Tell the truth

Any human being needs a town, even if only to leave it, because a town means not to be alone, to know that in the people, in the plants, in that land where you were born one day there is something of yours, that even when you are not is there, waiting for you. […]


Allocution, June 27, XIII Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Today Christ also says to us:‘ talita cumi ’. He invites us to get up, ”said Cardinal Juan de la Caridad García, Archbishop of Havana, in his Sunday address. The Son of God encourages the discouraged, the sad, the sorrowful, and the desperate. To them, and to us, Jesus invites us to rise up to continue the personal, family, ecclesial and social mission that God has entrusted to us when he created us, by giving them his gifts, by keeping our hearts beating. […]


XIII Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells us, he tells you: “With you I speak … get up.” Get up from your sins and your deaths, from your miseries and lies, from your vicious circles and redundant entelechies, from your perverse and evil fantasies, from your cowardice and negligence, from your complicit silences and your interested pretenses, from your selfishness and self-centeredness, of your laziness and excuses, of your pride and arrogance, of everything that destroys you and does not let you live in the freedom of the children of God. “I talk to you … get up.” […]


Virtual grandchildren and lonely grandparents

When conversing with mutual friends, former classmates found by chance, most have the same common dominator: son outside the country, grandchildren born overseas. The main cause is easy to find: the emigration of young people in search of better opportunities. The self-imposed exile in search of economic improvements has led to the division of families, the loneliness of parents and the fact of depriving them of the company and affection of their grandchildren. […]


Bright, bad and a little bit crazy

It is not strange that Cruella de Vil has her movie. The great evil of The 101 Dalmatians (Dodie Smith, 1956) – later popularized by Disney in 1961 – has enough appeal to suppose him and create a before and after on the big screen. Especially a before, a “how her story began.” […]


XII Sunday in Ordinary Time

Shouting to the Lord in anguish as Job did, as do so many men and women of our time, in the midst of the storm of the pandemic, of political and social storms, does not mean not having faith in Him but quite the opposite. We know that He is always with us, although sometimes doubts or fear invade us. And only He is the God to whom all the forces and elements of nature respond, and to whom we will all have to give an account of our life and our works. […]


Informative note

From June 14 to 18, the Catholic Bishops of Cuba held an extraordinary plenary assembly in the “San Juan María Vianney” Priestly House in Havana, in which the Apostolic Nuncio also participated. […]


The Good Shepherd: glorifying the Father with his word and action

A fundamental element that makes up the Good Shepherd is his sense of responsibility. A well-understood responsibility that encompasses all aspects of life, a responsibility that does not exclude, all its “sheep” are important, it does not make distinctions, does not judge their thinking, and even when it greatly respects their freedom, it helps and collaborates to have great sense of what is fair, respectable and above all that which makes his life honorable and worthy. That is why the Shepherd guides the path of good, raises his voice to point out the danger, he faces without fear everything and anyone who threatens the stability and common good of his flock. The Pastor cannot, under any circumstances, live apart from reality, as this also affects him as a person and above all “helps him to help”, puts him in the capacity of being able to transmit the Gospel in a coherent and practical way that contributes to the construction of the Kingdom of God and the salvation of souls. It is necessary to look with the eyes of God, listen with the ears of God, embrace with the arms of God, in order to see God in everyone. […]


Verbs and vestments: to stay (II)

Staying in Cuba, in addition to day-to-day efforts, also generates spiritual consequences. In a rapidly aging population, more and more households are experiencing the so-called empty nest syndrome. Parents and grandparents, whose ages do not allow them to go to fight and work in other skies, stay here, with some of the children, or with none, because the young people leave. The empty family chairs every Sunday, not infrequently hurt more than any material lack. In some text, the writer Leonardo Padura said that our country suffered from a permanent exceptionality. That state of perennial tension, which with strokes of humor and irony we try to forget and navigate, seems at times never to abandon us. The desire that, sometime, normality, calm, some peace finally touch our island doors and settle on the side here of the waters that surround us, is one of those hopes that should not be extinguished. Perhaps like this, leaving or staying to live in this beautiful land, would not be extraordinary decisions or designated as a solution to many needs of all kinds. […]