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“¡UN CATÓLICO QUE NO SE ESFUERZA DE DIFUNDIR SU FE ES UN PARÁSITO DE LA VIDA DE LA IGLESIA!”

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“¡UN CATÓLICO QUE NO SE ESFUERZA DE DIFUNDIR SU FE ES UN PARÁSITO DE LA VIDA DE LA IGLESIA!”

El cristiano es un hombre a quien Nuestro Señor ha confiado otros hombres. El Señor parte el pan para los pobres a través de nuestras manos, Él consuela a los enfermos a través de nuestros labios, Él visita a los afligidos a través de nuestros pies, Él ve los campos de trigo a través de nuestros ojos, y recoge los haces de espigas en Sus establos Eternos a través de nuestro esfuerzo.

Por lo tanto, ser dignos del nombre "cristiano" significa que nosotros también debemos tener sed de la difusión del Amor Divino; y si no tenemos sed, nunca seremos invitados a sentarnos en el banquete de la Vida. Las coronas se darán solo a los ganadores, y la copa del Vino Eterno solo a aquellos que tengan sed.

Un católico que no se esfuerza de difundir su Fe es un parásito en la vida de la Iglesia. Quien no da fruto es como un árbol derribado en el camino, que impide la marcha del ejército de Dios. Quien no es un espíritu conquistador es un renegado.

La antorcha de la fe nos fue dada no para deleitar nuestros ojos, sino para encender las antorchas de nuestros semejantes. Si no nos quemamos y no estamos en llamas por la Causa Divina, una invasión glacial barrerá la tierra, entonces será el fin, porque: “Cuando venga el Hijo del hombre, ¿encontrará fe en la tierra?” (Lc 18,8).

La medida de nuestro apostolado es la intensidad de nuestro amor. Un corazón humano ama hablar acerca del objeto de su amor y ama sentirlo alabado.

+ Venerable Monseñor Fulton J. Sheen, extracto de "The Cries of Jesus from the Cross: A Fulton Sheen Anthology", p. 239

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(Italiano)

“UN CATTOLICO CHE NON SI SFORZA DI DIFFONDERE LA SUA FEDE È UN PARASSITA DELLA VITA DELLA CHIESA!”

Il Cristiano è un uomo a cui Nostro Signore ha affidato altri uomini. Lui spezza il pane ai poveri attraverso le nostre mani, Lui consola gli ammalati attraverso le nostre labbra, Lui visita gli afflitti attraverso i nostri piedi, Lui vede i campi di grano attraverso i nostri occhi, e raccoglie i fasci nelle Sue stalle Eterne attraverso la nostra fatica.

Quindi, essere degni del nome di "Cristiano" significa che anche noi dobbiamo avere sete della diffusione dell'Amore Divino; e se non abbiamo sete, non saremo mai invitati a sederci al banchetto della Vita. Le corone saranno date solo ai vincitori, e il calice di Vino Eterno solo a chi ha sete.

Un cattolico che non si sforza di diffondere la sua Fede è un parassita della vita della Chiesa; chi non porta frutto è come un albero abbattuto sulla strada, che impedisce la marcia dell'esercito di Dio. Chi non è uno spirito conquistatore è un rinnegato.

La fiaccola della fede ci è stata data non per deliziare i nostri occhi, ma per accendere le fiaccole dei nostri simili. Se non bruciamo e non siamo in fiamme per la Causa Divina, un'invasione glaciale spazzerà la terra, poi sarà la fine, perché: "Il Figlio dell'Uomo, quando tornerà, troverà la fede sulla terra?" (Luca 18:8).

La misura del nostro apostolato è l'intensità del nostro amore. Un cuore umano ama parlare dell'oggetto del suo amore e ama sentirlo lodato.

+ Fulton J. Sheen, da "The Cries of Jesus from the Cross: A Fulton Sheen Anthology", p. 239

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(Inglés)

Zeal crucial in passing torch of faith

A Christian is a man to whom Our Lord has given other men. He breaks bread to the poor through our hands, He consoles the sick through our lips, He visits the sorrowful upon our feet, He sees the fields of harvest through our eyes, and He gathers the bundles into His everlasting barns through our toil.

To be worthy of the name Christian, then, means that we, too, must thirst for the spread of the divine love; and if we do not thirst, then we shall never be invited to sit down at the banquet of life.

Crowns shall be given only to the victors, and the chalice of everlasting wine only to those who thirst.

A Catholic who does not strive to spread his Faith is a parasite on the life of the Church; he who is not girding his loins for apostolate is abdicating his seat on the dais of Christianity; he who is not bearing fruit is like a tree cut down on the road, impeding the march of the army of God. He who is not a conquering spirit is a renegade.

The torch of faith has been given to us not to delight our eyes but to enkindle the torches of our fellow men. Unless we burn and are on fire for the divine cause, a glacial invasion will sweep the earth, which will be the end, for “The Son of man, when he cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8).

The measure of our apostolate is the intensity of our love. A human heart loves to talk about the object of his love and loves to hear that object praised.

If we love Our Lord, then we will talk about His holy cause, for “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matt 12: 34). To those who have such love, there is never the excuse of a want of opportunity. Our Lord has told us “the harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few” (Matt 9:37).

To the zealous Christian, every country is a mission country; every banquet room, a Simon’s house, where another Magdalen can be found; every ship, another bark of Peter, from which nets of salvation can be let down; every crowded city street, another Tyre and Sidon, where the whelps that eat the crumbs from the master’s table can be rewarded for their faith; and every cross is a throne where thieves become courtiers.

Excerpt by the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, from The Cries of Jesus from the Cross: An Anthology (Manchester, New Hampshire: Sophia Institute Press, 2018), from “The Need for Zeal,” pp. 239-40.

The VENERABLE ARCHBISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN (1895-1979), from El Paso, IL, was auxiliary bishop of New York (1951-66), and bishop of Rochester (1966-69). He began appearing on ABC Television’s Life Is Worth Living in 1952, despite his timeslot competing against Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra. The show enjoyed enormous success, reaching tens of millions of viewers by 1954. His two great loves were the Blessed Mother and The Eucharist; and his cause for canonization was opened in 2002.

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