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Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 23, 2017: Happy Feast Day of Divine Mercy, celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of Easter.

















The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:

A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive. 






Friday, April 21, 2017

Pro-Life Testimony at Sunday Masses by Cami Murphy

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I would like to share with you the testimony that I was blessed to give at 3 Masses at Sacred Heart Church in Del Rio, Texas on the weekend of April 1 and 2. I send it as my Easter greeting and as a testimony of Our Father's loving mercy, and I pray that it will be a source of grace for each person who receives it.

Gathered in His Hands

When I returned to the Catholic Church in 1992, after a separation of almost 30 years, I came back with heavy burdens on my heart and soul. As a young woman I had had abortions. I came back into the Church eager to receive the Sacrament o Reconciliation. 
At my general confession on that blessed day, I felt as if I laid down a bag of heavy rocks. I knew that God had forgiven me for all of my grievous sins, and I have come to trust that, through that sacrament, Jesus took all of those sins away. 
For my penance Father told me to name my children and to write a love letter to each of them. It was a penance that frightened me, because, until that day, I had never thought of my abortions as affecting persons, much less my own children. 
In spite of my fear, I took my responsibility to do my penance seriously, but it took me about a week to get up the courage to choose names for my babies. As soon as I chose my baby’s names, a very shocking thing occurred. God spoke to my heart with His “still, small voice,” and He told me totally different names that He had already given to my babies. 
I realized that God had named my babies at their conceptions, and that scared me, because, in that way, I also realized that my babies were, at the deepest level, God’s babies, and, for a short time I doubted whether God had truly forgiven me, because, I thought, how could He forgive me for choosing to have His babies killed? 
But then God also gave me the light to realize that this was His gift to me. In telling me my babies’ names, He was introducing my heart to them. I realized that that gift was a sign of His love. 
For months after that, I could not write love letters to my babies, because all I could feel was guilt. Guilt and love do not mix together well. Guilt was a wall that shut out my love. Over a period of years God has removed the guilt and restored my love, and my love letters have been a source of healing. 
About a year after I returned to the Catholic Church, one night I stayed up all night longing for my babies. In the morning this healing poem came to me:

A Bouquet of Love

Where your faces should be
were holes in my heart,
empty as robbed graves.

Then God gave me your names,
His lovely seeds,
not dead, just buried.

No, it’s me buried
in this fleshly tomb.
Sometimes I can’t see

that one day we’ll be
a bouquet of love
gathered in His hands.


Jesus gave us these comforting words through St. Faustina:

    “I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart (...) before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy” (Diary, 1588).

May Jesus press each of us to His Merciful Heart!

May you and all of your loved ones continue to receive the Lord's blessing in this Easter season!

Cami Murphy 



Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 19, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Begin a pro-life revolution



















Letter to the Editor,

Begin a pro-life revolution

Whenever it is our birthday, let us thank God and our mother and father for giving us the most wonderful, precious gift of our existence, our life to live. The quintessential gift among all other gifts to be given is the gift of life, no other gift can compare. “Thank God for my life. Thank you Mom and Dad for cooperating with God’s Eternal Plan of having me come into this world.”

Whenever you know that it’s someone’s birthday or whenever you see it's someone's birthday on Facebook, or when someone tells you it's their birthday, you should make a point of telling them, "Happy birthday and I'm so glad you were born!"

You will be totally astonished and amazed at how moved they are, many responding with "Wow, thanks so much!” “No one has ever said that to me before.” “That was the best birthday gift ever!”

We need to be saying these words to one another.  Take the time to tell others that you are so glad they were born. What a marvelous gift to hear these words, to read these words; and ultimately to believe these life-affirming words.

And mothers and fathers tell your children often, “I'm so glad you were born. I’m so glad I had you!" 

This poem written by Rebecca Kiessling who is an international pro-life speaker, blogger, attorney; most importantly a wife and mother:

“Today I was born! I could have been torn from my mom's womb, her body my tomb.
But I have a birth because others saw my worth.
See, I was protected instead of dissected.
Today, I can celebrate.
So when you say, ‘Happy birthday’, please be aware of why I am here,
and that others are yet neglected when they should be protected.”

The one sentence we need to say to everyone that would completely revolutionize the pro-life movement by making a truly personal and heartfelt statement of the worth and value of each person’s birth and life would be: “I’m so glad you were born.”

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio



Monday, April 17, 2017

QUE TRABAJO REALIZAMOS LOS MIEMBROS AUXILIARES DE LA LEGION DE MARIA - Blog: Vivencias de mi Fe Catolica Poemas, Escritos y Testimonios? Posted by Rosa Maria Alfaro

























