La justicia brota de la fe
Helps Latinos Live their Faith Justly
The following is a translation of an article by Andrea Acosta that recently appeared in El Pregonero, the Spanish-language newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington. The original Spanish text can be viewed in the online edition of El Pregonera.
With the initiative La justicia brota de la fe Hispanic Catholics have the opportunity to be formed in terms of social justice and the intimate connection between faith and love for others.
This process is part of the ministries of RENEW International, a Catholic organization that promotes spiritual renewal rooted in the tradition of the Catholic Church, inspiring and preparing communities and believers to discover the presence of God in life, deepen and share faith, and express it in their actions.
"When we talk about process, in the language of RENEW International, we are talking about formation of small ecclesial communities as vehicles for evangelization," said Manuel Hernández, national coordinator of La justicia brota de la fe.
About 300 people, directly or indirectly, are receiving this formation in the parish of St. Camillus of Silver Spring, Maryland.
La justicia brota de la fe participants at St Camillus
in Silver Spring, MD. Photo courtesy of St. Camillus.
Eddie Mayorga, coordinator of pastoral evangelization of small ecclesial communities in that parish, said that about forty leaders are participating in La justicia brota de la fe every Wednesday as well as those involved in the Cursillo movement, which meet on Monday night.
Catechists and coordinators of small communities (groups of lay people in the process of evangelization) are studying each week this program and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. At the same time, the communities come together to apply what is learned about social justice, Eddie said.
"La justicia brota de la fe reinforces the work we do in our church with small communities. We need to know the Gospel because if we do not know about Jesus, we'll never know what is justice and what is faith,” said Eddie. “Without the Gospel, we will think it is nothing more than a group that develops to protest or politics or create movements for social work. Discovering the issues in this program, we realize that the work and duty of every committed lay Christian is to live the Gospel. "
Consider that if we do the work entrusted by the Church to committed Christians, then we will never be the true face of Christ in this society.
Luis Larios, advisor of the Cursillo movement in the Archdiocese of Washington, said that this training is important because it is the Catholic social teaching that is being projected. "We must live and act justly. The laity’s mission is to be formed to engage in the struggle for justice and live it."
This program, he said, is a means to form lay people to live the faith and justice. "Our faith calls us to justice and action," and invites other Catholic movements to join this initiative.
Some 60 participants have already met in two full-day retreats to explore more of this initiative.
RENEW International is a Catholic association of the lay faithful sponsored by the Archdiocese of Newark. During the past three decades it has touched the lives of 25 million people in more than 150 dioceses in the United States. For information visit: www.renewintl.org.
To learn more about La justicia brota de la fe, contact Manuel Hernandez at (908)769-5400 x116 or email ManuelH@renewintl.org. For information about the program visit: www.renewintl.org/justicia.