A Declaration of a New Fraternity (An Explicitly Public Letter to My Human Traffickers…)

Dear brothers and sisters:

Here I am, among you, with complete peace: everything that has happened has been a gift to radiate God’s Love, and for that I am grateful. I would not change the opportunity of radiating this light the way I am being able to do it right now.

I am writing to you, brothers and sisters…

I am writing to you, brothers and sisters that are my you progenitors, my biological sisters and all my biological family relatives… I am writing to you, doctor sister to who I asked to come with me to the FBI to denounce what was happening, and still chose to do nothing and even to collaborate with my progenitors…

I am writing to you, brothers and sisters, people of the parish were I have grown up, including its priests and the archbishops that placed them there in the first place. I am writing to you, brothers and sisters of the many parishes I have visited…

I am writing to you, brother city mayor of Toa Alta, that was present in the last celebration of the Divine Mercy that I went in my parish, so publicly shown to everyone by the priests as a “friend of the parish”…

I am writing to you, brothers and sisters resident doctors, doctors and even head of the psychiatric department of the RCM of the UPR that created a whole program called “Por Ti” with the image of the Santiago’s Way arrow to support my progenitor’s views and never questioned their version, but disorientated mine once and once again… This program included doctoral psychology students of the Carlos Albizu University, like one of the priests of my parish, that also studied there while being priest in my parish…

I am writing to you, brothers judges that believed my progenitors without even giving me the chance to give my version to courts, without doing a simple welfare check…

I am writing to you, brothers and sisters of the Justice Department that doesn’t give to people like me a free lawyer to be able to defend myself ––I was told that to be given a free lawyer the income that is used to calculate the qualification is the home income (my progenitors’ income), not my own income––. I am writing to you, brothers and sisters of the court of Bayamon, that when I finally dared to choose to take action against my progenitors, I was told that it was not possible and that there was no place I could go…

I am writing to you, brothers and sisters of the Department of Health that gave my progenitors the power to subscribe me in Medicaid without my consent, so paying for the hospitalizations they forced… never questioning, a single time, how there could be so many forced hospitalizations, if something wrong could be happening…

I am writing to you, brothers and sisters of the Department of Education that created a teacher certification test with such instructions that was impossible to get a perfect score because the instructions made it impossible… I am talking to you, brothers and sisters of the Department of Education that created a huge mural of Star Wars in the office were I went to complete the process of my teaching certification…  I am talking to you, employees of the Department of Education that had been in my classroom, witnessing and collaborating directly with my student’s exploitation.

I am writing to you, brother state policeman that went to my house and did not give me even the time to prepare properly to leave… I am talking to you, brother municipal police that when I went to denounce my progenitors said that there was no way to prove that… I am talking to you, brother of Miami Police that told me, when I went once again to try to stop what My progenitors were doing, that I just needed to “take my medicines…”. I am writing to you, brothers of the municipal police that came to the school where I had been trafficking to give a “bullying conference…”

I am writing to you, brothers and sisters in all the hospitals I had been hospitalized by force: Hospital Panamericano, Hospital Pavia, Hospital de la UPR Carolina. In each one I was drugged by force. Each one chose to believe my progenitors and not me, leaving me trembling and dizzy with medicines that I did not chose, needed or wanted, even telling me that all those effects were needed… and even making me to believe I was truly sick, making me to believe that my progenitors were “good parents” taking care of their daughter, forcing me to see them while hospitalized and informing them about my treatments when I explicitly said I did not want them to be informed.

I am writing to you, brothers and neighbors that have made me believe so many times so many wrong things, neighbors that are capable of exploiting your children for exploiting me… Neighbors that for so many years have been making artificial rooster sounds around my house at all hours of the day and night, that have forced to hear the music I hate so many times and that had been capable of explicitly torture me with sleep deprivation…

I am writing to you, brothers and sisters professors, students and employees of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus that also disorientated me once and once again…

I am writing to you, brothers and sister of the Universidad Central de Bayamón that tried to impose me a Marxist theology of liberation and created an unnecessary economic burden for years…

I am writing to you, brothers and sisters that were old classmates and teachers of the school where I studied during my school years, the place where the idea of creating a Jesus Charity, a Iesu Amor, began ––the name of the school is “Holy Family”, it is a very curious way to live the Word–– people that I once called friends, but also chose to disorientate me once and once again…

I am talking to you, brothers and sister slow drivers that are in front of me literally everyday, usually around four cars per way (from and to whatever I am going), but sometimes they have been up to ten (sometimes a single car in front of me, sometimes three or two at the same time, so I can’t go by the side so easily…)

I am writing to you, brothers and sisters people in several places of San Juan ––Hospital Auxilio Mutuo, the train, the cafeteria where I buy coffee some mornings–– that also chose to disorientate me once and once again…

I talk to you, brothers and sisters employees of so many public places and stores that have coughed exaggeratedly loudly, while I was around, that had greeted me with a “lindo día” o called me “amor”, or even gave me food that caused me several secondary effects…

I am talking to you, the so many brothers and sisters that have used all kind of objects and sounds, repeating then in all kind of places, to try to create a feeling of social control: walking sticks, Puerto Rican flags, wheelchairs, bumper stickers, coughs, regueton, the “lindo día” greeting…

I am writing to you, sister psychologist of APS Bayamón that told me that I must complete treatment forced by my progenitors to obey the law, and when I talked about the abuse that my progenitors were doing––saying explicitly that they threatened me with denying me money for food, money, and the used of internet–– just commented that it must be a hard situation, not making a single move to contact the Department of Family to denounce the situation, assuming that the abuse was a normal situation or simply not believing that it was abuse.

I am writing to you, brother psychiatrist of APS Bayamon that medicated me because “I needed to get out home” when I explicitly told that the reason I was not going out as because I had no money to do so, and that issue was not resolved with any medicine… but still gave the medicine.

I am writing to you, sister psychiatrist of the partial hospitalization of Hospital Pavia that without even knowing me insisted in telling me that I was bipolar, without even hear and believe what I told, telling me that were a lot of brilliant people that were bipolar, like Pedro Roselló, a gross violation to the code of ethics of any doctor: you can’t disclose medical information of others, or diagnose public figures that are not your patients.

I am writing to you, brother psychologist of the partial hospitalization of the Pavia Hospital that told me to create a resume and also told me the job search pages that made possible to find the employment where I had been exploited through all those months, many of them without even being conscious of being trafficked.

Finally, I am talking to all the brothers and sisters in the school where I had been working during these last months ––to teachers, para-educators, cleaning service employees, parents, administrative staff––  were students ––living innocent human beings, most of them with some kind of disability, some without even being able to be conscious of what they were doing due the severity of their disability–– have been used to exploit me and to disorientate me once and once again, besides entering staff meetings and all kind of school activities in making more exploitation options…

Yes, I am also writing to you, boss that coughed in front of my classroom while I wrote this.

Believe me, brother boss, the peace and the gratefulness that moves me to write these words is beyond the reach of your coughs, that had been many in these lasts days.

I am writing to all you, all brothers and sisters that have trafficked me through all these years…

I am writing to you all, beloved brothers and sisters that have human trafficked me during all these years…

I have mentioned this not to humiliate you, but to show what I am conscious of, and that I still am peaceful and grateful for everything.

We all know I can mention many more things, but I don’t need to, because you are forgiven.

Yes, you are all forgiven. At least by me, although I also recommend you seek God’s forgiveness. For a Catholic, this means going to confession… with a priest that is faithful to the Church.

Truly, you really are. Feel yourself free of any guilt, if you have any.

Let’s be straight with this: God never wants violence, human trafficking or anything that breaks communion, fraternity, and peace. God is a God of Love.

I can’t say God wanted all this, that I, frankly, have no idea of how it could have happened. What I can say is: God has used all this for His glory, to radiate His Love in a way that overpowers the capacity of any of us, including mine.

What I can say is that God has used this from the very right beginning to radiate His Love, even when I was not conscious of the exploitation that was going on around me, and with the concealed drugs I was being given and that I had no idea about.

You, dear brothers and sisters, have been prime witnesses of all my sins and faults. You have been witnesses of how undeservedly I received the gifts I have received. This can’t be mine.

I have been converted, quite literally, in a living sign of how God loves His people and His Church, including you. Yes, God loves you in that very same way I had been loved. Everyone can be converted in this living sign of love… if we let Him do so.

This truly includes everyone. Really, truly. I will say this explicitly: this includes people that have committed all kind of crimes and sins, no matter how grave they could have been… and this also includes persons that identify themselves as LGBTT.

There is no sin he cannot heal, except the sin against the Holy Spirit: not believing that He is Love incarnated, denying His mercy, trying to project evilness as goodness and goodness as evil.

Once the fact that God doesn’t want violence and could not have ever wanted explicitly the abuse and the suffering of one of his daughters, now I can say…

Beloved brothers and sisters, we all give what we have in our hearts. The dehumanization that you have shown is so, so, so deep, that what you truly deserve is compassion, forgiveness and being treated with humanity and the Love that you so much need.

Has someone ever told you that you are loved unconditionally by God, that he takes care of you, that he is a Father and a Mother that will always embrace you and help you to grow and become who you are called to be? Believe it. Yes, you have seen it, but I don’t know if you have chosen to believe it. Yes, this includes you, dear boss that just coughed besides my classroom while I write this.

Has someone ever told you that you have been created to be the best person you can be, to become the person that you are called to be? Has someone ever told you that you are not for sale, that you don’t have a price tag, that you are not an object to be trafficked, to be used to transmit ideologies––no matter if it is the ideology of gender, nationalism, socialism…–– or any other purpose, whatever it is?

Has someone ever told you that you are created to greatness: the greatness to humbly serve others and help them to grow in communion and become who they are called to be, the greatness of contemplating others as brothers and sisters called to radiate and be living stars, creating a humanity that is a land of light? Yes, this includes you, dear boss that insists on coughing, now in front of my classroom. I will consider the cough your way to tell me that you are listening to me. J I would prefer if the drooling and whatever is affecting my throat in this very moment stops, but I am happy with your coughing, just as you did right now again. Keep listening.

