REFLEXIONS ON THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF JESUS (Jan. 12, 2014)

REFLEXIONS ON THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF JESUS (Jan. 12, 2014)

Isaiah 42, 1-7; Acts 10, 34-38; Matthew 3, 13-15

By +Guy Sansaricq.

Today we see Jesus asking John the Baptist to baptize him. In doing so, he brings to a close his private life and decidedly enters his public life. It’s a turning point! Jesus brushes aside John’s reluctance to go ahead and baptize him because his purpose was to totally assume the condition of sinful mankind and thus prepare his future followers to also accept baptism upon their conversion.

As water is poured upon Jesus’ head, three signs appear: the sky opened, the Spirit in the form a dove descended upon him and a voice was heard from heaven. The astounding scene is actually a dramatized enthronization of Jesus as Messiah! Let us pause a moment and appreciate the grandeur of the moment! From this point on, Jesus begins to act in a new way:  he assumes his Messianic Mission.

On our part, as we prayerfully look at the scene, we understand better the meaning of Baptism. It’s a public gesture that expresses a clear option to follow Jesus. We learn also that this decision brings about the gift of the Spirit as manifested in the form of that mysterious dove.  The voice from heaven designates Jesus as the one anointed for the mighty task of saving the world.  

 

This celebration closes the season of Christmas and launches us into what we call the ordinary time of the Liturgy. From what we learn in the Christmas season, we have already acknowledged Jesus as God-Made-Man. It’s time now to follow him step by
step, to listen to his every word and to grow in our commitment to his Gospel  May our amazement for Jesus increase as we move on from Sunday to Sunday toward the fullness of life reserved for all who believe.

REFLEXIONS SUR LES LECTURES DE LA FÈTE DU BAPTEME DE JESUS (12 Janvier 2013)

Isaie 42, 1-7; Actes des Apotres 10, 34-38; Mathieu 3, 13-15                                   Par +Guy Sansaricq.

 

Pendant la saison de Noel nous avons contemplé Jésus comme le NOUVEAU-NÉ ce qui nous a permis de mieux apprécier le mystère de l’INCARNATION et aussi l’identité de Jésus comme Dieu-Fait-Homme.

Aujourd’hui nous voyons Jésus jeune adulte réclamant d’être baptisé par Jean-Baptiste. Ce dernier proteste se sentant indigne. Mais, Jésus le rassure en ces mots: “C’est ainsi que cela doit se faire.” Vite nous nous rendons compte qu’il s’agit de l’intronisation de Jésus comme Messie, le moment historique où il assume sa mission messianique, le but de sa venue dans ce monde.

La scène est saisissante. Jésus prend sur lui le péché de l’humanité et réclame le baptème qui signifie l’indispensable repentance que tout pécheur doit accepter. Aussitot intervient une réponse positive du Très-Haut: Le Ciel s’ouvre annoncant l’ère nouvelle de la misèricorde de Dieu, L’esprit se pose sur Jésus sous la forme d’une colombe manifestant l’onction messianique et une voix proclame du ciel: “Celui-ci est mon Fils Bien-Aimé.” Jesus recoit du Père comme l’on dirait aujourdhui sa lettre de créance.   

 

Le voici maintenant lancé sur les routes du monde pour proclamer son message de salut et aussi pour se diriger vers le Calvaire et ainsi devenir l’Agneau Immolé du nouveau repas pascal.

 

Avec cette célébration nous fermons la saison de Noel pour suivre Jésus pas à pas sur les routes de la Galilée. Dimanche après dimanche nous recueillerons son message de vie et grandirons dans notre communion à son esprit de lumière, de puissance et de gloire. 

En avant, chrétiens, marchons avec lui vers la plenitude du salut qu’il nous offre!

Monseigneur Guy Sansaricq

 

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Télé Solidarite-Flash

à l’occasion du 4ème Anniversaire du tremblement de Terre d’ Haiti La direction de Télé Solidarité  voudrait informer le peuple de Dieu que Télé Solidarité sera en direct le Dimanche 12 Janvier 2014  à 1:00PM à la Paroisse St Pius X pour la messe en Créole

Le Célébrant sera le Père Miguel Auguste, administrateur de cette paroisse.

Pour participer à cette célébration  visitez le site de Telesolidarite.tv et cliquer sur live.

Nous vous encourageons à visiter Telesolidarite.tv car Télé Solidarité travaille 24heures sur 24 Heures

Frère Tob

Pour Télé Solidarité

Solidarity-Flash
On The Occasion of  the 4th Anniversary of the earthquake of Haiti The direction of Télé  Solidarité   would like to inform the people of God That Télé Solidarité  will be live on  Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM in the Parish of St Pius X for its  Creole Mass

The Celebrant will be Father Miguel Auguste, spiritual leader of the parish.

To participate in this celebration please visit the site Telesolidarite.tv  and click on live.
We encourage you to visit Telesolidarite.tv TV Solidarity because  it broadcasts  24 hours seven days a week.
Brother Tob
For Télé Solidarité

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Pensée de la semaine: «Plutôt que de vous inquiéter, faites confiance à Dieu» (Bob Gass).

Thought of the week: “Stop worrying, trust in God” (Bob Gass).

Pensamiento de la semana: “En lugar de preocuparse, confiar en Dios” (Bob Gass).

__________________________

Quatre ans déjà se sont écoulés

12 janvier 2010 – 12 janvier 2014

Marlène Rigaud Apollon

Quatre ans déjà cette année

Que vous nous avez si violemment quittés,

Fauchés par ce séisme du 12 janvier 2010 dont le souvenir

Nous fait encore frissonner.

Que puis-je vous dire,

Sinon que nous ne vous avons pas oubliés?

Non, nous ne vous avons pas oubliés.

Voyez autour de nous,

Voyez un peu partout

Ce qu’ensemble nous avons accompli

Pour perpétuer vos vies

Et prévenir d’autres morts atroces comme les vôtres

Ces arbres touffus

Coiffant ces coins de montagnes jadis nues

Qu’ensemble nous avons plantés

Pour endiguer l’Érosion

Et leur redonner leur beauté

En votre nom

Que puis-je encore vous dire

Sinon d’avoir confiance ?

Il faut beaucoup de temps et de patience

Pour peu à peu rebâtir

Correctement, Solidement, anti-sismiquement,

Pour que personne ne meure plus comme vous comme avant.

