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23 de noviembre de 2015 | Volumen 91 Número 2

HISPANIC MINISTRY

“The Dynamic Christ”

lose your eyes — imagine yourself in a valley full of flowers and surrounded by mountains. The sky is blue without a cloud in sight. The sun shines brightly and is warm but not hot. You breathe in the clean, crisp air. You can hear the rivers flowing in the middle of this valley in the distance. Suddenly, you feel the presence of something magnificent and transformative. A warm embrace surrounds you and fills you with peace and tranquility. You look to your right and a smile comes to your face at seeing Jesus, your best friend. He takes a seat next to you but you do not feel that you are both alone. You look to your left and our Blessed Mother appears brilliantly at your side. Her green mantle is full of stars and her young face is as beautiful as the plains in the springtime. You open your mouth to speak but nothing comes out. Suddenly you notice Jesus has become very sad and His eyes start to well up with tears. His anguish is so deep no words escape his mouth. Jesus now turns to you and extending his hands shows you the marks of crucifixion. “Here are my wounds,” he says, “where I hide all of those who do not have light in their lives. Here are my wounds where the poor can have food to eat and water to drink. Here are my wounds where those who are spiritually afflicted and physically imprisoned can have the hope of a new tomorrow filled with possibilities. Here are my wounds so that they can be yours and can be shared with the world.”

graphic: cupped handsAt that moment, a hand touches your shoulder and our Blessed Mother, now sitting in front of you, extends her mantle revealing a radiant heart surrounded with lilies. With eyes full of emotion, she tells you “My heart burns for all. With each beat I anxiously wait for the end of war between my children. With each abortion and indifferent act towards humanity, my lilies die and my heart breaks. With each life that gets extinguished in the name of vanity, hate and bitterness, the light of my son diminishes a bit more on Earth every day.”

Then she finished, and both she and Jesus disappear, leaving behind a soft scent of roses. Open your eyes — now that you are the owner of Jesus’ hands and the Sacred Heart of Mary, what will you do with them? What does God call us to do with them? Where do we start?

The Book of James explains, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

This valuable piece of scripture invites us to look after our neighbors as an essential part of our Catholic faith. Christ reveals Himself in the movement of the Word beginning with his Incarnation of the Virgin Mary. The dynamic sense of self in Him is alive and constant. Therefore, it is important to always remember that the Holy Trinity, in itself, is a community of three distinct persons that work together in order to show us the presence and love of God.

 

photo: Students and teachers at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, Hampton, elaborate, display and discuss the ofrenda (altar), part of the Mexican celebration of Día de los Difuntos.

Students and teachers at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, Hampton, elaborate, display and discuss the ofrenda (altar), part of the Mexican celebration of Día de los Difuntos.

La escuela de St. Mary Star of the Sea celebra el Día de los Difuntos

Los estudiantes de la escuela Saint Mary Star of the Sea celebraron El Día de los Muertos creando una ofrenda como es costumbre en México para recordar y honrar la memoria de sus antepasados. La ofrenda contenía cuatro elementos: agua, aire, fuego y tierra. El agua fue representada por un jarro y vaso. Las velas representaron al fuego el cual guía al espíritu, el papel picado representa al viento. Los elementos de la tierra fueron representados con frutas, comida, y el pan de muerto. También se decoró el altar con fotos de los fallecidos y objetos personales y religiosos, y flores de Cempasuchitl (flor del difunto) que con su fragancia, guía el espíritu de vuelta a la casa. A medianoche, el espíritu y sus familiares se reúnen y es un tiempo para no temer a la muerte, pero en su lugar, un tiempo para celebrar la vida con comida, música y danza. Los estudiantes disfrutaron de aprender de esta tradición mientras elaboraban este bellísimo altar.

St. Mary Star of the Sea School celebrates the Day of the Dead

Saint Mary Star of the Sea School students celebrated El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by displaying an ofrenda (altar) as it is the custom in Mexico to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. The ofrenda held four elements, water, wind, fire, and earth. Water was represented by a jar and glass. Candles represented fire which guide the spirit, papel picado (punched paper) represented wind. Earth elements were represented with fruits, food, and pan de muerto (bread of the dead). There were also photos of the deceased, personal and religious items, and Cempasuchitl (marigold) flowers that with its fragrance, guides the spirit back home. At midnight, the spirit and their families are reunited and it is a time not to fear death but instead, a time to celebrate life with food, music and dance.

 

Horario de misas en español
Ciudad Parroquia Teléfono Hora
Bristol St. Anne 276.669.8200 domingo 2:00 pm
Charlottesville Church of the Incarnation 434.973.4381 domingo 1:30 pm
Christiansburg Holy Spirit 540.921.3547 domingo 1:00 pm
Clarksville St. Catherine of Siena 434.374.8408 domingo 1:00 pm
Danville Sacred Heart 434.792.9456 domingo 11:30 am
Hampton St. Joseph 757.851.8800 domingo 2:00 pm
Harrisonburg Blessed Sacrament 540.434.4341 domingo 1:00 pm y jueves 7:00 pm
Lovingston St. Mary 434.263.8509 domingo 11:30 am
Lynchburg Holy Cross 434.846.5245 domingo 2:00 pm
Marion St. John 273.783.7282 domingo 1:30 pm
Martinsville St. Joseph 276.638.4779 domingo 11:45 pm
Newport News Our Lady of Mount Carmel 757.595.0385 domingo 2:00 y jueves 6:30 pm
Norfolk Holy Trinity 757.480.3433 domingo 1:00 pm
Onley St. Peter the Apostle 757.787.4592 domingo 12:30 pm
Prince George Church of the Sacred Heart 804.732.3685 domingo 1:00 pm
Portsmouth Holy Angels 757.485.2142 domingo 1:30 pm
Richmond Area Sacred Heart
St. Augustine
Our Lady of Lourdes
St. John (Highland Springs)
804.232.8964 804.275.7962 804.262.7315
804.737.8028
domingo 11:00 am, 1:00 pm y 5:00 pm
domingo 1:00 pm y 6:00 pm
domingo 1:00 pm
domingo 12:15 pm
Roanoke St. Gerard 540.343.7744 domingo 12:15 pm
South Hill Good Shepherd 434.447.3622 sábado 7:15 pm
Tappahannock St. Timothy 804.443.2760 domingo 12:00 pm
Virginia Beach St. Gergory
St. Luke
757.497.8330 757.427.5776 sábado 7:30 pm
domingo 12:00 pm
Wiliamsburg St. Bede 276.229.3631 domingo 2:00 pm
Woodlawn St Joseph 276.236.7814 domingo 2:30 pm, no hay misa en español el primer domingo del mes.


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