Thursday, May 31, 2012

A tribute to Steve

By John Andrews
Director, Communications Department


About a year ago I heard a description of two American Catholic constituencies that sticks with me. A journalist speaking at the Catholic Media Convention posited that there are basically two kinds of Catholics in the country right now: those who are most concerned with identity, and those who are most concerned with inclusion.

Steve Valenzuela+
This brings me to Steve Valenzuela. The director of the diocesan Office of Small Faith Communities and a life-long minister in the Church returned to God last week after he had experienced a rather sudden health complication. Many of us who worked with him and called him a friend are still trying to come to grips with the fact that he is no longer roaming the halls of the Diocesan Pastoral Center, his trustee coffee cup often in hand and always offering you a friendly greeting. He was quite a presence in diocesan and parish ministry for such a long time, never missed at diocesan celebrations, liturgies, planning meetings and other gatherings. Very often he had a hand in planning or leading them and they were much better for it.

While there is no question that Steve’s sense of Catholic identity was strong, I believe he would fall into the camp of being most concerned with inclusion. I am personally grateful for having known Steve because of the very welcoming and inclusive spirit that was at his core. Now Steve had definite opinions about things, and you might find yourself in disagreement with him on this or that. But even in those moments, he made you believe that what you had to say was important.

When I came to work for the diocese five years ago, having been confirmed only two years before that, I was somewhat ill at ease talking about matters of faith around all of these folks who had ministered in the Church most of their lives. What could I possibly have to contribute to a conversation about theology? But as the months and years went by I found myself engaged in these kinds of talks with Steve and others around the lunch table. This has been very important to my faith life and I have him to thank for it.  God gifted Steve with the ability to get people talking about faith, even the reluctant ones. Whether it was posing just the right question or directly inviting a quiet one to talk, he was determined that everyone’s voice was heard. Hundreds of small faith communities in our diocese have been born of that gift. What a blessing he was!

Though we grieve that he is no longer ministering alongside us we can take solace in knowing this good and faithful servant is at rest with our Lord. ‘Well done, Steve.’
For Sharing and Reflection…
How did Steve impact your ministry and your faith?

Un tributo a Steve

Por John Andrews
Director, Communications Department

Hace aproximadamente un año, escuché una descripción de dos grupos de católicos americanos que se me quedó grabada en la mente. Durante la Convención de los Medios de Difusión Católicos, uno de los oradores, un periodista, afirmó que en la actualidad hay básicamente dos tipos de católicos en el país: quienes se preocupan más por la identidad, y quienes se preocupan más por la inclusión.

Steven Valenzuela+
Esto me hace pensar en Steve Valenzuela. El Director de la Oficina Diocesana de las Comunidades de Fe y ministro vitalicio en la Iglesia partió a su encuentro con el Señor la semana pasada después de haber sufrido una inesperada complicación de salud. Muchos de nosotros que trabajamos con él y que lo llamamos amigo estamos todavía tratando de asimilar el hecho de que él ya no camina por los pasillos del Centro Pastoral Diocesano, su famosa taza de café a menudo en la mano y ofreciéndote siempre un amable saludo. Él fue una presencia notoria en el ministerio diocesano y parroquial por un largo tiempo, nunca faltaba a las celebraciones, liturgias, reuniones de planeación y otras reuniones diocesanas. Muy a menudo él contribuyó a la planeación o conducción de dichos eventos, lo cual los hizo mucho mejor.

Aunque no cabe la menor duda que Steve tenía una fuerte identidad católica, creo yo que él estaría en el grupo de los que se preocupan más por la inclusión. Personalmente, estoy muy agradecido por haber tenido la oportunidad de conocer a Steve, con ese espíritu inclusivo y receptivo que le era tan característico. Ahora bien, Steve tenía opiniones definitivas sobre ciertas cosas y tal vez podrías estar en desacuerdo con él sobre esto o aquello. Pero aun en esos momentos, él te hacía sentir que lo que tú tenías que decir era importante.

