisión; El Padre Jonathan Morris como Orador Principal

-Sofia Larkin Appleby, Jefe Oficial de Donativos Mayores
Fundación para la Diócesis de El Paso

Novena Cena Anual de Fe de la Fundación: Camino a la serenidad presenta a orador principal, El Padre Jonathan Morris. El evento se llevara a cabo el jueves 17 de septiembre, en el Centro de Convenciones de El RGC Sept _Page_1_Image_0003Paso.

El Padre Jonathan Morris, autor de renombre nacional, comentarista de noticias y Director del Canal Católico en Sirius XM, reemplazará al anteriormente anunciado Orador Principal, El Padre Gregory Boyle, en la cena. El Padre Boyle, sacerdote jesuita, fundador y director ejecutivo de “Homeboy Industries”, fue originalmente programado para hablar, sin embargo, tuvo que cancelar su participación en El Paso debido a que él fue invitado a dirigirse a las conversaciones globales de paz en Ginebra.

“Ya hemos recibido respuestas muy positivas por parte de católicos en toda nuestra diócesis, quienes son fans del libro del Padre Morris; “Camino a la serenidad”, dijo Janine Young, Directora Ejecutiva  de la Fundación. “Esperamos una noche maravillosa que aumentará los fondos necesarios para nuestras iglesias, escuelas y organizaciones benéficas, católicas.”

El Padre Jonathan Morris es un sacerdote católico que presta sus servicios actualmente en la Arquidiócesis de Nueva York. Se desempeña como colaborador de noticias de Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel y la cobertura de la Ofrenda del Wall Street Journal, sobre noticias éticas, sociales y religiosas. El Padre Jonathan es el autor de “Camino a la Serenidad”, “Encontrando Paz y Felicidad en la Oración de la Serenidad”, “Dios quiere que usted sea feliz”  y “La promesa”. También se desempeñó como asesor teológico en la realización de la película “La Pasión de Cristo”.

El Reverendo Monseñor Francis J. Smith será honrado como el primer ganador del Premio “Dei Gratia”, durante la Cena de Fe de La Fundación.  Monseñor  Smith fue ordenado como sacerdote el 25 de marzo de 1967 y sirvió a la parroquia de San Rafael durante 29 años. El Premio “Dei Gratia”, que en latín significa: “Por la Gracia de Dios”, reconoce a un individuo, pareja, u organización por su liderazgo de servicio, destacada contribución a la Diócesis de El Paso y de nuestra comunidad católica, además de su dedicación para ser buenos administradores de la Gracia de Dios.
“A partir de su apoyo a la formación de los seminaristas y la creación de parroquias y escuelas, Monseñor Smith es más que merecedor del primer premio “Dei Gratia”, dijo Young.

Este año, el interprete artístico y pintor James “Jimmy” O’Rourke, creará una pintura tríptico durante la hora del cóctel, el cual inicia a las 5:00 pm. La obra será subastada durante la cena en una subasta en emocionalmente en vivo. Jimmy fue sumamente recomendado por el secretario de la Fundación y la presidenta de la subasta en vivo, Machelle Vanecek. Resulta que el hijastro de Jimmy recibió 4 años de beca por parte de la Fundación; otorgados por la Fundación Familiar Hunt, para  que asista a la Preparatoria Catedral, por lo que esto “sensibilizo” a Jimmy para que regresara la bondad. “Además de incluir este bellísimo arte, unas vacaciones, paquetes de restaurantes y tarjetas de regalo, la subasta en vivo incluye elementos necesarios de financiamiento, como es el combustible para ir y venir de West Texas, cancioneros parroquiales y Biblias. Los paquetes que se subastaran varían en precios desde $20 a $ 4.000. Los productos se van rápidamente; en aproximadamente 1½ minutos por paquete, así que venga preparado para hacer una oferta.

El producto de la cena apoyará la labor de la Fundación en el sostenimiento de las necesidades a largo plazo de las organizaciones benéficas, los ministerios, las parroquias y las escuelas de nuestra diócesis. El evento agoto sus ventas en el 2013 y el 2014 y la Fundación espera otra gran multitud, este año.