Has someone ever told you that you are allowed to have beautiful dreams, dreams that do not only serve yourself but also serve the common good, dreams that make a better culture, a better nation, a better society, a better humanity? If you don’t have that kind of dreams, something is wrong. Really. Not being able to dream great dreams, dreams that surpass ourselves, is a human tragedy. We all need big and beautiful dreams. That is something very human, as human as growing in communion.

Has someone ever told you that you are amazing human beings, capable of doing good, capable of making a positive difference in our culture, in our nation, in our society? Has someone ever told you ––yes, including you, dear mentor teacher that just coughed in front of my classroom–– that you don’t need to be terrorist to be someone in life, that you can be someone by doing good, by working hard––legally and ethically–– in the service of a better world for all?

Has someone ever told you that you just need to be yourself to be part of a family? Has someone ever told you that you don’t need to be a false persona to be part of the family that you are called to belong? Has someone ever told you that a true family accepts you as who you are and helps you to grow unconditionally? Has someone ever told that we all are capable to be the family that we are called to become: a family that helps to grow in communion?

Has someone ever told you that you can be a nation of Love that grows in communion, that you can be a citizen of light, that you can be a citizen that help your people and your nation to grow in communion, that you can create unity instead of division, that you can create fraternity and bridges among cultures instead of ideological walls? Has someone ever told you that you can create peace instead of creating violence?

Has someone ever told you that you can build a society of peace, fraternity, joy, and unity in diversity, where everyone can have their own ideas and be respected as a human being and grow as an equal, free, and loved brother and sister, no matter what? I will tell you what the name of that. It is called democracy. Every citizen is called to be part of it, you too, if you stop dehumanizing yourselves. Has someone ever told you that committing, allowing or consenting violations of human right ––no matter the reason–– is no possible way to be a democratic society, or even a human society, founded upon the rule of law and the rule of Love, and not upon the rule of the strongest, like animals?

Has someone ever told you, beloved brothers and sisters… that you are brothers and sisters! Yes, you are! You don’t need to live in the darkness of no-fraternity (the light of my classroom just blinked), of dehumanization, of fratricide… You can grow as a brother and a sister, you can grow in the light, as a shining star that help others to grow as the brother and sister that they are called to be, including you, beloved boss, that coughed again besides my classroom. You don’t need to create darkness to shine. You don’t need to exploit anyone, including the student with “psychosis” that just passed screaming in front of my classroom, but, most importantly: you don’t need to exploit yourselves, you don’t need to live as a slave, denying yourself the life you are called to live, denying yourselves the freedom of being, simply, yourselves. You can shine and be a light just by being yourselves and becoming who you are called to be, by becoming the best person you can be. This includes you, dear brother and sister that caused the sound of an ambulance siren outside when I wrote this. No one needs to create darkness to shine and live as the brother or sister that you are called to be.

Has someone ever told you that God is Love, that God is Charity, that God is Light, that God is Life, that God is communion? Has someone ever told you that His Church can’t be built by denying this truth? The same way there can’t be a democratic society where violations of human rights are happening and the person is deformed, there can’t be a living Church were fraternity, communion, and unity is broken and God is deformed with ideologies and abuses. Has someone ever told you that the Church’s Mission is radiating God’s Love, making that love visible to the whole of humanity? God is not an abuser. God is not a terrorist. God is not an exploiter or a human trafficker. God doesn’t impose ideologies. God, dear brothers and sisters, is Love that wants to be loved and adored with our whole growth, including by you, dear boss, that entered to my classroom to bring a permission to drink water that my student left outside the classroom and then coughed when you got out of the classroom… (You may see what I mean with “permission to drink water” in the picture at the end: is a laminated cardboard that says “agua”, “water” in Spanish; the students need a permission to go whatever they go, including to drink water. These kinds of distractions have been constant through the whole year, they just interrupt briefly what I am focusing on). Adoring God with the whole growth is becoming who He calls us to be and help our brothers and sisters to become who they are called to be. Adoring God with the whole growth is becoming the living sign of God’s Love that He calls us to be, the living star of Heaven that He calls us to be, to radiate the light of His light in every here and every now, in every circumstance, including dehumanization. I would dare to say: especially in dehumanization, like happened just happened right now, when two students were exploited, including one with Down Syndrome.

Has someone ever told you that life is an amazing journey when you walk with God, that you don’t need to beg for the love or attention of anyone? Has someone ever told you that life is an amazing gift that we are all capable of share? Have you ever had the amazing opportunity of living so, so, so focused on the great gifts that you had been given to share that you simply have no time to lose in anything that is not sharing those gifts, in anything that is not radiating God’s Love?

Has someone ever told you that you can become a great, living work of God’s Love, that you can be a living revelation of His Love? Has someone ever told you that you don’t need to conform with false gods, with false loves, with false lives, with falsified realities, with corruption and iniquity? Has someone has ever told you that you can choose to be the positive change that the world needs to become the best humanity we can be, together? Yes, brothers and sisters, together. We can have different visions and walk together to the same horizon: helping to grow in communion, growing as brothers and sisters.

Finally, beloved and sisters… has someone ever told you that you have the sacred right and the sacred responsibility of being happy and of sharing that happiness? The Declaration of Independence of our Nation says: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

I affirm the same, as the declaration of a Nueva Patria were our people and our Nation walk together with a new unity: being consecrated to charity, to help to grow in communion, to make possible that everyone grows as a brother and a sister.

Call this a declaration of a new fraternity, if you want to. The time of violations of human rights is over. It is time to begin a new page in our history, to begin to walk as brothers and sisters with equal rights, as any other citizen of our Nation, and with a new unity that doesn’t depend upon ideologies or political parties, but upon helping everyone to grow as the brother and the sister that we are all called to be… including you.

Actually, this whole letter is a declaration of a new fraternity.

If no one have told you all these things, beloved brothers and sisters, I am telling them to you right now. It is your choice, as it has always been… and let’s remember: every choice has consequences.

Think carefully about this. You have choices. If no one has told you so, I am telling you this right now: you have choices. You don’t need to choose darkness. You don’t need to choose to create darkness. You can choose light. You can choose to be light. You can choose to create light.

That has always been my choice and will be my choice during my whole life.

We all have this choice, beloved brothers and sisters. We are all given by our Creator the potential to be a great light, to shine a beautiful light that creates a constellation of light when we all walk together, helping each other to grow in communion.

Here is the most surprising fact of all, beloved brothers and sisters: when we chose to be light, God gives us the power to transform any darkness in light. When we choose light, God makes us the light. When we choose light, we become light everywhere, including when you are surrounded by the darkness of dehumanization. God has used me to transform the darkness you have created into a radiation of His light.

So, my beloved brothers and sisters, I just can only be grateful for everything, for how you have allowed me to become the light I am called to be.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, for the gift of God that you have allowed me to receive. I wouldn’t be able to create this living work of art without you.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, for helping me to become a living sign of God’s Love. I wouldn’t be able to embrace this call to convert to charity without your help.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because through this I have learned and received the grace to incarnate God’s Word.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because you have helped me to embrace God’s mercy in a way I wouldn’t ever imagined it could be even possible.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because this tenderness and beauty that fulfills my heart is the gift of my lifetime.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because the joy of embracing God’s Love and communicating it in the way I have been granted to do it by Him through all the abuses and violation of human rights you have committed is, simply, irrepressible.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because you have made possible a beautiful new beginning not only to me, but to our whole people and nation, that from now on will walk together, united with a new unity: the consecration of charity. This gift of embracing a new life and giving new life wouldn’t be possible without your help.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because you have made possible that I, and many more, can realize God’s dreams: being adored with our whole growth, becoming the person, the family, the culture, the nation, the society, the humanity… that we are called to be.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because you have allowed me to learn how to incarnate the Word and how to live charity as Jesus did: unconditionally.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because through this years I have discovered in His gaze so many things that I wouldn’t be able to contemplate without the grace I had been given to sanctify myself and be perfect as the Father is, giving to my life an amazing new meaning: creating home and humanity that helps to grow in communion.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because you have allowed me to discover my vocation in a way I could have not discovered it without the grace I have been given to transform your abuse into a radiation of God’s Love. I am simply amazed, literally amazed with His wonder, while seeing how much I had been loved through all these years, without even knowing it…

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because you have made possible to build the living sanctuary of God’s Love that the family that is waiting for me is called to be.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because you have made possible this family evangelization project, that I contemplated without even realizing what was going on in my own house and in my own parish, as if God was telling me since the very right beginning: everything is all right, everything is part of My plan of Love for embracing the whole humanity… This includes you, dear student that are exploited right now, as I write this, as you pass screaming with a “psychotic crisis” besides my window.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because you have allowed me to radiate the Puerto Rico and the United States that we are called to be. You have allowed to radiate the Church that we are called to be. You have allowed me to radiate the humanity that we are called to be.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, because you have allowed me to give a public testimony of God’s Love that I wouldn’t be able to give without your help: God is Love, God is Charity, God is communion, God is Light, God is Life, God is Truth, God is Hope… that calls all his sons and daughters to convert to charity and become who they are called to be… including, beloved brothers and sisters, you. Yes, you too, dear boss that coughed besides my classroom when I wrote this.

Thank you, beloved brothers and sisters, simply thank you… because you simply have helped me to become who I am called by God to be.

I am simply amazed, surprised, joyful, grateful for everything, smiling humbly and peacefully and trusting that God will open new ways for everyone who chooses to embrace His will.

If I could choose a song to sing, it would be the Magnificat. I can’t sing loudly right now, I have a student in my classroom… but in my heart, I am singing a symphony of light.

Truly, beloved brothers and sisters, thank you for everything. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I can only wish you happiness and big dreams fulfilled. I can only share the light I have in my heart: the light of God’s Love, the light of a declaration of a new fraternity, the light of a revolution of Love that helps everyone to grow in communion, as a brother and a sister… The light of a new dawn for everyone, including, dear brothers and sisters, you.

