Archive for: October 2013

Only dead fish go down stream

            A very well known proverb says: “The world belongs to God and He leases it to the courageous ones” Every normal person wishes to triumph in life. Either rich or poor, wise or ignorant, the student and the road sweeper. It is an innate wish of our nature. But, why is it that many people do not triumph? One of the reasons is that they do not use the means to fulfill this wish. It might be laziness or not enough encouragement, or perhaps they discourage themselves

frwilson ahead of time, they start but stop at the middle of the road without reaching a goal. And this is because, technically, to dream of ideals and wonderful intentions is relatively easy. Anybody can accomplish them. But to fulfill those wishes is no longer that easy. Because all task implies a constant effort, non-stop sacrifice, and to most of people all of this does not measure-up. “All that is worthy is difficult. Only dead fish go down stream; live fish swim against the stream.”

            Trying to win without a struggle is like trying to harvest without sowing. Men’s greatest conquers have been possible with a mix of sacrifice and pain. It is hard to climb to the peak of the mountain; but when we get there, the satisfaction we feel is enormous, in such way that triumph compensates all the effort.

             Mahatma Gandhi, was president of India, he wrote about the Christians – which religion he almost embraced – but finally he did not make the last step to get this: “The authentic Christian has three characteristics: Fears nothing no matter how difficult it is; always faces trials and obstacles; in spite he/she is always happy.” These three characteristics, which I see as challenges, should not be only for Christians but for all mankind. If you accept these challenges, you will succeed in life sooner or later, even if you had to swim against the stream, like the live fish.

             Life is a mix of joy and sadness, of success and failure, of mornings filled with light and dark nights. There are so many failures and blackouts in the life of men, even in the life of some heroes! Even in the life of saints! Although, we should not be surprised, that we also carry some of them, even if we are no heroes or saints. But these persons became heroes and saints because they knew how to balance those moments; they did not allow confusion in their lives, and did not lose focus by the bright light of success. This you can also achieve – and you can – you must do it. You should always walk with your feet on the floor; but should place your heart on heaven. At the end of your path, like a guiding star, focus on your ideal, get closer to your path by imitating God. Your life has to be well organized it is part of God’s plan. Being well organized should start from your hair to your feelings; from your attire to your ideas; from your actions to your relationship with others. Be at all times, a reflection of the order God placed in His creation.

             We often hear, before any circumstance: “I did it because everybody else does it, by custom…” You should never be influenced by anybody, but only follow your own conscience. If you allow yourself to be influenced by others, you will be like a fallen leaf from a tree, dry and barren. Do not try to excuse yourself by putting the blame on others, when it was you who allowed to be “dragged by the stream;” actually you were dragged by your lack of will power and character. If you allow yourself to be influenced by others, you become an object. Be a person, not an object. Ask the Holy Spirit to grant you the gift of moderation for your spirit, mind and body.

             Every action in your life is of great importance, for you and everybody else. If a situation arises and you do the right thing, the world will feel less evil; and it will be because of you. If you act with honestly and integrity, the world will be a better world; and this will be because of you. IT IS UP TO YOU THAT CALAMITY EITHER INCREASES IN THE WORLD OR ON THE CONTRARY, TO MAKE GOOD WILL GROW, THAT THE WORLD REMAINS ILL OR THAT IT WILL HEAL. It all depends on you. Do not talk too much, do not pass judgment on people; do better things and your actions will be positive. Do not sow thistle from pessimism; but scatter seeds of goodness.

             I asked a student what he wished the most in life, and he replied: “books, health and calmness.” I asked the same question to a usurer moneylender and told me: “Money, money and more money.” To a poor person, I asked this question and without hesitating he said: “Bread, bread, bread.” To a drunkard, I also asked the same question, and told me: “a little bit of any liquor.” Addressing the question to a group of people, they all answered: “Riches, fame and pleasure.” A bit discouraged, since none of the answers satisfied me, I asked an elderly man who was know for being a good person, what was it that he wanted most in life, for what he kindly answered: “First of all I would like to find Christ; secondly, I would like to look like Christ; and third, I would like to be like Christ.” Ask yourself this question: What is it that I want the most in life? When we are certain what is it that we want to accomplish in life and in what direction we are going, the tranquility of the Spirit feels all your being and the horizon will glow, and you will see the path is not impossible nor as difficult as we thought.

