Thursday, February 02, 2023

 



Light from Light, True God from True God

Fr. Malloy’s Midweek Message.  Feb 1, 2023

Friends,

Today we begin Black History Month a time to realize, recognize, and relish the struggles and contributions of black women and men to our country and to our world. 

We also hear, in the readings for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus telling his disciples that we are to be the salt of the earth and light for the world (Matt 5).  The Prophet Isaiah proclaims:

“Thus says the LORD: Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed.” (Isaiah 58)

And 85 year old Pope Francis is preparing to journey to South Sudan.  Once again, he will call for peace in that land so torn by violence and pain.  Over 400,000 have died in recent decades.  Animosity is fueled by religious and ethnic conflicts; but the deep causes of the killings are rooted in the injustice and corruption surrounding the distribution of wealth in the oil rich Sudan.  In a meeting in Rome in 2019, the Pope lowered himself to the ground and kissed the feet of the Sudanese political leaders, begging them to make peace in their country.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., arguably the greatest American who ever lived, once said:

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

After making great gains in desegregating the South and changing the ways of thinking of million of his fellow citizens through the practice of loving and active non-violence, King began to speak out against the insanity and injustice of the Vietnam war.  He said, “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”  His opposition to war was rooted in his following of Jesus, who call us to be light for the world.

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”

Listen to the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement, “We shall overcome” by the Morehouse choir.

 

Peace,

Fr. Rick Malloy, S.J.

Keep Safe.    Keep Sane.    Keep Smiling



 
      

Luz de luz, Dios Verdadero de Dios Verdadero

El Miercoles Mensaje del Padre Malloy, S.J.  1 de Febrero, 2023

Amigos y Amigas,

Hoy comenzamos el Mes de la Historia Negra, un tiempo para darnos cuenta, reconocer y saborear las luchas y contribuciones de las mujeres y hombres negros a nuestro país y a nuestro mundo. 

También escuchamos, en las lecturas del cuarto domingo del tiempo ordinario, a Jesús decir a sus discípulos que debemos ser la sal de la tierra y la luz del mundo (Mt 5).  El profeta Isaías proclama:

"Así dice Yahveh: Comparte tu pan con el hambriento, acoge al oprimido y al sin techo; viste al desnudo cuando lo veas, y no vuelvas la espalda a los tuyos. Entonces brotará tu luz como el alba, y tu herida sanará pronto". (Isaías 58)

Y el Papa Francisco, de 85 años, se prepara para viajar a Sudán del Sur.  Una vez más, pedirá la paz en esa tierra tan desgarrada por la violencia y el dolor.  Más de 400.000 personas han muerto en las últimas décadas.  La animadversión está alimentada por conflictos religiosos y étnicos; pero la causa profunda de las matanzas hunde sus raíces en la injusticia y la corrupción que rodean la distribución de la riqueza en el Sudán rico en petróleo.  En una reunión celebrada en Roma en 2019, el Papa se postró en el suelo y besó los pies de los líderes políticos sudaneses, rogándoles que lograran la paz en su país.

El reverendo Martin Luther King Jr, posiblemente el mayor estadounidense que haya existido, dijo una vez:

"Me niego a aceptar la opinión de que la humanidad está tan trágicamente atada a la medianoche sin estrellas del racismo y la guerra que el brillante amanecer de la paz y la fraternidad nunca podrá hacerse realidad... Creo que la verdad sin armas y el amor incondicional tendrán la última palabra".

Tras conseguir grandes logros en la eliminación de la segregación racial en el Sur y cambiar la forma de pensar de millones de sus conciudadanos mediante la práctica de la no violencia amorosa y activa, King empezó a pronunciarse contra la locura y la injusticia de la guerra de Vietnam.  Dijo: "La humanidad debe poner fin a la guerra o la guerra pondrá fin a la humanidad".  Su oposición a la guerra estaba arraigada en su seguimiento de Jesús, que nos llama a ser luz para el mundo.

"Devolver odio por odio multiplica el odio, añadiendo más oscuridad a una noche ya desprovista de estrellas. La oscuridad no puede expulsar a la oscuridad; sólo la luz puede hacerlo. El odio no puede expulsar al odio; sólo el amor puede hacerlo. El odio multiplica el odio, la violencia multiplica la violencia y la dureza multiplica la dureza en una espiral descendente de destrucción."

Escucha el himno del movimiento por los derechos civiles, “We shall overcome” by the Morehouse choir.

