A Message for Believers and Unbelievers

By Teddy Locsin, Jr.

Posted at Aug 05 2014 05:12 PM | Updated as of Aug 06 2014 01:17 AM

This was just delivered by Pope Francis in Spanish. The Antonio Banderas of ABS-CBN, the only living Spaniard in the station, has ventured the following translation, which is superb.

El Papa Francisco dijo:

“Consider the single mom who goes to church or to the parish office and tells the secretary, “I want to baptize my son.” He tells her, “No, no se puede porque usted no se ha casado…”

I won’t translate that. It is beautiful in its tartness. Francis goes on:

“We should consider that this mother had the valor to prolong her shame. And what does she encounter? A closed door!
“If we continue on this straight and narrow path, and with this sore attitude, we are not doing well by the people, al Pueblo de Dios.
“Jesus created the seven sacraments. With this attitude we create an 8th sacrament: the sacrament de la aduana pastoral, the sacrament of a pastoral fortress!
QUIEN SE ACERCA LA IGLESIA DEBE ENCONTRAR PUERTAS ABIERTAS Y NO FISCALES DE LA FE.
WHOEVER APPROACHES A CHURCH MUST BE MET WITH OPEN DOORS AND NOT WITH INQUISITORS.”

El papa Francisco acaba de decir: (C’mon we all know that much Spanish.)
We need saints without the veil, without the sotana. We need saints who wear jeans and slippers or Havaianas.
We need saints who go to movies, who tune in to music and hang out with friends.
We need saints who are in touch with God in the first place and excel in university en primer lugar y que sobresalgan en la Universidad.
We need saints who make time everyday to pray y que sepan enamorarse en la pureza y castidad, o que sonagren su castidad, enamored with purity and remorse, accepting of their penance. (God, I hope that’s correct.)
We need modern saints, saints of the 21st century with a spirituality that is of our times.
We need saints who are engaged with the poor and with the imperative of social change.
We need saints who live in the world, who are sanctified in the world, and who fear not to live in the world as it is.
We need saints who drink Coca Cola (check Vatican holdings in Coke Atlanta) and who eat hotdogs (holdings in Oscar Meyer), who are Internet savvy (holdings in Google) and listen to iPods (check Vatican holdings in Apple).
We need saints que amen la Eucaristia y not embarrassed to drink a beer or share a pizza with friends on weekends.
We need saints who like cinema, theater, music, dance (especially the tango), el deporte (what is that?)
We need saints who are sociable (not surly), open, normal (not abnormal), friendly, alegre or gay, who are fun companions.
We need saints who are in this world, and have a taste for the things of this world that are pure and good but without becoming worldly.
Esos tenemos que ser nosotros! That is what we all must be.

This is followed by:

“Life is divided in four parts: to love, to suffer, to fight and to win. Who loves, suffers; who suffers, fights; who fights wins.”

This guy is something else. He is changing our world by changing us. He is more important than governments--ours or others, this one and the next ones until the ending of the world.

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