October 2013

There is Life and there are Lives


September 2013


When the wrapping is more valuable than its contents it is a sign of its very little value. Many people live obsessed about appearance of wealth. The great philosopher Kerkegaard said: “the indispensable is the absolute.”  The absolutefrwilson is God and only God. “The absolutization of what is not absolute, but only relative, it is called totalitarism. It does not liberate men, but deprives him of his dignity and it enslaves him (Benedict XVI, WYD, Cologne, 8-20-05).


“Nothing should worry you, nothing should scare you; all will cease. God does not move: Patience reaches everything. He who has God, lacks nothing; God is enough” (St. Therese). And if we do not have God, we lack everything and all is unnecessary: even life. All form of life comes from God and it is His gift, the first gift God gives us. All form of life, since the beginning to its end, is sacred. But the use we make of this life, of this gift, depends fundamentally on each one of us; and it is where differences and several categories of life emerge. An automobile can give a different performance according to the person who drives it: depending on how and what it is used for. What kind of performance is my life giving? Am I being a good steward in all that God expects when He gave life to me?


Some years ago in a New York restaurant, there were personalized place mats on every table. The place mats were designed exclusively for this restaurant. And if you would ask the waiter or the waitress for one of these place mats he or she would give one of them to take home, have it framed and hung on the wall. I will share with you the words that were on these place mats:


“On an important meeting at Hilton Beach Hotel in New York, 1923 the following persons attended among others:


The president of the most important steel company

The president of the biggest utilities company

The president of the biggest gas company

The president of the stock exchange in New York

The president of the establishment of International Bank

The president of the biggest monopoly in the world

A member of President Harding’s cabinet”

            This was a very impressive meeting of important business people. But 25 years later, where were these important business tycoons? According to the history of the place mats, the president of the biggest steel company, Charles Schwab, died in bankruptcy; the president of the biggest utility company, Samuel Insull, died penniless; the president of the biggest gas company, Howard Hobson, went insane; the president of the stock exchange in New York, Richard Whitney, had just been  released from prison; the president of the establishment of the International Bank, Leon Fraser, committed suicide; the wheat speculator, Arthur Cutten, died in absolute poverty; the person in charge of Wall Street, Jesse Livermore, committed suicide; the representative of the biggest monopoly in the world, Ivar Kruegar, committed suicide; the member of President Harding’s cabinet, Albert Fall, was released from prison so that he could die at his home.


How many people lose their lives for money! When you live to accumulate wealth, you are giving you life for material possessions. And when you live for “things” you will end-up being “owned by your things.” On the other hand, if we are not capable to let go of possessions, possessions will let go of us. If we have common sense we will try to accumulate spiritual goods that we can take with us. All the money you have deposited in the hands of the poor widow with children who do not have anything to eat or a way to attend school, to an sick person who does not have the money to buy medication, of a needy family who’s house is being foreclosed, would make a big difference.


The time, dedicated to visit sick people, to keep company to an elderly person or a prisoner, to teach catechism, listening to the person who needs to vent his or her grieves, to spend time with your spouse. The difficulties of life: the lack of understanding at home and at work; those problematic neighbors, that prolonged illness, those frequent hardships at home, the injustices, ungratefulness, to endure so many things in daily life and united with Christ and in Christ by so many problems in the world.


Lord, help us understand true wealth before God – it is not what we have but what we share, the “good deeds,” not the material things. Dostoievski used to say: “The secret of existence is not about just living, but knowing what is the purpose of our life.” We lack two things: Chose the right path and then walk on it. Where do you want to go in your life? It all depends on our individual response. The path to Heaven is different from the one that keeps us away form it. Where does the path that I am walking on taking me?