El Padre Jonathan estará disponible para firmar sus libros terminando el programa de la cena. Usted puede comprar una copia de uno de sus libros en la noche del evento, las cuales son limitadas.

Para obtener más información, comprar boletos o convertirse en uno de nuestros patrocinadores: elpasodiocesefoundation.org o llame al 915.872.8412.

Foundation Dinner brings international author, TV commentator Fr. Jonathan Morris to keynote

-Sofía Larkin Appleby, Major Gifts Officer
Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso

The 9th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner: The Way of Serenity with keynote speaker Father Jonathan Morris is set for Thurs., Sept.17 at the El Paso Convention Center. RGC Sept _Page_1_Image_0003

Father Jonathan Morris, a nationally renowned author, news commentator, and the Director of the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM, will replace formerly announced Keynote Speaker Father Gregory Boyle at the dinner. Fr. Boyle, a Jesuit Priest and the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, who was originally scheduled to speak, cancelled his El Paso engagement because he was invited to address the Geneva Global Peace Talks.

“We already have received so much positive feedback from Catholics throughout our diocese who are fans of Father’s book, The Way of Serenity,” said Janine Young, Executive Director for the Foundation. “We look forward to a wonderful evening that will raise much needed funds for our churches, schools, and Catholic charities.”
Fr. Jonathan Morris is a Roman Catholic priest currently serving in the Archdiocese of New York. He serves as news contributor for the Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, and the Wall Street Journal offering coverage of the ethical, social, and religious news stories. Fr. Jonathan is the author of The Way of Serenity: Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer, God Wants You Happy, and The Promise. He served as a theological advisor in the making of the feature film The Passion of the Christ.

Reverend Monsignor Francis J. Smith will be honored as the first recipient of the Dei Gratia Award during the Foundation of Faith Dinner. Msgr. Smith was ordained on Mar. 25, 1967 and served St. Raphael Parish for 29 years. The Dei Gratia Award, Latin for, “By the Grace of God,” recognizes an individual, couple, or organization for their servant leadership, outstanding contribution to the Diocese of El Paso and our Catholic community, and their dedication to being good stewards of God’s grace.

“From his support of seminarian formation to the establishment of parishes and schools, Msgr. Smith is most deserving of the first Dei Gratia Award,” said Young.

This year, performance artist and painter James “Jimmy” O’Rourke will create a triptych painting during the cocktail hour which begins at 5:00 p.m. The artwork will be auctioned off during an exciting live auction. Jimmy came highly recommended by Foundation Secretary and dinner live auction chair, Machelle Vanecek. As it turns out, Jimmy’s stepson received the Foundation’s 4-year Hunt Family Foundation scholarship to attend Cathedral High School, so he is “humbled to be able to give back.” Besides the beautiful art, a vacation getaway, and restaurant gift card package, the live auction includes needs items like funding for fuel for West Texas, songbooks, and Bibles. Packages range in price from $20 to $4,000. Items go quickly—about 1 ½ minutes per package—so come prepared to bid.

Proceeds from the dinner will support the work of the Foundation in sustaining the long-term needs of the charities, ministries, parishes and schools of our diocese. The event sold out in 2013 and 2014 and the Foundation expects another big crowd this year.

Father Jonathan will be available to sign his books following the program. You can purchase a copy of one of his books on the night of the event. Copies are limited.

For more information, to purchase tickets or become a sponsor: elpasodiocesefoundation.org or call 915.872.8412.

Sisters open homes to the public, encourage visitors

If I asked you to think of a Catholic nun, what do you picture? A black habit? A grim-faced woman with a ruler in her hand? If so, you should check out this month’s Open House celebrating the Year of Consecrated

Sister Carol Jean Ory, SSSF offers Communion in the colonias

Sister Carol Jean Ory, SSSF offers Communion in the colonias

Life to get a better idea of how these women are affecting positive change in our community.

“Yes we’re still in education and healthcare but not in traditional ways,” said Sister Janet Gildea, SC. “We work in colonias educating families about childcare for their children. We work with migrants on their arrival to the country, helping them with social services. We’re not what people traditionally think.”

You can thank Vatican II for the expanded services, said Sister Isabel Fierro, DC, a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and the diocese’s liaison for women religious.

