Archive for: November 2014

Busquemos soluciones

En un colegio, no hace mucho tiempo, una joven estudiante confesó su asombro por la actitud de algunos de sus maestros en relación con las condiciones del mundo de nuestros días. Frecuentemente son señales de descontento: desempleo, frwilsoninjusticias, crisis económica y política, prejuicios raciales, terrorismo, violación a los derechos humanos, armamentismo, epidemia del cáncer, la reforma migratoria, la contaminación ambiental, etc.

Sin embargo, jamás ofrecen medios para solucionar estos problemas, su crítica es destructiva, no constructiva. Según las propias palabras de la muchacha: “Siempre están enturbiando nuestra perspectiva haciéndonos notar lo malo del mundo. No sugieren jamás qué puede hacerse para que el mundo sea mejor” Esta es una invitación para todos.

Y muy especialmente para los medios de comunicación que suelen dar importancia a todas aquellas noticias que gratifican los egos de los oyentes o lectores, mas que aquello que conduzca a una mejor y mas sabia conducta humana. Parece que las cosas “malas” son la mejor noticia y esto atemoriza a la mentalidad colectiva de la gente, que termina por pensar y ver solo las cosas “malas” que paso en nuestra sociedad y el mundo. Naturalmente debemos conocer y analizar los males que acosan a nuestra “civilización” pero también debemos ofrecer medios para combatirlos, llevando la verdad y el amor de Dios a un mundo que lo quiere y necesita desesperadamente.

Es un deber de los cristianos y de todos cambiar el rumbo de la vida y sociedad en que vivimos, a pesar de la inconciencia humana generalizada, a pesar del cinismo y la desilusión que invade nuestro mundo moderno, a pesar de la avaricia descontrolada y la ambición sin ley y sin limites, a pesar de la superficialidad artificiosa y del egocentrismo moral, a pesar de la corrupción instalada en los medios sociales, políticos y administrativos, a pesar de los aumentos en los impuestos y salarios de los funcionarios, a pesar de todo esto y mas… PODEMOS CAMBIAR EL RUMBO DE NUESTRA SOCIEDAD Y DEL MUNDO…

Todos necesitamos de todos. Si la sociedad prospera, cada uno de sus miembros prospera.

Nadie es totalmente autosuficiente. Todos somos débiles y podemos cometer errores. Muchos profesionales exitosos a pesar de su cultura y sus conocimientos, tienen grandes deficiencias en sus relaciones interpersonales. Y como decía el filoso Kant: “La búsqueda más noble es saber que debemos hacer uno para convertirse en un ser humano”. ¿Somos humanos? ¿Vivimos como humanos? Lo mas noble y lo mas urgente es convertirnos en seres humanos, sensibles que tengamos comprensión y compasión con los demás.

Esta época necesita mas personas que señalen lo bueno del mundo; menos que se quejen de lo malo. Puedes comenzar inmediatamente. Envía un texto a alguien, al editor de un periódico o noticiero, o escritor de un libro o al hospital o iglesia, indicándoles algo bueno que hayas hecho. Es una forma muy eficaz de promover lo mejor de la gente. Si empleas las horas, días y años en un trabajo provechoso para ti y para las otras personas, no habrás vivido en vano. Si sabes aliviar los dolores, sanar los corazones destrozados, dar alegría y ánimo a los desalentados, si te gusta hacer el bien y ayudar a los demás, ha valido la pena llegar a este mundo y ayudar a hacerlo mejor. Siempre debemos recordar que en cualquier circunstancia de nuestra vida estamos dando ejemplo. ¿Seria seguro para otros seguir nuestras huellas? Que este Adviento sea un tiempo para dar buenos ejemplos, esta es la mejor manera de prepararnos para el encuentro con el Niño-Dios !!!

We are Gifts to One Another

“Mommy, does Santa love Cousin Joey more than me?” whispered little Tricia. janet

“No, of course not,” responded the surprised mother.

“Joey has a gazillion presents under his tree,” Tricia replied. “Maybe I’m on Santa’s naughty list because I hide my broccoli under my napkin.”

