Palabra de Hoy

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. […]


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. […]


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. […]


There is no compensation, but justice

The film Fragments of a Woman does not focus on a story about motherhood. This proposal by hungarian director Mundruczó (AFTA – Day After Day, Pleasant Days, Little Apocrypha No.1, Joan of Arc on the Nightbus…), which has featured screenwriter Kata Wéber, wants to show the sudden collapse of a life project in the face of desire and the possibility of a couple (Sean and Martha) making family. Martha’s character will offer a lesson in humanity above what everyone expects. […]

la ética del cuidado en Cuba

Thumb and ethics of care in Cuba

One of the messages of the classic tale entitled Pulgarcito is precisely the invitation to slip through the difficulties and capture the dynamism of the miniature. Let us remember that in the narration the little protagonist settles in the horse’s ear, speaks quietly and achieves with a “strong” voice that only listens to the one who must do so, to get the animal to advance, and with this unusual fact the goal of moving from the small to the big is achieved. That dynamic of the small to the big is what Dr. Teresa Díaz Canals shares in her text to point out some aspects that she believes are necessary when addressing the issue of care in Cuba. […]


Faulkner: between the Bible and literary mastery

Many writers have incorporated the Bible into their books. Among them, the following article reminds us of William Faulkner (Nobel Prize in Literature 1949).  He, like thousands of authors, would not let his literary imagination pass indifferent to the most famous narrative text of all time, from which he knew how to draw more than one interpretation when it came to opening himself to the depths of the human soul and giving away pieces as striking in that sense as Absalom, Absalom! And descend, Moses. In times of obligatory gathering, it would be not bad to stop, at least, in the work of a teacher of our teachers. It would be worth the try. […]


Allocution February 7, 2021

In his Sunday address on 7 January, Cardinal Juan de la Caridad García, Archbishop of Havana, reminds us that prayer cannot be any occupation in the life of a Christian, as it was not for Jesus, who dedicated himself to the service of his brothers and sisters. “The man who has lived on the watch over others has been someone who has not been overcome by activism, agitation, haste, dispersion, but has sought throughout his life silence and prayer, even when everyone was looking for him.” […]

Conversando con Monseñor Carlos Manuel de Céspedes en el Taller Orígenes en Bauta.

Gaztelu and Carlos Jesus: the honest simplicity of poetry

Over the years, journalist Miguel Terry Valdespino claims that a poem such as “Late village” and a work as human and spiritual as that of Father Angel Gaztelu, “could not go unnoticed before the eyes and pen of the poet, narrator and critic baptized Carlos Jesús Cabrera Enríquez, who died at the young age of 54 and in full creative maturity”. Carlos, writer of extreme honesty, created, following the founding of Artemis as a province, the late people’s talk, the name of a poem of the same name of the priest and spiritual leader also of the renowned Grupo Orígenes, composed of figures such as Cintio Vitier, Fina García-Marruz, José Lezama Lima and Gastón Baquero, among others, who under his light (not in his shadow) , in the church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced and other grounds of Bauta, they broadened their spiritual vision not only with regard to religion and culture, but also in terms of the destiny of the Cuban nation. […]