“Before, we were working in children’s homes and hospitals and as teachers. But we realized there were needs outside of these areas,” she said. “Vatican II allowed us to reassess these needs and our charisms. We asked ourselves, ‘What are we called to do?’ We went back to our roots and back to our founders where we were free to serve in the spirit of our community.”

Even the terminology has changed over the decades. Rarely is a woman now referred to as a “nun.” That designation is typically used for women who live a cloistered or contemplative life.

“Their life is consecrated to God and a life of prayer,” said Sr. Isabel. “The contemplative and what we call the ‘active’ sisters have three things in common: prayer, service and community life. But the contemplative sisters are usually found in monasteries and wear the full habit.”

Since many are no longer found in traditional habits, the 103 sisters who work with the Diocese of El Paso may not be as noticeable as they once were. But their impact cannot be ignored.

“In my community, we have a sister who is working as a legal representatives to migrants,” said Sr. Isabel. “We have one who works at Reynolds Home which shelters homeless women and children. In the diocese, other sisters serve in parishes, Pastoral care in hospitals and senior centers. We have expanded our charisms to many works.”

Sr. Isabel said her exposure to sisters while working, as a nursing student at Hotel Dieu Hospital in the 1950s is what first introduced her to think about a life in a religious vocation.

“It was the summer of my junior year at Las Cruces High School and I was thinking, you know, ‘What am I going to do?’ I had been thinking, ‘Am I going to be a nun or a nurse? Well the conclusion was simple: I was going to be a nurse. But when I saw these sisters, it was a revelation. I can be both!”

Sr. Isabel, who became a nurse-midwife, said she had little exposure to sisters prior to working alongside them.

“I saw how they skilled they were, how they related to people and at the same time, how compassionate they were and how they prayed,” she said. “ And they used to live on the 6th floor and I would ask this one

Sister Janet Gildea at Proyecto Santo Niño in Anapra, Mexico

Sister Janet Gildea at Proyecto Santo Niño in Anapra, Mexico

sister, ‘What do you do up there?’”

Sr. Isabel hopes the open house will allow the public, particularly young adults, a chance to speak to the religious in an informal way and learn more about what they do in their community. Sr. Janet also hopes the exposure could spark someone’s interest in the religious life.

“We don’t want to sit around and look at old black and white photos and say, ‘Oh, look at what we did,” said Sr. Janet. “We want to show off what we’re doing today. So often people think our only role is to pray the Rosary. We do but we do a lot of work in our community too.”

The Open House, scheduled for Sept. 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. will allow the public to see the contemporary lives of the women and men religious who serve the diocese. The locations for the open house include the following: Adoratrices del Santisimo Sacramento, 145 Cotton Street; Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, 9213 Moye Dr.; Sisters of Loretto, 4601 Trowbridge; School Sisters of St. Francis, 465 Gallagher; Hermanas Dominicas de la Doctrina Cristiana, 634 Hampton; Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Poor, 3119 Pera; Sisters of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, 415 N. Glenwood; Brothers of Christina Schools, 1204 N. Mesa and the Society of Jesus, Sacred Heart Parish, 602 S. Oregon.

For more information, contact Sr. Isabel Fierro, DC at (915) 872-8407.

Pope Francis makes U.S debut later this month

-Eizabeth O’Hara, RGC Editor

Approximately 80 people will join the more than 1.5 million people expected for the Mass with Pope Francis in Philadelphia later this month said organizers of the next World Meeting of Families.RGC Sept _Page_5_Image_0001

“I’m thrilled that we have such a strong showing from the Diocese of El Paso,” said Deacon Frank Segura, director of the diocese’s Marriage and Family Life ministry.

By June, about 12,000 people were registered for the Sept. 22-25 congress, which will feature speakers on an array of issues affecting family life. The meeting is held every three years. This year’s theme is “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

“The world meeting is always well attended but we believe that the popularity of the Pope, as well as this being his inaugural visit to the United States, it really sparked a lot of interest in our diocese,” said Segura.

Pope Francis’ visit will take place from Sept. 26-27 after stops in Washington D.C. where he will address a joint session of Congress and New York City, where he is expected to made an address to the United Nations.