We can still live!

 August 2013

            Human beings have a great instinct for living, to get strength from trial and get to eternal life. There are many people who are an example of this. One of them is Chema, a lady who I visited with and that during our conversation said: “I want to fight this illness because I have eighteen thousand reasons to live; my parents, my children, my husband, a terrific family… I know I could die but until then I want to live the best that I can.” With these words, sofrwilson serene and full of vitality, Chema, assumed the most difficult time of her life. The greatness of a person is better known by the suffering and in the difficult circumstances of life. When we are counting the seconds in life thanks to a tenacious fight that could last twelve or twenty years; but they do not give-up, they keep fighting their illness day by day, with faith and hope, and He has told us: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Mt. 7-7). To live is to strive and who does not strive for it does not deserve it. Many people live very difficult lives and many lack many things. But it never ceases to amaze us to know that even of the most precarious conditions, we can be honest, virtuous and kind. Maybe a chapel near Madrid still exists. This chapel is dedicated to Our Lady of Carmel. In the old days, pedestrians used to throw flowers or offerings through a fenced door. An old beggar walks around this place. He would go door to door begging for money, he would kiss the bread people gave him and walk away grateful. No one had any complaints against the old beggar. At dusk when he was by himself, the beggar introduced through the hole on the chapel’s door a little stick smeared with tar or something similar so he would pull the coins on the floor. It is true that he would only do this when he had a “slow day.” Some other times he was seen placing some coins on the altar. When he had a good day, he would share with other poor people the money he got from people. He was appreciated by other beggars, to whom he would always gave them good advice he talked about God’s love and he was seen praying. He begged to live and to help others. One day he was found dead in his dismantled shack. It was found in his bag a dirty little notebook with a portion of notes like these: “Today I borrowed 10 quarters from Our Lady.” “Today a gave back 10 quarters to Our Lady.” The last note read: “I AM AT PEACE AND SAVED BY OUR LADY. I DO NOT OWE ANYTHING.” That anonymous beggar, who many times he did not get enough to survive, he would turn to this original strategy. He borrowed from Our Lady. But paid her back when the collection was abundant and he also shared with those who depended on people’s generosity. It is admirable to see how human beings even in the most difficult circumstances, one can find love in their heart, integrity and generosity towards their neighbor. A good photographer captures an instant action with his camera. A wise person is one who knows how to live every instant, even under the most difficult situations. So is declared by Dostoievski: “Men are unhappy because they do not know how to be happy. Simple as that! If someone would discover it, he would be happy immediately, in less than a minute, in that very instant.” We do not know how long and how we are going to live; the most important thing is to really live every second of our lives. Sometimes we need people who encourage us, since life is difficult. It is important, to encourage other people on their path to God. Jesus was a great encourager. Our Lord encourages with gestures and words: He sees us with love, imposes He extends His hands and tells us: Cheer up, have Faith, rise and do not be afraid. Jesus helps people to discover a sense in their lives, to live fully.

“Live today!

Risk today!

Act today!

Do not die slowly!

Do not forget to be happy and make others happy!”

(Pablo Neruda)

