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Y Jesús aún llora

"Y Jesús lloró" (Jn. 11:35). Los que han visitado el Monumento Conmemorativo Nacional de Oklahoma City que conmemora a las víctimas, sobrevivientes y rescatistas del bombardeo del Edificio Federal Alfred P. Murrah reconocerá este de los más breves de los versículos del Nuevo Testamento. Está representado en la icónica escultura enfrente del Monumento Nacional en los terrenos de la Antigua Catedral de San José, donde estuvo la antigua rectoría antes de la explosión.

"Y Jesús lloró." La respuesta de Jesús es un recordatorio consolador de que en momentos de profunda tristeza y dolor Dios está con nosotros. Nosotros no sufrimos solos. Él ha hecho nuestros sufrimientos suyos. Ha probado nuestras lágrimas. Al hacerse hombre, Jesús ha respondido totalmente a nuestra humanidad, incluso sufrir la muerte con nosotros y por nosotros. Nuestro sufrimiento encuentra redención y significado en el misterio de la Cruz y Resurrección, que lleva en sí la semilla de la esperanza invencible.

El 19 y 20 de mayo, comunidades a través del centro de Oklahoma fueron devastadas por tornados poderosos y mortales. Mientras escribo esta columna, servicios de emergencia, personal de asistencia humanitaria, consejeros, capellanes, amigos, vecinos y extraños se unen para llevar alivio y mantener la esperanza donde la esperanza ha sido sacudida. Y Jesús aún llora. Dios está con nosotros.

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Welcoming immigrants is what has made the United States great

For the first time in many years the prospect of a comprehensive overhaul of our immigration system is looming on the horizon.  Our federal immigration policy has been woefully inadequate for some time. Inadequate border security combined with an insufficient number of visas available to fill the necessary jobs required by our economy have led to a flood of undocumented persons entering clandestinely into the United States.

Many of these enter the country across our southern border. These individuals and families usually come out of necessity escaping crushing poverty to seek a better life than had been possible in their native land.  So desperate are the conditions of their homelands that they willingly expose themselves to great risk crossing an inhospitable desert and placing their lives in the hands of ruthless traffickers who often abandon them at the first sign of danger.  If they reach the United States they are forced to live in the shadows of society where they remain subject to exploitation because of their lack of legal standing.  Estimates place the number of these undocumented persons at more than 11 million.  Admittedly, there are many other ways that people can find themselves “out of status” or undocumented, such as when their visa expires.

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May is Mary's month

“May is Mary’s month, and I muse at that and wonder why.” So begins Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem, “The May Magnificat.” It is good for us to wonder also. May crownings, Mother’s Day, the Feast of the Visitation and the abundance of springtime growth all remind us of Mary’s special association with this beautiful time of year.

During the month of May, all creation is bursting with beauty and new life. Perhaps here is the reason that Mary is so easily associated with this season of abundance. May is a reflection of the continuing fruitfulness of Mary’s virginal womb.

Since as early as the second century, Mary has been called the New Eve, a name which means “mother of the living.” Mary is truly more worthy of this name than the first Eve, since, in giving birth to Jesus, Mary gave birth to Life itself.

 

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Mayo es el mes de María

"Mayo es el mes de María, y me quedo rumiando sobre esto y me pregunto por qué." Así comienza el poema de Gerard Manley Hopkins, "The May Magnificat"(El Magníficat de Mayo). Es bueno para nosotros preguntarse también. Coronaciones de Mayo, Día de las Madres, la Fiesta de la Visitación y la abundancia del crecimiento primaveral nos recuerdan a la asociación especial de María en esta hermosa época del año.

Durante el mes de mayo toda la creación está llena de belleza y vida nueva. Tal vez esta es la razón por la que María se asocia fácilmente con este tiempo de abundancia. Mayo es un reflejo de la continuada fecundidad del vientre virginal de María.

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Shaping a culture of life: What about the death penalty?

Recently I attended the Catholic Legal Theory seminar at the OU School of Law.  The topic for that evening was a particular application of the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty.   I was very impressed by the quality of discussion among the students and their professor, Michael Scaperlanda, in considering the intricacies of this difficult issue from both a legal and ethical perspective. 

