By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Snippets from Latest Francis Plane Interview Leaving Philippines

1. On Resignation:

There’s a word that’s difficult for us to understand because it has been vulgarized too much, used too badly, too badly understood, but it’s a word that has substance: resignation. A people who knows how to suffer, and is capable of rising up.

2. On Crying:

One of the things that is lost when there is too much wealth or when values are misunderstood or we have become accustomed to injustice, to this culture of waste,  is the capacity to cry.  This is a grace we must ask for.  There is a beautiful prayer in the ancient missal, for crying.  It went more or less like this:  Lord, you who have made it so that Moses with his cane could make water flow from a stone, make it so that from the rock that is my heart, the water of tears may flow.   It’s a beautiful prayer.  We Christians must ask for the grace to cry, especially well-to-do Christians.  And cry about injustice and cry about sins.   Because crying opens you to understand new realities, or new dimensions to realities.  This is what the girl said, what I said to her.  She was the only one to ask that question to which there is no answer, why do children suffer?.  The great Dostoyevsky asked himself this, and he could not answer.  Why do children suffer?  She, with her weeping, a woman who was weeping.  When I say it is important that women be held in higher consideration in the church, it’s not just to give them a function as the secretary of a disaster, though this could be ok  too.  No, it’s so that they may tell us how they feel and view reality.  Because women view things from a different richness, a larger one.  Another thing I would like to underscore is what I said to the last young man (at the meeting with young people), who truly works well, he gives and gives and gives, he organizes to help the poor.   But don’t forget that we too need to be beggars, from them, from the poor.  Because the poor evangelize us.  If we take the poor away from the Gospel, we cannot understand Jesus’ message. The poor evangelize us.  I go to evangelize the poor, yes, but let you be evangelized by them.  Because they have values that you do not.