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A TRIBUTE TO ALL WORKERS

In memory of the eight labor martyrs of May 1, 1886 in Chicago.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH HUMAN NATURE
It is in accordance with human nature that every person, by his work, should possess what is necessary for the satisfaction of his needs at the highest level required by his human dignity.

Through your work you satisfy your needs

ECONOMIC EQUALITY
The struggle for human equality must include the struggle for economic equality; otherwise, equality will remain elusive.

WORKING AND BREATHING
In a state of unity and equality, people enjoy work as much as they enjoy breathing because just as everybody breathes, everybody works.

THE PRODUCT OF YOUR WORK BELONGS TO YOU
True liberation means to take back from the capitalist what he took from us: the ownership of the product of our labor.

To work is to be fulfilled

JUSTICE TO THE WORKERS
In a state of justice, the work of all provides food for all. In a state of injustice, the work of many provides food for a few.

 

 

 

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

AMBIGUITIES OF POLITICS

AN AGREEMENT
An agreement between two politicians means they are lying to each other.

An agreement of the fool

PROMISES, PROMISES
A politician always promises people the dream of freedom, and delivers chains to anyone who tries to make the dream a reality.

BEFORE TALKING
No politician can talk to the people about good or evil unless he first talks to himself.


A POLITICIAN CAN NEVER DO GOOD

For a politician to do good means to do the lesser of two evils

Baby listening to politicians

AN IMPOSSIBILITY
When a politician reaches office, he stops believing in human equality.

POLITICS AND FAMILY
In politics we learn to hate. In the family we learn to love. Let us get rid of politics and turn the whole world into one big family.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

UNITY BEGETS LIFE

(Fifth Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Seek unity in your family and you will create life.
Just as the life of the branches comes from the vine, so the life in your family will come from you.

You are the vine, your children the branches

This is how you give life to your family:
– In a family where parents and children respect one another, peace will come to all.
– When the members of a family pursue common interests, they will relate to one another as equals.
– When the members of a family are united, the will live in safety because they will have the strength to confront the problems of daily life.
– When parents and children treat one another as being the image of God, they will be truly alive because they share en the truth of God.

The life that comes from God is true life because it makes us who we are, it allows us to continue living on this earth, and it will take us onto eternity if we remain faithful to it.
When human societies are filled with that life, they become the “branches” that “will live for the Lord” (Psalm 22:31), that will “bear much fruit” (John 15:8).

The branches are alive in the vine

In order to remain in the vine we must “love not in word or speech but in deed and truth ” (1 John 3:18). Since God is freedom, we must live in freedom among ourselves; since God is love, we must love one another. Anyone who does not remain in the vine, that is, in God, will be “thrown out like a branch and wither” (John 15:6).
If you remain in the vine, you will “ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you” (John 15:7); for what belongs to the vine, also belongs to the branches.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

BEWARE OF MONEY

THE MISERY OF MONEY
If you have more money than you need, you will soon be its slave. If you have less money than you need, you will soon starve. Therefore, you must aim at having the right amount of money if you don’t want to be a miserable person.

How much money do you need?

SHARING IS THE SOLUTION
There are many excesses that may bring calamity to you, but the worse of them is the excess of money you refuse to share with the needy.

A SAD ENDING
If you devote your life to the pursuit of money, you will end up in idolatry.

TO BE SATISFIED OR NOT TO BE SATISFIED
In his infinity wisdom, God gave you the power to satisfy all your needs. In his wickedness, the devil can instill in you the ambition to possess lots of money so that you will never be able to satisfy it.

Money lies to you

MONEY CAN MOVE YOU TO DO ANYTHING
It seems that modern man is capable of doing absolutely everything – if he gets paid for it.

THE LIES OF MONEY
Money always offers to take you on a flight to heaven, and it does. But what money doesn’t tell you is that, on that flight, heaven will be just a stop on the plane’s way to hell.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

THE GOOD SHEPHERD GIVES HIS LIFE FOR YOU

(Fourth Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, April 22, 2018

“A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).
The relationship between the good shepherd and the flock is not  that of a leader and his followers, but rather that of a person who gives his own life for the benefit of those he loves.

To love is to give your life

The good shepherd freely lays down his life for those he loves, and he loves everyone. Why does he love them? He loves them because they are sons and daughters of God, just as he is the Son of God. By giving his life for us, the good shepherd opens the way for us to “be like him” (1 John 3:2). The good shepherd is like a mother and a father who are willing to give their lives for their children.
The world rejects the notion that a person can give his life for those he loves. The following are the reasons for this rejection:
1. The world has instituted inequality as the foundation of the relationships between men. According to the world, the relationship between men is one of superiors and inferiors, between the powerful and the weak, between the oppressor and the oppressed. This inequality is a source of antagonism and mutual destruction.
2. Those who hold worldly power do not follow the model of the good shepherd. For, how could the powerful who seeks his own interest (or that of his group) be interested in eradicating the inequalities between the “superior” and the “inferior”, between the master and the subject?
Those who hold worldly power are like the hire men who have “no concern for the sheep” (John 10: 12,13); they are only concerned with their welfare, and disregard the welfare of others. They are the builders who reject the stone “which has become the cornerstone” (Acts 4:11).

