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Padre Ernesto Maria Caro

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“Sean perfectos, como el Padre celestial es perfecto” (Mt 5, 48), es un eco de la petición que el Levítico hacía al pueblo judío en la antigüedad: “Sean santos, porque yo Yavéh, su Dios, soy un Dios santo” (Lev 11, 44-45).


Cuando Jesús o la Sagrada Escritura nos invita a esta perfección en el actuar o a la santidad a semejanza de nuestro Dios que nos ha creado a su imagen y semejanza (Gen 1, 26), inmediatamente nos salta a la mente, ¿es esto posible? ¿No es una encomienda desmesurada fuera del alcance de una persona promedio?

La santidad es una de las maneras en que el Dios del Antiguo Testamento se mostró para con su pueblo, aunque Israel siempre la interpretó como un distanciamiento, en Jesús es más bien el modo por el cual Dios nos transforma en criaturas semejantes a su Hijo.

La iglesia es santa porque su fundador, Cristo, es Santo y porque el Espíritu Santo, su guía y sostén, es Santo. Los cristianos somos llamados a esta docilidad al Espíritu Santo para que se muestre al mundo la presencia del Señor que da al Espíritu Santificador.

¿Y quién ha sido dócil a ese plan en comunión con Jesús y fiel al Espíritu Santo? María, la siempre fiel y dócil a Dios. El padre Ernesto María Caro, hace un recorrido en este proceso por el que María fue siempre la Llena de Gracia, la que dijo Sí al Señor, la primera que hizo “todo cuanto Jesús le dijo” (Jn 2,5).

English Translation:

“Be perfect, as the Heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48) is an echo of the petition that Leviticus made to the Jewish people in antiquity: “Be saints, for I Yahweh, your God, am a holy God” (Lev 11:44-45).

When Jesus or Sacred Scripture invites to strive toward the perfection of holiness of our God who has created us in his image and likeness (Gen 1:26), this thought immediately comes to mind: is this possible? Isn’t that kind of holiness out of reach for an average person?

Holiness is one of the ways in which the God of the Old Testament showed himself to his people. Although Israel always interpreted it as an estrangement, in Jesus it is rather the way by which God transforms us into creatures/beings similar to his son.

The Church is holy because its founder, Christ, is holy and because the Holy Spirit, his guide and supporter, is holy. Christians are called to this meekness to the Holy Spirit to show the world the presence of the Lord who gives the sanctifying Spirit.

And who has been docile to that plan in communion with Jesus and faithful to the Holy Spirit? Mary, always faithful and docile to God. Father Ernesto Maria Caro makes a journey in this process by which Mary was always Full of Grace, who said yes to the Lord, the first who did “all that Jesus said” (Jn 2:5).

 

About the Author

Fr. Ernesto María Caro is a priest of the Archdiocese of Monterrey, Mexico. Before entering seminary, Fr. Caro got a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration. He entered seminary in 1983, and he was ordained a priest on August 15, 1991. As a priest, he has a degree in Spirituality and a doctorate in Mariology.

Fr. Caro is a member of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Monterrey, pastor of the parish of Santa Cruz, professor in the Archdiocesan Seminary of Monterrey, and exorcist of the Archdiocese of Monterrey.

Fr. Caro is the founder and spiritual director of several institutes and movements in Mexico and the United States, including the ARXE Institute, Living in Christ, Active Evangelization, and the Daughters of the Visitation of Mary.


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