The second Mass on July 27, corresponding to the funeral honors for the death of Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, was held in the S.M.I. Cathedral of Havana, presided over by Archbishop Juan de Dios Hernández Ruiz, Bishop of Pinar del Río.
In his homily before the congregation of the faithful that filled the capital temple, the preldom insisted on the difference between the Christian perception of death and other interpretations far from the faith of the Church.
According to Archbishop Juan de Dios, who until early June served as auxiliary bishop of Havana, the wonderful spectacle of death makes it possible to look at the majesty of God’s work: his victory over man and the perishable of human life and work.
“My grace is enough for you”, the episcopal motto of the late Cardinal Ortega, which originates from the writings of St Paul, recalls, in saying of the priest, the challenge of letting God’s work be done in the lives of Christians.
The Bishop of Pinar del Río thanked God for the cardinal and the cardinal for God, since his death has been an incarnate word for that community of saved sinners that is the Church.