As I wrote this, another student was exploited in my classroom: he broke a necklace of Christmas lights that was hanging in my classroom’s door. As you may see in the picture, he can’t be the one that broke that necklace, he simply opened the door and the necklace fell broken. It was already broken by someone else, and then the student was exploited making him to fake he broke it.

I repeat, beloved brothers and sisters: if no one told you that you have the choice of being a light, I am telling you it, right now. We all can choose light. We all can be living stars in this Walk of Fraternity. If you are a Christian, you can be a living star of Heaven in this Walk of Sanctity, realizing the Creator’s dream: that everyone grows as the brother and the sister who is called to be. This includes you, dear boss, who coughed when a student came to my classroom and I told him “choose light” as my final message. This includes you, para-educator (T1) that is exploiting a second grade student by allowing her to scream in front of my classroom as I write this, when she should be outside.

We are all called to choose light, beloved brothers and sisters. We can all chose to be a light. We can all choose to help to grow in communion, to make possible that everyone can grow as a brother and as a sister…

This is what I am doing in this very right moment. No matter how much darkness you may create, how much you can cause the lights of my classroom blink, as it happened right now… The light of God’s Love is for everyone, including you.

I also repeat: I forgive you for everything, my beloved brothers and sisters. If I would need to live everything again, I would do it, just for the gift of radiating the light of God’s Love the way I am doing it. Everything has been allowed for His glory.

Let’s choose light!

Let’s keep growing!

Final note: I wrote this during my last hours with my students.

Here are the pictures of the Christmas lights necklace and the water permission that I mention in the text.

A New Dawn

A New Dawn: A letter for the Americans who are fighting for our democracy, for all Puerto Ricans, to those who are defying God’s will and to the whole world

 

 

Dear brothers and sisters:

 

First, I will talk to all the Americans who are fighting right now for our democracy…

God calls us, Americans of all kind of cultural heritage, to a new unity, to a new consecration to charity, to help each other to grow in communion, making possible that everyone in the world can grow as a brother and as a sister, beginning with our own nation.

God is giving us a new identity: a call to use our freedom for helping to grow in communion, for helping to create a United States and a world where all peoples can shine as a light, as a brother and a sister that is free, equal and that grows with dignity.

This is the humble contribution that Puerto Rico, as culture, is called to give to the United States, as nation, and to the whole world: to help our nation to grow in communion.

God is giving us a new vision: seeing everyone as a brother and as a sister that we are called to help to grow as the best person he or she can be.

God is giving us a new light: the light of making possible a fraternal Puerto Rico, a fraternal United States, a fraternal world… free of any kind of violation of human rights and of anything that dehumanizes our society, free of any kind of social abortion that systematically dehumanizes those who are seen as “inconvenient”, avoiding us to become the fraternal human family that we are called to be as a nation.

What is happening right now in Puerto Rico is a clear threat to the United States’ democracy. As Martin Luther King Jr. said: “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Allow me to paraphrase this quote: violations of human rights anywhere are a threat to humanity everywhere. What is happening right now in Puerto Rico are very gruesome violations of human rights, and no American citizen with true patriotic love can stand something like this. As a matter of fact, no human being with true human sense can stand something like this.

This is a battle that concern all Americans, not only Puerto Ricans. This battle is a battle for the freedom of becoming who we are all called to be: brothers and sisters that grow in communion, human beings that are unconditionally called to grow and become who they are called to be. No matter who we are, we are called to grow as brothers and sisters, as equal citizens with equal rights to live and equal freedom to grow.

Whatever we use to fight this battle, we must use God’s weapons: prayer, charity, truth, humility, … This is a revolution of Love, a revolution that helps everyone to grow as a brother and a sister, as one nation under God’s Love. We are all called to embrace this revolution of Love in order to make possible that we can all grow and become who we are called to be: a nation of Love where everyone grows in fraternity.

A revolution of Love can be made right there where you are. This fight can be fought exactly where you are.

What are you doing to become the person, the living icon of God’s Love, that He calls you to be?

What are you doing to become the family, the sanctuary of God’s Love, that He calls you to be?

What are you doing to become the culture of life that God’s Love calls you to be?

What are you doing to become the nation of Love that grows in communion that God’s Love calls you to be?

What are you doing to become the democratic society that God’s Love calls you to be?

What are you doing to become the fraternal humanity that God’s Love calls you to be?

If you don’t believe in God, substitute “God’s Love” for “human fraternity”. You don’t need to be a Christian to see the other as a human being, as an equal brother and sister, although there is no way of being a true Christian without seeing in the other a brother and a sister to love as God loves us, to help to grow as God help us to grow, no matter who that brother and sister is. You just need to be a human being that is aware of being a human being.

Answers all these questions exactly where you are, and act in consequence. That is enough to ignite a revolution of Love. When you truly embrace this revolution of Love, you not only dare to become yourself who you are called to be: you also help our nation to become the democratic society that is called to be. This can mean a lot of changes, like is happening right now in Puerto Rico… but notice that all these changes are not made just as “social changes”, as “mediatic propaganda” or as a “social media project”, but as a personal change that becomes a social change: this change is being made possible as many people, many real-life patriotic heroes, are choosing to become the change that the United States needs to become the nation of Love that is called to be.

For those who are deliberately choosing to make this revolution of Love by standing for the democracy of our nation, by being the change that we need to help everyone to grow in communion, by being the change that Puerto Ricans needs to participate in the American democracy as equal citizens of United States, with equal rights and responsibilities, wherever you are: thank you for your service to the common good and for the future of our nation.

 

Now I am talking to American Puerto Ricans, inside and outside the island…

This is a new dawn for our history, Puerto Ricans. This is a call to become the culture of life that we are called to be, a culture where all human rights of all citizens are unconditionally respected. This is a call to beginning a new unity among us and with the United States, ending all kind of violation of human rights and beginning to be––walking together as brothers and sisters––a nation of Love that grows in communion; a democratic society, open to life and Love’s grace, open to help every person to grow as an equal citizen of our nation. This is the beginning of a beautiful new journey in our history.

We, American Puerto Ricans, are essentially unity of cultures. We have Spanish blood, African blood, and Taíno blood. We are Americans with a unique heritage among other cultures in our nation and that is enriching, something we must be proud of. We have been helping to grow in communion through centuries. The very location of Puerto Rico is a bridge of communion: between Europe, South America, North America, and Central America. Our call to help to grow in communion is in our own blood. We have done it through centuries, and we are called to do it again. We are called to help to grow in communion, helping to create a Puerto Rico that embraces a culture of life and a United States that is a nation of Love that grows in communion, where everyone can become the person who is called to be, no matter if the person is immigrant, poor, rich, unborn, elderly, gay… without adjectives. A person is a brother and a sister that we are called to help to grow, no matter what. We are all brothers and sisters that are unconditionally called to grow.

We have received a beautiful gift to help to grow in communion, to help the land of the free to shine as a land of light.

This begins with ourselves, American Puerto Ricans, to help our own people to grow in communion, in the nation we belong by birth. We are called to be citizens with the same rights and duties than any other American citizen. We are called not only to end the violations of human rights that are ravaging our beautiful island: we are also called the structural violation of human rights that supposes to not having all the rights and responsibilities that any other American citizen would have.

We are called to fight for a culture of life, for a nation of Love that grows in communion, for a democratic society, for fraternal humanity… for a world that is a land of light.

Beginning this new journey doesn’t mean to leave behind our cultural identity as Puerto Ricans, but leaving behind all kind of dehumanization and corruption and embracing what truly makes us Puerto Ricans: not being a member a political party, not an ideological vision, not being against someone else… but helping to grow in communion, as we had been doing since centuries ago. We must leave behind the “culture-of-no-being”: a culture built around what is not, around who we are not, around who we were in our past but we no longer are, around opposing the changes that are needed to become the Puerto Rico we are called to be. We must begin to build the culture-of-who-we-are: people that help to grow in communion of cultures, people that help to grow as brothers and sisters… people that are called to be a democratic society, formed by equal citizens, of the nation they belong by birth.

If you, Puerto Rican, have any doubt about what is your nationality, please take a minute to read what your passport says. If you don’t have one, you are free to see mine. Here are the pictures.

In the front, the passport says: “United States of America.” In the “nationality” space, the passport says: “United States of America.” In the “birthplace,” the passport says: “Puerto Rico, USA.” Every Puerto Rican has these very same words in their passports.

We are American Puerto Ricans. Anyone who denies this reality is simply committing historic negationism. Anyone who says that being American makes us less Puerto Ricans, is simply embracing, as I said, a culture-of-the-no-being: is embracing an identity of being Puerto Rican that is stuck in a past that is no longer a present, insisting on defining our Puerto Rican identity in opposition of who we are today: citizens of the United States.

If we want to eradicate violations of human rights, we must eradicate all of them, not only the ones that had been done in order to create obstacles on the road to the unavoidable change that Puerto Rico needs to leave all ideological dictatorship behind, but also the ones that had been happening through decades and that it is also the time to end, for once and all.

It is a time to unite as American Puerto Ricans to build the Puerto Rico that we are called to be: a Puerto Rico that embraces a culture-of-who-we-are, a Puerto Rico that helps to grow in communion, a Puerto Rico that is free of all kinds of violations of human rights, a Puerto Rico that embraces a revolution of Love that makes possible that we all can grow as brothers and sisters that also are equal citizens of the nation they belong by birth.

The moment of this revolution of Love, Puerto Ricans, that makes possible that we can become who we are called to be, is right here, right now. We all have the power to say “no” to all these violations of human rights. We all have the power to create the culture of life we are called to be. We all have the power to make the right choice: to become who we are called to be, to help everyone to grow as brothers and sisters of the same nation, as equal citizens of the United States.

 

Now I am talking to those that are defying God’s will…

God is a god of peace. God doesn’t want the destruction of our humanity. Any kind of dehumanization is social abortion: aborts our culture, aborts our nation, aborts our society… destroys humanity. And God is saying, clearly and loudly: no, this is not my way for you, Americans…

God is saying: My way for American Puerto Ricans is a revolution of Love that makes all things anew, a consecration of charity that gives a new unity between your culture and your nation: a call to help to grow in communion, to help to grow everyone as a brother and a sister.

