Monthly Archives: September 2015

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El Gozo del Evangelio-Visita del Papa a los EEUU

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Episodio más reciente de nuestro programa “El Gozo del Evangelio” por  Escúchanos cada viernes a la 1pm CST.
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Programa “El Gozo del Evangelio” por Radio Maria


Los invito a  sintonizarnos hoy a la 1 p.m. CST para escuchar nuestro programa “El Gozo del Evangelio.” Puedes escucharlo por internet  Estaremos hablando de la visita del papa Francisco a los Estados Unidos, esperamos oír también de compañeros que están en Filadelfia asistiendo a la Reunión Mundial de Familias.    Te esperamos!

Pope Francis in his own words – Homily at Mass of Canonization of St. Junipero Serra #Popeinusa


We continue to urge you to let Pope Francis speak his message to you in his own words.  Here is a  link to both the full-text and video-on-demand of the homily at yesterday’s mass of canonization for St. Junipero Serra

As you read and/or listen, we suggest you attend to a few key things:

  • How many times does Pope Francis urge people to “go”?
  • How many times does Pope Francis use a variation on the words “joy” and “rejoice”?
  • To whom is this message addressed?

Pope’s address to the bishops of the United States – in his own words #Popeinusa


Pope Francis addressed the bishops of the United States at St. Matthew’s cathedral.

You can read the full official English translation at

A few highlights:

“It is not my intention to offer a plan or to devise a strategy. I have not come to judge you or to lecture you. I trust completely in the voice of the One who “teaches all things” (Jn 14:26). Allow me only, in the freedom of love, to speak to you as a brother among brothers. I have no wish to tell you what to do, because we all know what it is that the Lord asks of us. Instead, I would turn once again to the demanding task – ancient yet never new – of seeking out the paths we need to take and the spirit with which we need to work. Without claiming to be exhaustive, I would share with you some reflections which I consider helpful for our mission…

“I know that you face many challenges, that the field in which you sow is unyielding and that there is always the temptation to give in to fear, to lick one’s wounds, to think back on bygone times and to devise harsh responses to fierce opposition.

“And yet we are promoters of the culture of encounter. We are living sacraments of the embrace between God’s riches and our poverty. We are witnesses of the abasement and the condescension of God who anticipates in love our every response.

“Dialogue is our method, not as a shrewd strategy but out of fidelity to the One who never wearies of visiting the marketplace, even at the eleventh hour, to propose his offer of love (Mt 20:1-16).

“The path ahead, then, is dialogue among yourselves, dialogue in your presbyterates, dialogue with lay persons, dialogue with families, dialogue with society. I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly…. Harsh and divisive language does not befit the tongue of a pastor, it has no place in his heart; although it may momentarily seem to win the day, only the enduring allure of goodness and love remains truly convincing.”

Pope’s address at White House Ceremony – in his own words

It is important not to let the various filters skew our understanding of the message Pope Francis has for the United States.

Here are his own words in the speech this morning at the White House ceremony:

Mr President,

I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans.  As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families.  I look forward to these days of encounter and dialogue, in which I hope to listen to, and share, many of the hopes and dreams of the American people.

During my visit I will have the honor of addressing Congress, where I hope, as a brother of this country, to offer words of encouragement to those called to guide the nation’s political future in fidelity to its founding principles.  I will also travel to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families, to celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family at this, a critical moment in the history of our civilization.

Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination.  With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty.  That freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions.  And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.

Mr. President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution.  Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation.  When it comes to the care of our “common home”, we are living at a critical moment of history.  We still have time to make the changes needed to bring about “a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change” (Laudato Si’, 13).  Such change demands on our part a serious and responsible recognition not only of the kind of world we may be leaving to our children, but also to the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them.  Our common home has been part of this group of the excluded which cries out to heaven and which today powerfully strikes our homes, our cities and our societies.  To use a telling phrase of the Reverend Martin Luther King, we can say that we have defaulted on a promissory note and now is the time to honor it.

We know by faith that “the Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us.  Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home” (Laudato Si’, 13).  As Christians inspired by this certainty, we wish to commit ourselves to the conscious and responsible care of our common home.

The efforts which were recently made to mend broken relationships and to open new doors to cooperation within our human family represent positive steps along the path of reconciliation, justice and freedom.  I would like all men and women of good will in this great nation to support the efforts of the international community to protect the vulnerable in our world and to stimulate integral and inclusive models of development, so that our brothers and sisters everywhere may know the blessings of peace and prosperity which God wills for all his children.
Mr President, once again I thank you for your welcome, and I look forward to these days in your country.  God bless America!

Biography of Junipero Serra – the saint to be canonized today by Pope Francis


One of the main public events for Pope Francis today is the mass of canonization for Blessed Junipero Serra to be celebrated by Pope Francis on the grounds of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  This is the first time ever a Pope will celebrate a canonization in the United States.

To learn more about (about to be Saint) Junipero Serra, the apostle to California, visit

To follow along at mass, you can download the official worship aid at (This is a large document containing all of the liturgical texts for all of the public liturgies during the entire trip to Cuba and the United States.)