Que puis-je vous encore vous dire

Sinon que vous nous manquez terriblement

Et que toutes nos améliorations et tous nos investissements

En Santé, Éducation, Travail, et autres aspects de l’avenir

Ne vous remplaceront jamais dans nos cœurs,

Mais nous nous efforcerons  toujours de faire mieux qu’avant,

En votre honneur.

Quatre ans déjà se sont écoulés

Depuis que vous nous avez si violemment quittés,

Fauchés par ce séisme rapace du 12 janvier 2010 dont le souvenir

Nous fait encore frissonner.

Je veux vous dire,

Vous rassurer,

Que nous ne vous avons pas oubliés.

Qui que vous soyez,

Nous ne vous oublierons jamais.

REPOSEZ-DONC EN PAIX!

REPOSEZ EN PAIX

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Pastorale Haitienne de l’archidiocèse de Newark-Messe du 1er Janvier 2014

Beau

La Vibrante Communauté Hatienne de New Jersey a célèbré la fête de L’independence d’Haiti dans une messe en créole au sanctuaire marial de l’Archidiocèse de Newark. Le Celebrant fut Monseigneur Beaubrun Ardouin, coordinateur de la pastorale Haitienne de l’archidiocese de Newark et curé à la paroisse  de St Leo. L’homéliste fut le Père Dieuseul Adain,ancien leader spirituel de la paroisse de Holy Rosary, un prêtre du diocèse des Gonaives qui exerce son ministère dans l’archidiocèse de Newark.

La Fête de l’independence d’Haiti en est une qui rassemble les Haitiens dans de grandes celebrations religieuses. La diaspora haitienne catholique est toujours heureuse de saisir cette occasion pour réaffirmer son identité nationale. Très souvent  les évêques titulaires ou auxiliaires des États Unis participent à cette messe du 1er Janvier.

 

Chorale NJ

New Jersey est connu comme le 4ème état des Etats-Unis en termes de population haitienne. Les Catholiques de cette region n’ont jamais manqué le  rendez vous du 1er Janvier pour se rencontrer et prier ensemble. Monseigneur Beaubrun Ardouin surnommé Monseigneur Beau , le coordonnateur de la Pastorale Haitienne de New Jersey organise chaque Année une messe d’action de grace au Sanctuaire Marial de l’archidiocèse de Newark. Parfois Monseigneur Beau invite un évêque de l’Église Catholique d’Haiti à présider cette célébration Eucharistique.

Rappelons que selon le recensement de 2010 la population Haitienne de New Jersey est estimée à 43,316 Habitants, un chiffre beaucoup plus réduit que la réalité. Plusieurs paroisses ont des messes en Créole chaque Dimanche , Monseigneur Beaubrun Ardouin est pour le moment le seul prêtre Haitien ordonné dans l’archidiocèse de Newark. Le Père Max Osias , administrateur de la paroisse de Holy Spirit est incardiné dans l’archidiocèse de Newark et il est pour le moment l’un des leaders Spirituels les plus importants de la grande communauté Haitienne de foi de New Jersey.

Les Relations du Centre National avec la Pastorale Haitienne de New Jersey sont très cordiales. Monseigneur Ardouin  ce prêtre qui a un grand amour pour l’église Catholique  et qui retourne toujours ses appels  a toujours fait de son mieux pour travailler avec le Centre National. Dans son entretien à Radio Solidarité du 21 Decembre 2013 il nous fit savoir qu’il supporte le projet de Monseigneur Sansaricq d’avoir une television Catholique sur le net  et il enverra un membre de sa pastorale pour representer New Jersey dans le comité de la Télévision

Quant au Père Marc Arthur , un allié sur et l’un des grands conseillers du Père Yvon Pierre  est le leader spirituel de la communauté Haitienne de la  Paroisse de St Patrick. Il participe presque toujours aux activités du Centre National et il est pour  certains observateurs parmi les  prêtres candidats  qui auront à diriger le Centre National dans l’avenir car ses qualités d’esprit et de Coeur sont remarquables.

Le Père Geto Jacques qui  exerce son ministère à la paroisse Our Lady of The Most Holy Rosary et St Michael est parmi les lecteurs de notre bulletin et participe de tout coeur aux activités du Centre.

C’est clair la pastorale Haitienne de l’archidiocèse de Newark a fait beaucoup de progrès avec au moins 5 messes en créole chaque Dimanche et des prêtres Haitiens qui  les accompagnent. Mais il ya encore beaucoup de defis  avec la crise  de vocation et la crise économique qui paralise les communautés Ethniques des États Unis.

Sur le plan politique, la population Haitienne de New Jersey commence à donner certains représantants élus qui sont sur la table des decisions. L’on prétend même que cette dernière a plus d’elus que la communauté Haitienne  de  New York.  Mais cela n’empêche pas qu’il ya une crise de leadership. Olson Pierre Louis un paroissien de St Leo pense que la communauté Haitienne de New Jersey n’a pas d’encadrement social et il estime que les jeunes comme les adultes sont négligés.

Mais voici la grande question qui se pose pour nos prêtres qui accompagnent nos communautés de Foi dans la diaspora: Peuvent ils se contenter de celebrer l’eucharistie  sans toucher aux problèmes sociaux qui ravagent nos communautés? Peuvent-ils rejoindre les jeunes de facon plus efficace?

Notre rêve c’est de voir au cours de l’année 2014 une ou des réunions de prêtres Haitiens pour au moins 3 jours dans le but de voir comment ils peuvent travailler ensemble pour mieux accompagner le peuple de Dieu et aussi comment ensemble  ils peuvent utiliser la Radio Télé Solidarité pour en faire une grande station Catholique de la Communauté Haitienne de la diaspora. Enfin Nous renouvelons notre confiance et notre estime au clergé et à la vaillante communuaté de NJ tout en leur souhaitant une Bonne Année.

Brother Tob

Pour Le Centre National

Haitian Ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark- the feast of the independence of Haiti

Father Beau

The Vibrant Haitian Community of New Jersey celebrated the feast of the independence of Haiti in  a Creole Mass at the Marian Shrine of the Archdiocese of Newark . The Celebrant was Monsignor Beaubrun Ardouin, coordinator of the Haitian ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark and the Pastor of St. Leo’s Parish. The homilist was Father Dieuseul Adain former spiritual leader of Holy Rosary Parish, a priest of the Diocese of Gonaives exercising his ministry in the Archdiocese of Newark.

Haiti’s Independence Day is always marked by well attended religious celebrations. It provides a golden opportunity to the Haitian Catholics to pray together and reinforce their national identity. Very often titular or auxiliaries bishops of the United  States participate at the January

1st mass.

