RELIGION

Alocution II Sunday of Lent

In his allocution on this second Sunday in Lent, Cardinal Juan de la Caridad García, Archbishop of Havana, tells us that in order to find strength, encouragement, on the path of life and in the face of failures and sufferings, “we must go up to a place where we can find God”. And that place, he says, “is personal, family, ecclesial prayer. Each of us needs to see God, we need to listen to the Son of God speaking to us.” That listening must be accompanied by prayer and acting. […]

RELIGION

Second Sunday of Lent

How many times do we distrust God! And we ask him, do you really exist, why do you ask us for so many sacrifices, why don’t you fix this or that personal or social problem? Abraham’s example impels us to continue to say yes to God, even in the rawest times, in unexplained and irrational situations. Faith and trust in God leads us to stand before Him with all that we are and have, including all our miseries, to say to Him, “Here I am, Lord.” The encounter with God does not alienat us, but transforms us and makes our understanding of life and the world around us another, his, always more authentic and elevated. It does not change that reality; we’re the ones who change. Let us live in this Lent the experience of feeling transformed and transfigured by the Grace of the Lord to be more and better Christians in everyday life. […]

Ilustración: Iván Alejandro Batista Cadalzo, diseñador de la revista arquidiocesana Palabra Nueva
SOCIETY

Bandits and questions

Too much has already been written, too many wounds come afloat yet, when the rallies of repudiation of that year 80 are remembered, when those who left the country by the Mariel were offended, uninuneted and even physically assaulted for their thinking and their desire to live elsewhere. Still, every once in a while, someone apologizes to someone. Are we witnessing the return of such aberrations? Does the purpose of defending a just, human cause, as Cuban socialism is proclaimed, justify the means of abusing, abusing, invading the portal of a home where there are women and children, however opposition they may be? […]

Encuentro Nacional Eclesial Cubano (ENEC)
RELIGION

A synodal experience in the Cuban Church

Would we dare try again? It is the question left to us in the inkwell by Father Raúl Arderi García SJ, after reviewing two historical facts of the Church in Cuba: the Cuban Ecclesial Reflection (REC) and the Cuban National Ecclesial Meeting (ENEC). In both, the prominence of the laity was a distinctive and defining sign. Today, when we are attended by the duty and commitment to dream together of a better future, to think of this prominence, which was also accompanied by the shepherds of God’s people. This country and this Church need it. […]

RELIGION

Allocution Dimanche, Février 21, 2021

El su alocución de este primer domingo de Cuaresma, el cardenal Juan de la Caridad García, arzobispo de La Habana recordó que así como Jesús lo hizo, hoy la Iglesia invita al ayuno. Y entre los ayunos a practicar, propuso ayunar de juzgar a otros y llenarse del Cristo que vive en cada uno de nosotros. Invitó también a ayunar de palabras hirientes y llenarse de frases que purifican. En una lista extensa de ayunos, el cardenal recomendó ayunar de descontentos y llenarse de gratitud; ayunar de enojos y llenarse de paciencia; ayunar de pesimismo y llenarse de optimismo; ayunar de preocupaciones y llenarse de confianza en Dios; ayunar de quejas y llenarse de apreciar lo que nos rodea. El arzobispo insistió en la oración que no cesa y en la compasión por los demás. […]

RELIGION

Allocution, Sunday, February 14

In his address this Sunday #14defebrero, Lord’s Day and Valentine’s Day, Cardinal Juan de la Caridad García, Archbishop of #LaHabana, invited the faithful to do the same as Christ: listen to the sick, pity them, reach out to them, help them, speak to them, fill them with peace. “This peace, he said, will lift their spirits and make them fight with all their might to regain the health of soul and body.” He recalled #17defebrero next year in every church in the world will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday. In this way the path of forty days of preparation to Holy Week begins. “During this time, he said, God invites us to conversion, to change to be better.” Taking advantage of the celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Haban archbishop exhorted husbands to live a new life in their marriages, full of hope and illuminated by the light of the gospel. […]

RELIGION

VI Sunday of Ordinary Time

It is worthwhile for us to spend a little time today thinking about what our leprosies are, our individual or collective scourges, which drive away, stigmatize, discriminate and dehumanize. We cannot be left alone in concluding that the leprosy of our time is covid-19. There are many more leprosy spread and hidden or hidden: hunger suffered by thousands of people and, along with it, poverty in any form, lack of decent housing, lack of fairly paid work; other leprosy are forgotten wars in poor countries and any form of explicit or hidden violence against women, children, the elderly, including abortion, which is the murder of the unborn; another leprosy is the oppression and repression of totalitarian regimes that cancel out personal freedom and hurt the economic and social development of peoples; another leprosy is the manipulation of the masses through deception, lying and false promises through some means of social communication… Discovering, unmasking and identifying our individual or collective leprosy is the first step in healing and ridding us of them. […]

RELIGION

A Cuban charity hero

Olallo lived, from 1835 until his death, in the Hospital de San Juan de Dios, from this period, he was in a convent community truly structured until 1854. In 1857, as a result of the Laws of Exclaustration, the Order lost the administration of the hospital that passed into the hands of the Civil Lobby of the City and only two friars remain there: Manuel Torres and Olallo and, from 1876 until his death, he was left alone, not only there: in Havana the Hospital de la Orden was first closed , then the community closes and at the same time the same thing happens in the rest of America. […]

SOCIETY

Old evils, new optimism

Thinking about each other, accepting it, helping them, also making their ideas, paths and dreams possible, is a way to contribute equally to their own paths and dreams. To think of the other is to keep in mind that our work, whether in front of a quartet, behind the wheel of a bus, the post of an agro or the window of a public service, has its fruit and destination in another. Whoever reads to us, to whom we sell or transport or facilitate a management, is like yourself. If we do our thing right, if we treat it and serve it well, that same treatment and service we must receive. […]