Besides the papal Mass Sept. 27, which will close the World Meeting of Families, the pope is also expected to be at the Festival of Families Sept. 26. Organizers are expecting about 750,000 people for the festival, held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; it will include performances by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Colombian pop star Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Themes for the family congress will include talks that address new technologies, ecology, fertility and dealing with marriage breakups. Some of the speakers listed include Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston and Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. Father Robert Barron and Scott Hahn, as well as Rev. Rick Warren and Rabbi Abraham Skorka, are slated among the speakers.

Approximately 30 percent of the speakers are non-Catholic and the congress is open to all.

A trinity of a different kind on the pope’s U.S. agenda

-Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Expect to hear the pope take on immigration, hunger and the environment when he visits in September, said three policy advisers helping reporters in Washington prepare for the pontiff’sRGC Sept _Page_5_Image_0004 upcoming visit.

“This is a pope that doesn’t hesitate to enter difficult areas and waters,” said Demetrios Papademetriou, president emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington think tank, and one of three panelists at a briefing on “Covering the Pope: Policy and Politics.”

These “happen to be three of the most contentious, most debated, stickiest issues that Capitol Hill and the country have dealt with in the last … several decades,” said Jason Dick, an editor at CQ Roll Call, who moderated the Aug. 3 panel at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Pope Francis will speak “in a very clear way” about issues “that lots of people will want to hear” him address, said Papademetriou, a former senior policy adviser on immigration and refugee issues to the U.S. Catholic bishops. Particularly, he will talk about what some call “illegal” immigration but “he’ll call it undocumented, unauthorized, unregulated” mass migration, Papademetriou said.

“It’s not about all immigration, it’s about immigration of the poor, immigration of the persecuted, immigration of the people who seemingly have no other choice but to go elsewhere in order to create a life for themselves,” Papademetriou said.

Yet when it comes to this topic, Papademetriou said, “I’m not quite sure whether the U.S. Congress, or at least those people in the U.S. Congress, who have been unable or unwilling to reach any agreement … that it will influence them in one way or another.”

Panelist Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of AARP Foundation, said the papal visit will help shine a light on a key issue for the pope, namely hunger, which affects the poor in the United States

“He speaks on many occasions about dignity for all people,” she said. And when the pope brings up the topic of hunger, it will help ask and answer questions such as: “Why, in a land of such abundance, where we are producing food, do we have such a persistent disconnect between the food supply chain and those who are hungry?”

Kalee Kreider, policy adviser for climate science at the United Nations Foundation, said the three issues — hunger, the environment and immigration — are connected and encouraged reporters for secular news organizations to read “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” to get a taste of the case the pope will make and how he touches on the three topics.

“The pope makes clear that poverty, climate change are not two different things,” said Kreider, a former environmental adviser and communications director for Vice President Al Gore.

These issues, she said, have been addressed by the Catholic Church and by previous popes for decades. But Pope Francis’ encyclical hits a particular time, a “tipping point,” that history will recall, she said.

She described it as part of an “arc” that began Aug. 3, when U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled the “Clean Power Plan,” a pledge by his administration to reduce the country’s carbon dioxide emissions and combat climate change. It continues with the pope’s message on the environment during his visit to the United States in September and whose influence may result, as environmentalists hope, in some form of global action during the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris in late 2015.

“What will be intriguing, to me,” she said, “is whether we do see a softening on some of these flashpoint issues. … It won’t be until general election that we’ll actually start to see (the) impact of a visit like this.”