NJ-Participant

New Jersey is known as the 4th largest US State in terms of Haitian population. Monsignor Beaubrun Ardouin nicknamed Monsignor Beau, the coordinator of the Haitian Ministry of New Jersey organizes each year a mass of thanksgiving at the Marian Shrine of the Archdiocese of Newark . Sometimes he invites a Catholic bishop of Haiti to come and preside this ‘ Eucharistic celebration .

According to the 2010 census the Haitian population of New Jersey is estimated at

43.316 inhabitants. Actually their number is much larger. Many parishes have Creole Masses every Sunday. Monsignor Beaubrun Ardouin is currently the only Haitian priest ordained in the Archdiocese of Newark; Father Max Osias , director of the parish of Holy Spirit is incardinated in the Archdiocese of Newark and is currently the spiritual leader of a large Haitian community of faith.

The Relationship between the National Center  and the Haitian Ministry of New Jersey is very cordial . Monsignor Ardouin is a priest who has a great love for the Catholic Church and always returns his calls. He has always done his best to work with the National Centre. We can say the same for all the other priests of the Diocese. In his interview to Radio Solidarity December 21, 2013 he said that he supports the project of Bishop Sansaricq to have a Catholic television on the net and he will send a member of his ministry to represent New Jersey in the TV Committee.

Father Marc Arthur Francois , an ally and a major advisor of Father Yvon Pierre is the spiritual leader of the Haitian community in the Parish of St Patrick . He always wholeheartedly participates in all the activities of the National Center. Many think that he is likely to be one of our future Directors of the Center. His high qualities are much appreciated.

Father Jacques Geto exercises his ministry in the parish of Our Lady of The Most Holy Rosary and St Michael. He is among the readers of our newsletter and whenever possible  participates in activities of the National Center.

It is clear that the Haitian ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark has made ​​much progress now that it prides itself of at least 5 Creole Sunday Masses. The Haitian priests at work in their midst are all very good. But there are still many challenges such as the vocation crisis and the economic crisis that impairs progress. .

Politically speaking, the Haitian population of New Jersey begins to give some elected representatives on the decision table of the State. Apparently in that area they are doing better than New York.  But this does not preclude that there is a crisis of leadership. Pierre Louis Olson a parishioner of St. Leo thinks that the Haitian community in New Jersey has no social support and claims that the youth as well as the adults are basically neglected.

But the big question for our priests is their involvement or lack of in the social realm. They need to sit together for long hours to discover new ways of reaching out to the youth and better negotiating the huge social problems faced by our population. Our dream is that this will take place this year. Meanwhile I would like to reiterate my respect and love for the priests and the community of faith of this state and wish them all a happy New Year!

Brother Tob

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SERVICE MEMORIAL  OECUMENIQUE A LA CHAPELLE DES NATIONS UNIES A L’OCCASION DU QUATRIEME ANNIVERSAIRE DU TREMBLEMENT DE TERRE D’HAITI.


Pour marquer le quatrième anniversaire du catastrophique tremblement de terre qui frappa Haiti une réunion se tint a la chapelle des Nations Unies de New-York. Elle fut organisée par un groupe qui s’appelle “International Humanitarian Outreach ministries.Inc.” en collaboration avec la Mission Permanente d’Haiti aux N.U.

Le tout commenca à 1 pm par un prière oécuménique qui dura un peu plus d’une heure. Une jeune Haitienne à la voix d’or, Mlle. Magalie Jospeh ouvrit la célébration par le chant de “Que tu es grand” “How great thou art”  “Ala ou gran” en Anglais, Créole et Francais. Ensuite Monseigneur Sansaricq, Evèque auxiliaire du diocèse de Brooklyn conduisit la prière d’entrée mais non pas sans prononcer auparavant un bref discours de quatre minutes. Ses remarques judicieuses sont reproduites à la fin de cet article.Il fut suivi par Robert Kaplan un Rabbin Juif qui lui aussi appella l’assemblée à s’engager dans l’effort de redressement du pays. Une plaque de reconnaissance lui fut remise en reconnaissance de son incroyable dévouement mille fois prouvé pour un pays qui n’est pas le sien.

Ce fut ensuite le tour du Pasteur Mullery St Pierre qui conduisit l’assemblée dans une prière fervente de trois minutes.

Le Pasteur Bradford fut ensuite appelé au podium. D’origine west-indienne, il pria avec emotion pour que cessent les maux d’Haiti, pour que la corruption cesse et qu’enfin Haiti se relève de ses cendres.

En fin de compte le maire Joseph Champagne de South Jersey a New Jersey conclut la séance par une longue prière reprenant les thèmes déjà évoqués dans les prières précédentes.

Mr. Pierre Romain, pianiste accompli, assurait à l’arrière plan un accompagnement musical de première classe.

Après la séance de prière l’assemblée comptant plus de cent personnes fut invitee à se rendre au deuxième étage pour une session d’échanges d’Information et d’idées.

Le tout fut conclu par une réception à 5 pm.

Cette après midi du souvenir raviva dans les coeurs le désir de s’engager davantage encore au grand effort de renouvellement d’Haiti. Dieu est grand et bon. Il nous appelle à etre ses collaborateurs

pour faire de la terre des hommes une terre de justice, de paix et de vie. Voila en bref ce qui ressort de cette réunion fraternelle.  Félicitations à “l”International humanitarian outreach ministries” qui  prit l’initiative de cette convocation.

4th Anniversary of Haitian earthquake

To mark the 4th anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, the “International Humanitarian Outreach Ministries inc.” called for a Healing Prayer Service at 1 p.m. on Friday January 10th at the Church Center of the U.N. The permanent Mission of Haiti at the UN co-sponsored the event.

More than one hundred people responded to the invitation. The program involved three parts:

a) a prayer service 2) A memorial segment and c) a reception.

The prayer healing service lasted a little more than one hour. Mr. Pierre Romain an accomplished pianist provided the musical segment. Magalie Joseph with her golden voice sang the well known hymn “How Great Thou Art” with lyrics in English, French and Creole. Bishop Sansaricq made a five minutes speech the text of which is found just after this brief report and then made the Invocation.  After him four other speakers came forward to say a few words and conduct a prayer.  They were Rabbi Robert Kaplan who has been very active in helping Haiti, Pastor Mullery Jean-Pierre, Bishop Lester Bradford and Mr. Joseph Champagne who is the mayor of a town in NJ.    The service concluded by a performance by Lucia Bradford.

