Assisi. In two by two

Assisi. In two by two

Assisi is small, charming and quiet. The streets are narrow, tortuous for autos. Well organized, not many people. It walks well. Hare heat. It breathes air small city, harmonious. It’s easy to imagine a child running by those Francisco streets.
We entered the city took a turn and saw a church in the distance. We Assisi and momentarily took us across the car. The church is great. We entered. Within a tiny chapel. Rare very rare: absolute silence, no photos, no talks, no atmosphere of tourists in haste and desire to draw a picture anything that moves and whistles.
In the chapel we installed. We pray. He spends a lot of people. Some observed. We miss. Miran and remain silent. There is nothing to look at the chapel. It intuye who ask, what is this?. I am touched by thinking at that young man who was born more than eight hundred years. He heard a voice: “Repair my church.” And for more than three years that little chapel repaired.
It is ideal to pray. Silence, peace.
We warn that they will close. We are approaching the tomb of Francis. We pray before the remains of the prophet of peace. A few metres hear the chants of monks. Levanto sight. They sing. Some look upward toward the annoying poquitos visitors to the church.
It breathes peace, silence.
Back in Assisi, walk, walk. It’s noon. Fall. The sun squeezed. We crossed many brown habits. Two go running. Before the heat put the hoods of their habits Franciscans. We walked above, to find the chapel of Clare of Assisi. So says the Gospel: And “sent them two by two.” Here in Assisi breathes this atmosphere of “two by two”: Francis and Clare Francis and Clare.


In the church of Clara, more silence, more peace. It was nice to pray. Nor photos. More curious than in the church of San Francisco. We stand in front of Christ of San Damiano. This is the Christ who told Francis: “Reconstruct my church.” In front of Christ there is a wooden reclinatorio to pray. Tourists not resist much time in front of the Crucified. The curious look and continue their path. In reclinatorio is a prayer in different languages. The Saints know pray. This is the text of a prayer that Francis prayed. Single, deep, wonderful. From knees slowly gold with the words of Francis, before the same crucifix that he did. I do it in Italian because I think he would do in that language:

. O alto e glorioso Dio,

Ilumine la tenebre del cuore mio

Danmi una fede retta,

Speranza certa,

Caritá perfetta

E umiltá profunda

Danmi Signore, senno e discernimento

Per compiere a tua volontá. Amén.

Mary is kneeling beside me, collection, praying…., Excited. It’s in your sauce, among mystics. Between two: Francis and Clare. Because things are the way they are and according to the Gospel, is sending “two by two.” And although I do not know if it is written in the Gospel…… soup. with spoon.

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Santiago “matamoros”

Santiago “matamoros”

I respect very much the story of my land, with its successes are many and that its rulings are less. But looking at my land and the Galician employer Santiago Apostol I can not quit with a little surprise.

When reading the Gospel there is an episode that reflects very well what it was like the heart of Jesus and how his followers were wanted. The apostles went to a village of Samaritans. It is known that these were enemies of the Jewish cause, does not like?, Religious and were not received. Then James and John told the Master, ‘Lord, do you want us to say that fire down from heaven and consume? “But he rebuked the turning.”

Seeing many churches of my land Galician, with the magnificent Cathedral presided over by Santiago Apostle uploaded the horse with a sword in his hand this Santiago recalls that he wanted to reprimand the Samaritans with fire from heaven. Many other churches of Spain, especially on the road to Santiago are irrigated by the same image, and in many places of americas, we saw Santiago uploaded to the horse and the sword in his hand killing Moors.

Also Pedro Empuaan the sword to defend the Master in the Garden of Gethsemane and cut off the ear of Malchus, one of the servants of the High Priest. And Jesus said to Peter, “” Return your sword to your site, because all wielding sword, a sword will perish. Or I think I can not ask my Father, which would point at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? “.

The figure of Santiago killing Moors does not seem the most appropriate to a Christian vision of life or to preside over a temple in which we talk about peace. An apostle of the risen Jesus is a messenger of peace and non-wielding weapons, nor swords. A follower of Jesus is the one that is capable of putting the other cheek. Or what the Gospel take seriously or not but we do not maul to espadazos.

It is true that history has left a historical reality of patent battles and conquests between Moors and Christians, but it is high time that purifies the historical memory in the holy and sacred places where the only message should be that of peace and not of violence and the sword, nor the memories of battles won.

The churches are not museums of past events that have nothing to do with the message of Jesus. Or, what preach from the pulpit priests and bishops? If not what?.? We say in the pulpit forgiveness, peace, fraternity and raise the light and look at one of the apostles of peace with sword, How is that? Is it not hypocritical? Is this not hypocrisy what most bothered to master?

Take, if they want, “Santiago Matamoros” and his horse to museums such as respect for a story improved. And take all of the churches is not a sign that peace and partnership.

What is real and genuine Santiago, a follower of Jesus, the apostle of peace.

Gumersindo Meiriño

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Lugo president and bishop

Lugo president and bishop

Lugo is news. For some special reasons. It’s bishop, but does not exercise because it is now president of Paraguay. This is the first time in history that a bishop is president of a country. Lugo, president.

In religious circles, bent on whether to ask the new president will return to the church, what decision will take the pope to this situation so different. Lugo replied that he loves his church. But nobody wondered what God will think of his son Lugo?

At the political level was welcomed, not in vain defeated a party that ruled for six decades.
At religious, the church has rules that must meet those within it but let us not forget that God has paths for their children because it is Father, Father, sometimes do not understand the cold ecclesiastical rules.

Right now bishop of Lugo does not exercise but as chairman and the question is how long will it take the bishops and priests who criticized him in hearing the president call Lugo ?…. and with the soup spoon.

Dr. Gumersindo Meiriño

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Pope exhausted

Pope exhausted

I do not know what will be the criterion for choosing some daily news every day. I do not know who to charge some people make the news.

Le Figaro, a prestigious newspaper in France has made us a report that suggests the great observation capacity of its researchers. They have realised that the pope was tired after his trip to the United States and then have drawn the conclusion that the Pope is sick.

Benedict XVI has eighty-two years. He traveled to the United States, several hours flight from Italy with airport transfers, with an agenda full of meetings at the highest political, social and religious, from one place to another. After a tiring journey for any couple, arrived on a Tuesday in Rome. On Wednesday the High Court had not decided to rest because…

The Figaro concludes that the Pope is sick. Some conclude that a pope with eighty-two years and this activity so intense and exhausting, is sanísimo…. and with the soup spoon.

Dr. Gumersindo Meiriño

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Ni a derechas ni a izquierdas

Ni a derechas y ni a izquierdas

En la Madre Patria ha habido elecciones. Varias al mismo tiempo. Por un lado las elecciones generales en las que “la izquierda”, de un tal Zapatero derrotó a “la derecha” de un tal Rajoy. Y unos días antes hubo elecciones a la Conferencia Episcopal Española en la que un tal Rouco Varela, recuperó la presidencia, adelantando por escasísimos votos al otro candidato, un tal Blázquez. Dicen los entendidos en estas materias que aquí, entre los obispos, ganó “la derecha”.

No sé si en la iglesia hay “derechas” e “izquierdas”; no sé si en la política actual hay “derechas” e “izquierdas”. Dicen los entendidos en política que las ideologías ya no existen, que lo importa es el modelo económico. Si “money” anda bien, los votantes no tienen problema en cambiarse con frecuencia de “izquierdas” a “derechas” y viceversa.

Hablando de poder, eclesiástico o político,  a mí lo que realmente me gusta es lo que dijo Jesús:

“El que quiera ser el primero que sea vuestro servidor”… y la sopa con cuchara