A heartfelt plea in support of life

Bishop Seitz to mark Respect Life Sunday with Mass in Cathedral

Combined staff and news service reports

Bishop Mark Seitz will celebrate the Respect Life Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 in St. Patrick Cathedral. The Mass will mark the beginning of the U.S. Catholic Church’s annual Respect Life Program for 2013-2014. Theme of this year’s program is “Open Your Hearts to Life.” The program is highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events in parishes throughout the United States. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes a program packet each year to call attention to numerous human life issues. The 2013-2014 Respect Life Program features seven pamphlets in a series called Life Matters for use throughout the coming year. . Each of thep10a pamphlets presents support for the teachings of the Catholic Church on major pro-life issues, with facts and reasoning drawn from science, history, law, psychology, sociology, and other secular sources. The liturgy guide, available in both English and Spanish, includes homily notes and intercessory prayers for Respect Life Sunday and the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision on abortion (Jan.22, 2014), excerpts from the new “Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life” (and reflections on the Mass), excerpts from the new “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb,” orders for the blessing of pro-life pilgrims and missionaries, and a prayer service for our nation in light of 40 years of abortion and for the healing of all those involved in abortion. In his strongest public words to date on the subject of abortion, according to Catholic News Service, Pope Francis on Sept. 20 affirmed the sacredness of unborn human life and linked its defense to the pursuit of social justice. “In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science!” the pope said to a gathering of Catholic gynecologists. Pope Francis characterized abortion as a product of a “widespread mentality of profit, the ‘throwaway culture,’ which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” That mentality, he said, “calls for the elimination of human beings, above all if they are physically or socially weaker. Our response to that mentality is a decisive and unhesitating ‘yes’ to life.” The pope grouped together unborn children, the aged and the poor as among the most vulnerable people whom Christians are called especially to love. “In the fragile human being each one of us is invited to recognize the face of the Lord, who in his human flesh experienced the indifference and solitude to which we often condemn the poorest, whether in developing countries or in wealthy societies,” he said. “Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world,” he said. “And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ. They must not be thrown away!” Quoting “Caritas in Veritate” the social encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis connected the protection of unborn life with the promotion of social justice. “Openness to life is at the center of true development,” he said. “If personal and social sensitivity in welcoming a new life is lost, other forms of welcome useful to social life will dry up. Welcoming life tempers moral energies and makes people capable of helping each other.” Pope Francis told the physicians that they faced a “paradoxical situation” in their professional lives, because even as medical science discovers new cures for disease, the “health care professions are sometimes induced not to respect life itself.” The pope characterized this paradox as part of a more widespread “cultural disorientation” in which rising individualism parallels a growing disrespect for life. The pope told the gynecologists that they had a responsibility to make known the “transcendent dimension, the imprint of God’s creative work, in human life from the first instant of conception. And this is a commitment of new evangelization that often requires going against the tide, paying a personal price. The Lord counts on you, too, to spread the Gospel of life.” Pope Francis’ remarks came one day after the publication of an interview in which he warned that focusing on certain moral teachings, including abortion, could undermine the church’s efforts to preach the Gospel. “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” the pope said in the interview, noting that he had been “reprimanded” for failing to speak often about those topics. “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. “The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent,” the pope added. “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. “Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things,” he said. “We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” Francis X. Rocca of Catholic News Service contributed to this report

Una ferviente petición en apoyo por la vida

El Obispo Seitz celebrará el Domingo de Respeto por la Vida con una Misa en Catedral