God is a good of peace, but peace also requires armed forces when the violations of human rights persist. No matter what kind of armed forces we are, we all must be armed with the light of God’s Light, who gives the victory over any kind dehumanization and ideological dictatorship. That is our true weapon: the light of God’s Love.

God is saying very loudly: stop the dehumanization of My People. Surrender peacefully, embrace My Light, embrace My call to conversion, embrace the new dawn that is already shinning upon you…

This light can’t be hidden. You know it. We all know it. The only thing you can try to do it is denying it, to try to distort reality… but the truth, sooner or later, shines by itself. Right now it is shining upon the eyes of the whole world.

Dear brothers and sisters that are defying God’s will and are being complicit with the ideological dictatorship that is trying to hide the light that is already shinning upon us: hear His voice, that calls you to surrender peacefully. Do the right thing for Puerto Rico: allow our People to begin this journey to a new unity, a new fraternity, a new identity, a new vision…

If you, brothers and sisters that are defying God’s will, don’t surrender peacefully, there will be consequences that God doesn’t want, but will be enforced if it is necessary for guaranteeing the transition to a Puerto Rico free of violations of human rights. You know this. We all know this. God is saying this very clearly: I will do whatever is needed to save My people, in all the senses that this can mean (spiritually, physically, socio-politically…).

Dear brothers and sisters that are defying God’s will: consider this the last call before this amazing journey to a new unity that is given to Puerto Rico. Stop violating human rights, not matter in name of what or who you do it, or in what form you do it. Violations of human rights can never be tolerated in a democratic society, and the United States is a democratic society. God is now allowing Puerto Rico to become an ideological dictatorship, nor a culture-of-no-being. God is opening new ways to Puerto Rico, ways that won’t be destroyed by any distortion of reality or any ideological manauver.

Please, surrender yourselves peacefully to the appropriate authorities if you have committed a crime. Desist of defying our democratic order. Desist all kind of reality distortions and historic negationisms. This new dawn has already begun, and God is insisting on giving the chance of peace, while it is possible.

Stop destroying Puerto Rico with dehumanization and violence. God is now a God of war, but of God of Love, light, life, justice, truth, freedom, mercy… and He wants to forgive everything and give us a new beginning. That’s why He chose Puerto Rico to reveal himself as Jesus Charity: to end all abuses of human rights, to help us to grow as brothers and sisters and to give us a new beginning.

I repeat: surrender yourselves peacefully. Desist of all human right violations and all kind of terrorisms immediately. Consider this the last call for doing so peacefully. Let the truth shine. Let God’s charity shine. We are not called to be a land of terrorists. We are called to be a land of light.

This warning is not mine. I have no power and no authority to say this in my own name. I am saying this in God’s name, who wants that all his children can grow as brothers and sisters: surrender yourselves peacefully to the appropriate authorities and receive God’s call to become who we are called to be.

Let God’s mercy embrace you all… and help you to make the right choices.

 

Now I am talking to the whole world…

Although this revolution of Love began in the United States, this light of God’s Love, this new dawn, is for the whole world.

We are all called, as humanity, to grow as a family of Love. This call embraces all political visions, all nationalities, all cultures, all races, all religions… it embraces everyone because we are all human beings. We are all called to grow together as one human family united in Love. We are all called to consecrate ourselves to live charity, to help others to grow in communion, to help everyone to grow as a brother and a sister. We need to learn to face the many challenges that we face as a human family––any violation of human rights, inequality, illiteracy…––together, as brothers and sisters that help each other to grow in communion.

Although it is true that we face many crises that seem to be quite urgent to handle together, like global warming, we must also face a fact that is being unseen by many, I dare to say that by most: the root of all humanity’s crisis lies, one way or another, in dehumanization, in not seeing each other––or some others–– as God sees everyone: as brothers and sisters, all unconditionally called to grow in communion. It is God who is saying: stop dehumanizing each other, stop destroying humanity, embrace My Love and love each other as I have loved you. The dehumanization that ideologies have brought are the biggest threat to our humanity’s growth, and eventually, world’s peace, because there can’t be peace if we do not learn to grow together as brothers and sisters. We all truly need to embrace God’s call to conversion, to live charity, to make possible that everyone grows as a human being that is free, equal and unconditionally respected and loved. We are all called to “consecrate” our lives to help our fellow citizens to grow as a brother and a sister, even if this “consecration” is not assumed as a religious consecration, but as a change of vision that sees everyone with human fraternal sight.

This call for making a culture of life that recognizes everyone as a human being is a call for every culture, including yours.

This call for making a nation of Love that grows in communion, where everyone can become the best person he can be, where everyone can become who he is called to be, is a call for every nation, including yours.

This call for making a democratic society, where every person is unconditionally called to grow––where the person is conceived as unconditionally called to grow in communion as a human being–– and where all human rights of everyone are affirmed unconditionally… is a call for every society, including yours.

This call for making fraternal humanity, where everyone can grow as a brother and a sister in a free and just world, is a call for every human being, including you.

This call for a making a revolution of Love that converts the world in a land of light is for every person, including you… simply because you are a person. This radiation of God’s Love is for everyone.

For embrace this revolution of Love that makes possible that everyone grows as in communion, we need to create together education systems, political systems, economic systems, legal systems, communities, businesses, factories… that help everyone to grow as a brother and a sister. We need to stop seeking only the profit, the power or the influence: we need to seek true growth, and to learn not to assume that profit, power or influences are always growth choices, because if they mean dehumanization, it is not growth at all. We need to embrace together a real sense of growth: growing together as a human family. No profit if worth it if it does not help us to grow as humans. Nothing is worthier than the dignity of the person. We are not here to serve ideologies or profits: we are here to serve persons, to serve humanity. We need a pro-growth vision that is also a pro-humanity vision, not just a pro-profits vision, or pro-ideology vision, or a pro-power vision, or a pro-survival-of-the-strongest vision. We can’t keep dehumanizing each other in the name of systems that do not seek to serve the persons. We need to humanize our cultures, nations, and societies… and the change beings with every person who chooses to embrace a revolution of Love that helps everyone to grow in communion, that creates fraternal humanity.

Please ask yourself the same questions that I made earlier. Ask yourself what is the light that you are called to give in order to make possible a humanity that shines like constellations of living stars, whose light rays creates a land of light everyone grows in communion, beginning with your own person, with your own family, with your own culture, with your own nation, with your own society.

Ask yourself that question, be brave… and act in consequence. Not seek the change: be the change. Be the light.

We should not expect to have the same way to do this. Even God doesn’t expect that. But, no matter how we make this journey, we must share the same horizon: we are all called to grow in communion. That fraternity horizon doesn’t change, no matter how we choose to make the walk to it.

Remember: this is something made every day. Dare to be in every here and in every now the change that our world needs to become a humanity that grows freely, equally, unconditionally loved… and in peace.

Be the person you are meant to be and you will set the world on fire.

Be the family you are meant to be and you will set the world on fire.

Be the culture you are meant to be and you will set the world on fire.

Be the nation you are meant to be and you will set the world on fire.

Be the society you are meant to be and you will set the world on fire.

Be the humanity you are meant to be and you will set the world on fire.

May God’s Love help us all to become the person, the family, the culture, the nation, the society, the humanity that we are meant to be… the light we are meant to be: a light that helps to grow in communion.

A Land of Light

Sooner or later every teacher makes himself or herself these questions: what is the culture I want to leave to my students? What is the nation I want to leave to my students? What is the society I want to leave to my students? What is the world I want them to grow up into, and how I can make that world possible?

Actually, this is a question that every citizen must make himself at some point in his life: what is the kind of culture I want to create? What is the kind of nation I want to create? What is the kind of society I want to create? What is the kind of humanity I want to create? How I can make them possible?

As had happened before, I can’t answer these questions without answering as a Christian, not just as a teacher and as a citizen.

Fist question: what is the kind of culture I want to create?

I want to create a culture of life.

What is a culture of life? Let’s remember…

A culture of life is a culture where all life is embraced, where all the human rights of everyone are recognized, where everyone is seen according to the image and likeness to God, where everyone is unconditionally embraced as a human being. I mean: everyone.

If you see carefully, you may realize that there is a tendency of humanizing only those who are according to certain ideologies. For example: if you are a person whose ideological vision is leftist, you will probably be used recognize as human beings only those who are convenient to your vision: LGBT people, migrants, Muslims, black people… Another example: if you are a person whose ideological vision is rightist, you will probably be used to recognize as human beings only those who are convenient to your vision: Christians, the unborn, pro-gun people, conservatives… So on.
Let’s ask ourselves this simple question: in what moment of history we got used to recognizing as human beings only those who are like us, those who are convenient to our ideological vision, those who agree with us?

That’s what Hitler did, dear brother and sister. Exactly that.

Usually, when people hear about “culture of life” it is understood as a “pro-life” culture in the sense of defending the unborn.

Nope, that is not exactly what I am talking about.

A culture of life is a culture that embraces every person as a human being, no matter what. If you have a human DNA (no matter if you have an extra chromosome), you are a human being, unconditionally entitled to human rights, unconditionally entitled to be respected, unconditionally entitled to a dignity that only human beings have. That is a culture of life. Of course, a culture of life includes recognizing the unborn as human beings, including respecting their human rights, but is far broader: a culture of life embraces all as human beings. Do you remember all those examples I mentioned? Yes: LGBT people, migrants, Muslims, black people, Christians, the unborn, pro-gun people, conservatives… All of them are human beings, no matter what. A culture of life affirms that no matter what is the ideological vision, nor any other factor, a human being is a human being. Everyone’s dignity is unconditionally affirmed from the moment of conception until the natural death, with all the consequences that it may mean.

