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28 de marzo de 2016 | Volumen 91, Número 11



The Catechesis in Action

Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico last month gave us many moments of reflection. During the tour of his Holiness in the city of Morelia, amidst a hard pull that almost injured a handicapped child, the Pope opened his eyes wide and with a reddened face yelled: “Don’t be selfish!” At that moment the reporters immediately ran to publish this incident in a scandalous way using words and phrases like “punish” and “losing his cool.” At that moment, Pope Francis’ exhortation done on behalf of migrants, the marginalized and prisoners became gossip for social media.

Nevertheless the faithful, observing through different lines of media, got the chance to witness something very transparent and honest about Pope Francis: his humanity. The clearest identification of his time as Pope has manifested itself completely at that minute in both word and action. While the reporters focused on ratings, the faithful caught a glimpse of the Pope’s love and attention for the welfare of a handicapped child. With a simple gesture and a concerned gaze, he checked to see if the child was fine. As a result of this action, the Pope attracted the focus of God’s love and attention, breaking all barriers.

In our current society, we are always running to the laity and the ordained to guide us in the knowledge of the Word via the tradition of the Church. That day in Morelia, the Pope — the supreme leader of all our laity and ordained — gave us a catechesis in action that we will never forget.

How many times do we ask God to fulfill a necessity and then feel deceived because God did not fulfill it in the way we wanted? How many times do we beg and implore God for a hand in our lives but out of desperation foolishly grab His entire arm? How many times do we hold that arm without noticing the person with more need living next to us who gets by with a content smile, confident in the presence of God in their lives?

During Holy Week, let us remember that the necessity of God comes from the spiritual need of being filled with Him, and not the yearning to want more than has already been given to us. Pope Francis, in his catechesis in action, helps us understand that the ego will make us steal something from God that does not belong to us. Thou shall not steal does not only apply to us and our communities, but also between us and the Holy Spirit. This causes us to have a blind and selfish heart, unable to share what the Lord intended we as believers pass along to others. It is the imprisonment of Jesus in our own emptiness instead of freely submitting ourselves to His and our own fulfillment. He will always give us what we need at the moment we need it most, but God’s timeframe is not our own.

Keeping in mind that the Lord will never abandon us, there is no need to be selfish. Through our Lord our heads will always be anointed with oil and our hearts will overflow with His love.


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
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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