Bishop Daniel Gutierrez, Diocese of Pennsylvania August 28, 2018/Nuevo Amanecer
One person, one sentence, one act of hate can leave lifelong wounds. Yet despite those who want to destroy dreams, we are often blessed by those saints who lift us up. The recognition that I did not do it alone. A community uplifted me. Would not allow me to fail. They were the face of Christ when I was weak.
And like our history, if it is not provided, we will find a way to make it happen. The Latino population in the United States reached nearly 58 million in 2016. It is the driver of U.S. demographic growth, accounting for half of national population growth since 2000. There are more Latinos in the United States than Canadians in Canada. More blacks in the Caribbean, Central and South America than blacks in the United States.
We need to break down the assumptions. What are a few of the assumptions or comments:
- Let’s have a Spanish language mass for all the Latinos.
- We need a Priest who speaks Spanish.
- You don’t speak English well.
- What do you mean? You don’t speak Spanish? You have an accent.
- Are you Cuban or Mexican? Is there a difference?
- You don’t look Latino, or we look too Latino.
- Your light, your dark, you are black, your Indio. What are you?
People seek meaning, we need beauty. People need us, they need Jesus.
All we have is God and the community we create.
I tell my staff often, fail, fail often and fail daringly. Because if we are not failing, we are not trying.
For some reason, I could not attach the footnotes that I attribute to quotes. Will attempt to fix. (Gospel passages John 13:35 and John 17:21. Three citations are attributed to Jim Summerville, Bishop Robert Baron and Governor Mario Cuomo