Cuando yo comencé a trabajar para la diócesis hace cinco años, habiendo recibido la confirmación sólo dos años antes, me sentía algo incómodo hablando sobre cuestiones de fe con estas personas que habían servido a la Iglesia la mayor parte de sus vidas. ¿Qué podía contribuir yo a una conversación sobre teología? Pero al pasar los meses y los años, terminé involucrado en este tipo de conversaciones con Steve y con otros mientras nos sentábamos a la mesa durante el almuerzo. Esto ha sido muy importante para mi vida de fe y por esto tengo que darle las gracias a Steve. Dios bendijo a Steve con la aptitud de hacer que las personas hablen sobre su fe, aun los que se muestran renuentes. Ya fuera haciendo la pregunta propicia o invitando directamente a una persona callada a hablar, su determinación era que se escuchara la voz de todos. Cientos de pequeñas comunidades de fe en nuestra diócesis han nacido de ese don. ¡Steve fue una gran bendición!

Aunque nos duele que él ya no esté con nosotros en el ministerio, nos consuela saber que este buen y fiel servidor descansa ahora con nuestro Señor. ‘Bien hecho, Steve.’
Para Compartir y Reflexionar…
¿Qué influencia tuvo Steve en tu ministerio y en tu fe?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Awards help us celebrate the gift of the Spirit

By Bishop Gerald Barnes
Diocese of San Bernardino


Our faith promises great reward in heaven. But who could argue that it’s nice to receive commendation once in a while for our earthly achievements at work, in sports, academics, the arts or in ministry. I can also tell you that, from my perspective, it’s just as gratifying to give someone an award as to receive one. 

In this Easter Season I have cherished the opportunity to honor 85 faithful servants of our local Church with various awards that are given by the diocese. I bestowed my Episcopal “Amar Es Entregarse” Award upon seven very deserving individuals at the Annual Bishop’s Dinner on Apr. 28. In May, we honored 78 people at our annual Diocesan Awards Ceremony which, for the first time, included an award category for youth. Some were honored for their many years of excellent service to the Church as diocesan or parish employees or clergy. Others received their award for their ser­vice to the Church and community-at-large in a specific area, such as education, deten­tion ministry, counseling, health care or immigration services.

Most of these awardees are laypersons and it is during these ceremonies that I am able to reflect on the tremendous contribu­tions of the laity to the faith life of the Dio­cese of San Bernardino. We are often re­minded of the large number of people who have stopped practicing our faith and in­deed this warrants our attention. But there are so many in our diocese who are pas­sionately committed to the Roman Catho­lic Church. The Holy Spirit is truly at work here and I am thankful to God and to all of you for what you do.

An element of the award ceremonies that I especially enjoy is the opportunity to hear the recipient’s story, the unique way in which they have been called to serve God and our Church. This is where we see powerful moments of conversion. We see people whose lives flow from an ongoing encounter with the Lord Jesus. In that way these awards and the gatherings where they are given are important for all of us. They are an opportunity to see the Spirit at work and hopefully for us to think about how God is calling us in our own lives to help build His kingdom.

When I met with Pope Benedict XVI in April during the Ad Limina visit to Rome I had the great privilege of addressing the Holy Father on the topic of the laity. In­deed, I addressed the need that we have to help more of our Catholic faithful enrich their faith life and seek a more deeply ex­perienced relationship with our Lord. But I also reported on the many good works per­formed by the lay faithful of the western states (California, Nevada and Hawaii) that I was representing. I am happy to report that the Pope and many of his delegates with whom we met during the Ad Limina were aware of and very affirming of the in­spiring work of the laity in our diocese and others that I represented.

God has blessed us with so many true disciples in our diocese. They don’t do their ministry for shiny statues or medals and there are so many more out there that I am certain are deserving of recognition. So I again extend my gratitude to all who are glorifying God in the example of their lives.

May He continue to bless you and keep you.

 
Los Reconocimientos nos ayudan a celebrar el don del Espíritu
Por Obispo Gerald Barnes
Diócesis de San Bernardino
 
Nuestra fe promete una gran recom­pense en el cielo. Pero quien podría negar que es agradable recibir reconocimiento de vez en cuando por nuestros logros ter­renales en el trabajo, los deportes, la edu­cación, las artes o el ministerio. Les puedo decir también que, según mi perspectiva, es tan satisfactorio darle a alguien un re­conocimiento como recibir uno.

