Monday, February 15, 2010

Eternal Archbishop of Cuba Pedro Meurice

Today, it is a family day in Canada. A day to enjoy and to share with your love ones. In this day, I want to celebrate the joy of living with the wisest word of Monsignor Archbishop Pedro Meurice in Santiago de Cuba, during his introductory speech to the Holy Father John Paul II, during his Homily in 1998.Eternal Archbishop of Cuba

That day, and with this words, in front of Cuba’s rulers Monsignor Meurice became our beloved and eternal Archbishop of Cuba. He said:

Your Holiness, This is a noble and also a suffering people.

This is a people that have the wealth of joy and the material poverty that saddens and suffocates them almost to not let look beyond their immediate livelihood.

This is a people that has the vocation of universality and is a bridge’s maker of neighbourhood and affection, but increasingly locked by foreign interests and suffers from a culture of selfishness due to the harsh economic and moral crisis we suffer.

Our people are respectful of the authority and like the order but need to learn how to demystify false messianisms.

This is a people that has fought for long centuries for social justice and is now, at the end of one of these stages, searching again how to overcome inequality and the lack of participation.

Holy Father:

Cuba is a people with an endearing vocation to solidarity, but throughout its history, has seen disarticulated or stranded its spaces of partnership and participation in the civil society, so I presented to you the soul of a nation that yearns to rebuild the fraternity on the bases of freedom and solidarity.

I want you to know, Most Blessed father, that Cuba has learned to look at the smallness of the image of the Blessed Virgin, who will be crowned today by his Holiness, greatness is not in the dimensions of things and their structures but in the moral stature of the human spirit.

I want to present in this Eucharist all those Cubans and people of Santiago that don’t find the meaning to their lives, which have not been able to choose and develop a project of life because the road of depersonalization resulted of the paternalism.

I introduce as well, an increasing number of Cubans who have confused the nation with a party, the nation with the historical process that we have experienced in recent decades and culture with an ideology. They are Cubans who reject all at once without discern. They feel uprooted rejecting what it is from here and overvalue the foreigner. Some consider this as one of the deepest causes of internal and external exile.

Holy Father:

For years this people has defended the sovereignty of its geographical borders with true dignity, but we have somehow forgotten that that independence should sprout from the sovereignty of the human person that holds all projects as a nation from below.

Here is the glorious era of the Father Varela, The Seminar of San Carlos in Havana and St. Anthony Mary Claret in Santiago, but also the darker years of the Church when its patronage was decimated in the 19th century caused by its mismanagement, and thus crossed the threshold of this century trying to recover it until it could find its maximum splendour in the 50’s. Then, fruit of the ideological confrontation with the Marxism-Leninism, state induced, it returned to be impoverished of resources and pastoral’s agents but not of the motions of the Spirit as it was the Ecclesial Cuban national meeting.

Your Holiness finds this church in a stage of growth and of suffered credibility that bursts from the cross lived and shared. Some may perhaps confused this religious awakening with a Pietistic cult or a false inner peace that escapes the commitment.

There is another reality that I must submit to you: the nation lives here and in the Diaspora. Cubans suffer, live and expect here and also suffer, live and expect abroad. We are one people, sailing with big strides on all the seas, we are still looking for the unity that will never fruit of uniformity, but a common and shared soul of diversity.

From those seas also came this Virgen, mixed as our people. She is the hope of all Cubans. She is the Mother whose mantle has shelter for all Cubans without distinction of race, creed, political opinion or place where they live.