The mother’s heart crumbled.

“Oh, my darling, Santa loves you very much. “Do you remember why we celebrate Christmas?”

“It’s when Baby Jesus was born,” Tricia answered.

“Do you receive presents when a baby is born?”

“No, but Susie liked my birthday present for her,” Tricia remembered.

“When Jesus was born, He received presents from three wise men who visited Him.”

“They didn’t give Him good presents,” Tricia interrupted. “I don’t think He played with them.”

Mom laughed. “No, but Jesus also gave us His Father’s love by coming into the world. Jesus is the gift that God gives us on Christmas, but God also gave us another very special gift. You, my darling child, are the precious gift that God gave to your daddy and me! The day you were born, and every day after that, have been wonderful presents to our family.”

Tricia’s face brightened but she still seemed concerned. “Is Joey a gift, too?”

“Yes, even Joey. Every child is a wonderful gift with something different to offer that only that one child can share with the world. You see, God works with mommies and daddies to create babies who have one-of-a-kind qualities that help each child grow up and contribute to the world in his own marvelous way. Each person is God’s child. He loves us all.”

“Okay, I guess I’ll wait until Joey grows up to see,” shrugged little Tricia. “But if Jesus is everyone’s gift for Christmas, why does Joey have more presents than us?”

“You are such a terrific treasure from God that we would like to give you every wonderful thing in the world,” mom replied as Tricia’s eyes grew excited. “But if we did that, then you would forget we are celebrating that Jesus is our most important gift. Baby Jesus didn’t get very many presents, so even a very precious treasure like you should get just enough gifts to show that we love you but not so many that you forget our real treasure is Jesus’ love for us. Does that make sense to my darling girl?”

“I guess so, but I still think those guys weren’t very wise,” she answered thoughtfully. “Mommy, I have two teddy bears – my old bear that I sleep with and the bear from my birthday. Do you think that Baby Jesus would like my new bear?”

Hugging her daughter, the mother proudly beamed, “Yes, my wise and sweet darling, Jesus would very much like your teddy bear. We’ll take it to church and ask Father to give it to another baby who is poor like Baby Jesus was. Then both you and that baby will be rich with the love you’re sharing.”

“I’d like that,” Tricia grinned.

St. Patrick Cathedral: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

-Sofía Larkin Appleby/Major Donors Dir.

A Cathedral is the center of the life of the local Church. The word “cathedral” in Latin or Greek, means “chair.” From the cathedra, the chair or the seat, the Bishop teaches, sanctifies, and guides the people of God, the church. St. Patrick 19-1Cathedral is a work of art and an historical landmark.

Initially, Immaculate Conception was named as the temporary Cathedral when the Diocese of El Paso was established in March 1914. Since it was not large enough to serve as the permanent Cathedral for the young but rapidly growing diocese, Bishop Anthony J. Schuler made the Cathedral the new church of St. Patrick on Arizona Street.

Plans to build the church of St. Patrick originated with the Irish Catholic community in El Paso in 1908 when they began to raise funds to replace the small chapel of St. Mary’s on North Oregon Street. It was the Rev. Edward Barry, S.J., pastor at Immaculate Conception, who devised a unique fundraising idea. He announced that whoever donated $10,000 would be given the right to name the new church after a saint. Delia Lane presented a check to Barry on Dec. 31, 1913, but passed along the naming privilege to the Daughters of Erin, of which she was a member. The Daughters of Erin unanimously chose St. Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland, as the name of the new church.

Bishop Schuler dedicated St. Patrick Cathedral on Thanksgiving Day, 1917. On November 30, 1917, Schuler baptized Anthony Patrick Enjachy, a Mescalero Apache child who was named after Schuler and St. Patrick. The first marriage at St. Patrick was in December 1917 between Pvt. James J. O’Brien and Louise Hinton. The marriage was rushed because the groom was leaving within a few days for military service in World War I.