When you get used to humanizing only those who are convenient to your ideology, that is an ideological culture. As I said, that was what Hitler did with macabre efficiency. That what we want to become as a culture, a dehumanizing culture, like Nazism was? I know that people from both left and right are very fond of calling “Hitler” each other… That’s not funny, not at all. There must be a stop to this kind of behavior: dehumanizing those who are not like you, who don’t agree with you, who do not have your ideological vision. Our human identity can’t depend on ideologies: we are human beings, no matter what, and that must always be respected, even in those people who commit crimes.

There is a very, very short distance between an ideological culture and social abortion: to abort those who are not convenient to the ideology. Holocaust, Apartheid, slavery, abortion… there are many tragic examples of where an ideological culture leads.

Make yourself these question: do I see everyone as a human being and respect everyone as a human being, unconditionally, or I only affirm those who are convenient to my ideological vision? Do I affirm everyone’s human rights, or only the human rights of those who are like me, who think like me, who are convenient to my ideological vision? What kind of culture do I want to create?

Answer them yourself, in conscience. I am quite clear in my answer: I firmly believe in a culture of life, and here I am, giving my own life for creating it.

Second question: what is the kind of nation I want to create?

I want to create a nation of Love that grows in communion.

I am not talking about any kind of Love. I am talking about the way God teaches us to love: a Love that grows in communion, a Love that helps the other to grow as the best person he can be, as the person he is called to be.

A nation of Love that grows in communion is a nation where everyone can grow and become the person who is called by God to be, where everyone can grow until becoming the best person he can be. This means that the growth that doesn’t help everyone to grow as we are all called to be––human beings that grow in communion–– until becoming the best person we can be… is not truly human growth. We must seek to help to grow every one. The growth that only helps to grow those who are convenient to your ideological vision, those who think like you, those who are like you… is not growth, is dehumanizing propaganda that destroys our nation and our culture… and eventually, humanity itself.

Our nation is called to be greater than that. We are all called to be greater than becoming ideological propaganda. We are all called serve our nation by becoming our best, by giving our best, by loving everyone as God does, by growing in communion as God calls every human being to grow. Of course, in order to create a nation of love that grows in communion, you also need to create a culture of life that embraces everyone as human beings.

Make yourself these questions: do I help everyone to become who they are called to be, to become the best person they can be, or I only help those who are convenient to my ideological vision? Do I affirm everyone’s growth in communion, or only the growth of those who are like me, who think like me, who are convenient to my ideological vision? What kind of nation do I want to create?

Answer them yourself, in conscience. I am quite clear in my answer: I firmly believe in a nation of Love that grows in communion, and here I am, giving my own life for creating it, for helping to grow everyone as God does, like rain that falls for all.

Third question: What is the kind of society I want to create?

I want to create a democratic society.

Usually, a “democratic society” is usually understood as a society where their citizens can choose those who govern them.

For me, a democratic society is not only a society where you can choose those who govern you. Of course, being a democratic society includes being able to choose those who govern you, including your president––something Puerto Ricans can’t do––, but for me is something far broader than that.

For me, a democratic society is a social order centered in the person: in helping to be, to do, to grow and to radiate every citizen as a human being. This requires two very important factors.

The first factor required for a democratic society is the correct conception of the person. If a society conceived the person as an ideological object, only promoting those aspects of the personal formation that are convenient to the own ideology, or only promoting the conception of the personal formation in the way that is convenient to a certain ideology, the conception of the person is corrupt, and so the society will be corrupt also. For achieving a democratic society is imperative to achieve a conception of the personal formation that embraces everyone as a human being. Without this, there is no democratic society possible.

The second factor required for a democratic society is something extremely related to the first factor: human rights. A society where human rights are not affirmed unconditionally there is no democracy possible. A society where dehumanization is allowed cannot be a democratic society. Of course, in order to create a democratic society, you need to create a nation of Love that grows in communion and a culture of life that embraces everyone as a human being.

Make yourself these questions: do I help everyone to be, to do, to grow and to radiate unconditionally, or I only help those who are convenient to my ideological vision? Do I affirm a society centered in the person, or a society centered in ideologies, a society that doesn’t conceive the personal formation correctly and that doesn’t affirm human rights unconditionally? What kind of society do I want to create?

Answer them yourself, in conscience. I am quite clear in my answer: I firmly believe in a democratic society, and here I am, giving my own life for creating it, like breathing air that is given to everyone unconditionally.

Fourth question: what is the kind of humanity I want to create?

I want to create a world of fraternity. I want to create a world where everyone can grow as a brother and a sister, a world where everyone can grow as part of the human family, where everyone can grow with dignity, a world where everyone can be seen as a gift of God that we are all called to help to thrive, a world of peace where any kind of dehumanization––discrimination, illiteracy, inequality, poverty–– is fought passionately.

Of course, in order to create a world of fraternity, you need also to create a democratic society, a nation of Love that grows in communion and a culture of life that embraces everyone as a human being. This is a whole revolution of Love!

Make yourself these questions: do I see everyone as a brother and a sister, or I only see as a brother and a sister a few, those who are convenient to my ideological vision, those who I consider “my own”? Do I affirm a fraternal world, a world where everyone is part of the human family? What kind of world do I want to create?

Answer them yourself, in conscience. I am quite clear in my answer: I firmly believe in a fraternal world, and here I am, giving my own life for creating it, like creating a land of light

So, finally, here comes the last question…

How I can make this possible? How I can create a culture of life, a nation of Love that grows in communion, a democratic society, a fraternal world?

I just said the answer: I am making them possible through creating a land of light.

What I mean with “creating a land of light”?

To understand this, you need to see every human being as a ray of light that comes from God’s Love, and you need to see yourself as a star of heaven called to radiate God’s Love in a unique way.

A land of light is a land where every human being shines like a star. Each star gives a light that only that person can give, and as long as each star gives the light that is called to radiate, every culture, every nation, every society, the whole world… becomes a land of light. Of course, we can’t radiate on our own. We need to help each other radiate the light that God’s Love gives us, until becoming together the humanity that we are called to be, the human family we are called to be, the stars of heaven we are called to be. I truly believe that seeing the unity of the whole humanity as a constellation of stars, each one shining a unique light, is a very beautiful and vivid vision of what we are called to be as humanity. We are not called to shine by our own: we are called to shine together, as brothers and sisters that see each other with the loving gaze of God’s light and that radiate together as God’s family, helping every human being to grow as He does.

We have a choice, right here, right now: to become the culture of life we are called to be, to become the nation of Love we are called to be, to become the democratic society we are called to be, to become the fraternal world we are called to be… to become the land of light we are called to be. We have the choice of not allowing any kind dehumanization to destroy our culture, our nation, our society, our humanity…

For me, that choice means to radiate God’s Love unconditionally, right here, right now. I am creating a land of light with the radiation of God’s Love to my culture, to my nation, to my society, to my humanity… like an incarnated theology of light.

Make yourself these questions: do I see in everyone a light that I am called to help to radiate, or I only see a light in those who are convenient to my ideological vision, those who I consider “my own”? Do I affirm a land of light, a land where everyone is called to shine a unique light? What kind of humanity do I want to create?

Answer these yourself, in conscience. I am quite clear in my answer: I firmly believe in a land of light, and here I am, giving my own life for creating it, like creating a human constellation where everyone can shine and give the unique light that is called to give to our humanity.

So, this is the culture I want to leave to my students, the kind of culture I want to create: a culture of life. This is the nation I want to leave to my students, the kind of nation I want to create: a nation of Love that grows in communion. This is the society I want to leave to my students, the kind of society I want to create: a democratic society. This is the world I want my students to grow up into, the kind of world I want to create: a fraternal world. This is the humanity I want to give to my students, the kind of humanity I want to create: a land of light.

Have you ever asked yourself all these questions? Today is a great day to do so.

Let’s become the culture we are called to be and we will fire our nation.

Let’s become the nation we are called to be and we will fire our society.

Let’s become the society we are called to be and we will fire our world.

Let’s become the world we are called to be and we will become a land of light!

Let’s keep growing!

A Revolution of Love

In my last post I talked about growth freedom: how all true public servers ––as all teachers are called to be–– should share a passionate call to making possible a free society for everyone: an open society where everyone can grow free, with dignity and fraternally, according to the best human growth possible…

Today I am going to talk about something that is deeply connected with freedom growth, in the opposite way: social abortion.

We all know what abortion is, but if you want to look at it further, you can do what I did just before sitting down and writing this post: seeing Unplanned, the movie that tells the story of Abby Johnson. Seeing it helped me to develop all these ideas further.

So… what is social abortion? Social abortion is when our society is aborted through dehumanization, through the systematization of violation of human rights. So, when a society normalizes the affirmation of the human rights of only some ––of those who are “convenient”, instead of affirming unconditionally all the human rights of everyone, that’s social abortion: it literally destroys the culture and the nation through systematically normalizing the denial of human rights of some citizens, like it would happen in a concentration camp. It is the exact opposite to growth freedom: social abortion selects who can be recognized as a human being and who cannot, according to what is convenient to a certain ideology or a certain interest.

To explain some characteristics of social abortion, I will use images from the movie Unplanned.

A characteristic of social abortion is, first, a society in crisis: a society that is not democratic, where human rights are just a convenience. Like it happens with abortion and women in crisis, people that are vulnerable are told that the only “real way” to solve the “problem” is through social abortion: through selecting who can be recognized as human being and who cannot, making people used to dehumanization as a “natural way” to be a society.

Another characteristic of social abortion is “dehumanizing harassment”, that can also be named “ideological harassment”: make everything happen to distract and manipulate the perception of reality according to their purposes and ideological vision.

Another characteristic of social abortion is taking all the measures to control society, the same way that the pro-abortion vision takes all the measures to promote the “control of our bodies” slogan. This means that instead of saying to a person “you can’t be human” to those they select to abort, they will create the social circumstances that “dehumanize” those who they select to abort. The movie Unplanned shows a great example of this: instead of forcing the pro-life activist to shut down their camera, Abby turned on the sprinklers, forcing them to shut down the camera. Exactly this way is how social abortion works: they only allow growth in the way that is convenient to them.

