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An Immigrant's Musings - August 2015


I was recently asked to comment on the controversy surrounding the cross-presented to Pope Francis last month by the Bolivian President Evo Morales. The cross in question was made in the shape of a hammer and sickle. This, indeed, could not be seen without bringing to mind the whole idea of communism that was (is) represented by the hammer and sickle.
Some have criticized the Pope for accepting this gift from Evo Morales and suggested that the Holy Father is himself Marxist in his thinking. Other commentators have pointed out his criticism of the consumerism rampant in the developed world as proof of his "leftist leaning."
The Associated press pointed out correctly, "It turns out, the crucifix was originally designed by a Jesuit activist, the Rev. Luis Espinal, who was assassinated in 1980 by suspected paramilitaries during the months that preceded a military coup. Francis, a fellow Jesuit, stopped his motorcade to pray at the site where Espinal's body had been dumped."
Fr. Fedrico Lombardi, the Pope's spokesperson said: "Espinal had designed the crucifix as a symbol of dialogue and commitment to freedom and progress for Bolivia, not with any specific ideology in mind. Fr. Lombardi said he personally wasn't offended by it."
My own opinion is this: Pope Francis is to be commended for his taking a firm stand with and speaking out for and on behalf of the poor. As for his leftist leaning, then anyone who accuses the Pope of such a charge haven't paid very close attention to the New Testament. The message of Jesus, that the Pope so strongly proclaims is one of commitment to freedom for all people to have the ability to live with the dignity and respect that allows them to take care of body and soul.
In fact one has only to read this passage from the Acts of the Apostles to realize why the members of the early church have also be accused of acting like communists: 32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35 They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Acts 4; 32-35
Long may Pope Francis continue to call all men and women of goodwill to remain open to the message of a radical option for the poor, which he continually draws attention to, both in words and deeds.

Wrong email address:
A couple was going on vacation, but his wife was on a business trip so he went to the destination first and his wife would meet him the next day.
When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email.
Unfortunately, when typing her address, he mistyped a letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher's wife whose husband had passed away only the day before.
When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint.
At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:
Dearest Wife,
Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
P.S. Sure is hot down here.


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