Today, the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick is the seat of the Diocese of El Paso and the mother church for nearly 700,000 Catholics. Over the years, many seminarians for the Diocese have begun their service as ordained priests at the Cathedral. Most recently, Father Allan Alaka, who was ordained in December 2013, serves the parish under Father Trinidad Fuentez, rector.

From 1997 to 2012, St. Patrick Cathedral was faithfully served by the beloved Father Richard “Rick” Matty, rector, who expanded the St. Patrick community campus to

Courtesy: Hal Marcus Gallery

Courtesy: Hal Marcus Gallery

include a new Ministry Center and multipurpose building. Father Rick inspired the St. Patrick Cathedral Historic Preservation Fund, managed by the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso, and set a goal of raising $1 Million. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, the current fund value is $608,000 and the hope is to realize Fr. Matty’s dream of raising $1 Million by 2015.

Want to participate? Giving is easy and very rewarding. You can make a onetime gift to the St. Patrick Cathedral Historic Preservation Fund, you can pledge over time—1-5 years (you decide), pay with check, credit card, or automatic debit (we’ll set up the monthly payments for you), or you can leave the Foundation a bequest. We are happy to walk you through the process. It will be a great gift to our community to ensure that all families within our diocese are able to enjoy the beauty and sanctity of our Cathedral Church now and for years to come.

All contributions can be sent to the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso at 499 St. Matthews Street, El Paso, Texas 79907 Attn: Sofía Larkin Appleby, Major Gifts Officer.

Donors who give $100 or more during the month of December will receive a Hal Marcus print of the Cathedral.

Catedral de San Patricio: El Regalo que Sigue Presente

-Sofía Larkin Appleby/Directora de Donativos Mayores19-1
Traducción por Anita Marta

Una Catedral es el centro de la vida de la Iglesia local. La palabra “catedral” en latín o en griego, significa “silla.” Desde la cátedra, la silla o el asiento, el Obispo evangeliza, santifica, y guía al Pueblo de Dios, la Iglesia. La Catedral de San Patricio es una obra de arte y un monumento histórico.

Inicialmente, la Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción fue temporalmente la Catedral cuando fue establecida la Diócesis de El Paso en marzo de 1914. Ya que no era lo suficientemente amplia para servir como Catedral permanente para la joven pero creciente diócesis, el Obispo Anthony J. Schuler hizo de la Catedral la nueva iglesia de San Patricio en la Calle Arizona.

Los planes para construir la iglesia de San Patricio se originaron con la comunidad irlandesa en El Paso en 1908 cuando comenzaron a recabar fondos para reemplazar la pequeña capilla de Santa María en la Calle Norte Oregon. Fue el Padre Edward Barry, S.J., pastor de la Inmaculada Concepción, quien tuvo una peculiar idea para recabar fondos.

Él anunció que a quien donara $10,000 le sería otorgado el derecho de darle a la nueva iglesia el nombre de algún santo. Delia Lane le presentó un cheque al Padre Barry el 31 de diciembre de 1913, pero les pasó el privilegio de nombrar a esta iglesia a las Hermanas de Erin, en donde ella formaba parte. Las Hermanas de Erin de forma unánime eligieron San Patricio, quien es el Santo Patrono de Irlanda, como nombre de la nueva iglesia.

El Obispo Schuler bendijo la Catedral de San Patricio en Día de Acción de Gracias de 1917. El 30 de noviembre de 1917, el Obispo Schuler bautizó a Anthony Patrick

Courtesy: Hal Marcus Gallery

Courtesy: Hal Marcus Gallery

Enjachy, un niño Apache Mescalero a quien se le dio el nombre del Obispo Schuler y San Patricio. El primer matrimonio en San Patricio fue en diciembre de 1917 entre el Soldado Raso James J. O’Brien y Louise Hinton. El matrimonio se apresuró ya que el novio se retiraba en algunos días para servicio militar en la 1ra. Guerra Mundial.

