St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Domingo de Pentecostés ciclo C 2019

El domingo pasado al ascender a los cielos Jesús encargaba a los discípulos una misión: guardar todo lo que les había enseñado y predicar el Evangelio por todo el mundo. Tarea ardua y difícil, pero a la vez apasionante. Tienen fe, están juntos, pero tienen miedo a salir fuera por temor a los judíos, necesitan un empujón. Estando juntos, reunidos, compartiendo los miedos y las ilusiones, compartiendo el recuerdo de Jesús, el Espíritu los sacudió como un vendaval violento y como unas llamas de fuego. Es el gran desconocido en la Iglesia, pero su fuerza y su impulso siguen actuando en el interior del creyente. Hoy es el día grande en que Jesús Resucitado nos envía su Espíritu. Es Pentecostés, el punto de inicio de la Iglesia. Juntos, en comunidad y con la fuerza del Espíritu, podemos hacer realidad y mostrar a todos el amor, la misericordia, la comunión entre todos los hombres. Continue reading


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Domingo de la Santísima Trinidad ciclo C 2019

Voy a referirme a la hermosura de los textos que de este domingo, en el que celebramos la primera solemnidad del Tiempo Ordinario: la Santísima Trinidad. En el fragmento del Libro de los Proverbios, la Sabiduría de Dios habla en primera persona y señala su origen. La mayor hermosura coincide en las últimas palabras: “…yo estaba junto a él, como aprendiz, yo era su encanto cotidiano, todo el tiempo jugaba en su presencia: jugaba con la bola de la tierra, gozaba con los hijos de los hombres.” Luego el salmista se va a preguntar: “¿qué es el hombre para que te acuerdes de él?, lo hiciste poco inferior a los ángeles, lo coronaste de gloria y dignidad”. El final del texto de San Pablo -Epístola a los Romanos— se dice: “porque el amor de Dios ha sido derramado en nuestros corazones con el Espíritu Santo que se nos ha dado.” Finalmente, el Evangelio de San Juan afirma: “El Espíritu de la Verdad os guiará hasta la verdad plena”. Continue reading


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Divine Mercy Celebration

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday! This day is a more recent celebration. It all started in Poland during the 1930s. We still have some parishioners who were born and lived at that time before World War II. Saint Maria Faustina died in 1938, but before her death, Jesus came to her in many visions teaching her about His mercy, love and compassion He has on those in need. It was right before World War II and Jesus knew that humanity was going in the wrong direction. The feast of Divine Mercy was to be in preparation of Jesus in the second coming so that souls would take advantage of His mercy before He came as the Judge. Humanity would need this as the world was about to undergo the wrath of the NAZI party on top of the suppression of communism.
St Faustina writes that souls caught into worldliness will “burn as an offering before God and beg for mercy for the whole world…and by their entreaties they will obtain blessings for priests, and through their prayers prepare the whole world for the final coming of Jesus.” (Paragraph #1155, Divine Mercy in My Soul). We have had more martyrs for the faith than we have ever had before in history since the time of St. Faustina. During the Nazi reign there were over 60 million people that were killed in the name of progressing humanity. The apple does not fall far from the tree. Since January of 1973, over 60 million babies have been killed because they have been relegated as some sort of sub-human. There are so many other sins that are considered normal behavior. Today we need Divine Mercy as our hope.
Saint Faustina even suffered from the sins of abortion today as she describes it in her diary at length on September 16, 1937: “At eight o’clock I was seized with such violent pains that for three hours … No medicine had any effect on me, and whatever I swallowed I threw up. At times the pains caused me to lose consciousness. Jesus had me realize that this way I took part in His agony in the Garden, and that He himself allowed these sufferings in order to offer reparation to God for the souls murdered in the wombs…I have gone through these sufferings three times now…If only I could save even one soul from murder by means of these sufferings.” (Par #1276) But God’s mercy is greater than any sins or compilation of sins. Jesus tells St. Faustina, “My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of my goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed myself to be nailed to the cross; for you I let my Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of my mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart.” (Par # 1485)
So how do we receive God’s Mercy? Primarily through Confession and the Eucharist. Confession is where God’s mercy defeats Satan’s hold on us through shame and sin. I suppose that is why Satan tries so hard to convince us not to go to Confession. Our sins are wiped out when we go to Jesus in Confession. According to St. Faustina, it takes complete sincerity and openness, humility and obedience to really benefit much from confession so that it would change our lives (Par #113). Jesus also wants to give us all the graces we need in life through the Eucharist when we receive Him. Jesus says, “I desire to unite myself with human souls; My great delight is to unite myself with souls. Know, my daughter, that when I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, My hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul. … (Par 1385) When we receive Him with a tender heart, that is when we benefit from communion the most.
Freedom from sins and union with God who is love. This is God’s plan for you for starting on Divine Mercy Sunday. He is inviting you today.


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II Domingo de Pascua ciclo C 2019

La Iglesia es santa y pecadora al mismo tiempo, santa porque fue fundada por Jesucristo, aspira a la santidad de todos sus miembros y es apoyada siempre por la gracia salvadora de Jesucristo. Pero está compuesta por hombres y mujeres pecadores. Pretender que en ella todo sea santo es no comprender la condición humana. La fe se vive y se celebra en comunidad y es ella, la Iglesia, el medio e instrumento de salvación, a pesar de sus defectos y pecados. Continue reading


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Domingo de Pascua ciclo C 2019

Ninguno de los discípulos y seguidores de Jesús fue testigo directo del momento de la resurrección. Las dos razones principales que aducían los apóstoles para fundamentar su fe en la Resurrección de Jesús eran la comprobación del sepulcro vacío y las apariciones del Resucitado a algunas de las personas que más le amaron mientras el Resucitado vivió aquí en la tierra. Ninguna de estas dos razones puede demostrar científicamente nuestra fe en la Resurrección, de acuerdo con las exigencias de la historia y de la ciencia empírica actual. Por eso, nuestra fe en la Resurrección es un dogma de fe, una verdad revelada, no una verdad empírica y científicamente demostrable. Continue reading