Reporte del Servicio Católico de Noticias y Personal
Traducción por Anita Marta

El Obispo Mark Seitz celebrará una Misa el Domingo de Respeto por la Vida a las 10 a.m., el 6 de octubre en la Catedral de San Patricio. La Misa marcará el inicio del Programa Anual de Respeto por la Vida de la Iglesia Católica en Estados Unidos para el año 2013 al 2014. El tema del programa para este año es “Abran Sus Corazones a la Vida.” El programa hace resaltar liturgias y even- tos especiales en parroquias a través de Estados Unidos. La Secretaría de Actividades Pro-Vida de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos publica un paquete del pro- grama cada año para hacer un llamado de atención a los numerosos asuntos de vida humana. El Programa de Respeto por la Vida pre- senta siete panfletos de unap10a serie llamada “La Vida Importa” para utilizarse durante este año. Cada uno de estos panfletos presenta un apoyo para las enseñanzas de la Iglesia Católica sobre temas relevantes Pro-Vida, con hechos y razonamientos provenientes de la ciencia, historia, ley, sicología, sociología, y otros recursos seculares. La guía de liturgia, disponible tanto en inglés como en español, incluye notas de homilías y plegarias de intercesión para el Domingo de Respeto por la Vida y el aniver- sario de la Corte Suprema Roe v Wade en su decisión sobre el aborto (enero 22, 2014), extractos de la nueva “Misa de Acción de Gracias de la Vida Humana” (y reflexiones sobre la Misa), extractos del nuevo “Rito para la Bendición de un Niño en el Vientre,” ordenes para la bendición de peregrinos Pro- Vida y misioneros, y un servicio de oración por nuestra nación por los 40 años de abortos y por la sanación de aquellos involucrados en el aborto. Con sus palabras más enfáticas en la esfera pública hasta la fecha sobre el tema del aborto, de acuerdo al Servicio Católico de Noticias, el Papa Francisco afirmó el 20 de septiembre lo sagrado de la vida humana no nacida y relacionó su defensa para procurar la justicia social. “En todas sus fases y a cualquier edad, la vida humana es siempre sagrada. ¡Y no es cuestión de fe, sino de razón y de ciencia!” dijo el papa a una asamblea de ginecólogos Católicos. El Papa Francisco calificó al aborto como un producto de la “mentalidad generalizada de ganancia, la ‘cultura de deshecho,’ la cual ha esclavizado los corazones y mentalidades de tan- tos.” La mentalidad, dijo, “nos pide la eliminación de los seres humanos, sobre todo si son débiles física o socialmente. Nuestra respuesta a esa mentalidad es un decisivo y termi- nante ‘si’ a la vida.” El papa se refirió en general a los niños no nacidos, a los ancianos y a los pobres como las personas más vulnerables a quienes los Cristianos estamos llamados a amar de una forma muy especial. “En la fragilidad del ser humano cada uno de nosotros tenemos el honor de haber sido cread- os con dignidad y con amor. El verdadero significado y propósi- to de la vida se ha oscurecido en la sociedad, influencia cambios de actitud, egocentrismo, egoísmo, divorcios sin culpa, aborto, y una serie de falta de respeto de elecciones en la vida han acabado con el amor y el respeto por la dignidad y hermosura de los no nacidos, la santidad y lo sagrado del matrimonio, el poder y la belleza de la procreación dentro de la unión del matrimonio. De alguna forma nosotros somos incapaces de aceptar lo preciado nuestra propia vida y nos resistimos a ocupar nuestra energía y a pasar un tiempo en silencio para descubrir quiénes somos verdaderamente ante los ojos de Dios. No valoramos los dones que Él nos ha otorgado, nos ciega la “viga” de nuestros ojos y bus- camos satisfacer nuestras propias necesidades, aun cuando éstas sean inmediatas e insignificantes. Algunos de nosotros nos olvidamos que veni- mos de nacimiento noble, creados a imagen de la grandeza de Dios. Nuestro Padre nos dice “Pero, ¿puede una mujer olvidarse del niño que cría, o dejar de querer al hijo en sus entrañas? Pues bien, aunque se encontrara alguna que lo olvidase, ¡Yo nunca me olvidaría de ti! Mira cómo te tengo grabada en la palma de mis manos.” Isaías 49,15-16. Hermanos y hermanas, todos somos hijos suyos, muy queridos para Él. Toda cosa, en todo momento que nos suceda es importante para Dios. Todos somos importantes para Él. Nuestros problemas, nuestro crec- imiento, celebraciones y penas. Todas son oportunidades para que Dios manifieste su poder de sanación y de amor. “Él me dijo, tu eres mi servidor, tu me vas a hacer famoso.” Isaías 49,3. Valore la vida que Dios le dio, en estado de Su gracia, valorando lo pre- cioso de toda forma de vida. Tu eres importante y de un gran valor, lo es también el prójimo.

Priest Personnel Board

Priest Personnel Board

Bishop Mark Seitz has named the following priests to the Priest Personnel Board of the Diocese of El Paso:coat

Msgr. David Fierro,

Father John Telles,

Father Frank Lopez,

Father Joe Molina,

Father Anthony Celino, and

Father Saul Pacheco.