En este Tiempo de Pascua, tuve la mar­avillosa oportunidad de homenajear a 79 fieles servidores de nuestra Iglesia local con varios reconocimientos que otorga la diócesis. Conferí mi Reconocimiento Episcopal “Amar Es Entregarse” a siete muy merecedores individuos durante la Cena Anual del Obispo el 28 de abril. En mayo, homenajeamos a 72 personas en nuestra Ceremonia Anual de los Recono­cimientos Diocesanos la cual, por prim­era vez, incluyó una categoría de recono­cimientos para jóvenes. Algunos fueron galardonados por sus muchos años de excelente servicio a la Iglesia como em­pleados parroquiales o diocesanos o cléri­gos. Otros recibieron su reconocimiento por su servicio a la Iglesia y comunidad en general en una área específica, tal como educación, ministerio en los reclu­sorios, consejería, cuidado de la salud o servicios de inmigración.

La mayoría de estos galardonados son laicos y es durante estas ceremonias que puedo reflexionar sobre las tremendas contribuciones de los laicos a la vida de fe en la Diócesis de San Bernardino. A menudo se nos recuerda el gran número de personas que han dejado de practicar nuestra fe y esto realmente amerita nues­tra atención. Pero hay tantos en nuestra diócesis que están sinceramente compro­metidos con la Iglesia Católica Romana. El Espíritu Santo está realmente activo aquí y yo doy gracias a Dios y a todos ustedes por lo que hacen.

Un elemento de la ceremonia de re­conocimientos que realmente disfruto es la oportunidad de escuchar la historia del galardonado, la manera peculiar en la que han sido llamados a servir a Dios y a nues­tra Iglesia. Es aquí donde vemos fuertes momentos de conversión. Vemos perso­nas cuyas vidas fluyen de un encuentro constante con el Señor Jesús. Por eso, estos reconocimientos y las reuniones en que se entregan son importantes para to­dos nosotros. Son una oportunidad para ver al Espíritu en acción y, espero, una oportunidad para que nosotros pensemos en cómo Dios nos está llamando en nues­tras propias vidas a ayudar a edificar Su reino.

Cuando me reuní con el Papa Benedicto XVI en abril durante la visita Ad Limina a Roma, tuve el gran privilegio de hablar con el Santo Padre sobre el tema de los laicos. De hecho, abordé la necesidad que tenemos de ayudar a un mayor número de nuestros fieles católicos a enriquecer su vida de fe y a buscar una relación más profunda con nuestro Señor. Pero también le informé sobre las buenas obras que hacen los fieles laicos de los estados del oeste (California, Nevada y Hawaii) que yo estaba representando. Tengo el gusto de informarles que el Papa y muchos de sus delegados con quienes nos reunimos durante la Ad Limina estaban concientes de esto y mostraron su apoyo a la labor inspiradora de los laicos en nuestra dióce­sis y en otras que yo representé.

Dios nos ha bendecido con tantos ver­daderos discípulos en nuestra diócesis. Ellos no sirven en su ministerio con el fin de recibir estatuillas o medallas bril­lantes y hay tantos más que estoy seguro merecen reconocimiento. Así que una vez más ofrezco mi gratitud a todos los que dan gloria a Dios con el ejemplo de sus vidas.

Que Dios continúe bendiciéndolos y protegiéndolos.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Where are the harvesters when you need them?

By Deacon John De Gano
St. Catherine of Alexandria, Riverside


Summer time. We know it by the rise in temperature during the day and the slowness of cooling off in the evening. People vacation. Hang out at the beach. Or just make use of the air conditioning at the Mall, the movie theatre or the library. Even ‘cool centers’ are set up to provide comfort to the local senior citizens during the hot spells that can occur in southern California between June and October.

And perhaps for these same reasons, ministries at our parish close up shop for the summer; go dormant or else, operate with a skeleton crew.

In the Bible Jesus is quoted as saying that ‘the harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few.’

Is this because there is truly a lack of workers or is it because for whatever reason, it is inconvenient for the ministers to serve? Are they are traveling? Sleeping in? Avoiding the heat, while sinners are left to their own devices and are slowly descending into the fiery pit of Hell?

Well, maybe I’m stretching things a bit. Summer here can sometimes feel like that… but if we are going ‘dark’ for the day, week or summer, shouldn’t we have someone or some way to respond to those seeking assistance in the meantime?

Maybe training of some sort on how to respond to their questions? Or an emergency telephone number to call and leave a message when the automatic phone message machine gets full? We miss many opportunities to be welcoming and meet the needs of our community when we do not have a contingency plan in place.

