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 Nuestra Parroquia is a unique bilingual digital guide to liturgical, social, and cultural issues for pastors and leaders of parishes with Hispanic members. It is published in digital format and delivered by e-mail every month. It features homily reflections on the Sunday readings; a special reflection about liturgical themes and challenges in our community and world; and articles on topics of joy, devotion, interest or importance to Catholics. Nuestra Parroquia has an open call for manuscripts for possible publication; as a result, we are continuously accepting submissions...
By: Laura Müller Me, a slave? No! I live in a country that promotes freedom as one of the great rights of its citizens. Me, a slave? No! I have the freedom to choose what I will wear each morning and decide what I want to do every day. Me, a slave? Of course not. I come and go as I please. Me, a slave? I am not a slave; I do whatever I want, because it is my right.Generations have fought for the ideal of freedom in the United States. It promoted the eradication of slavery and civil rights inequality that for many generations plagued our African American brothers, but what about the...
By Marco Cárdenas, C.M.F.I would first like to clarify that drug addiction is not only a behavior or a bad habit; it is a sickness that consists of an addiction or dependence on a substance that is toxic to the organism and that affects the central nervous system, as well as other brain functions, to greater or lesser degree. These substances produce physical and psychological effects that manifest in changes in behavior, emotions, judgment, and how we perceive the world around us. It is a progressive, mortal, and chronic disease (or evolving disease).As the drug addict consumes more drugs or...
By: Natalia Cárdenas   It is a rainy afternoon; the rain starts to fall and before long it threatens to become a downpour. One may think this is normal, since summer is about to end, but yesterday was a day full of light and the sun was shining bright. This is Chicago, the city with the most unpredictable weather I’ve ever known. I’m sitt ing on the train, watching the raindrops fall against the windows, and I thank God for being here under cover and not outside gett ing drenched.I’m on a train heading downtown in the city where I go to school, but today I will be late. The train...
By: Nadia Alvarado  I was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. My father, born and raised in Venezuela, came from a very poor household. My mother was born and raised in Nicaragua and only moved to Venezuela with her family after the devastating earthquake of 1972 destroyed Managua. As an immigrant family without any material possessions other than the clothes they could carry, theirs was not an easy life in Venezuela. My mother, at a very young age, soon found herself in the role of caregiver and head-of-household due to her parents’ deteriorating health.By the time my parents met and decided...
By: St. Jude League staff  Sometimes when you come from humble beginnings, it’s hard to imagine anything beyond your neighborhood. When no one in your family has been to college, it can be really difficult to picture yourself pursuing higher education or even knowing how to get on the right path. When most people you know struggle just to make ends meet, it can be a real challenge to imagine having a career in a field with possibilities. That’s the story of María and Lucino Sotelo, a young professional couple.María describes her journey as such:“I was born in Mexico, and my parents...
 Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar are the names that tradition has given to the magi. But who said there were three? According to the evangelist Matthew (2:1–12), they were magi of the Orient who brought gold, incense, and myrrh to Jesus. The Christian imagination decided that each gift required someone to present it, and so the number of wise men was set at three. Since they were magi who came following a star, they had to be astologers. Tracking the constellation of stars that formed the famous Star of Bethlehem, they came looking for the recently born King of Israel. Since they were...
By: Giancarlo Viloria  A few days ago I was talking to a friend from work and, upon seeing someone new, I asked him if she was a pocha. My friend said two things. First that she was not a pocha because, despite her Latin looks, she had Japanese roots. Then he told me that he no longer used the term pocho, because he had three sons and they all fit into that category. That got me thinking, and I realized that I too have a daughter who can be considered part of that group. I felt bad because I had offended my friend and his family, but I honestly did not mean to be disrespectful.The...
By: Leticia Martínez  Who do they say I am? What a strange question! Is it at all important to you? The question could have many answers that may not necessarily be good or bad, only opinions. Others may think that you are a nobody, a failure, lost, with no success, and that nothing good can come from you. Others may say that you are the best, but what about you? Who do you think you are? The answer to this question is the one that really matters, the one that can make a difference in your life and in the lives of others. When you don’t know your own identity, you become like ocean...
By: Catalina Müller Sometimes in life, circumstances corner us into wanting to please others while forgetting what we really care about. We start wearing brands that our friends like and accessories that are in style; we start using the slang everyone uses to seem cool or feel like we belong.One of the hardest challenges in life is accepting ourselves and learning to love ourselves how we really are and for what we are, with all our imperfections. We tend to forget to stop whining about what we are not, and start thanking God for what we have become.We must realize that we can’t always...
 

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