God knew you and loved you before you were born

By Deacon Frank Segura
Marriage and Family Life Director

God, our Father, is there every moment of our lives. He knows each and every one of us and His very nature is to love us before we are born and even conceived. “ ..before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” Jer. 1:5 He has plans and a destiny for each one of us; we are chosen and dedicated, set apart. God assumes a nurturing, caring role. He becomes our “watcher and is watching” over us, He is there observing the completion and fulfillment of His word and plan for us. His promise to us is that he will never leave us orphaned. He is Father of us all, calling upon all us his children, to discover our gifts and use them for his glory. Loved, important, valued, with a destiny and purpose, each one of us is in possession of good reason to celebrate! Celebrating these affirming realities of the life we have been given can only be done in a true spirit of thankfulness and urgency. Opening our hearts to life is a response we are all gifted and blessed to be capable of doing. Prophets to the nations, bearers of the good news calling, by our lives, to others to open their hearts to life, God given and graciously given the right to become the child of God we were created to be. The completion and fulfillment of His will can be realized when we choose to love, deciding to truly appreciate and respect the gift of life, our life, others’ lives, all life…. Yes, from the moment of conception to a natural death. “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…”. Gen 1:26. What an honor to be created in such pride and love. The true meaning and purpose of life has become clouded in society, influences of changing attitudes, self centeredness, selfishness, no-fault divorce, abortion, and many other lack of respect for life choices have eaten away at the love and respect for the dignity and preciousness of the unborn, the sanctity and holiness of marriage, for the power and beauty of procreation within the marriage bond. We somehow become incapable of accepting our own preciousness and are reluctant to spend the energy and quiet time in discovering who we truly are in the eyes of God. We become unappreciative of the gifts He’s given us, blinded by the “plank “ in our eye and seek to meet our own needs, however immediate and unfulfilling they may be. Some of us forget we are of such noble birth, created to reflect God’s greatness. Our Father tells us “.. Even if your mother forgets you, I will never forget you. See, I have your name carved on the palm of my hand.” Isaiah 49:15- 16. Brothers and sisters, we are all his children, his precious ones. Everything, every moment that happens to us is important to God. Every one of us matters. Our struggles, our growth, celebrations and mourning. All are opportunities for God to come in and show his healing, transforming love. “He said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” Isaiah 49:3 Be aware of your God given life, become in His grace, aware of the preciousness of all life. You are important and of great value, so is the other.

40 Days for Life campaign under way

El Paso 13th 40 Days for Life campaign got under way Sept. 25, said Gabriela Federico, local coordinator. This falls campaign is focusing on the Reproductive Services clinic at 730 E. Yandell Blvd., she said in an email. Participants in the campaign fast for an end to abortion, and hold prayer vigils at the clinic. A Victory Rally is scheduled at the end of the campaign, Nov. 2, the feast of All Souls, Federico said.

Priest assignments are coming

Jesus told his disciples to Go out to all the world and announce the Good News. (Mk. 16:15) While every Christian has that responsibility this mandate to go out is particularly pertinent to those whom Jesus calls to serve his people as priests. Ther