What’s God’s contingency plan? What will God do if the laborers do not show up? What will that do to the time schedule if they can not bring the sheaves in in the designated timeframe?

Will the rapture be postponed? Will we have to live through nuclear annihilation before being rescued into the air by the Lord and his army of angels? What if the author of Revelations got it all wrong/ After all, the word rapture came along hundreds of years after Jesus’ time when Jerome penned his Latin Bible.

In his parable, Jesus talks about those who were supposed to be invited to the party not showing up and the angels being instructed to go out and bring in people off the street to replace them. If we say that the invited lost their place for being too busy with unimportant things while those who had little to do and were willing to step into their shoes and labor for the Lord received the reward of heaven, then what are our chances of getting into heaven?

Are we too busy? Do we ignore others? If someone asked us why we attend church, would we be able to, as St. Peter advocated in 1 Peter 3:15, “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.”

Jesus is our hope. And if today you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart. Drop everything and answer.

He may just have a job for you.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

God is in all our journeys

By Jeanette Arnquist
Director, Ministry of Life, Dignity and Justice


I remember that life is a journey especially at Easter because of the Emmaus story.  One question this reading from Luke urges me to ask is: Do I recognize Christ in my life?  Do I see him in the Word, in the Bread, and in the stranger?  Nearing retirement, I look back on my life and the many encounters I have had with the Lord, and as I look toward the future, I feel like I am traveling into uncharted territory.  When I consider my future, my faith reassures me that Christ will be with me on this next journey.  

I believe that sometimes my baggage keeps me from seeing reality and from finding Christ’s presence there.  As Cliff (my husband) and I get ready for retirement, we are reducing the volume of “treasures” that fill our cabinets and closets.  So far, local thrift stores have benefitted from six car loads.  On Good Friday I tried to decide what to do with the valuable (perhaps) dishes inherited from our mothers.  Some were purchased in the 1920s and 1930s. In the end I asked myself, how many fancy cake plates do I really need?

I am making progress in getting rid of physical baggage. There is other baggage, however, that clouds my vision:  the need to control, my preconceived ideas, prejudices, and grudges — all of which makes it difficult for me to recognize Christ walking with me.

Last month I attended what is no doubt my last professional conference.  It was a very good one, “Eucharist Without Borders,” and it looked at immigration through the lens of our Catholic faith, with special emphasis on God’s welcoming table, the Eucharist.  It was held in Rio Rico, Arizona, only 17 km from the U.S. –Mexico border. 

As part of the conference I went to the Tucson Federal court to observe “Operation Streamline.”  It certainly was a streamlined process.  In 45 minutes, 70 immigrants were deported.  Some directly while others were sent to serve 30–100 days in detention before deportation.  The scene in the courtroom was chilling.  There were several very large, very young men serving as guards.  The immigrants were all small and they were shackled with heavy chains.  In groups of 8 or 10 they pled guilty to unlawful entry.  If they are caught in the United States again, they could serve years behind bars before they are deported.  

After I returned from court to the conference, I looked closely at art and environment in the meeting room. The environment consisted of items discovered on the migrant trails.  (Since October 2011 to April 2012, there have been 71 deaths along the Arizona border and at least 2,358 deaths since 2000.) 

These artifacts each had a story. In some cases, perhaps a migrant thought that a particular item was just not worth the weight that it added to the backpack.  In other cases, I can only assume that the items were left behind because the migrant died.  As I looked at these objects, I thought about my journey and what I am giving up as I face retirement.  I thought about these migrants, termed “Illegal aliens” by so many, and what they have given up.  Home, the life they knew in Mexico or farther south, relationships.  One item was a tattered Bible.  How many of us love the Word enough to carry a heavy Bible 100 miles?  And I kept going back to the small children’s backpacks.  The little shoes of a child perhaps 4 years old.  And I kept going back to 2,358 deaths. 

What causes these migrants to risk everything, to set out on the journey through the desert carrying on their back everything they are taking into their new lives?  They must have an idea of the difficulty of the journey and the risks.  Who would make this journey if not compelled by circumstances of poverty or family reunification? 