At the Memorial segment; information were exchanged and new ideas were proposed, awards were given to people who were outstanding in their spirit of service to the Haitian Community.

The closing reception unfolded gracefully

What was affirmed was the importance of Hope and of faith in God who gives mankind power to overcome the forces of death and continue the struggle for the victory of life.

Congratulations to the IHOM inc. and the Permanent Mission of Haiti at the UN for convening this

Memorial gathering. Remembrance of such devastating events has for its purpose to reinvigorate the energy of the participants for increased commitment to the recovery effort.

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Speech made at the UN on the 4th anniversary of the Haitian 2010 earthquake.

By +Guy Sansaricq

All throughout History natural disasters have marred human existence. Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco and many other historic cities have experienced devastating earthquakes. Floods, Tsunamis, storms periodically ravage immense areas producing human casualties by the thousands and distress of unspeakable proportion.    Haiti is no exception.

Resilient humankind has always risen to the challenge. The survivors have mourned their dead and then have undertaken to rebuild what was destroyed. New cities and frequently better cities were raised upon ruined walls of houses and palaces.

Indeed that is not done overnight.  The exiled people of Israel returned from Babylon in the year 538 B.C., but it’s only in 515 that they completed the construction of their new Temple. It took them 23 years. In this light, it might be a little premature to make a drastic assessment of the progress accomplished in Haiti over the past four years. In the perspective of history, four years is a short time.

All we can say is that we have received massive international help for which we must be grateful. Some of the results of the combined efforts of Haitians and international friends are already visible in terms of better roads, many more schools and hospitals and increased employment availability etc, etc..

Indeed one would be blind not to notice the abysmal challenges we still face. A better and more thoughtful and transparent management of the resources invested in the recovery effort remains a troubling concern. Yet on an occasion like this a moderate optimism is appropriate. An obstinate search for solution must always outweigh destructive criticisms, angry finger-pointing and systematic negation   of our partners’ good intentions. The world being what it is, perfect conditions are nowhere to be found.

As a Christian Catholic I believe in the power of memory. I therefore endorse the idea of building a monument that will enshrine in stone the tragic events that we have lived and that will also voice to future viewers that great adversities must be countered by great courage.  Misfortune and hardship must always be overcome.

As a Catholic Christian I am also a man of hope. Hope is not a vague dream. It’s the assurance that every good deed has a positive resonance over history, that occasional defeats oftentimes mark the road to victory. Your presence here and your commitment to a better future is a sign of hope like the rainbow after the deluge.

Wi, lanmo pa dwe gen dènye mo. Sin vle bon lekòl,  fòn gen bon pwofesè. Si n vle pon ak bon rout, fòk nou gen achitek ak enjenye. Pou sosyete a fè pwogrè, fòk aprann met lòd nan peyi a.  Fòk gen règleman ak lalwa. Pou lapolis ak jij garanti lòd ak lajistis, moun dwe gen yon konsyans ki eklere e ki byen fòme. Bon kè, bon jan konprann se premye nesesite. Premye sa k gen pou chanje, se moun lan. Nan pwen yon sous bon konprann ak bonkè ki miyò pase levanjil Jezi-Kri a. Se limyè sa a mwen souete pou nou tout!  Pa bliye, lafwa ak lapriyè se pi gwo fòs sou chemen pwogrè, sou chemen lavi!

 

May God bless our collective efforts to always make life triumph over death!

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Letter  of  Bishop Guy Sansaricq to His Eminence Cardinal Nicolas Lopez Rodriguez

January 2nd, 2014

His Eminence Cardinal Nicolas Lopez Rodriguez

Archbishop President of the Bishops’ Conference

Calle Isabel  la Catolica, 55

Santo Domingo

Republica Dominicana.

Your Eminence:

Because of my great respect for your honorable title of Cardinal of the Church and of the venerable See of Santo Domingo that you occupy I feel compelled to express my profound disappointment at your public approval of the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court decree 168/13.

I speak on behalf of close to 200 priests most of them of Italian, Irish, Polish, Haitian origin and South American descent who are dedicated to the pastoral care of immigrants in the U.S. I speak also on behalf of more than one million Catholic immigrants whom we collectively serve many of whom are very distinguished and beloved immigrants from the Dominican Republic.

The legitimate, officially stated objective of regularizing the immigration status of many residents in your country in no way justifies the unjust stripping of citizenship from hundreds of thousands of Dominicans born in your country during the last eighty years. Almost every nation and international institution raised their voices in protest against this repulsive and inhuman official decision that stands against the international norms of civilized nations.

Some conscientious and noble Dominican Bishops have also protested the horror of that decree that goes against the sense of a portion of the Dominican citizenry who thrives on their trades with Haiti.

I strongly feel, as do the people I represent, that your stand in this matter contradicts the Gospel of Jesus-Christ and the tenets of the Social Doctrine of the Church. I regret to say that your testimony may confuse the Catholic faithful on the teachings of the Church. Unfortunately, it’s likely to cause grave pastoral harm to the Church.

Honestly yours.

Most Rev. Guy Sansaricq D.D. V.E.

Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn

Board Member of the Committee on the Pastoral Care

of Migrants and Refugees of the US Bishops Conference

Enero 2 del 2014

Cardenal Nicolas Lopez Rodriguez

Presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal

Calle Isabel la Catolica, 55

Santo Domingo

Republica Dominicana.

Su Eminencia:

Debito a mi gran respeto por su honorable titulo como cardinal de la Santa Iglezia y la venerable Silla de Santo Domingo que Ut. ocupa, me veo obligado a expresar mi mas profundo desacuerdo en cuanto a su aprobamiento publico del decreto 168/13 de la Corte Constitutional de la Republica Dominicana.

Hablo a favor de unos 200 sacerdotes la mayoria de ellos de origen Italiano, irlandes, Polacos, Hatianos y de decendencia Sud Americana quienes estan dedicados al cuido pastoral de immigrants en los E.E.U.U. Tambien hablo a favor de mas de un million de Immigrantes Catolicos quienes colectivamente asisten en ministerio , muchos de ellos muy distinguidos y queridos immigrantes de la Republica Dominicana.

La legitima, oficialmente dicha objetiva de regularizar la condicion legal immigratoria de muchos residentes de su pais, de ninguna manera justifica que le quiten la ciudadania a cientos de miles de Dominicanos nacidos en su pais durante los ultimos ochenta anos. Casi todas la nacionas e instituciones internacionales han alzado su voces contra esta repulsiva e inhumana decision que esta contra les normas internacionales de las naciones civilizadas.