What I am going to say next can be a little tricky to understand, but I will try to explain it the best way I can

Another characteristic of social abortion is an “corrupted ontology”. Ontology is the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being. Well, from the social abortion perspective, the human being stops being “human” and instead becomes “ideology”: the very nature of the human being becomes an instrument for the ideology, “corrupting” the human ontology and literally dehumanizing the very nature of the human being…

Therefore “social abortion” is not only about “dehumanizing” those who are being denied their human rights. Social abortion is about those who commit the violation of human rights because… they are the ones that were dehumanized first, the ones whose ontology was converted into an ideology. People is made to believe that who they are depend on the ideology, what is convenient or not convenient to the ideology… losing all sense about their own humanity.

This is something that must be seen clearly: when a person attempts to dehumanize someone else, is because he or she had been dehumanized first… and when this happens systematically, that is social abortion going on. Social abortion is not just the dehumanization of some. The dehumanization of some means the dehumanization of everyone. If I say this paraphrasing Martin Luther King’s phrase, I would say: injustice to anyone is a threat to justice everywhere. The example of this shown in the movie Unplanned is quite clear: a whole business model dedicated to dehumanize human beings, dehumanizing their employees because that is what is convenient to their profits…

Another characteristic of social abortion is, said in simple words, lies that are projected as real. The clearest example of lie in the movie Unplanned is deeply related with a “corrupted ontology”: Abby telling her client that who was inside her body was not a human being, but “tissue” or a few cells. When social abortion happens false realities are told and projected once and once again… but truth can’t be manipulated: every person is a human being, no matter in which stage of development she or he is, and so is entitled to human rights. This can go to the extreme of seeing as a “medical problem” something that is completely and truly natural: fertility and pregnancy.

There is another important detail about this: sometimes people is not conscious of the lies they are made to believe, as happens when Abby says that her job in Planned Parenthood was an opportunity to “make a real difference.” Sometimes people is not even given the chance to see truth… and that is why we all must avoid any kind of judgment of anyone. People can do wrong things for all the good reasons, and all the right things for the wrong reasons.

The fact is that once the ontology is corrupted, the consequences are many. The clearest example of this in the movie Unplanned is how Abby assumes her “fight for reproductive rights” as equal to the fight against the Holocaust, slavery or racism. Shawn gets it right: the three circumstances have in common the factor of selecting the dehumanizing of some, exactly as abortion does. If you assume the human being according to an ideological growth vision, you won’t see this, but if you see the human being according to a vision of personal human growth, the fact that every person is a human being strikes you in the face like a punch of evident truth. You can’t call a “human right” to something that is intrinsically dehumanizing. The same thing applies to the “growth targets”, as they were called by the Planned Parenthood regional director: “growth” is confused with “profits” that implied forced dehumanization of some, exactly like forced slavery worked centuries ago. Assuming dehumanization ––ideological slavery–– as “corporate policy” of any business model is intrinsically evil, no matter how profitable it could be.

What is the answer when social abortion is going on? How to save a whole society ––for a teacher, this would mean his or her students–– of a social abortion, of its own destruction as a culture or as a nation?

As it happened in the last post, I can’t answer this question just as a citizen and as a teacher. I must answer it also as a Christian.

The answer when social abortion is going on is a revolution of Love: incarnating God’s Love in the personal formation and radiate His Love unconditionally, as He does, literally in every place you are, even if you are in an ideological concentration camp, or surrounded by ideological slavery, the true cause of the social abortion that is going on. When you choose to radiate God’s Love unconditionally, you go straight to the root of the social abortion and the ontological corruption: ideological dictatorship, imposing an ideology as the order of a whole society, instead of organizing society according to honoring the human rights of all the citizens, as it should happen in a democracy.

When you choose to embrace a revolution of Love you are able to create a culture of life: a culture that recognizes everyone’s humanity unconditionally, in any stage of development, from conception to natural death. This is something that is a lot broader than only defending the life of the unborn, as “culture of life” is usually understood. A culture of life affirms the humanity of every person, respecting the dignity of everyone unconditionally.

A revolution of Love radiates light in the darkness of an abortive society that promotes social abortion: a society that selects whose humanity is recognized and whose humanity is not, so “aborting” all those who do not fit in their ideological convenience, like happens with the unborn, whose humanity is consistently denied. The unborn are not the only ones that are being socially aborted, but they are the clearest and most vulnerable example of social abortion in our days. There are many ways to “socially abort” a person, beginning with denying his or her right to life. Any violation of human rights is human violence, no matter how it is done, but any systematic violation of human rights ––when the violation of human rights become socially normalized–– it becomes social abortion. I think that classifying Unplanned as an “R” movie was a right move, because abortion is violence. The same applies to social abortion.

When a revolution of Love is embraced the personal formation is conceived according to personal growth ––what helps us to become the best humanity we can be––  and according to the image and likeness to God’s Love ––what helps us to become who we are called to be–– , instead of conceiving it according to the own interests and profits. The personal formation can’t be assumed according to the ideology of some, but according to the common good of all, because the true growth target of humanity is growing in communion, growing as brothers and sisters that are free, equal and full of plenitude This is how a revolution of Love promotes a culture of life? As God teaches us to do: Helping to be, to do, to grow and to radiate everyone, affirming everyone’s human rights unconditionally, making possible that everyone can grow as a brother and a sister with the same dignity.

Every public server ––including teachers–– are called to promote a culture of life. If a public server does not have the disposition to promote the growth of everyone as human beings that grow as brothers and sisters that are free, equal and live with plenitude… he or she is not fit to be a public server. This is not negotiable in a public server. A true public server is not in service of ideologies: is in service of all citizens. When we serve the common good as public servers through the promotion of a culture of life, we make possible the development of our nation as a nation of Love that grows in communion, a nation in which everyone can grow in communion.

That is what the revolution of Love is all about: making possible that everyone can grow in communion, incarnating God’s Love in the whole growth, adoring Him with our whole growth: with how we grow according to the image and likeness of His Love, and with how we make possible a “society of growth”, a society where everyone can grow as a brother and a sister that is loved as God loves. In a Christian, this is fruit of a fecundity of the Spirit, fruit of giving life as He does, fruit of making visible His Love, of adoring Him with our whole growth. This revolution is not political: is a revolution of conversion to Love, of conversion to charity, of conversion of the Holy Spirit. If the revolution of Love has political repercussions it because it has repercussions on the person. We must stop thinking about politics as the way to “convert” society. What converts society is the conversion of persons: what helps them to be, act, grow and radiate as the best human being he or she can be, what helps them to become who they are called by God to be. When people become who they are called to be, the whole society ––including politics–– converts in the best society we can be.

When a revolution of Love is embraced, we help society to become the best we ca be through helping everyone to grow, as unconditionally as rain that falls from Heaven. God is the first one interested in helping everyone to grow with plenitude. This revolution of Love makes visible His call of conversion: his call of becoming a living icon of God’s Love, making His Love visible in such way that everyone can grow in communion, as a brother and a sister of the same human family.

You don’t need to wait to an “ideal set of circumstances” to embrace a revolution of Love. As Anne Frank said: “How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you have, you can start a revolution of Love that improves your society right here and right now, through making visible God’s Love unconditionally, through adoring Him with the whole growth, though converting yourself ––through letting the Holy Spirit to convert you–– in who He calls you to be: a living image of God’s Love, a beacon of the light of God’s Love, a living star of Heaven that shines through any darkness… including the darkness of social abortion.

As the movie Unplanned shows, making choices that defy the ideology of “powerful people and business” ––like the choice of embracing a revolution of Love–– will have consequences that should not be underestimated. It is funny the way the lawyer says it: “you are a big fish, and sharks smell blood…” They will be capable of anything to threaten you, in whichever way they can. I don’t only mean legal threats.

It doesn’t matter. Really, it doesn’t. God’s Love triumphs over all. God’s mercy can reach everyone, everything, everywhere. Jesus teaches this on the cross. He also teachers us that no matter how red our sins are, they will become white as snow if we repent and convert with all our hearts to His Love. You will never be so far away of God’s Love that you will not be able to come back to His merciful arms and let the Spirit radiate you with His light, that will make possible your conversion in who God calls to be.

It is never late to embrace a revolution of Love. It is never late for embracing the beauty and the joy of keep growing until becoming who God calls to be, and so transfiguring society in the family of brothers and sisters that God call us to be, full of growth freedom and free of any social abortion and any ideological dictatorship. Ending social abortion and any kind of ideological dictatorship is not only the duty of a Christian: it is also the duty of any citizen that loves his or her country and that loves humanity. Ending social abortion and any kind of ideological dictatorship is part of making possible a society full of growth freedom, a free society for everyone.

Really, there are many ways to embrace a revolution of Love everyday. There are many ways to make possible the growth in communion of everyone everyday. Just ask yourself: how I am becoming the person God calls me to be today? How I am radiating God’s Love through my whole personal formation today? How I am adoring God with the whole growth today? How I am listening to God’s call to conversion today?

This blog post ––what I wrote, where I wrote it, how I wrote it–– is part of my today’s answer to all those questions.

Let’s keep growing!

 

Growth Freedom

In Puerto Rico the Slavery Abolition Day is celebrated today, so I chose this day to write about… freedom. The theme of freedom can be talked in the classroom from many perspectives. I would like to talk about it now from a very particular perspective: the perspective of public service.