I pray that like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, I will recognize Christ in the stranger on my own journey.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hope and commitment: our ministry of child protection 10 years later

By Bishop Gerald Barnes
Diocese of San Bernardino


My greetings to you in this Easter season. It is my hope and prayer that it is a time of joy and rebirth for you. The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the gift that redeems our sins and lays a path of renewal and righteousness before us.

Our Church humbly accepted that gift 10 years ago in Dallas when the Bishops of the United States approved a charter that marked a new beginning in how we, as an institution, would respond to allegations of sexual abuse of children by clergy or church personnel. The crisis has been painful for all involved, victims, priests, bishops, church ministers and the lay faithful. It has changed us.

I will forever carry with me the deepest regret and sadness for the harm that was done to young ones at the hands of clergy in our diocese. To these victims I again extend my most sincere apology and my prayers for healing. The sexual abuse of a child is criminal, sinful and cannot be tolerated in any way.

We celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday on April 29 and I ask you to reflect on how the Diocese of San Bernardino now tends the flock in the area of child and youth protection. In addition to the Dallas Charter, our diocese implemented its own extensive policy in 2002 designed to better respond to allegations of abuse, keep children in our church communities safe and bring healing to victims. Fundamental to this policy is creating an environment in our churches where those who have been abused, or those who know of abuse, can come forward and report it. This is essential for the process of justice and healing to begin.

So, again, I want to strongly urge anyone who has been sexually abused by a priest or church employee in this diocese, or anyone who knows of such an abuse, to please report it immediately. You can do this by calling the Diocesan Abuse Reporting Hotline at (888) 206-9090 or your local police agency.

I would also like to tell you briefly about the many things we have done and are doing in our diocese to address and prevent the sexual abuse of children. Our Office of Child and Youth Protection, established 10 years ago, is a permanent ministry that oversees fingerprinting and other precautionary measures that ensure no one with a criminal history of sexual abuse has access to children in our churches and schools.

If you have been in ministry in our churches and schools chances are you have been fingerprinted and undergone training so that you are able to better recognize and prevent abuse of children. Tens of thousands of people have been fingerprinted and trained over this decade. This is now part of the culture of our diocese and it is my expectation that these requirements are followed with no exceptions.

The effect of this has been that our priests and adult ministers, and our children, have a heightened awareness of appropriate boundaries and behaviors. Our churches and Catholic schools can be seen as places where children are nurtured and accompanied in their faith, and protected from harm.

One thing we have surely learned in the 10 years since the Dallas Charter is that the sexual abuse of children is a scourge that is not unique to the Catholic Church. Indeed, it persists throughout society and, sadly, it occurs most often inside of a family. This has become clear to us through another aspect of our ministry. Since 2005 we have offered “Restoring Me” retreats that encourage victims of abuse from someone in their family or community to come forward and begin the healing process.

I want to extend my sincere thanks to all of those in our diocesan ministry and in our parishes who have carried out this work and continue with great vigilance to make sure our promise to protect children is supported by action.

Ten years ago, our Church was confronted with its own sin. We sought God’s mercy and his guidance in how to approach this issue with Christ’s justice and mercy. It remains part of our journey, but we have already learned enough so that we might be a light to the darkness of sexual abuse far beyond our church walls.

Let us resolve together to continue to be good shepherds of those little ones among us. Let us do the work of healing and reconciliation for those lost sheep who have been hurt by this terrible sin.

And let us look always to the Holy Spirit as we build God’s kingdom here on earth.

May God bless you.

La Esperanza y el Compromiso: Nuestro ministerio de la protección de los niños 10 años después

Por Obispo Gerald Barnes,
Diócesis de San Bernardino

Hermanos y Hermanas en Cristo,
Les saludo en este Tiempo de Pascua. Tengo la esperanza y ruego al Señor que éste sea para ustedes un tiempo de regocijo y renacimiento. La Resurrección de nuestro Señor Jesucristo es el regalo que redime nuestros pecados y nos ofrece un camino de renovación y rectitud.

Nuestra Iglesia aceptó humildemente ese regalo hace 10 años en Dallas cuando los Obispos de los Estados Unidos aprobaron la carta constitucional que marcó un nuevo comienzo en la forma en que nosotros, como institución, responderíamos a alegatos de abuso sexual de menores por parte de clérigos o personal eclesiástico. La crisis ha sido dolorosa para todos los involucrados, víctimas, sacerdotes, obispos, ministros eclesiásticos y fieles laicos. Nos ha cambiado.

