Friday, April 21, 2017

In Search of Families According to Christ’s Heart

The family is fractured, and not only because of the gender ideology, but because we do not have deep roots of faith. It is fractured, because we have turned our values and priorities, we work tirelessly for a house, a car and perishable goods, and we put our heart and our goals in those transient and superfluous things.

The family is hurt because we do not instill in our children the love of God and our neighbor, because we do not accept that our children are people with flaws that need to be corrected. Because we cannot tolerate when someone scolds them, and we behave like wild animals when a teacher calls them to order. We are wounded, because we flee the word simplicity, because we do not accept austerity or poverty, because we believe we have the right to be served, but we do not like to serve. Because we raise proud and haughty children by giving them the world on a silver plate and robbing them of the ability to accept frustration and difficulty.

The family is hurt because we do not know how to forgive, because we do not know how to speak without hurting the other, because we ask our people for a perfection that we do not have. Because we fall into the trap of seeing marriage as something disposable.

The family is wounded, because we draw God from our hearts, because we relativize the truth, because there is never time to pray, because we accept infidelity, verbal and physical abuse, because we humiliate our spouse in front of our children or our friends. Because we are silent before sin and evil.

It is definitely time to become better families, it is time to humbly acknowledge our mistakes, it is time to give the best of ourselves. It is time to open the doors of our homes wide, to let God in.

It is time to dedicate time to our children, to tell them here I am, to teach them with works more than with words, that although life is hard, they can always count on our help. It is time to return to the first love, to fill the wine jars that were exhausted when we told our wife (or our husband) that we would be together in sickness and in health, in wealth and poverty.

The family has not only been hurt by these new doctrines and ideologies that have alarmed us so much in these past weeks, perhaps you or I as parents, have been responsible for opening wounds in what we say we love with all our soul. Perhaps, we have lost focus by looking for the things below and forgotten the ones above.

Yes, perhaps we forgot that Heaven is the goal.

God bless us and help us to become better families, places where the love of God reigns. Where the Lord is loved above all things... Families according to the Heart of our Creator.

Felipe Gómez

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Absolute Incompatibility Between Freemasonry and Catholicism: Edmundo Valenzuela, Archbishop of Asuncion, Paraguay


Paraguay. The Archbishop of Asuncion, Edmundo Valenzuela, pointed out during the Chrism Mass, on April 13 (2017), that "one cannot be a Catholic and a Freemason at the same time" since Freemasonry is absolutely incompatible with the Christian faith.

During the celebration, he particularly drew attention to the authenticity of the Catholic faith, and spoke about the assembly of the Inter-American Masonic Conference (CMI), which will take place this week in Asuncion.

In that sense, he said: "In the next days there will be an international meeting of Freemasonry in Paraguay, I remind Christians that you cannot be a Catholic and a Freemason because the principles of Freemasonry are incompatible with the Christian faith."

Bishop Valenzuela asked families and young people to "not be deceived by those who say otherwise," asserting that "apostasy is denying one's own Christian faith."

In addition, he mentioned that together with syncretism (the act of reconciling different doctrines or religions), it constitutes a practical and doctrinal withdrawal from the community, and that, in considering itself a grave sin, it demands the renunciation of Freemasonry and religious syncretism to approach the sacraments of the Church.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Christ is risen!

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and the faithful women went to the sepulcher. And looking, they saw the stone rolled back. And entering into it, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, who said to them: “You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen: he is not here.”

As Jesus rose, then we know that He overcame death and sin; we know that Jesus is God, we know that we shall rise too, we know that He has gained eternal life for us and in this way, our whole life acquires meaning.

This is the night, of which it is written: And the night shall be as clear as the day; and the night is my light in my delights. The hallowing of this night puts to flight all wickedness, cleanses sins, and restores innocence to the fallen and gladness to the sorrowful. It drives forth hatred, it produces concord, and it curbs haughtiness.

Rejoice all. Our faith is not vain. Christ is risen. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Happy and blessed Easter to all our friends-readers. Let us propose, from today on, to make a great effort, with the help of God and of Our Lady, never to fall into mortal sin again. Let us ask for Final Perseverance and be faithful, at all costs, over internal and external enemies, to Christ and His true Church.

Thursday, April 13, 2017