Algunos Obispos Dominicanos nobles y concientes, tambien han protestado el horror de este decreto que esta contra el sentido tradicional de una porcion del pueblo Dominicano quienes se sostienen de sus negocios con Haiti.

Siento con gran fervor, como lo siente el pueblo que yo represento, que su posicion en este caso contradice el Evangelio de Jesuchristo y los principios de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia. Mi pesa decirle que su testimonio puede confundir a los feligreces Catolicos en cuanto a la ensenanza de la Iglesia.

Desafortunamente, su impacto pastoral negativo le hara gran dano a la Iglezia.

Honestamente Su

Muy Reverendo Guy Sansaricq D.D.  V.E.

Obispo Auxiliar de Brooklyn

Board member of the subcommittee for the

Pastoral Care of migrants and Refugees

of the US Bishops Conference.

January 9nd, 2014

S.E. Mgr. Chibly Langlois

Eveque des Cayes  et President de la Conference Episcopale d’Haiti.

Cher Monseigneur Langlois:

Bonne Année!  Veuillez trouver dans cette communication la copie d’une lettre que j’ai écrite au Cardinal de Santo Domingo.

J’ai expédié la meme copie à un certain nombre de dignitaires écclésiastiques accompagnée du texte

ci-joint!

Dans l’heureuse attente de vous revoir bientot, je vous présente mes salutations les plus fraternelles.

+Guy Sansaricq.

Your Excellency:

Allow me to send you a copy of a letter I felt compelled to send to the Most Reverend Cardinal Archbishop of Santo Domingo because if his public support of decree 168/13 of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic.

That decree I presume you know deprives of Dominican citizenship some 250 000 citizens born of Haitian parents in the Dominican Republic over the past eighty years unless they can prove that at the time of their birth their parents enjoyed permanent immigration status in that country.

Most of the people affected by this rule spent their entire lives in the Dominican Republic, do not speak French or Creole and will remain stateless when that rule is enforced.

Experts in the matter believe that this rule is linked to the interests of the sugar industry which is the back bone of the Dominican Economy. For the past ninety years Haitian laborers have ensured the success of that very lucrative industry. If they remain without nationality and without residential permit they will not be able to protest against the widespread practice of child labor, repulsively low pay and abominable conditions of work.

Indeed it pertains to other institutions to correct these scandalous conditions.

Holy Father. HH

But, the Cardinal’s public support of this rule has been much publicized by the press. Priests and Catholics here in large numbers have urged me to write the enclosed letter that I respectfully communicate to you. The Cardinal’s statement hurts the hearts and souls of many Catholics at a time when the Holy Father calls us to pay special attention to the oppressed and the marginalized.

United to you in my love for Jesus and his Church I remain respectfully yours.

Very Rev Guy Sansaricq

Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn NY

Board Member of the Committee for the

Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees of the USCCB.

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Jean Métellus n’est plus

Marlène Rigaud Apollon

http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/ile.en.ile/paroles/metellus.html

 

Aujourd’hui 6 décembre aux environs de midi, j’ai appris avec surprise la mort survenue à Paris ce samedi 4 janvier du grand écrivain jacmélien Jean Metellus.  Né en 1937, il avait quitté Haïti en 1959 et avait fait des études de médecine et de linguistiques en France.  Mais bien qu’il avait été l’invité d’honneur au Congrès de l’AMHE (Association des Médecins Haïtiens à l’Étranger) à Chicago en 1998, c’est d’abord comme écrivain que  j’avais fait sa connaissance en premier lieu, à travers ses écrits, en particulier « Au Pipirite Chantant » et ensuite personnellement.  C’était si je ne me trompe en 1993 quand, de passage à Paris pour participer à une Foire de Livre « Au Toit de la Grande Arche », j’avais acheté deux de ses livres qu’il m’avait dédicacés.  De son côté,  il m’avait fait l’honneur d’accepter mon premier recueil de poèmes Cris de Colère, Chants d’Espoir et y avait par la suite sélectionné les poèmes «Tiers Monde» et «Mondes qu’il avait publié dans son anthologie  Sapriphage 22 (été/automne 1994): 13-14.

C’est avec grande révérence que je le salue pour le géant de notre littérature qu’il était et que je dédie «Monde » à sa mémoire.

Mondes

 

Comment parler de petites filles

Pommettes joufflues, regard rieur,

Qui ont jouets plus qu’il n’en faut

Mais en veulent plus, et plus, et plus?

–J’ai l’esprit plein de petites filles

Pommettes caves, regard perdu

Qui n’ont pour jouets que les galets,

Et la poussière, plus qu’il n’en faut.

Comment parler de garçonnets

Qui n’aiment pas ci, ne veulent pas ça

Et jettent aux chiens leur nourriture

De temps en temps, quand ça leur plaît?

–J’ai l’esprit plein des garçonnets

Qui n’ont jamais de bon repas

Et mangent ce qu’ils peuvent trouver

De temps en temps, s’ils ont de la chance.

Comment parler de jeunes gens

Stylo Parker, livres reliés

Qui accumulent les peaux d’âne

Toute leur vie, c’est leur destin

–J’ai l’esprit plein de jeunes et vieux

Qui ne savent ni lire, ni écrire

Et signent X aux documents

Toute leur vie, c’est le destin.

Comment parler de ce bonheur

Fait d’abondance de tant de choses

Jour après jour à l’infini?

–J’ai l’esprit plein de cette détresse

Faite de trop peu de trop de choses

Jour après jour à l’infini.

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MONSEIGNEUR JOSEPH SERGE MIOT, IL Y A 4 ANS…

Archeveque miot

Le 4ème anniversaire du tremblement de terre meurtrier du 12 janvier 2010 est un moment particulier et émouvant pour continuer à penser à tous ceux et celles qui ont perdu la vie ce jour-là. Nous continuons à penser au regretté archevêque Joseph Serge Miot, de l’archidiocèse de Port-au-Prince, qui fut parmi les victimes de ce cataclysme. Né le 23 novembre 1946 à Jérémie, chef-lieu du département de la Grande-Anse, Mgr Serge Miot avait fait ses études au Grand Séminaire Notre-Dame d’Haïti puis à Rome. Il avait été ordonné prêtre en 1975. En juillet 1997, Jean-Paul II l’avait nommé évêque coadjuteur de Port-au-Prince, aux côtés de l’archevêque, Mgr François Marie-Wolf Ligondé. Il fut parmi les lecteurs du bulletin hebdomadaire du Centre National de l’Apostolat Haïtien à l’étranger, il répondait toujours à ses courriels et a même accordé à Brother Tob un entretien pour le bulletin. Il fut un exemple d’humilité, un homme d’Église très spirituel et un grand ami de la vérité. Il était un prélat qu’on n’a pas besoin d’un rendez-vous pour le rencontrer. Il avait aussi une grande proximité avec les prêtres de l’archidiocèse de Port-au-Prince et le peuple de Dieu.