InSeitz By Bishop Mark J. Seitz

By Bishop Mark J. Seitz

e are many different ways that priests live out this vocation, but whether they are religious or diocesan priests you will find that, with the exception of priests who serve in monasteries, all priests are called to be ready to move from place to place for the sake of the Gospel. As Jesus moved about there were some places that did not want to receive him. He often went anyway. There were other places that saw his wonders and experienced his love and begged him to stay. To them Jesus explained that he needed to continue on. In many ways that dynamic has not changed today. There are priests who go to a particular place and sometimes they are not well received. This could be due to the priest’s own idiosyncrasies (I suspect we all have them). Or it could simply be that we human beings are just averse to change, even if the change could be for the better. There are also priests who come to a community, accomplish many good things and become beloved by those whom they serve. In those cases the community may resist that pastor’s call to another place. They very understandably want to keep the priest for themselves. In my life as a priest I always found moving difficult. After some years of service I would come to feel like I was truly a part of the parish family. I could look out at the congregation on a Sunday and recognize so many faces of people whom I had the privilege of accompanying through moments of great joy and sorrow. I would look around and say to myself, There are the Smith’s with their new baby whom I baptized. There’s Mary, whom I anointed a few weeks ago in the hospital. There is Juan and Lupe, with their children. I remember their wedding. There is Jose whose wife died last year. I had the opportunity to walk with them from the time she was diagnosed with cancer until God called her home. Especially as a celibate person I found my family in the parish community where I served. Departing was never easy for me and the people certainly expressed that it was difficult for them. Still, accepting a new assignment was important for me in my vocation and in my spiritual walk. It was an opportunity for me to make concrete my promise to be at the Lord’s disposal and to go wherever I was sent. It was a reminder to me that in this life I have no lasting home. We are all just passing through. It was also an experience of freedom. The obedience I had promised on the day of my ordination meant that I did not have to be burdened with deciding God’s will for my life in regard to my service. I trusted that the Holy Spirit was guiding my pilgrimage in far better ways than I could have planned for myself. Here in this diocese there have been relatively few changes of priests in recent years. I suspect manyCoat of us, both priests and laity, have become pretty settled with the way things are. But change is inevitable. There are some parish openings, most notably the Cathedral and St. Theresa in Presidio, that badly need to be filled. When openings such as these are filled it inevitably leaves other openings. We will have one ordination in December, for which we are very grateful to God, Deacon Allan Alaka Oluoch. He will need a first assignment. I have formed a personnel board made up of priests of the diocese. They are: Msgr. David Fierro, Father John Telles, Father Frank Lopez, Father Saul Pacheco, Father Joe Molina and Father Tony Celino. I am working with them to find the best ways to fill the needs that lie before us. And we are praying earnestly to the Holy Spirit for guidance. Finally, it may be that your priests will not be moved. However, if your priest has been asked to move, I ask you to do your best to be supportive of him. Let him know how much you love him, but don’t cling to him. That would only make it more difficult for him. Please welcome the priests who come to your community. Let them know that with you they will find new family members who will love and support them as they do their best to be a sign of Christ in your midst. Fraternally in Christ,

Ya vienen las Asignaturas de los Sacerdotes!

Queridos integrantes de la Iglesia de El Paso:

Ustedes me han concedido un gran privilegio con su amable hospitalidad. Les estoy enviando esta carta por los medios a nuestro alcance porque creo que es un buen tema de reflexión para

