LA REVOLUCION DE TERNURA

VirgenGuadalupeby Brian Flagg

I just finished reading about all the highlights of the Holy Father’s trip to Mexico in the most recent America magazine.

I particularly liked how he preached to the bishops of Mexico in Mexico City on February 13. He called on them to live as humble pastors, “not princes,” to be close to the poor and oppressed and to prophetically denounce the evils of society.

He revealed that his main reason for visiting Mexico City was to pray before the revered image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom is at the heart of the spirituality of the people of Mexico. He reminded them that La Virgen Morenita

“teaches us that the only power capable of conquering the hearts of men and women is the tenderness of God”

and he urged them to live as pastors who incarnate that tenderness.

That is what I need to do! I’m kind of an unofficial pastor, and a wannabe Commandante. I see my vocation as warrior, with the roots of the battle against poverty in Tucson being largely spiritual.

Our goal here at Casa Maria is Power to the People. And it really is about conquering or winning the hearts and minds of women and men. It really is about incarnating the tenderness of Jesus, of the Virgen, of Papa Francisco, on to the material plane right here in Tucson, AZ.

How the hell can I ever transform my trash talking, egotistical self into “the tenderness of God”?

I guess that if I and we truly believe, anything is possible.

So I am feeling that maybe this Holy Week, (it’s next week), is the right time for me to surrender to the will of my Creator God and embrace the revolution of tenderness that Pope Francis is constantly proclaiming.

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LA REVOLUCION DE TERNURA

Acabo de terminar de leer los puntos mas importantes del viaje a México del Santo Padre en la revista America.

Particularmente me gusto como Papa Francisco predico a los obispos en la ciudad de México, el 13 de febrero. El les hizo un llamado a vivir en humildad “no como príncipes,” estar cerca de los pobres y oprimidos y a no callar los abusos de la sociedad.

Dijo que la razón principal de ir a la ciudad de Mexico fue orar frente a la imagen de la Virgen de Guadalupe, que es la espiritualidad de los Meixcanos. El les recordó que La Virgen Morenita

“Nos ensena que el único poder capaz de conquistar los corazones de los hombres y mujeres es la sensibilidad de Dios”

y les hizo un llamado urgente a los pastores de vivir esa sensibilidad.

Eso es lo que yo necesito hacer! Yo soy como un pastor de cierta manera, miro mi vocación como un guerrero contra la pobreza aquí en Tucson.

Nuestra meta aquí en Casa Maria es tener poder para ayudar a los demás y realmente es conquistar los corazones y las mentes de los hombres y las mujeres. Es como tener la sensibilidad de Jesus, de la Virgen y el Papa Francisco, materialmente hablando.

Como voy a cambiar mi manera de hablar y mi manera egoísta en “la sensibilidad de Dios?”

Yo creo que si yo y ustedes realmente lo creemos, todo puede ser posible.

Asi que yo pienso que la Semana Santa, es el tiempo perfecto para rendirme a la voluntad de mi creador y abrazar la revolución de la sensibilidad que el Papa Francisco proclama.

One comment

  1. Alma Sychuk · · Reply

    Brian Flagg,
    Not a wannabe but an actual Commandante—the Warrior —-always fighting—mostly winning
    the unwinnable battles but trudge on you must and will—with God’s Speed —find your rightful place
    in this world just like Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker did.

    “BLESSED EATER TO YOU AND THE CATHOLIC WORKER HOSPITALITY HOUSE”

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