Ce tremblement de terre de 2010 continue à faire couler beaucoup d’encres. Est-ce que ce cataclysme nous a aidé à nous rapprocher de Dieu davantage? Dans moins d’une minute Haïti a perdu environ 300.000 personnes et était devenue une vallée de larmes. Aujourd’hui encore 170.000 haïtiens attendent encore d’être relogés.

Certainement, à la maison du Père le regretté archevêque Miot continue à prier pour Haïti et pour la communauté haïtienne de la diaspora. Il était aux études à New York et exerça son ministère dans le diocèse de Brooklyn pendant son séjour. Il continue à inspirer les chrétiens haïtiens catholiques tant en Haïti que dans la diaspora pour son grand amour pour notre mère l’Église, son dévouement pour les pauvres de son archidiocèse et sa grande sincérité. Nous lui disons un grand merci pour tout ce qu’il a fait pour notre église. Qu’il repose en paix! Nous souhaitons aussi de voir pendant notre vie une rue de Port-au-Prince porter le nom de ce grand bâtisseur de la foi qui a perdu sa vie de façon brutale dans le séisme du 12 janvier 2010. Encore une fois merci infiniment Monseigneur Miot!

Frère Tob

Pour le Centre National

Archbishop Miot-4 Years

The fourth anniversary of the earthquake of Haiti is near.  January 12, 2014 is a moment to continue to think of all those who lost their lives in this disaster. As a Catholic Christian I still think  about the late Archbishop Serge Miot, former archbishop of Port -au -Prince who  was among the victims of this disaster of January 12, 2010.
The highly respected Archbishop Serge Miot who was born on November 23, 1946 in Jeremie,  head of the department of Grande Anse.  Archbishop Serge Miot had studied theology at the seminary in Port -au- Prince and in Rome. He was ordained priest in 1975. Twenty-two years later, the late Holy Father John Paul II appointed him Coadjutor Bishop of Port -au- Prince, alongside Archbishop François – Marie Wolff Ligondé in July of 1997

Arch[1]bishop Miot was one of the  readers of the Weekly Bulletin of the National Center for Haitian Apostolate abroad, he always answered our emails and even gave Brother Tob an interview for the Weekly Bulletin of the National Center . He was an example of humility, a very spiritual man of the Church and a great friend of truth. He was a prelate  for whom we did  not need an appointment to meet with  him. He  had a close relationship with the priests and the people of God of the Archdiocese of Port -au- Prince.

The earthquake 2010 continues to have a deep meaning and  impact upon  the families in  the Haitian community …….. Has this cataclysm help us draw closer to God ? In less than a minute Haiti lost 300,000 people and our homeland had become a valley weapon . Today 170,000 Haitians are still waiting to be rehoused

Our ecclesial father ,the late Archbishop Miot, continued to pray for Haiti and the Haitian community in the Diaspora. While studying  in New York  he ministered to the Haitian Community who lived  in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

The highly reverenced Archbishop Miot continues to inspire Haitians to Haiti Catholic Christians and the Diaspora for his sincerity and his  great love for our mother the Catholic Church, his dedication to the poor of his former archdiocese. We owe a big debt of gratitude  to . the late Archbishop Miot. He spent his life doing   everything he could for our church and for our country.  May your soul and the soul of all the faithful departed  rest in peace Archbishop Miot! In our lifetime, we want to see  a street of  Port au Prince-Haiti  named for Archbishop Miot, a great builder of Faith who lost his life in a brutal way during  the 12 January 2010 earthquake . Archbishop Miot, once again we wish you a Happy Birthday as you celebrate eternal life in communion with God and the hosts of angels and the faithful who  have received the gift of eternal life living in the presence of  God.
Brother Tob
National Centre for the Haitian Apostolate.

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Valerie M. Cartright, new Councilwoman of  Brookhaven, NY

Another offspring of the Haitian Diaspora making us proud

Marlène Rigaud Apollon

Cartright

 

 

Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright Sworn in at Town Hall Ceremony  (Excerpts)
January 8, 2014     

jkrieger@brookhaven.org

 


Port Jefferson Station resident begins her first term on Brookhaven Town Board

Farmingville, NY – On January 7, Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright was sworn in during a ceremony held in the auditorium at Brookhaven Town Hall. The Councilwoman, who was elected to office in November 2013, represents Council District 1, which includes Stony Brook, Setauket, East Setauket, Port Jefferson Station, Terryville and the Incorporated Villages of Port Jefferson, Old Field, Poquott and Belle Terre. She was recently assigned by Supervisor Ed Romaine to serve as Town Board Liaison to Environmental Protection, the Town Clerk and Utilities. He also appointed Councilwoman Cartright as Liaison for Black History Month. As a member of the Brookhaven Town Board, Councilwoman Cartright will focus on quality of life issues, environmental initiatives, and providing increased transparency in local government…. 

 “I am honored and excited at the opportunity to serve and be the voice of Council District 1. I look forward to entering 2014 with my constituents, a year of progress, productivity, and purpose.”

A resident of Port Jefferson Station, Councilwoman Cartright is an attorney who received her Juris Doctorate from Touro College Jacob D. Fuschberg Law Center in Suffolk County, after receiving her undergraduate degree in International Studies from West Virginia University. During her legal career, she has earned numerous awards for academic excellence, contributions and service to the law school and legal community. Councilwoman Cartright is also an Adjunct Instructor at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, where she teaches a “Leadership, Law and Ethics” course….

You can read more about her at www.brookhaven.org

(Although not mentioned, Valerie’s parents are both originally from Haiti. We should certainly be proud of so many of our children’s accomplishments)

http://www.brookhaven.org/PressRoom/tabid/56/newsid970/2241/Councilwoman-Valerie-M-Cartright-Sworn-in–at-Town-Hall-Ceremony-/Default.aspx

 

 

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Noël en Orient entre peurs et espérance

Comme leurs frères orthodoxes et orientaux, les coptes-orthodoxes – qui représentent la grande majorité de la communauté copte en Égypte – célébraient Noël mardi 7 janvier. L’occasion de nombreuses célébrations et de festivités familiales… sous haute surveillance.