InSeitz By Bishop Mark J. Seitz

By Bishop Mark J. Seitz

todos. La gran mayoría de las parroquias no verán a sus sacerdotes siendo transferidos en un futuro inmediato pero esto es parte de la vida de la Iglesia. ¡Ya vienen las Asignaturas de los Sacerdotes! Jesús dijo a sus discípulos “Vayan por todo el mundo y anuncien la Buena Nueva a toda la creación.” (Mc. 16,15) Ya que cada Cristiano tiene esa responsabilidad, este mandato de “vayan” es pertinente de forma particular para aquellos a quien Jesús llama a servir a su pueblo como sacerdotes. Hay diversas formas de cómo viven los sacerdotes esta vocación, pero así sean sacerdotes religiosos o diocesanos encontrarán que, a excepción de los sacerdotes que sirven en los monasterios, todos los sacerdotes están llamados a estar listos para ir de un lugar a otro por amor al Evangelio. Así como Jesús, en su camino encontró lugares donde no querían recibirle. Con frecuencia fue de todas formas. Hubo otros lugares donde se vieron sus maravillas, donde vivieron la experiencia de su amor y le rogaron que se quedara. A ellos Jesús les explicó la necesidad de seguir su camino. De muchos modos ésta dinámica no ha cambiado hoy en día. Hay sacerdotes quienes van a un lugar en particular y algunas veces no son bien recibidos. Esto puede ser por las idiosincrasias del sacerdote (me parece que todos las tenemos). O simplemente es porque nosotros los humanos nos resistimos al cambio, aun cuando éste sea para bien. También hay sacerdotes quienes vienen a una comunidad, logran muchas cosas buenas y llegan a ser muy queridos por aquellos a quienes sirven. Es esos casos la comunidad puede resistirse al llamado del sacerdote a otro lugar. Se entiende sobremanera que deseen que este sacerdote se quede con ellos. En mi vida como sacerdote siempre he encontrado que mudarse es difícil. Después de algunos años de servicio llegué a sentir como si de verdad fuera parte de la familia parro quial. Podía ver a la congregación el domingo y reconocer a tantos rostros de personas a quienes tuve el privilegio de acompañar en momentos de gran alegría y de tristeza. Veía a mi alrededor y me decía a mi mismo, “Ahí está la familia Smith con su nuevo bebé a quien bauticé. Ahí esta Mary, a quien ungí hace pocas semanas en el hospital. Ahí están Juan y Lupe, con sus niños. Recuerdo su boda. Ahí está José a quien se le murió su esposa el año pasado. Tuve la oportunidad de caminar con ellos desde el momento en que ella fue diagnosticada con cáncer hasta el momento cuando Dios la llamó a casa.” Particularmente, como una persona célibe encontré a mi familia en la comunidad parroquial donde serví. Mi partida no fue fácil para mi y la gente ciertamente manifestó que fue difícil para ellos también. Sin embargo, aceptar una nueva asignatura fue importante para mi en mi vocación y en mi camino espiritual. Fue una oportunidad para mi de concretar mi promesa de estar dispuesto al Señor e ir a donde fuera enviado. Fue a manera de recordatorio para mi que en esta vida no tengo un hogar permanente. Todos solamente estamos de paso. Fue también una vivencia de libertad. La promesa de obediencia que hice el día de mi ordenación significó no tener una carga en la decisión de la voluntad de Dios para mi vida respecto a mi servicio. Confié en que el Espíritu Santo guió mi peregrinaje de mejor forma que si yo lo hubiese planeado. Aquí en la diócesis ha habido relativamente pocos cambios de sac erdotes en años recientes. Me parece que muchos de nosotros, tanto sacerdotes como laicos, estamos conformes con las cosas como están hasta hoy. Pero el cambio es inevitable. Hay algunas vacantes, las más notables, la Catedral y Santa Teresa enCoat Presidio, las cuales necesitan ocuparse pronto. Cuando vacantes como éstas se ocupan inevitable mente otras quedan abiertas. Tendremos una ordenación en diciembre, por lo cual estoy muy agradecido con Dios, Diacono Allan Oluch Alaka. Él necesitará una primera asignatura. He formado un consejo de personal compuesto por sacerdotes de la diócesis. Ellos son: Monseñor David Fierro, Padre John Telles, Padre Frank López, Padre Saúl Pacheco, Padre Joe Molina y el Padre Tony Celino. Estoy trabajando con ellos para encontrar la mejor forma de cubrir éstas necesidades que tenemos ante nosotros. Y estamos orando con fervor para que esto se haga con la guía del Espíritu Santo. Para concluir, quizá sus sacerdotes no serán cambiados. Sin embargo, si su sacerdote recibe el nombramiento de una transferencia, les pido que hagan todo lo posible para apoyarles. Díganles cuánto los quieren, pero a la vez no se encariñen mucho con ellos. Esto hará que el cambio sea más difícil para ellos. Por favor denle la bienvenida a los sacerdotes que lleguen a su comunidad. Háganles saber que ellos encontrarán en ustedes una familia que los amará y los apoyará mientras ellos hacen lo mejor para ser un símbolo de Cristo entre nosotros. Fraternalmente en Cristo,