Papal parenting guide: Francis delivers his own how-to for families

-Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis knows the family is made up of real people living in the real world, which is why he often gives down-to-earth advice.RGC Sept _Page_5_Image_0003
The pope, a former teacher, has, in a way, been handing today’s families detailed lesson plans, offering guidance in what actually needs to be done. The world Synod of Bishops on the family, which the pope has convoked for October, also is expected to deliver concrete guidelines for the pastoral care of the family and its members.
With examples from his own life and the real lives of others, he points to what is happening “on the ground” and then builds a pastoral plan — what would God’s response be to this reality.
For example, the Christian response to the all too typical problem of anger or misunderstanding is to choose the path of dialogue, which requires eating lots of tart “humble pie,” he said in a homily in January 2014.
“Sometimes the plates will fly,” the pope said. But “after the storm has passed,” things have to be worked out as soon as possible, “with a word, a gesture,” so no one ends up “isolated in this bitter broth of our resentment.”
Other similarly practical advice he has given couples: play with your kids more, stop the swearing, be more affectionate and always say, “Please,” “May I” and “Thank you.” Moms and dads must lead the way, he says; they are the most influential role models for their kids.
Kissing in front of the children is a “beautiful witness,” he told parents in June 2015. Children watch their parents carefully and “when they see that dad and mom love each other, the children grow in that climate of love, happiness and security.”
He has told youngsters to go out, discover the world and “build everything together, do everything with love, everything is possible and faith is an event always to be proclaimed.”
Talk to your best friend, Jesus, every day, he told children in December 2014, and be “apostles of peace and serenity” at home and at school.
“Imagine how much our world would change if each one of us began right here and now and seriously took care of ourselves and generously took care of our relationship with God and our neighbor,” he told Vatican employees and their families before Christmas last year.

El Papa Francisco hace su Debut en los Estados Unidos a Finales de este Mes

-Elizabeth O’Hara, Editora del RGC

Aproximadamente 80 personas se sumarán a los más de 1.5 millones de personas que se esperan para la Misa del Papa Francisco en Filadelfia a finales de este mes, dijeron los organizadores del próximo EncuentroRGC Sept _Page_5_Image_0002 Mundial de las Familias, en El Paso.

“Estoy encantado de que tengamos una fuerte presencia como Diócesis de El Paso”, dijo el Diácono Frank Segura, director del ministerio de Matrimonio y Vida Familiar de la diócesis.

Para junio, unas 12,000 personas estaban ya registradas para el congreso del 22 al 25 de septiembre, el cual contará con ponentes en una serie de cuestiones que afectan a la vida familiar. La reunión se celebra cada tres años y el tema de este año es “El amor es Nuestra Misión: La Familia Totalmente Viva”

“A la reunión mundial siempre asisten muchos, pero creemos que la popularidad del Papa, así como siendo esta su visita inaugural a los Estados Unidos, realmente ha provocado un gran interés en nuestra diócesis”, dijo Segura.

La visita del Papa Francisco tendrá lugar del 26 al 27 de septiembre, después de hacer paradas en Washington DC, donde abordará una sesión conjunta con el Congreso y a Nueva York, donde se espera que haga un discurso ante las Naciones Unidas.

Además de la Misa Papal del 27 de septiembre, la cual clausurará el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias, también se espera que el Papa asista al Festival de la Familia el 26 de septiembre. Los organizadores esperan cerca de 750,000 personas para el festival, el cual se llevara a cabo en la Avenida Benjamín Franklin y que incluirá las actuaciones del tenor italiano Andrea Bocelli, la estrella de pop colombiano Juanes y la Orquesta de Filadelfia.

Los temas para el congreso de la familia incluirán conversaciones que abordan las nuevas tecnologías, la ecología, la fertilidad y como tratar con las rupturas matrimoniales. Algunos de los oradores mencionados incluyen al Cardenal Luis Antonio Tagle de Manila, el Cardenal Sean P. O’Malley de Boston y al cardenal Robert Sarah, prefecto de la Congregación para el Culto Divino y los Sacramentos. El Padre Robert Barrón y Scott Hahn, así como el Reverendo Rick Warren y el Rabino Abraham Skorka, están programados entre los oradores.

Aproximadamente el 30 por ciento de los oradores no son católicos y el congreso está abierto para todos.

