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Cardinal Bergoglio (Papa Francisco) Y la Justicia Social (English excerpts below)

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En este video Cardinal Bergoglio (Nuestro Papa Francisco) promueve la organización “Caritas” Y profundamente hace un caso poderoso para la posición de la Iglesia en la justicia social y la transformación social que somos llamados a abrazar como Católicos.

En inglés ofreceré algunas citas de este video abajo.

In this Spanish video Cardinal Bergoglio (our present Pope Francis) promotes the organization “Caritas” but in doing so makes a impassioned defense for the Church’s position on social justice and the social transformation that we as Catholics are called upon to make. Here are some excerpts from this talk:

Excuse me if I offend any of you, I do not mean to offend anyone but I want to show the dangers and challenges that we face today as we move forward in adopting the charitable dimension of Church’s mission…

To celebrate Caritas and one of its members. The celebration was held in one of 36  restaurants found in Puerto Madeiro in Buenos Aires. The price of the least expensive meal was around 250 pesos per person. Thirty-six restaurants that are 1 km from a tuburio (an emerging community). If you enter into the solidarity of being at the service of charity your ways of life must change and you cannot allow yourself to have certain luxuries that before your conversion into the Church’s service of charity you allowed yourself to experience. (suggesting others will reproach him) “Father your a communist,” no, in some ways maybe but I don’t think so, I interpret what the Church demands of us. The spirit of charity demands that you renounce certain things and to adopt a spirituality of poverty…

The Church in Latin America is called to offer a sacrament of love, of solidarity and of justice within our communities…India 025

Your solidarity must drive you to be the visible sign of spiritual poverty. When you live charity in this way it is your life that is in the frying pan, it is your flesh that changes… it is you who is pauperized in one way and enriched in another.

Shamefully, in the past we have attended luxurious dinners to raise funds, where jewelry and other luxuries were auctioned… You made a mistake. This is not Caritas. You lost your way.

When you make this option you will be faced with a choice, do I belong to an NGO or do I belong to Caritas? If you belong to Caritas you need to allow for your life to be changed. Necessarily, your lifestyle will change. You will be friend to the poor and you will be impoverished in your lifestyle, in the austere modesty of life. If you’d rather do good through an NGO you will end up like Susanita from Mafalda: “when I grow up I will organize teas with sandwiches and deserts and all kinds of rich foods, so that I can have the money to buy the crap that the poor eat.”

When you enter this dynamic of interior conversion of a lifestyle change, closeness and solidarity to my neighbor’s flesh, when you are no longer ashamed of your neighbor’s flesh, your horizon will broaden and the face of Christ is revealed. And the contemplation of [searching for] Christ in the face of the poor is the contemplation of God’s face. This requires much prayer. The horizon is broadened by calling forth [drawing forth] hope. Whoever works in Caritas is raising hope. First Jesus does this by approaching the poorest and the most in need. The Church is called to be lawyer of justice and defender of the poor before so many social injustices that call out to the heavens. Catholic social teaching is capable of calling forth hope in the midst of the most difficult situations. If there is no hope for the poor then there is no hope for anyone, not even for the so-called rich. If you are not able, with the attitude of interior conversion and self-gift, if you are not capable of drawing forth hope for the poor then you yourself will not have hope. You will live every day in the satisfaction of that day, filling your day with small satisfactions, with no broad horizon, you will be a Christian for only a moment, “today I will have fun this way, I will have this, I will not lack that.”

The Preferential Option for the Poor demands that we pay particular attention to those who are responsible of changing the structures and bring hope to them. To women and men that work in society and do not know social justice as the church promotes it. The horizon is broadened from the poor with whom you began to share, whom you then accompanied. Then you loved him, then he became part of your life, then you became part of his life, you began to include him, and then your horizon was broadened giving him hope, he giving you hope, and being commissioned to bring hope to those responsible for the structures.

Do not forget in your work from now on that Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that the service of charity, along with proclaiming the Word and celebrating the sacraments, are inseparable. Don’t think that your a Catholic just because you go to Church on Sunday, periodically go to confession, do some small work of charity but then you go on to live out your life in luxury. It seems that we are called to renounce all that is worldly. To renounce to the spirit of the world, the one that hated Jesus and therefore hates us. It is the denial that we have to do daily in our belonging to Caritas. A denial that leaves open space for the expression of the magnificent Jesus Christ who reveals himself. The face revealed hidden in the dirty and battered face of so many hurt people in our society today.

Posted By:
John Gonzalez and Maria Theresa Davila

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1 Comment

  1. Gilberto says:

    Muy bien dicho hermano Jorge. Más allá de la opción preferencial por los pobres los cristianos estamos llamados a una opción preferencial por la pobreza como estilo de vida, como consejo evangélico, como voto religioso no para romantizar la pobreza sino más bien para acabar con la pobreza material que domina la vida de los pobres. De esta manera seremos como Cristo, Jesús quien siendo rico se hizo pobre para que los pobres puedan hacerse ricos (2 Cor 8.9).

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