Yo llevaré eternamente conmigo la más profunda compunción y tristeza por el daño que sufrieron nuestros jóvenes a manos de clérigos en nuestra diócesis. A estas víctimas les extiendo, una vez más, mis más sinceras disculpas y mis oraciones por su sanación. El abuso sexual de un menor es un delito, un pecado y no se puede tolerar de ninguna manera.

Hoy, al celebrar el Domingo del Buen Pastor, les pido que reflexionen sobre cómo la Diócesis de San Bernardino cuida ahora del rebaño en el área de la protección de niños y jóvenes. Además de la Carta Constitucional de Dallas, nuestra diócesis implementó su propia y política en el 2002, creada para responder mejor a los alegatos de abuso, mantener seguros a los niños en nuestras comunidades eclesiásticas y llevar sanación a las víctimas. Fundamental a esta política es crear un ambiente en nuestras iglesias donde quienes han sido abusados, o quienes sepan de algún abuso, puedan informar del abuso. Esto es esencial para que inicie el proceso de justicia y sanación.

Así que, una vez más, quiero exhortar enfáticamente a cualquier persona que haya sido abusada sexualmente por un sacerdote o empleado en esta diócesis, o cualquier persona que tenga conocimiento de dicho abuso, que por favor informe sobre el mismo inmediatamente. Lo pueden hacer llamando a la Línea Diocesana para Informar sobre Abuso al (888) 206-9090 o a su dependencia policiaca local.

Quisiera también hablarles brevemente sobre las muchas cosas que hemos hecho y continuamos haciendo en nuestra diócesis para abordar y prevenir el abuso sexual de menores. Nuestra Oficina para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes, establecida hace 10 años, es un ministerio permanente que supervisa la toma de huellas digitales y otras medidas preventivas para asegurar que ninguna persona con antecedentes delictivos de abuso sexual tenga acceso a niños en nuestras iglesias y escuelas.

Si ustedes han servido en ministerio en nuestras iglesias y escuelas, es muy posible que se les hayan tomado huellas digitales y hayan tomado la capacitación debida para que puedan con mayor facilidad reconocer y prevenir el abuso de niños. Se han tomado huellas y se ha capacitado a decenas de miles de personas en esta década. Esto es ahora parte de la cultura de nuestra diócesis y espero que se sigan estos requisitos sin excepciones.

El efecto de esto ha sido que nuestros sacerdotes y ministros adultos, y nuestros niños, están más concientes de los límites y comportamientos adecuados. Nuestras iglesias y escuelas católicas se pueden ver como lugares donde se trata con amor y se acompaña a los niños en su fe y se les protege del peligro.

Una cosa que de seguro hemos aprendido en los 10 años desde la promulgación de la Carta Constitucional de Dallas es que al abuso sexual de niños es una calamidad que no sólo existe en la Iglesia Católica. De hecho, persiste en toda la sociedad, y tristemente, ocurre con mayor frecuencia en el seno familiar. Esto lo ha dejado en claro otro aspecto de nuestro ministerio. Desde el 2005 hemos ofrecido los retiros “Recuperándome” que animan a las víctimas de abuso por parte de alguien en su familia o comunidad a que vengan y comiencen el proceso de sanación.

Quiero expresar mi más sincero agradecimiento a todos los que en nuestros ministerios diocesanos y en nuestras parroquias han desempeñado esta tarea y que continúan su gran vigilancia para asegurar que nuestra acción apoye nuestra promesa de proteger a los niños.

Hace diez años, nuestra Iglesia se vio confrontada con su propio pecado. Pedimos la misericordia y la guía de Dios al buscar la manera en que íbamos a abordar este problema con la justicia y misericordia de Cristo. Sigue siendo parte de nuestro peregrinar, pero hemos aprendido ya lo suficiente para que podamos ser una luz en la oscuridad del abuso sexual más allá de los muros de nuestra iglesia.

Tomemos juntos la resolución de continuar siendo buenos pastores de los pequeños entre nosotros. Démonos a la tarea de ofrecer sanación y reconciliación a las ovejas perdidas que han sido lastimadas por este terrible pecado.

Y busquemos siempre la guía del Espíritu Santo al edificar el Reino de Dios aquí en la tierra.

Que Dios les bendiga.