Una Trinidad de un Tipo Diferente en la Agenda del Papa en los Estados Unidos

Servicio de Noticias Católicas -Rhina Guidos

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Esperen escuchar hablar al Papa sobre la inmigración, el hambre y el medio ambiente, durante su visita en septiembre, dijeron tres asesores de política, quienes ayudan a periodistas en RGC Sept _Page_5_Image_0004Washington a que se preparen para la próxima visita del pontífice.
“Este es un Papa que no duda en entrar en zonas y aguas difíciles”, dijo Demetrios Papademetriou, presidente emérito del Instituto de Política Migratoria, con sede en Washington y uno de los tres panelistas en una conferencia sobre “Cubriendo al Papa: Póliza y Políticas”.
Estos “resultan ser tres de los problemas más polémicos más debatidos, más pegajosos que el Congreso y el país ha tratado en las últimas… varias décadas”, dijo Jason Dick, editor de “CQ Roll Call”, quien moderó el panel 3 en agosto,  en el Centro Internacional Woodrow Wilson para Académicos de Washington.
El Papa Francisco hablará “de una manera muy clara” sobre cuestiones “que mucha gente quiere oírle” discutir, dijo Papademetriou, ex asesor principal de políticas en materia de inmigración y refugiados para los Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos. En particular, se hablará de lo que algunos llaman la inmigración “ilegal”, pero “él lo llama indocumentados, no autorizados, migración masiva”, dijo Papademetriou.
“No se trata de toda la inmigración, se trata de la inmigración de los pobres, la inmigración de los perseguidos, la inmigración de las personas que aparentemente no tienen otra opción que ir a otro lugar con el fin de crear una vida para sí mismos”, dijo Papademetriou.
Sin embargo, cuando se trata de este tema, dijo Papademetriou, “No estoy muy seguro de si el Congreso de los Estados Unidos, o al menos esa gente en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos, han sido incapaces o no están dispuestos a llegar a ningún acuerdo…  lo cual los debe de influenciar de una manera u otra”.
La panelista Lisa Marsh Ryerson, presidente de la Fundación AARP, dijo que la visita del Papa ayudará a que brille una luz en un tema clave para el Papa, es decir, el hambre, que afecta a los pobres en los Estados Unidos
“Él ha hablado en muchas ocasiones sobre la dignidad de todas las personas”, dijo. Y cuando el Papa trae a colación el tema del hambre, ayudará a que pregunte y responda a preguntas como: “¿Por qué, en una tierra de tanta abundancia, donde estamos produciendo alimentos, es que tenemos una desconexión tan persistente entre la cadena de suministro de alimentos y los que tienen hambre?”
Kalee Kreider, asesor de política para la ciencia del clima en la Fundación de las Naciones Unidas, dijo que los tres temas – el hambre, el medio ambiente y la inmigración – están conectados y se les anima a los periodistas de organizaciones de noticias seculares que lean “Laudato Si’,  Cuidado  de nuestra Casa Común”, para darnos una idea del caso que el Papa hará y cómo tocara estos tres temas.
“El Papa deja muy claro que la pobreza y el cambio climático no son dos cosas diferentes”, dijo Kreider, ex director y asesor de medio ambiente y de las comunicaciones para el vicepresidente Al Gore.
Estos problemas, dijo ella, se han abordado ya anteriormente por la Iglesia Católica y por previos Papas, durante décadas. Pero la encíclica del Papa Francisco impacta un momento determinado, un “punto de inflexión” que la historia recordará, dijo.
Ella lo describe como parte de un “arco” que comenzó el 3 de agosto, cuando el presidente de EEUU, Barack Obama dio a conocer el “Plan de energía limpia”, un compromiso de su gobierno para reducir las emisiones de dióxido de carbono y combatir el cambio climático en el país. Continúa con el mensaje del Papa sobre el medio ambiente, durante su visita a los Estados Unidos, en septiembre y cuya influencia puede resultar, como los ecologistas esperan, en algún tipo de acción mundial durante la Conferencia sobre el Cambio Climático de la ONU en París a finales de 2015.
“Lo que será intrigante, para mí,” dijo ella, “es si nosotros verdaderamente veremos una posible mitigación en algunos de estos destellantes temas… No será hasta las elecciones generales que realmente  empezaremos a ver el (los) impacto de una visita como esta”.

Guía de Padres Papal: El Papa Francisco Entrega su muy Personal Opinión de Que Hacer para las Familias

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO (CNS) – El Papa Francisco sabe que la familia está compuesta por personas reales y que viven en un mundo real, por lo que a menudo da consejos con los pies muy bien puestos en la tierra.

