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September 28, 2016
(1Ti 6:11-12) But
thou, O man of God, fly these things: and pursue justice, godliness,
faith, charity, patience, mildness. Fight the good fight of faith. Lay
hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art called and be it confessed a
good confession before many witnesses.
“I am very happy to associate myself with the Bishops of Mexico, in
supporting the commitment of the Church and of civil society in favor
of the family and of life, which in this time require special pastoral
and cultural attention in all the world. I assure my prayer for the
dear Mexican people, that the violence, which has in recent days
reached even several priests, might cease.”
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Fr Gregorio López Gorostieta thought he had done enough to stay safe on
the night of December 21, 2014. He had spent a long day celebrating
Masses and overseeing a religious festival at the cathedral of Ciudad
Altamirano, in southwestern Mexico’s troubled Guerrero state. The
end-of-year collection – to fund Asunción seminary, where he taught –
had been substantial, so it was late when he finished counting the
donations. At 11.30pm, he locked the money in the cathedral and drove
back to the seminary. But the priest who locals nicknamed Goyito
(“Little Greg”) never arrived.
Fr Fidencio Avellaneda, his colleague at the seminary, describes what
happened next: “The seminarians say a group of armed men were waiting
for him, because they wanted to rob him, thinking he had the money.
When he refused [to give them money], they took him away.”
The disappearance of the well-liked priest – known for his voracious
reading habits and crunching tackle on the football pitch – marked a
turning point for locals. Another priest of the diocese, Fr Ascensión
Acuña Osorio, had been found dead in a river in suspicious
circumstances the previous September. November had brought news that
the body of a third cleric, Fr John Ssenyondo, had been discovered in a
mass grave in nearby Ocotitlán.
After Fr López Gorostieta disappeared, Ciudad Altamirano’s bishop,
Maximino Martínez, led 30 priests and hundreds of protesters through
the streets, demanding the priest’s return. But the protests were in
vain: Padre Goyito’s body was found on Christmas Day, strangled and
dumped at the edge of the Acapulco-Iguala highway.
“It hit us hard,” says Fr Avellaneda. “Gregorio was very dedicated, and
he went about his ministry with real affection for the people.
“The real challenge is the same as ever: to stay safe. I no longer
travel after dark, except when a parishioner is very sick. When I do, I
always travel accompanied.”
Precautions like these – and tragic stories such as Fr López Gorostieta’s – are becoming the norm for Mexican priests.
Mexico is the second-largest Catholic country in the world, with almost
87 per cent of its 123 million citizens identifying with the faith. But
Mexico is also the world’s most dangerous nation in which to be a
Catholic priest. According to a recent report by the country’s Catholic
Multimedia Centre, 38 priests have either died or vanished without
trace in the past 25 years.
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of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"
24. Theology will not suit mourners, for it is
of a nature to dissolve their mourning. For the theologian is like one
who sits in a teacher's seat, whereas the mourner is like one who spends
his days on a dungheap and in rags. That is why David, so I think, although
he was a teacher and was wise, replied to those who questioned him when
he was mourning: 'How shall I sing the Lord's song in a strange land? (Ps
136:5)- that is to say, the land of passions.
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