Ahora, la Catedral de San Patricio es la silla de la Diócesis de El Paso y la iglesia madre para casi 700,000 Católicos. A través de los años, muchos seminaristas de la Diócesis han iniciado su servicio como sacerdotes ordenados en la Catedral. El más reciente fue el Padre Allan Alaka, quien fue ordenado en diciembre del 2013, él sirve en la Catedral, estando a cargo como rector, el Padre Trinidad Fuentez.

¿Desea participar? Dar es muy sencillo y muy gratificante. Usted puede hacer un regalo único al Fondo de Preservación Histórica de la Catedral de San Patricio, puede hacer una promesa con el tiempo—1 a 5 años (usted decide), se puede pagar con cheque, tarjeta de crédito, o débito automático (nosotros podemos hacer los arreglos para sus pagos mensuales), o puede dejar un legado a la Fundación. Nos dará mucho gusto guiarlo en éste proceso. Será un gran regalo para nuestra comunidad el asegurarles que todas las familias dentro de nuestra diócesis puedan disfrutar de la belleza y santidad de nuestra Catedral ahora y en años venideros.

Todas las contribuciones pueden enviarse a la Fundación para la Diócesis de El Paso, 499 Saint Matthews St., El Paso, Texas 79907 Atn. Sofía Larkin Appleby, Directora de Donativos Mayores. Los donadores que aporten $100.00 dólares o más durante el mes de diciembre recibirán un cromo de la Catedral por Hall Marcus.

Marfa Nun Celebrates 50 Years

-Elizabeth O’Hara, RGC Editor

It all started when she was 9 years old. 20-1

“Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph visited our house. I’d never seen a religious person in my own home and that was very attractive to me. This is where my vocation began,” said Sister Luz Doñez, MJMJ.

Sr. Luz celebrated 50 years of religious profession on Nov. 8 with a Mass and reception at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa, TX.

She said she always loved the church and her vocation but couldn’t imagine where life would take her.

“Never in my wildest dreams!” she chuckled.

Sr. Luz said that fateful evangelization visit changed her life. She entered a discernment program which allowed her to see if this was her true calling. It was and at age 14, a special 20-2exception was given to allow Sr. Luz to finish her religious formation. In 1964, she made her vows in Corpus Christi, TX and joined the same order as the sisters who’d visited her home. She was 18 years old.

“When I felt, ‘I don’t know if I’m good enough, I’m very shy,’ God said, ‘Never fear, I am always with you.’ This is what has kept me lively in my vocation,” she said.

The 12th of 13 children, Sr. Luz recalled growing up poor. She said her order specializes in pastoral ministry – working out of the parishes with the young and the elderly.

“It can be very broad,” she said. “Visiting the sick, bringing food and clothing to those who need it, counseling to those who need it. Just being there in times of need. I remembered that from my childhood,” she said.

After serving many years in Corpus Christi, Sr. Luz was assigned to the El Paso Diocese, specifically rural Pecos. It was 1993 and Sr. Luz mother had20-3 recently died. She choked up recalling her trepidations.

“I had just lost my mother, it was not easy for me,” she paused. “I had to really renew my vocation very, very seriously. I felt like it was the first day I was entering the convent. And that’s when I really felt like this is where I belong and what I need to do for the rest of my life, no matter what.”

Where she often finds herself is in a car. Sr. Luz covers a 2,200 square mile region that includes Sierra Blanca, Marfa, Alpine, Kermit, Monahans, and Presidio. Her near constant travel companion is Sister Margie from Marfa. “We have together formed a team and it’s a collaborative ministry in which we both unite our resources,” Sr. Luz said. “We compliment each other. We pray together and that prayer really helps to give us the strength to move from place to place and have that strong vision of community, to have that mission of Christ very capital letters. Very, very … MISSION OF CHRIST.”

Pursuing that mission means 12 hour days if not longer. But this 68-year-old is unfazed. In fact, she’s thriving.

“I praise God for this gift of my vocation and I really thank God because I am so fulfilled, I have been so happy and I feel like I have a lot to share. Even now. God gives me people that give me the opportunity of service. It’s a beautiful life.”