El Papa, siendo el un ex profesor, ha estado, en cierto modo, entregando planes de lecciones detalladas a las familias de hoy en día, ofreciendo orientación en lo que realmente hay que hacer. El Sínodo de los Obispos sobre la familia, que el Papa ha convocado para octubre, también espera que entreguen directrices concretas para la pastoral de la familia y sus miembros.

Con ejemplos de su propia vida y las vidas reales de los demás, señala lo que está ocurriendo “en el terreno” y luego construye un plan pastoral – lo que sería la respuesta de Dios en esta realidad.

Por ejemplo, la respuesta cristiana al problema muy típico de la ira o la incomprensión es elegir el camino del diálogo, lo que requiere de comer un montón de tartas de “pastel de humildad”, dijo en una homilía en enero del 2014.

“A veces los platos volarán”, dijo el Papa. Sin embargo, “después de que la tormenta haya pasado,” las cosas tienen que resolverse lo más pronto posible”, con una palabra, un gesto,” para que nadie termine “aislado en este amargo caldo de nuestro resentimiento.”

Otros consejos prácticos de manera similar se les ha dado a las parejas: Jugar más con sus hijos, detener la toma de posesión, ser más cariñosos y decir siempre: “Por favor,” “puedo” y “gracias”. “Las mamás y los papás deben liderar el camino, dice; quienes son los modelos más influyentes para sus hijos.

Besarse delante de los hijos es un “hermoso testimonio”, dijo a los padres en junio del 2015. Los niños ven a sus padres con cuidado y “cuando ven que papá y mamá se aman, los niños crecen en ese clima de amor, felicidad y seguridad”.

Él les ha dicho a los jóvenes que salgan, que descubran el mundo y que “construyan  todo juntos, que hagan todo con amor, que todo es posible y la fe es un evento que debe ser siempre proclamada.”

Hablen con su mejor amigo; Jesús, todos los días, le dijo a los niños en diciembre del 2014  y sean “apóstoles de la paz y la serenidad”, en casa y en la escuela.

“Imagínense lo mucho que nuestro mundo cambiaría si cada uno de nosotros comenzara hoy, aquí y ahora y seriamente se encargara de nosotros mismos y generosamente se encargara de nuestra relación con Dios y con el prójimo”, dijo a los empleados del Vaticano y sus familias, antes de Navidad el año pasado.

ASK IPS

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Question: I had an abortion some years ago. While I’ve been to therapy and looked to Project Rachel* for help, with all of the media hype about Planned Parenthood I’ve been having nightmares, flashbacks, and I’m just angry all the time. Will I ever find healing?

Response:
Let me first express my admiration for your courage in seeking mental health assistance after your abortion.  It isn’t an easy, or simple, journey recovering from a very difficult experience.  Indeed, I have always told my patients that they are some of the bravest people that I have ever met. What you may be unaware of is that you are suffering from trauma, which is why you are experiencing nightmares, flashbacks, and a great amount of anger. While many people think that only those exposed to warfare can experience PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), research has shown that there are a variety of experiences that can lead to people developing symptoms.  

Advice from psychological experts, drawing on Catholic faith and modern psychology

You mentioned the effects of recent media hype; these news stories are producing something called a trigger. A trigger can be a variety of things, persons, or events that remind us of a past experience, usually negative. Something within the media reporting is bringing your mind and body back to the experience of the abortion. This in turn is leading to your traumatic symptoms.

I would be lying if I told you that there was a magic formula for you to find healing from your trauma. What I can tell you is to consider your healing process with the idea that it will take time, courage, and a great amount of patience. Understanding what is triggering your symptoms and helping to cope with triggers is important. Continuing to rely on outside support through this time is essential. Therapy can focus on making you feel safe and should allow you to openly talk about and process this experience so that you can eventually make sense of the trauma and ultimately how it fits with your wider life narrative. And, above all, rest in the certainty that Christ can bring peace to your life, the peace that surpasses all understanding.

— William McKenna, M.S., Clinical Extern at the IPS Center for Psychological Services

*Project Rachel is a Church-sponsored post-abortion healing ministry; http://hopeafterabortion.com/