La Paz,

P. Ricardo Malloy, S.J.

Sigamos Seguro.    Sigamos Sano.    Sigamos Sonriendo


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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

 

  
 

January: Poverty Awareness Month  https://www.povertyusa.org/facts 

Fr. Malloy’s Midweek Message.  January 25, 2023

Friends,

Does it make any sense to claim there is something good about poverty?  What does Jesus mean when he talks about “the poor”?  Why does he proclaim the poor “Blessed”?

In Jesus’ time, the Roman overlords were taxing the people into destitution.  The despised tax collectors got in on the game by fleecing their fellow Jewish brothers and sisters, extorting even more than the Romans demanded.  Seeing all this, Jesus called for a revolution of love, based on the reversal of values.  The rich were not to be extolled and emulated.  The poor were to be prized and cherished.  In the Kingdom of God, we are to love our enemies, not retaliate against them.  Practicing such non-violence, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the world!

On Jan 29th, The Gospel for the 4th Sunday in ordinary time announces the Beatitudes, the preamble to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7).  In the first beatitude, Jesus says, “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.”  In Luke’s Gospel, the truth is stated even more starkly: Blessed are you who are poor…. Woe to you who are rich (Luke 6: 20, 24).

The whole Sermon on the Mount is a way of living that makes us happy.  The word “Blessed” is a translation of the Greek word Makarios.  It can be translated, “happy,” “fortunate,” “blessed.”  Jesus and many of his followers have noted that often those who live on slender means are more content and peaceful than those who are always scheming to make a buck off others.  Those who practice forgiveness are more content and consoled than those who harbor hate.  Those who thirst for Justice and Truth make a better world than those who hoard wealth and destroy the common good.

In the Kingdom of God all will share equitably in the goods of creation and the joys and benefits of community. transformed in Christ we will be blessed, happy, fortunate.  In order to bring to bear on our present existence the realities of the promise Reign of God, we must work to eradicate destitution that plagues the desperately poor. 

We also need to know our own spiritual poverty and our need for God to be God in our lives.

Repetition is the mother of all learning.  Let listen again this week to “The Cry of The Poor.”



 https://www.povertyusa.org/facts

Listen to Jesuit Fr. John Foley’s beautiful song, The Cry of the Poor

Peace,

Fr. Rick Malloy, S.J.

Keep Safe.    Keep Sane.    Keep Smiling


       

Enero: Mes de Concienciación Sobre La Pobreza https://www.povertyusa.org/facts

El Miercoles Mensaje del Padre Malloy, S.J.  25 de Enero, 2023

Amigos y Amigas,

¿Tiene algún sentido afirmar que la pobreza tiene algo de bueno?  ¿Qué quiere decir Jesús cuando habla de "los pobres"?  ¿Por qué proclama a los pobres "bienaventurados"?

En tiempos de Jesús, los señores romanos cobraban impuestos a la gente hasta llevarla a la indigencia.  Los despreciados recaudadores de impuestos entraron en el juego desplumando a sus hermanos y hermanas judíos, extorsionando incluso más de lo que exigían los romanos.  Al ver todo esto, Jesús llamó a una revolución del amor, basada en la inversión de los valores.  Los ricos no debían ser ensalzados ni emulados.  Los pobres debían ser valorados y apreciados.  En el Reino de Dios, debemos amar a nuestros enemigos, no tomar represalias contra ellos.  Practicando la no violencia, Gandhi y Martin Luther King Jr. cambiaron el mundo.

El 29 de enero, el Evangelio del 4º domingo del tiempo ordinario anuncia las Bienaventuranzas, preámbulo del Sermón de la Montaña (capítulos 5-7 de Mateo).  En la primera bienaventuranza, Jesús dice: "Bienaventurados los pobres de espíritu, porque de ellos es el Reino de los cielos".  En el Evangelio de Lucas, la verdad se expone de forma aún más cruda: Bienaventurados los pobres.... Ay de vosotros los ricos (Lucas 6: 20, 24).

Todo el Sermón de la Montaña es una forma de vivir que nos hace felices.  La palabra "Bienaventurados" es una traducción de la palabra griega Makarios.  Puede traducirse por "feliz", "afortunado", "dichoso".  Jesús y muchos de sus seguidores han observado que, a menudo, los que viven con pocos medios están más contentos y en paz que los que siempre están maquinando para ganar dinero a costa de los demás.  Los que practican el perdón están más contentos y consolados que los que albergan odio.  Los que tienen sed de Justicia y Verdad hacen un mundo mejor que los que acaparan riquezas y destruyen el bien común.