Particularly heinous crimes, which have become all too common in our violent society, inevitably stimulate conversation around the death penalty.  What ought we as Catholics to make of this discussion?   What guidance does the Magisterium of the Church provide to help the faithful properly form our consciences on the difficult subject of the use of the death penalty?

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Formando una cultura de la vida: ¿Y la pena de muerte?

Recientemente asistí al seminario Teoría Jurídica Católica en la Facultad de Derecho de OU. El tema de esa noche fue una aplicación particular de la enseñanza de la Iglesia Católica sobre la pena de muerte. Me quedé muy impresionado por la calidad de la discusión entre los alumnos y su profesor, Michael Scaperlanda, al considerar las complejidades de esta difícil cuestión, tanto desde el punto de vista legal y como el ético.

Crímenes particularmente atroces, que se han convertido muy comunes en nuestra sociedad violenta, inevitablemente estimulan la conversación en torno a la pena de muerte. ¿Qué debemos hacer como católicos de esta discusión? ¿Qué orientación proporciona el Magisterio de la Iglesia para ayudar a los fieles a debidamente formar nuestras conciencias en el difícil tema del uso de la pena de muerte?

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If not God's plan, whose plan?

We stand at a critical juncture in America.  The future of marriage, the family and society hang precariously in a balance.  At the present moment the United States Supreme Court is considering challenges to state and federal laws that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.   Not many years ago the prospect of marriage redefinition would have seemed unimaginable. 

Riding the wave of powerful cultural forces driven by the media, it is remarkable how swiftly the tide of public opinion has changed on a matter of such fundamental importance as marriage. There is no structure in society more worthy of protection than marriage and the family.  Marriage is a personal relationship, but with a public significance.  It is for this reason that the state has always maintained an interest in regulating and preserving marriage. It has been concerned not only with the good of the spouses, but especially with what is good for the children born of marriage.

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Si no es el plan de Dios, ¿de quién es?

Estamos en un momento crítico de coyuntura en América. El futuro del matrimonio, la familia y la sociedad están sosteniéndose precariamente en una balanza. En la actualidad la Corte Suprema de EE.UU. está considerando desafíos a las leyes estatales y federales que definen el matrimonio como la unión entre un hombre y una mujer. No hace muchos años la posibilidad de redefinir el matrimonio hubiera parecido inimaginable.

Estar en  la ola de poderosas fuerzas culturales impulsadas por los medios de comunicación, es notable como ha cambiado con rapidez la marea de la opinión pública en un asunto de importancia tan fundamental como lo es el matrimonio. No hay una estructura en la sociedad más digna de protección que el matrimonio y la familia. El matrimonio es una relación personal, pero con un significado público. Es por esta razón que el Estado siempre ha mantenido un interés en la regulación y perseverancia del matrimonio. Se ha preocupado no sólo por el bien de los cónyuges, pero especialmente con lo que es bueno para los hijos nacidos del matrimonio.

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Archbishop Coakley proclaims sacred purpose of Archdiocese

Mutually Shared Vision

By Tina Korbe Dzurisin
The Sooner Catholic

An archdiocesan envisioning team led by the Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, has ascertained and articulated the sacred purpose of the archdiocese, the team announced this month.

"Our purpose as the people of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City," Archbishop Coakley said, "is to joyfully witness to the Catholic faith in central and western Oklahoma through the teaching, sanctifying and governing ministry of Christ and His Church so that the Body of Christ is made present, the universal call to holiness proclaimed and all people are welcomed into the promise of eternal life."

The announcement is the first official outcome of a 13-month process to discern and proclaim a mutually shared vision for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City - a process that began when Archbishop Coakley chartered the archdiocesan envisioning team in July 2012 and continued last fall with 12 listening sessions in parishes across the archdiocese.

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Archbishop Coakley: All of us are called to be more concerned with mission than maintenance

SUBIACO, ARKANSAS -- The baptized faithful are called to be more concerned with mission than maintenance, Archbishop Paul Coakley said March 15 during a Mass to celebrate the 135th anniversary of Subiaco Abbey and the 55th anniversary of the consecration of its church.

Archbishop Coakley traveled to Arkansas -- which is within the province of Oklahoma City -- for the celebration.

"The modern papacy has taken on a new style, less managerial and more evangelical," Archbishop Coakley said in his homily. "This has consequences for the whole Church. All of us are called to be ... more interested in evangelization and making disciples than merely shoring up institutions while Catholics drift away."

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