La confrérie des Frères musulmans accuse en effet les chrétiens de « complicité » dans le renversement de l’ancien président, Mohammed Morsi. Après de nombreuses et sanglantes attaques contre leurs églises et leurs habitations cet été, puis le meurtre, fin octobre, de quatre fidèles qui sortaient d’une église du Caire, les chrétiens étaient donc particulièrement anxieux à l’approche de Noël.

Fait inédit, le président égyptien par intérim, Adly Mansour, a rendu visite dimanche 5 janvier au pape Tawadros dans la cathédrale Saint-Marc, au Caire. Une manière, selon son porte-parole, d’exprimer la « considération qu’a l’État égyptien pour ses citoyens chrétiens ».

C’est dans ce contexte que le P. Jean-Jacques Pérennès, dominicain, directeur de l’Institut dominicain d’études orientales au Caire, est allé apporter ses vœux au patriarche copte-orthodoxe. Témoignage.

« Ce mardi 7 janvier, jour de Noël pour les chrétiens orthodoxes en Orient, le pape Tawadros II, patriarche d’Alexandrie des coptes-orthodoxes recevait les vœux de la communauté chrétienne d’Égypte et de ses amis musulmans. Un impressionnant service de sécurité était déployé autour de la cathédrale Saint-Marc d’Abbassiah au Caire, où le pape a célébré cette nuit la messe de Noël. Depuis plusieurs jours, beaucoup de chrétiens craignaient que des incidents viennent à nouveau endeuiller une communauté encore sous le choc des violences subies en août après la destitution du régime des Frères musulmans. Grâce à Dieu, le pire a été évité.

Au sortir de la cathédrale, trois femmes musulmanes voilées viennent saluer notre délégation de frères dominicains venus féliciter le pape. Nous sommes facilement reconnaissables à notre habit religieux : « Tous nos vœux. Nous nous réjouissons avec vous. Sachez que nous désapprouvons le mal que certains font aux chrétiens. Nous, Égyptiens, sommes un seul peuple ». Nous sommes touchés de ce geste chaleureux et très spontané, dans une rue d’un quartier populaire du Caire.

Deux heures plus tard, nous recevons le patriarche grec-catholique melkite Grégoire III, qui partage avec nous les épreuves de sa communauté chrétienne et de son pays, la Syrie : des morts par milliers, des églises incendiées par dizaines, des réfugiés qui ne cessent d’affluer par centaines de milliers, et des chrétiens qui tiennent bon, véritables témoins de la foi. Son témoignage est bouleversant.

Trois moments d’une journée de Noël au Caire. Noël, fête du Prince de la Paix, vécu ici entre peurs et espérance. La paix est fragile mais elle possible. Elle est à construire ».

Jean-Jacques Pérennès

A la Une : l’Université York de Toronto autorise un étudiant à ne pas travailler avec des filles

Par Romain Lemaresquier

l’Université York fait polémique » titre ainsi le quotidien La Presse. Le journal revient sur cette décision de la direction de l’Université York et publie une partie de la lettre qu’avait adressée l’étudiant à son université en septembre dernier:

« L’une des raisons principales pour lesquelles j’ai choisi de suivre mes cours sur internet pour terminer ma licence en arts est que j’ai de fermes croyances religieuses, et celles-ci s’appliquent aux relations entre les hommes et les femmes. Il ne me sera pas possible de me réunir en public avec un groupe de femmes (la majorité de ma classe) pour réaliser certaines tâches ».

Le quotidien La Presse révèle que le professeur de la matière incriminée a refusé de se plier à la demande de l’étudiant. Il s’est immédiatement fait rappeler à l’ordre par le doyen de la faculté raconte le journal. Cette décision a entrainé de nombreuses réactions. Le ministre fédéral de la Justice a ainsi déclaré que la mixité homme-femme dans les établissements scolaires était au cœur du combat mené par les soldats canadiens en Afghanistan.

Mark Adler, député conservateur, élu dans une circonscription proche de l’université York, estime qu’un tel sexisme n’a pas sa place dans la société canadienne. Mais, malgré toutes ses critiques, l’université York a maintenu sa position, rappelant qu’elle avait l’obligation d’ « accommoder l’étudiant en vertu du Code des droits de la personne » de l’Ontario.

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Proverbes

1. Rete trankil se remèd kò

2. Fè impe kite impe

3. Siw jalou pinga w damou

4. Lang pa lanmè, men li ka neye mèt li

5. Byen pre pa lakay

Bon a savoir/Good to know         January 2014 Reminders-II            Deacon Paul Dorsinville

Among the laws enacted recently in Haitij, two may affect Haitian-Americans and Haitians abroad:

Law on adoption: The Ïnstitut du Bien-Etre Social will designate agencies abroad to certify the social profile of prospective adoptive parents (many of these agencies have already their own orphanage network in Haiti and abroad-some concerns expressed they will prioritize their own)

Law on cleaning money: From now on, Haitian banks will report to the IRS Haitian-Americans and Haitians residing in the US who have assets in those banks above $10,000. So the concerned should not forget to include them in their filing to avoid an audit…

The Catholic News Service in its blog of January 7 is reporting on the progress of reconstruction in Haiti after the earthquake and the expected decade it will take for safe housing, country-wide education and health care (http://cnsblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/four-years-after-earthquake)

Text for Reflection for Sunday, January 12, 2014 Feast of the Baptism of the Lord recorded for Haitian  Radio Solidarite, New York Web Site: SNAA.ORG – composed by Sr. Jamie T. Phelps, OP, PhD, perpetually vowed religiousmember of the Adrian Dominican Sisters (a congregation of women religious whose motherhouse is in Adrian, Michigan) and Roman Catholic  Theologian

Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7

Responsorial Psalm Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10

Reading 2 Acts 10:34-38

Gospel Mt 3:13-17

 

BAPTISM IN THE LORD

(Reflection)

 

On the Sunday we come to the end of the memorialof Christmas cycle during which we commemorate God’s self-gift in the person of Jesus.  As followers of Christ we must always remain conscious that Jesus entered in to human history to show us the way.  This Sunday’s Gospel reveals to us how God is permanently present in our midst through Jesus’ gift of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.  Baptism is the first of the three “sacraments of initiation” which we Catholic Christians receive in recognition, confirmation and gratitude of God’s gift of life. Through this sacrament we, or for those of us who were baptized as infants, our God parents publicly signaled our intention to confirm our lives to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.As the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes in # 1227