He gives his life for those he loves

“The good shepherd”, the one who gives his life for those he loves, continues to be rejected by a world whereby division, inequality, and exploitation are the norm. The world continues to reject the good shepherd who comes to us so we may “have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

KNOW HOW TO BE FREE

Unity will make you free

You must depend absolutely on others in order to become absolutely free.

THE HAPPINESS OF BEING FREE
You will  be much happier when you do good because you want to, than when you are mandated to.

YOUR FREEDOM AND YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS
Human life begins when human beings become individually and collectively conscious of the fact that they are free. However, since many are losing their freedom, you must fight for it; otherwise you will lose your consciousness and your freedom.

THOU SHALL NOT TOLERATE INJUSTICE
If you tolerate injustice, your freedom will become the contradiction of freedom.

Bring freedom to all

THOU SHALL NOT BE IMPOTENT
The greatest impotence that can afflict you occurs when, after being created in freedom, you turned yourself into a slave, and now you refuse to regain your freedom.

THOU SHALL NOT BE IGNORANT
The worse kind of ignorance that may afflict you  is that of not knowing how to use your freedom.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

THE ABSURDITY OF WAR

The assertion that men cannot prosper without war is tantamount to saying that in order to live, men must kill each other.

War always kills

A HOMICIDAL PROCLAMATION
A proclamation of war is a proclamation that anything is worth more than life.

IS THERE ANY HONOR IN WAR?
The skies are not high enough to build a monument to honor the folly of those who choose war over peace.

A PROBLEM COUNTRY
In an aggressive country, many people say they are not willing to die for their country, meaning they have no problem with dying, but with their country.

WAR IS ALWAYS EVIL
War is always a fight against the truth: both sides swear they are fighting evil.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

WAR MUST ALWAYS TOUCH YOU

The powerful are concerned with expanding their dominion through war. The weak are concerned with protecting their lives. And the vast multitudes are not concerned with anything at all, as long as war does not touch them.

Lethal weapon

MONEY, THE MOST LETHAL WEAPON
It is a well-known principle in modern warfare that money is the most effective weapon of all. It may fail to buy the enemy, but it will not fail to buy the weapons to kill the enemy.

GUARANTIED TO MAKE MONEY
The growth of the weapons industry proves that war is more profitable than peace.

TRUE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
The only weapons of mass destruction are those in the hands of the one who is willing to use them.

A DESPICABLE MARRIAGE
The weapons industry is a marriage of greed with brute force.

SO MUCH FOR THE RATIONAL BEING
I have seen dogs furiously barking at each other, only to turn around and go their separate ways. I have seen world leaders  yelling at each other, only to end up tearing each other apart.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

YOU ARE ALIVE IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH

(Third Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Whenever you fight against death on earth, you become alive in heaven; you make your earthly life a reality in heaven.
God himself is alive both in heaven and on earth (not just in heaven): “Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see me, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have” (Luke 24:39).

In heaven and on earth

If God is alive in you, it necessarily follows that you alive in him.
To deny that God lives both on earth and in heaven is the equivalent of saying that God does not live at all. To some people, God is not alive at all because his presence in the world presents a constant opposition to the evils of the world.
Those who deny that God is alive do it in two ways: by their actions and by their omissions.
1. By their actions, that is, by the evil they do, an evil that places them in opposition to the life of God. In other words, whatever is good, is against their interests. They are the ones who put to death the author of life (Acts 3:15).
2. By their omissions, that is, by their refusal to restore goodness in the face of evil. Another form of omission consists in “seeing” only certain forms of evil while remaining totally blind to other grave offenses against human dignity.

Once you see that God is alive, both on earth and in heaven, you will be able to see that your own life is the convergence of your earthly life with your heavenly life.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS NEED

(Second Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, April 8, 2018

The fundamental purpose of an economic system is to satisfy the needs of all men, by ensuring that everybody, without exception, participates in the production, distribution, and consumption of all economic goods.
The fact that a few individuals take possession of the world’s wealth, while the vast majorities live in poverty, is an indication that the world’s economic systems have failed to live up to their responsibility and purpose.
An economic system that fails to meet the needs of all is unjust and inhuman.

Everything is yours

The following is a just and human economic system: “No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common . . . There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceedings of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need” (Acts 4:32, 34-35).
In such an economic system as the one described above, everyone benefits from it. It is the only economic system that can fully serve the needs of humankind.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)