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People go to their temples

People go to their temples to greet Me… How simple and ignorant are My children who think that I live in isolation. Why don’t they come and greet Me in the procession of life, where I always live, in the farms, the factories, and the market, where I encourage those who earn their living by […]

Marko Rupnik and Faus’s letter

The recent open letter from the theologian José Ignacio González-Faus to his Jesuit brother Marko Rupnik, a renowned artist, and spiritual guide and who was canonically prosecuted and convicted for sexual assaults, deeply disappoints me because of what it says and what it does not say. I will begin by briefly commenting on some points […]

Penetrating the crevices of life

Life consists in opening cracks until finally understanding that that was the way to follow. And then I am again surprised by the capacity of life to find loopholes to let me continue creating. This is something that stuns me, as someone who well understands that life surpasses us and is beyond and above everything […]

Christian Christmas and Universal Christmas

It could be that perhaps we do not like too much this Christmas with its illuminated streets, consumerist propaganda, over-played carols, unenthusiastic reunions, obligatory gifts…, or that we even dislike it. Yet, if we could free it from commercial exploitation, our deceitful ambitions, even from our boring liturgies, empty words and outdated dogmas, if we […]

The power of the frail

One hand on the beauty of the world. The other one on the suffering of the people. Both feet jumping from the task to the party. And the heart on fire. (Matxalen Ojanguren Alonso) In the weakness of the human our deepest truth is revealed, because the heartbeat of the world is its frailty. (Pepa […]

8 Billion People

For the first time in the history of the Earth, written in fire, water and life, we Homo sapiens, a very recent species, have crossed the line of 8 billion inhabitants. I do not regard this as a glorious milestone, but rather as a worrying warning sign. We have nothing to celebrate, but much to […]

Homo Sapiens facing life or death

I read in EL PAÍS: “Men are going to have trouble being fertile in barely a decade, if they continue at this rate: the number of spermatozoa per ejaculation has not stopped falling for almost a century. Their concentration has also fallen to less than half of what it was 50 years ago, approaching the […]

What will I be after I die?

We do not like to talk about death, in spite of its being part of our daily life. We do not like to talk about death, but –or, better yet, because- death hurts. And it is somebody else’s death the one that hurts most, the dejected solitude and the sadness of the void it left […]

Don’t ask

Don’t ask how many were killed, don’t ask how many were injured. “Hundreds, they say. A hundred up, a hundred down, who cares? Don’t ask how they died. Don’t ask if those deaths were avoidable. Don’t ask about responsibility for this crime against young Africans without rights and without bread. Don’t ask. The dead are […]

The leaf and the tree

Parabole in memory of all those whose apparent presence we lost An Autumn afternoon I was in a park, contemplating a pretty and very small leaf shaped as a heart. It was reddish and it dangled from a branch, as if it were about to fall. I spent a long time with it and asked […]