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Either love of God or love of man

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

 

Man was created to love and, of course, to be loved, because love always implies reciprocity.

Created to love God, in the first place; but also to love himself, his neighbor, and even the whole of creation. The key issue here is the degree of intensity of this love and the order in which it is granted.

The love of God does not exclude love of all things and all other people; quite the contrary. As stated above, it only requires applying due order to its strength and application.

What the love of God does require is that it be above and exceed any other love. No bounds are set to loving other people or the things of this created universe, as long as one loves God more than and above all of them:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.[1]

Therefore, one must love God with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his mind, and, according to Saint Luke, with all his strength (10:27). The second commandment, which is just like the first, says one’s neighbor must be loved as oneself. The difference between them, as can be clearly seen, is essential.

Homily July 17th, 2016

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

IX Sunday after Pentecost

Lk 19: 41-47

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Sodom - Madrid, Sister Cities

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         History is the Teacher of Life is a phrase in one of the treatises penned by Cicero which afterwards became part of the cultural heritage of the Human race. The phrase has acquired a fate similar to that of those flashy books placed in a visible location at the library to be seen by visitors but which no one ever reads. In effect, this observation of Cicero has been lauded by all for its accuracy and sharpness, but hardly anyone has resorted to it to learn a lesson. Pope John XXIII, surely evoking the Ciceronian intuition, wrote an Encyclical Letter referring to the Church which he named Mater et Magistra and which was written precisely at the very timely moment when the Church ceased to be both Mother and Teacher.

Once the opportunity and ingenuity of Cicero’s phrase has been established, there is nothing special about somebody applying it to sundry historical situations which contain similar circumstances; as it happens, for example, with the these two cities: Sodom and Madrid. It must be noted from the outset that no one should feel scandalized. It is true that Sodom is quite an ancient City which is thought to be several thousand years old and whose destruction is narrated in Chapters 18 and 19 of Genesis. But we are not now referring to its destruction by divine punishment but to its situation prior to that event, which no one can deny is quite similar to the current situation of the city of Madrid.

Homosexuality

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

 

The word homosexuality is the generic term applied to homosexual people, that is, to those who satisfy their sexual appetite with persons of their same sex. More specifically, in common terminology, the word gay refers mainly to males (though not exclusively), while the word lesbian is generally used for women.

         For many centuries, Christianity has condemned this tendency as an aberrant vice, contrary to Divine Law and to human nature itself. Judaism acted likewise even before Christianity, and everything seems to indicate that Humanity itself considered it a depravity from the very beginning.

         However, in modern times perception regarding homosexuality has turned around drastically. What in past times was always considered as a repugnant vice is now regarded as a glorious triumph of Humanity, which has in itself a mark of glory to be proud of: Gay Pride.

         The explanation for this is as easy to set forth as it is difficult to explain. Indeed, it is not strange that events happened so, since both Divine laws and the laws of human nature, whose existence is also rejected, have been denied outright and with no palliatives. If neither divine nor human laws exist anymore, then it is the will of man that determines whether an act is valid or invalid, depending on the circumstances.

Homily July 3rd, 2016

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

VII Sunday after Pentecost

Rom 6: 19-23

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Homily June 26th, 2016

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VI Sunday after Pentecost

Rom 6: 3-11

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