Father John McGowan writes, “But there are people today, Christians, who live according to the Beatitudes, and they are special people, they are Saints. One such person is our Carmelite Bishop in Nicaragua.”
In his usual, humble manner, Bishop Silvio would most likely protest being called a Saint. He would quote this sentence: “Bishop Silvio isn’t a superman.”
But as his translator, we often remind him of the famous words of Saint Teresa of Avila, and so we remind you all: “humility is walking in the truth.”
6th Sunday of the Year ( C ) 2019
If you wanted to reduce Jesus teaching to a few words, look to the Beatitudes. Everything Christ wanted to say to us is contained in these few lines.When you begin to read them they seem innocent and easy enough. The first one is ‘Happy are you poor; yours is the Kingdom of God’. Not too threatening, not too challenging. The next is similar: ‘Happy are you who are hungry now; you shall be satisfied.’But then they become more challenging, to say the least: ‘Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of man.” Not so easy. But there are people today, Christians, who live according to the Beatitudes, and they are special people, they are Saints.
One such person is our Carmelite Bishop in Nicaragua. As…
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