All true public servers ––as all teachers are called to be–– share a passionate call to making possible a free society for everyone: an open society where everyone can grow free, with dignity and fraternally, according to the best human growth possible…

This is very easy to say in ideal situations, I know… But what I ––as public server–– could say if I witness how people are constantly exploited, how children are constantly exploited in order to impose certain ideologies, how students are constantly manipulated in order to make them act in certain ways just to terrorize or cause stress or a distorted reality to someone else? This is an example of a non-ideal situation. What I am talking about is a modern slavery: students are recruited, taking advantage of a vulnerable position ––for example: having a disability, not having money to pay for other school, the parents being coerced to lose their jobs if they do not comply with the explotation, or just being a minor–– for the sole purpose of “ideological explotation”. This means: using children to create specific circumstances for projecting a reality that allows to promote certain ideologies. That may imply many things: creating circumstances that cause stress to people that do not live according to the ideologies that are being promoted, creating circumstances in which those that do not live according to the ideologies that are being promoted can’t function normally or even in a healthy way (this means, for example: creating circumstances that may make the impression that a person has mental health problems ––just for the purpose of creating the impression that that person is a non-credible person–– through creating an unhealthy environment around the person), create circumstances in which only those that live according the ideologies that are being promoted can function normally and even excel…

There is another name for this: human trafficking, the use of human beings for controlling ideas, the use of children for ideological exploitation. This could happen to anyone, but it is not the same ––not the same at all–– when an adult is used for ideological exploitation than when a child is used for ideological exploitation. Both are a human trafficking situation, but children are more vulnerable, especially if they are not even old enough to being conscious of the ideological exploitation they are being part of, or if they have a disability that makes impossible to being conscious of what is going on, no matter how old they are.

What would I say to children in those circumstances?

Actually, this could apply to any person that is ideologically exploited…

Now I can’t just talk as a teacher or as a public server. The only way I can talk about this also includes my vocation as Christian to radiate God’s Love.

The first thing I would say to children and persons in these circumstances is: I am sorry you are through this. I am really sorry that you are being used the way you are used, because you are not a tool to be used: you are a beautiful human being who deserves to be cherished and loved unconditionally. You don’t deserve to be a slave of an ideology. You don’t deserve to be educated only according to what is convenient to promote certain ideologies and in the way that is convenient to promote certain ideologies. You don’t deserve to be reduced to what is convenient to some other else. You deserve to be happy, free and educated in an environment where you are allowed to grow according to your best human growth possible. You deserve to receive all the resources you need to thrive just because who you are, not only because how useful you could be for an ideological agenda. You are citizens that deserve to be defended and respected as human beings, with human rights that should be respected unconditionally by everyone, especially by those who have the duty to protect you and to affirm those rights, and instead use you to promote ideological agendas. Above all, you are a beloved sons or daughters of God that are called to be the best persons you can be, not called to only being allowed to behave in whatever way is convenient to any ideological agenda.

I am sorry. I am truly, deeply sorry that you are being ideologically exploited…

But in a circumstance like that one, being sorry would not be enough. In the face of a human rights violation being sorry is not enough: action is needed… but what kind of action?

The needed action in a circumstance like this one is clear: making possible a free society in which those children can grow as human beings, citizens and sons and daughters of God, not as victims of ideological exploitation. This kind of action is affirmative ––it does not answer violence with violence, or dehumanization with dehumanization…––, and it can be done even if the own students deny the exploitation they are being subject of because it simply affirms their humanity unconditionally, it doesn’t depend on their behavior.

As a matter of fact, I think that every public server and every Christian is called to serve the common good in this way: through making possible a free society in which everyone can grow as a human being, as a citizen and as a son or daughter of God. John F. Kennedy said: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” I say: And so, my fellow brothers and sisters, ask not what your society can do for you, but what you can do for your society”. I know what I can do for my society, for my culture and for my nation: making possible an open and free society in which everyone can grow as a human being, as a fellow citizen and as a son or daughter of God.

As a Christian, my way of doing is through radiating God’s Love in every concrete circumstance. I believe that God’s Love is the only force that can be able to abolish any kind of slavery. I believe that when we incarnate God’s Love we can be able to abolish all kind of slaveries, including ideological dictatorship. I believe that is my duty, both as public server and as Christian, to make that happen, to never conform with evilness, corruption, abuse of power, coercion; to seek how to serve God, the family I am called to create and the common good in every circumstance… no matter what. I mean: no matter what it may cost, is my duty to make possible a free society where everyone can grow as a brother and a sister, a society where I can adore God “with the whole growth”. This requires further explication to be understood.

I have prayed many times that God ––imagined as “Jesus Charity”–– asks to be adored “with the whole growth”. This means, of course, that I am called to adore him with my own whole growth: through creating with my own whole personal formation a living icon of God’s Love and becoming who He calls me to be. However, adoring God with the whole growth does not only refers to my own growth. It also includes all my brothers and sister’s growth, it also means the whole society’s growth: adoring God with the whole growth also means to adore Him through making possible that everyone can grow as a son and a daughter of God, according to the dignity He had given unconditionally to every human being.

So, no matter what I am doing, where I am doing what I am doing, how I am doing what I am doing… the focus is the same: adoring God with the whole growth and radiating His Love in a way that all the light and all the freedom He gives so generously and so tenderly is radiated as a gift of life, truth and plenitude, not only to me, but for all, creating a growth society, a life culture, a nation of Love that grows in communion… for everyone,  not matter what. It doesn’t matter if some don’t like me. It doesn’t matter if some don’t think like me. It doesn’t matter if some don’t agree with me. It doesn’t matter even if some are complicit and promote torture tactics against me because they are told or forced to do so… We are all brothers and sisters, and we are all called to grow in communion, and only through radiating God’s Love unconditionally that can be possible, no matter what.

Today, the day we celebrate the abolition of slavery, is a great day to affirm this truth: we are all called to make this possible. We are all called to make possible a society where everyone can grow as a brother and a sister, as a human being with equal human rights and as a citizen that is not slaved by the ideological agendas of some. We are all called to make visible the light of God’s Love with all the consequences it may imply, to live God’s charity in a radical way, in a way that liberates everyone, that illuminates the whole society and brings a better future for everyone, especially for all children, who deserve it most. We, as adults, owe them a better world, a society full of life, truth, justice, peace, fraternity, beauty, joy, compassion and values that shape a freedom full of meaning; a freedom that does not only seek the sake of the own interests and benefits; a freedom that is capable of giving free life to others and of giving the life for others as Jesus did, as a service to God, to the Church ––His Bride–– and to the common good; a freedom that is capable of always choose to love as God love us, to illuminate as God illuminate us, to liberate as God liberate us… Values that shape a “growth freedom”: a freedom that creates the best growth possible for everyone, a freedom that assumes all the duties and responsibilities that is called to assume in order to make possible a society where everyone can grow according to his or her God-given human dignity. This is the freedom that I believe in: a growth freedom, a freedom that helps to grow, not a “freedom” where anything can be done and controlled according to the law of the strongest, where only some ––those who are useful according to the ideological agenda–– are allowed to grow, and even when allowed to grow, they are allowed to do it only in the way that is convenient to the ideological agenda. We are all called to eradicate all kinds of ideological dictatorships, along all kinds of modern slaveries that impede the best growth possible for everyone, with a public service that radiates growth freedom to the whole society, with all the consequences it may imply.

Let’s make that possible. Let’s ask ourselves: how I am called, in this here and in this now, to let the light of God’s Love radiate my own heart, and so everything around me? How I am called, right now, to share all the life, all the fullness and all the freedom that God’s Love brings, breaking all slaveries and all oppressions that corrupt my society and inhibit a growth freedom? How I am called, exactly where I am, to share the consecration of charity ––the consecration to adore God with the whole growth–– that makes possible the fullest growth possible for everyone?

Let’s keep growing!

 

 

 

Functional Slavery

People should and is entitled by law to promote any kind of idea they want. Having a plural society ––a society where everyone can live according to his own ideals–– is a very healthy thing, and this should be reflected in the classroom, allowing each student to have and stand their own opinions and ideas. Not everything in a classroom should be a matter of being “correct” in a certain way or “incorrect” in a certain way. There can be many ways to be correct, and there can be many ways to be incorrect too. However, there must be a clear limit at the time of affirming what we believe and at the time of make our life’s choices: respecting human rights.

When a society is truly democratic, it is organized in order to honor everyone’s human rights, all of them. That democracy also applies in the classroom, of course. However, we are seeing more and more in our society the imposition of ideologies ––nationalism, socialism, ideology of gender…–– in ways that clearly are a violation of human rights.

No matter what I believe, I can’t tell anyone what to believe or what not to believe, and this includes my students. That is not my duty as citizen, as public server or as teacher. I have the right to believe, to give an example, that marriage can be only between a man and a woman, because according to my faith marriage is not only a civil union: it is a sacrament. That belief is only one of the many beliefs that imply a true Catholic faith. There are many other “unpopular” beliefs that I embrace to live according to my faith: I do not use contraception (I’m abstinent because I am not married and the Church teaches that people that are not married are called to live a chaste life, so I don’t need it anyways, but I what I mean is, wherever I get married I won’t use them neither), I pray the rosary everyday, I have a spiritual reading everyday, I read the Bible everyday, I pray by writing contemplative poems and contemplative dialogues everyday, I do not use clothes that show more than the appropriate, I live a consecration to charity everyday, I go to daily mass wherever it is possible… so on, so on. I don’t think this is the moment to explain explicitly how I live my faith.

Yes, I believe all this. It should be my human right to have the functional freedom do so. However, I do not have the right to impose my belief to others. I simply have the right to live according to my faith and to share it in a way that is respectful and appropriate. With “respectful” I mean that I honor other’s human rights when I share it. With “appropriate” I mean that I do not practice proselytism. To say an example: I do not talk about my faith to my students if they don’t ask me, and even when they ask me, I am very sure to talk about how I live in a way that I won’t enforce on them my way of living my faith due my authority as teacher. That is simply not appropriate, period.

However, we are seeing more and more people in our society that believe that they have “the power” to impose their beliefs to others via what I would call… functional slavery. Let’s explain.

Let’s say that I am a Christian that believes all the things that I said before (what is true) but people in “power” to do so want me to live according to their ideology… but because they know that they can’t explicitly forbid me to live my faith ––that is clearly and explicitly illegal–– what they do is creating circumstances in which the only way to function normally in a physically and mental healthy way is… if you behave according to what is convenient to their ideology. Considering that if you behave according to their ideology, you would act against your faith, the Christian must choose between living a healthy life ––this includes a healthy social life, a healthy professional life, a healthy academic life–– or being forced to live a life without being able to function normally ––as an equal citizen would be able to do––.