En el Reino de Dios todos compartirán equitativamente los bienes de la creación y las alegrías y beneficios de la comunidad. transformados en Cristo seremos bienaventurados, felices, afortunados.  Para que en nuestra existencia actual se hagan realidad las promesas del Reino de Dios, debemos trabajar para erradicar la miseria que asola a los desesperadamente pobres. 

También necesitamos conocer nuestra propia pobreza espiritual y nuestra necesidad de que Dios sea Dios en nuestras vidas.

La repetición es la madre de todo aprendizaje.  Escuchemos de nuevo esta semana "El Grito de los Pobres".

   https://www.povertyusa.org/facts

Eschuca La Canción del Padre Jesuita John Foley El Grito de Los Pobres

La Paz,

P. Ricardo Malloy, S.J.

Sigamos Seguro.    Sigamos Sano.    Sigamos Sonriendo


Monday, January 23, 2023

   


January is Poverty Awareness Month

Fr. Malloy’s Midweek Message.  January 18, 2023

Friends,

January is Poverty Awareness Month.  The Catholic Bishops of the USA Campaign for Human Development provides a great deal of information on their website . 

We all need to hear the cry of the poor (Psalm 34) and respond to the needs of those suffering in poverty.

Poverty Facts:  37 million live in Poverty in the USA.  In 2020, 11.4% (37 million persons) of the USA lived in poverty.  Use our interactive map to take a closer look at poverty statistics in the United States.

According to the US Government, a family of three with $19,985 a year is poor.  For four people, the poverty line is set at $25,701.  Even with those low thresholds, 5.3% of the population—or 17.3 million people—live in deep poverty, with incomes below 50% of their poverty thresholds.  And 29.9% of the population—or 93.6 million—live close to poverty, with incomes less than two times that of their poverty thresholds.

Median family income in the USA is $65,712 (half are above that, half below that).  Median rent is $1,062 a month.

Who Lives in Poverty?  http://www.povertyusa.org/ 



Listen to Jesuit Fr. John Foley’s beautiful song, The Cry of the Poor

Peace,

Fr. Rick Malloy, S.J.

Keep Safe.    Keep Sane.    Keep Smiling

                  

Enero es Mes de Concienciación Sobre La Pobreza

El Miercoles Mensaje del Padre Malloy, S.J.  18 de Enero, 2023

Amigos y Amigas,

Enero es el mes de la concienciación sobre la pobreza.  La Campaña de los Obispos Católicos de EE.UU. para el Desarrollo Humano ofrece mucha información en su sitio web. 

Todos debemos escuchar el clamor de los pobres (Salmo 34) y responder a las necesidades de quienes sufren la pobreza.

Datos sobre la pobreza:  37 millones de personas viven en la pobreza en Estados Unidos.  En 2020, el 11,4% (37 millones de personas) de EE.UU. vivía en la pobreza.  Utilice nuestro mapa interactivo para echar un vistazo más de cerca a las estadísticas de pobreza en Estados Unidos.

Según el Gobierno de EE.UU., una familia de tres personas con 19.985 dólares al año es pobre.  Para cuatro personas, el umbral de pobreza está fijado en 25.701 dólares.  Incluso con esos umbrales tan bajos, el 5,3% de la población -o 17,3 millones de personas- vive en la pobreza extrema, con ingresos inferiores al 50% de los umbrales de pobreza.  Y el 29,9% de la población (93,6 millones) vive cerca de la pobreza, con ingresos inferiores al doble del umbral de pobreza.

La renta familiar media en Estados Unidos es de 65.712 dólares (la mitad está por encima y la otra mitad por debajo).  El alquiler medio es de 1.062 dólares al mes.

¿Quién vive en la pobreza?   http://www.povertyusa.org/


 

Eschuca La Canción del Padre Jesuita John Foley El Grito de Los Pobres

La Paz,

P. Ricardo Malloy, S.J.

Sigamos Seguro.    Sigamos Sano.    Sigamos Sonriendo


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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Quotes from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 


Brilliant thoughts from 

a Prophet for Our and All Times

Quotes from 

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ”

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

“The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows”

“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

 “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”

“No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”

“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”

“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”

“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.”

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”

“Mankind must put and end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”

“By opening our lives to God in Christ, we become new creatures. This experience, which Jesus spoke of as the new birth, is essential if we are to be transformed nonconformists … Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.”

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies.’ It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.”

“The God whom we worship is not a weak and incompetent God. He is able to beat back gigantic waves of opposition and to bring low prodigious mountains of evil. The ringing testimony of the Christian faith is that God is able.”

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’

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