According to the Apostle Paul, the believer enters through Baptism into communion with Christ’s death, is buried with him, and rises with him:

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.29

The baptized have “put on Christ.”30 Through the Holy Spirit, Baptism is a bath that purifies, justifies, and sanctifies.31

 

Gospel MT 3:13-17

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan
to be baptized by him.
John tried to prevent him, saying,
“I need to be baptized by you,
and yet you are coming to me?”
Jesus said to him in reply,
Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us
to fulfill all righteousness.”
Then he allowed him
.
After Jesus was baptized,
he came up from the water and behold,
the heavens were opened for him,
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
and coming upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens, saying,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

 

Jesus, who was human in every way except our sinfulness, approached John not because he needed to be baptized but because we needed to be baptizes. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains the meaning of Christ’s Baptism succinctly:[2]

 

“Christ’s Baptism

1223 All the Old Covenant prefigurations find their fulfillment in Christ Jesus. He begins his public life after having himself baptized by St. John the Baptist in the Jordan.17 After his resurrection Christ gives this mission to his apostles: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”18

1224 Our Lord voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John, intended for sinners, in order to “fulfill all righteousness.”19 Jesus’ gesture is a manifestation of his self-emptying.20 The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude of the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as his “beloved Son.”21

1225 In his Passover Christ opened to all men the fountain of Baptism. He had already spoken of his Passion, which he was about to suffer in Jerusalem, as a “Baptism” with which he had to be baptized.22 The blood and water that flowed from the pierced side of the crucified Jesus are types of Baptism and the Eucharist, the sacraments of new life.23 From then on, it is possible “to be born of water and the Spirit”24 in order to enter the Kingdom of God.

See where you are baptized, see where Baptism comes from, if not from the cross of Christ, from his death. There is the whole mystery: he died for you. In him you are redeemed, in him you are saved.25

Baptism in the Church

1226 From the very day of Pentecost the Church has celebrated and administered holy Baptism. Indeed St. Peter declares to the crowd astounded by his preaching: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”26 The apostles and their collaborators offer Baptism to anyone who believed in Jesus: Jews, the God-fearing, pagans.27 Always, Baptism is seen as connected with faith: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household,” St. Paul declared to his jailer in Philippi. And the narrative continues, the jailer “was baptized at once, with all his family.”28

1228 Hence Baptism is a bath of water in which the “imperishable seed” of the Word of God produces its life-giving effect.32 St. Augustine says of Baptism: “The word is brought to the material element, and it becomes a sacrament.”33

In his first general audience Pope Francis reminds us that Baptism is not a formality and challenges us to deepen our understanding and implications of Baptism by awakening our consciousness of the significance of our baptism. [3]

First General Audience of 2014: Baptism Is Not a Formality

Vatican City, 8 January 2014 (VIS) – In his first general audience of 2014, Pope Francis began a new series of catechesis on the Sacraments, starting with Baptism and recalling that by a fortunate coincidence, next Sunday will be the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

 

Baptism is the Sacrament “on which our faith is based, and which grafts us to Christ and His Church, as living members. Together with the Eucharist and Confirmation it forms the so-called ‘Christian initiation’, which constitutes a single, great sacramental event that aligns us with the Lord and makes us into a living sign of His presence and His love”.

 

However, the Bishop of Rome observed, we might ask, “Is Baptism truly necessary for us to live as Christians and to follow Jesus? Is it not fundamentally a simple rite, a formal act of the Church, for naming a child?” To answer this, he repeated the words of the apostle Paul: “Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life’”.

 

“Therefore, it is not a mere formality! A baptized child is not the same as an child who is not baptized; a baptized person is not the same as one who has not received baptism. It is an act that touches the depth of our existence. We are immersed in that inexhaustible fount of life that is the death of Jesus, the greatest act of love of all history; and thanks to this love we are able to live a new life, no longer at the mercy of evil, sin and death, but rather in communion with God and with our brothers”.

 

The Pope again commented that many of us do not know the date when we were baptized and, as before, asked, those present in St. Peter’s Square to find out the date of their baptism, as “it is a happy date”. “Obviously we do not remember the ceremony, especially if we were baptized soon after birth, but it is a pity not to recognize the importance of this day, as we thereby “risk losing sight of what the Lord has done for us, of the gift we have received. We end up considering it merely as an event that took place in the past – and not even by our will, but rather by that of our parents – that has no effect on the present”.

 

Instead, “we are called to live out our Baptism day after day, as a current fact of our existence. If we succeed in following Jesus and remaining in the Church, even with our limits and our frailty, it is precisely because of the Sacrament in which we became new creatures and were re-clothed in Christ. It is by Baptism, indeed, that we are freed from sin and enter into Jesus’ relationship with God the Father, that we become bearers of new hope, that nothing and nobody may extinguish; the hope of taking the road to salvation; that we are able to forgive and love even those who offend us or harm us; and that we are able to recognize in the marginalized and the poor the face of the Lord who visits and draws close to us”.

 

Another characteristic of Baptism, concluded the Pontiff, is that “no-one can baptize himself; we can ask for baptism, wish for it, but we always need someone to confer this Sacrament in the name of the Lord. This is because Baptism is a gift that is given in a context of care and fraternal sharing. Throughout history, one person baptizes another, who baptizes another, and another … it is a chain. A chain of grace. But I cannot baptize myself; I have to ask another person to baptize me. It is an act of brotherhood, an act of affiliation to the Church. In the celebration of Baptism we recognize the truest features of the Church, who is like a mother who continues to generate new children in Christ, in the fecundity of the Holy Spirit”.

 

Following his catechesis and speaking in Italian, the Pope greeted those present, including the members of a circus company which will travel to Latin America this year; he encouraged them on their travels from city to city to “be messengers of joy and brotherhood in a society that greatly needs these qualities”.

We have received God’s self-gift in baptism.  Let us deepen our understanding of this gift and ask God to help us be faithful to the indwelling presence of the Triune God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit by living lives in which others experience through us God’s universal unconditional  LOVE!’

 

Concluding Remarks;

Sometime during this week take your copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or access the Catechism on your computer at vatican.va and review the section on baptism prayerfully. Ask God to deepen your understanding of His gifts of the sacrament of Baptism and to awaken you to the power of God’s presence in your life and in all creation

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