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From the book "Prayer"

1 Prayer is a vast subject, both in importance and in range; and anything we manage to say about it will always fall too short and convey almost nothing. But let us put ourselves in God's hands, humbly and trustingly, so that He guides us along the ways that lead to that only thing necessary.

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The new Archbishop of Madrid speaks to the press

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

 

[Note: The following reflections about the statements made by the Archbishop of Madrid to the press two days after his inauguration are taken from the summary that a journalist penned, based on a recording he made and which appeared on the website of Infovaticana on October 25. I cannot guarantee, therefore, accuracy other than that provided by the professionalism of the journalist who transcribed the words of the Archbishop.]

 

First of all, one must admit that the statements contain enough ambiguities and subliminal references to the Synod on the Family (without mentioning it, of course) and to the many revolutionary doctrines of Pope Francis that one may think that they do not deserve the effort necessary to discuss them even briefly.

Except in very rare instances, I do not usually read the statements of the Spanish Bishops. My time is very limited and their poor theological, pastoral, and intellectual formation is widely known, not to mention the little credibility that the content of their statements deserve. In this case, however, there was something that powerfully called my attention and consequently raised the red flags. In effect, the prominent neo-Catholic webpages, usually so prone to singing the praises of the Hierarchy, were now dead silent; once again they fell into their customary error: hiding, or at least trying to conceal, anything that could possibly bring discredit upon the Hierarchy; forgetting, once again, that hiding the truth is tantamount to aiding and abetting the dissemination of lies. But neo-Catholics are hopeless; they always fall into their habitual practices, even if in very rare cases –when the scandal is too serious—they make timid purposes of amendment. In this particular case, such a strange silence clearly indicated that something fishy was going on.   

Back to the just-mentioned declarations: the first thing that calls one’s attention is that Archbishop Osoro, from out of the vast and rich Magisterium of the Church, refers only to Pope Francis, quoting twice from his Evangelii Gaudium (which Cardinal Burke has declared is not a part of the Magisterium). Faithful to post-conciliar tradition, Archbishop Osoro disregards any other Magisterial statements of past Popes, Councils, Encyclicals, Documents, Speeches, etc. True, his Declarations were made during a press conference and not in a theological treatise. Nevertheless, given that this is a widespread disease, one cannot but lament the documental poverty to which the Magisterium of the Church has been reduced, almost to nothing, in the post-conciliar era.

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Homily October 26th, 2014

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

Solemnity of Christ the King

Gospel: Jn 18: 33-37

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Homily October 26th, 2014 (Second)

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

Contemplative Prayer

Fr. Alfonso introduces us to the comtemplative prayer

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"The Mystery of Prayer"

Written by Marcia Maranksi on .

 

     Father Alfonso Galvez has written about Prayer, beautifully and comprehensively, directly and indirectly, many times in his writings. In The Mystery of Prayer he attempts to give the reader a small glimpse into the depth and reality of mystical or contemplative prayer.

     Father Galvez states at the outset that it is simply not possible to learn how to practice contemplative prayer: never in three days nor in a thousand years, not even if one were able to live one hundred thousand lives. Contemplative prayer is something essentially supernatural and a gratuitous gift from God that He grants to whomever and whenever He wants; therefore … nobody can merit it, for it belongs to a level so high that man’s natural powers cannot reach it.

     The author knows very well the two great Spanish Mystics and Doctors of the Church, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross. The three have more in common than their native land. Each gives readers invaluable insights into the subject of prayer. However, both Mystical Doctors offer a method which Father observes as having some obscure, or seemingly austere, points contained in their spirituality: Saint Teresa speaks of a more passive method of contemplation in which a shower of the soft rain of grace can be received by the soul without effort. Saint John emphasizes in his doctrine that the soul should be divested of absolutely everything: embracing Nothing. The Night of the senses and of the spirit.

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Homily October 19th, 2014

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

19th Sunday after Pentecost

Gospel: Mt 22: 1-14

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Homily October 19th, 2014 (Second)

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

19th Sunday after Pentecost (Second)

Gospel: Mt 22: 1-14

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A Lone Bishop

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

 

          That a Bishop dares to defend the Faith, of all things, and is left alone without anybody following him and supporting him is an old story within the Church. Sometimes such a Bishop is not only abandoned but also viciously persecuted and, if possible, destroyed. This is something that has seemingly become customary in the Church. The story of Saint Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria in the 4th century, invincible champion in the struggle against the Arian heresy, imprisoned and expelled from his See as many as five times, repeats itself throughout the history of the Church even up till today.

          Nowadays, everybody knows the case of Most Reverend Rogelio Liviares, Bishop of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. His ministry as Bishop is well known, which dispenses us from entering into any details. The Episcopal Conference of Paraguay was the very accusing finger pointed at the unfortunate Prelate (the lives and miracles of the members of the Episcopal Conference are also quite notorious) as if he were somewhat less than a criminal.

          Nevertheless, something in this whole affair calls our attention most powerfully. The Government of the Prelature Opus Dei (of which Bishop Liviares is a member) quickly distanced itself from him and his declaration of obedience to Tradition and his exhortations to his seminarians to be faithful to it and to maintain his obedient attitude.

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