That is what I call functional slavery: circumstances in which the only way to function normally is through being ideologically slaved. If you don’t comply with the ideology of “power” and choose to life according to your faith, prepare to have all kind of “malfunctions” in your life. Literally, all kind of “malfunctions”, everywhere: in social life, in medic life, in academic life, in professional life, in familiar life, in economic life, even in ecclesial life, and also in the life of your pets.

Some could say: well, that is not a violation of human rights, they are not technically physically restraining you and forbidding you of living your faith (actually, when a person is forced to be medicated and hospitalized, that can be considered physical restraining, but I won’t talk about that now…). Well, if some people create environments in which the only way to function normally is behaving according to what is convenient to certain ideologies and believing in certain ideologies… those are functional chains that make impossible to the Christian to function as an equal citizen, and so it is a violation of human rights: a violation of the human right of religious freedom. What changes here is the form of doing it: this way of violating human rights consists in promoting only the human rights of some, of those who behave according to the ideologies in “power”.

So, let’s say that because I believe that a marriage can only be between a man and a woman, I am given certain instructions that can imply that I must “follow instructions” of the ideology of “power” and implicitly comply to define marriage as they do, or I am being exposed to certain circumstances and situations that are only caused because the way I live my faith, in order to cause stress that make me more difficult to live according to my faith, and so I would need to define myself according to the “stress” that surrounds me or according to the “trauma” that is being caused to me and not according to the faith I strive to life. That is functional slavery, people. That is a violation of human rights: “malfunctions” are provoked in my life just because I choose to live according to my faith.

This is a very sensitive example ––and I used it on purpose, actually there could be many examples to explain this–– because some could try to “twist” this according to their ideological agenda and say that the true problem is that I am “homophobic”. It could even be implicitly said that it is “just” to violate my human rights because I’m “homophobic”. That is not the issue here. What I am doing is living according to my faith in all aspects of my life, including in what I believe about marriage, not acting against anyone ––including homosexual people––. The true issue here is that when the human rights of everyone are respected, you can believe that homosexual people can be “married” and I can believe that they can’t, because for me “marriage” is a sacrament, not only a civil union, and we would be treated equally. We can agree to disagree, and that is all right, I have no interest in imposing my faith. The issue here is that imposing certain ideologies via functional slavery ––creating environments in which the only way to function properly is by living according to certain ideologies–– IS a violation of human right. I am not saying that you can’t believe that homosexual people can be married. What I am saying is that you can’t impose your ideology with violation of human rights. No matter what is your ideology, if you promote it through violating human rights of those who don’t live according to them, that can’t be allowed in a democratic society. Period.

Let’s see some examples here. You can believe that Puerto Rico is a nation, and that is all right, but if you impose your nationalist ideology via functional slavery, that can’t be allowed in a democratic society. You can believe that socialism is the answers to all capitalism’s disasters, but if you impose your socialist ideology via functional slavery, that can’t be allowed in a democratic society. You can believe that there are more than two genders, that people can change their genders, that homosexual people can be sacramentally married ––among other common statements of the ideology of gender–– but if you impose your ideology of gender via functional slavery, you are violation human rights. You can believe that liberation theology (I know this can be a VERY twisting thing to say, because technically no “liberation” can be preached through slavery, whatever kind it is, but this is just an example…) is the best way to live the Catholic faith, but if you impose your liberation ideology through functional slavery, you are violating human rights.

How this can be applied to the classroom? If a student, in order to receive the education he or she needs, must allow to be instrumentalized ––used as an object in order to cause malfunctions on those who does not live according certain ideologies, or in order to promote behaviors that are convenient to promote certain ideologies–– that is functional slavery too, besides being exploitation and a violation of human rights in other sense: every kid has the human right to get an education “directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups” (That’s a quote from the Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26).

Read that carefully: it doesn’t says “an education directed to the full development of certain ideologies.” It says “full development of the human personality”. I won’t talk too much about what is being human now ––I have done that in the past–– but let’s remember that a human being can’t be instrumentalized, period. All instrumentalization of a person is dehumanization, and that can’t be allowed in a democratic society neither.

This is something that every teacher must strive: the full development of the human personality of his of her students, the strengthening of respect for human rights and the fundamental freedoms, the promotion of understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations (and cultures), races and religions… whatever costs. That ––among other reasons–– is why being teacher is also being a public server: a true teacher must have the disposition of serving the common good beyond his or her own convenience, no matter how dehumanized the circumstances could be, how many human rights could be violated once and once and once again via functional slavery… and although this is a call that not everyone can embrace, it is a necessary call that some people must answer generously.

Yes, we need people that is able to choose to serve the common good no matter how difficult it could be, because that is how we build a better culture and a better nation: making possible that every person can grow in communion, as a human being, as an equal, as a free person, as a brother and a sister that is helped to grow unconditionally.

I dare to say that teaching this everyday in my classroom ––that we can all grow as human beings, as brothers and sisters that grow in communion, as equal and free people–– is as important as teaching whatever I am teaching about language arts.

So, see around you carefully, and if you see any functional slavery, do what an honorable citizen would do: do not commit, promote or consent any form of violation of human rights and make what is possible for not allowing them. That is what I do every day, not only because it is what a Christian would do, but also because that is my way to serve my culture and my nation, my way to serve the common good everyday and help everyone to grow according to the dignity that God has given to them: free, equal, in peace and in fraternity.

This is what true power is about: about transforming our culture and our nation into a society that honors all human rights of everyone, into a society of life that grows in communion, into a more human and free society for everyone.

Let’s keep growing!

Heroic Choices

During this past week I heard someone around me saying that democracy is “the government of majorities.” That means: democracy is doing what most people want.

Does democracy truly means that? Well, I do not think so. My conception of democracy follows another kind of vision, a vision that embraces the growth of the whole person as fundament of any social order.

For me, the main characteristic of a democracy is that it is a social order that respect human rights. For me, democracy and human rights go hand by hand. I believe that there cannot be democracy without human rights, and there cannot be human rights without democracy; there cannot be politics without human rights and there cannot be human rights without politics. This means: if what the government wants or promotes is a violation of human rights, even if most people agrees with it or consent it, doing that is not democratic, it is a crime against humanity. This, of course, requires a correct conception of the person: it requires to be able to see that everyone is a human being with human rights to be respected. It requires to be able to see that human rights cannot be applied upon convenience. It requires a model of personal formation that is rooted in the whole human person, not only on some convenient aspects.

Here comes again a question that I have made in earlier posts: if the correct vision of our human personal formation is so important, who defines it? Who defines what is being human? Who defines what is a “human right” and what defines the basic characteristics of our humanity? Embracing the responsibility of deepen this is a true service to the common good of our culture, our nation and the whole humanity.

We can see that in order to have a democracy, a state of law cannot enough by itself. It must be accompanied by a correct conception of the person. A democracy that embraces a vision of the personal formation that does not honor all the human rights of everyone would transform the state of law in an ideological dictatorship, turning laws and government services into tools to push specific ideologies.

So, what is democracy for me? Democracy is a government system that guarantees that all the human rights of all citizens are properly respected, creating a society where everyone can grow with equality and freedom, a society that is centralized around helping to grow everyone in communion as a human being.

Democracy is a government system that promotes a correct conception of the human person and so a correct conception of the state of the law.

Democracy is a government that promotes the participation of everyone in political life, a government that promotes the inclusion of everyone in the culture and nation’s life.

Democracy is a government that builds a future filled with hope, life and peace; with growth that creates a better humanity for all.

Democracy is a government that encourages all citizens to serve the common good, even if it requires heroic choices.

This is something that is really important: you do not need to be a politic to embrace and promote democracy and human rights. I can promote democracy right here where I am with my heroic choices: choices that help everyone to grow placing the common good first. I can promote human rights right here and right now with heroic choices too: choices that give human life to my culture, that give humanity to my nation, that create a better world for everyone.

This, of course, also requires a correct conception of what is common good: what helps everyone to grow as the best person she or he can be. I mean: the “common good” is not what is convenient to some, is what helps everyone to grow in communion. The common good is the good of the whole person and the good of every person. The common goods does not refer to material aims or ideological aims but to aims that embrace our whole humanity. Yes, defending the common good sometimes requires heroic choices. We should not be afraid of serving the common good, especially if we are Christians that are specifically called to make visible God’s Love wherever you are, whatever you do. One way of doing this is substituting the “structures of sin” ––social structures that promote sin–– with “structures of Love” ––social structures that incarnate God’s Love in society––. That can only be done with a creativity that lives God’s charity everyday.

Actually, as a teacher I do all this literally everyday in my classroom. The growth choices that I make in my classroom are also heroic choices that place the common good first, and that also radiate God’s Love where I am, even If I never mention explicitly the word “God”.

I think that that is the proper way to teach democracy: with heroic choices that place the common good of all citizens ––of our culture and nation–– first; with heroic choices that make possible that every person can grow with dignity and human rights, even If you may be threatened to death for doing so, like Martin Luther King Jr was; with heroic choices that make possible a vision that sees a brother and a sister in everyone, even if they do not agree with your conceptions.

This is a very good question to make in any moment every day: how did I serve the common good today? How did I make possible today the growth of everyone as the best person he or she can be? How did I make possible today a society that is organized around serving the people, not the ideologies? How did I promoted human rights, justice, freedom and compassion today? How did I help to create a culture and a nation where everyone can be just, free and equal, where no one is excluded ––bereft of his or her dignity–– and where dehumanization ––systematic violations of human rights–– are not promoted, specially among government services?

To a Christian, this is very related to others very important questions: how did I lived charity today? How did I make visible God’s Love to the whole society, beginning with the poorest, the neediest and the most vulnerable?

This blog post is an answer to all those questions. All my words and works are also an heroic choice: to let everyone know that a social order that is based in the whole person’s growth is possible, and we are all called to make it possible with our service to the common good.

Let’s keep growing!