El viernes pasado en la vigilia que hago por la salvación de las almas, se me dicto’ un
Mensaje y digo, se me dicto’,por que,yo no estaba pensando en nada ,solo estaba
 rezando,contemplando a a JESUS y diciéndole cuanto lo amo,casi todo lo que escribo
en mi blog,sea poesías,cantos,mensajes,anécdotas,oraciones, me sucede en diferentes
tiempos ,pero especialmente en las vigilias.El mensaje se trataba de los miembros auxi
liares,de LA LEGION DE MARIA, yo puse mucha atención ,por que yo soy una de ellas y
también pertenesco, a otros apostolados,que también soy auxiliar.
El mensaje es el siguiente,para y por que’ existen auxiliares, cual es el propósito,que trabajo
Realizamos,escuche’ que un legionario activo esta’ estudiado,preparado y lo sabe.pero DIOS
Sabe que hay muchos auxiliares,a los cuales solo,se les proporciona ,LA CATENA Y UN ROSARIO
Recorde’ que a mi’ me sucedió’,solo que el ESPIRITU SANTO se encargo’ de ensenarme.
La catena y el rosario para mi ya era bastante,por que son armas muy poderosas, pero para mi
Amado jesus,el quiere mas,que sepamos mas y que hagamos mas. Y sobre todo con mucha fe
Valentía y amor compasivo. Entendi’,que en estos tiempos,el Legionario auxiliar de Maria,es totalmente indispensable,entendi’ que son como los brazos de DIOS,parecido a los angeles y a los santos y que a tra
A través de ellos,el LEGIONARIO activo,no podría sostenerse,sin su ayuda,El legionario activo es
Un soldado de DIOS y que tiene como capitana a su mando a LA SANTISIMA VIRGEN, que es también
La que,que escoge a los miembros auxiliares. Pues ella sabe muy bien ,quien puede sostenerse co
Mo socio activo,física y espiritualmente y que los auxiliares quien puede sostenerse en oración
Constante mente y sin interrupción ya que menciona que en estos tiempos no se pueden bajar
Los brazos, por que la muerte masiva esta al hacecho y nadien podrá hacer  nada sino acudimos
A la ayuda del CREADOR.nadien absolutamente nadie podra’ ayudarnos.
Entendí ,que a la legion de MARIA,que seria muy importante ,que todos los grupos se unieran  a
Ella,aunque siguieran en sus apostolados ,trabajando intensamente,que nada se interrumpiría y
Que la Legion de MARIA , Y TODOS LOS APOSTOLADOS UNIDOS,crecerían en virtud  y alcanzarían
Frutos inimaginables para la salvación de las almas. Al oir esto,recorde’ la primera vez que ohi
Al PADRE MORENO,pude darme cuenta,que era su gran deseo ,ver a todos unidos,como es el


Gran deseo de JESUS. Y a través de los anos  me he dado cuenta que se le ha estado realizando
Su sueno.El  PADRE MORENO ama a JESUS Y MARIA y se le nota.
Escuche que EL Legionario auxiliar, es como las alas del águila y yo agregue,para usar la tegnologia
Dinje la de un avión., que cuando el soldado activo necesita municiones, sea para pelear,,para ali
Mentos,medicinas ,energía,para luchar por la vida de hijos de dios. Para que puedan tener esa
Entrega de hijos de DIOS,sin miedos,cansancio  o fatiga,  mientras esto les pasa a los activos, los
Soldados auxiliares a través de la oración al creador,les proporciona ,lo necesario ,para poner
Fuerza valor y energía, yo como siempre,pensé la gasolina que se les acaba,para volar hacia esa
Lucha,no solo para pelear,sino para triunfar.
Quise compartir,por que se. Que viene de dios,y para que tanto activos como auxiliares ,no nos
Desanimemos ,ambos se necesitan,de lo contrario seriamos derrotados por el enemigo.
Yo he sido una persona que de hace muchos anos ,he estado,en hospitales, clínicas, diálisis,
Enfermedades y créanme,hay muchas vocaciones ,para servir a DIOS ,pero para mi la mas
Hermosa, a sido la de mis enfermedades. Mucha piensa la enfermedad como castigo, pero
En toda mi vida he estado desde muy joven en mas de 40 apostolados, y jamas he sido mas
 Feliz que en mis enfermedades es mi gloria aquí en la tierra. Y saben por que’ por que JESUS
Y MARIA,han estado siempre conmigo, tan cerca que lo que me pasa,es solo felicidad y alegría.
Por que ellos eso son. Creo que para eso fui escogida ,y por eso agradesco tanto a todos los que
Rezan por mi,por que me proporcionan todo lo necesario ,para mi sanación y felicidad.

MI MUY AMADOS LEGIONARIOS EN EL MUNDO,CIELO Y PURGATORIO,JUNTOS SIGAMOS  ADELANTE ,NO DESFALLESCAMOS,NUESTRA CAPITANA ES MARIA Y SU HIJO JESUS ,A SU MADRE
NUNCA LE FALLA.


CON AMOR. R O S Y legionaria auxiliar de La Legion de MARIA.





Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 16, 2017: Easter Sunday - Resurrection of Our Lord * A Happy and Holy Easter!
















A Prayer for Easter
Oh God, who this day by Your only-begotten Son vanquishing death, has unlocked for us the gate of eternity, help us to attain the desires to which You have led us by Your inspirations. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Oh God, as we renew our Baptismal vows, help us to be made worthy of Eternal Life, that we may always seek to do Your will in our hearts and minds, that we may show others Your saving grace and Your love. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Oh God, who makes the faithful to be of one mind and will, grant that we, Your people; may love what you command and desire what You promise so that, amid the changing things of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joys are to be found. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Monday, April 10, 2017

April 9, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * LOCAL * Letter to the Editor * Tilting at windmills


Letter to the Editor,

Tilting at windmills

Somewhere in Val Verde, a cowboy named Don Quemado lives; he always has a rifle and drives an old pick-up truck, Rosina.

He travels with his faithful companion, a sheep-herding dog named Pancho.

He is a cowboy in the Wild West who defends the helpless and destroys the wicked, all for the sake of his damsel in distress, Dulcina.

One day he catches sight of a ridge with giant monsters lined up to overtake the populace of Val Verde.

“There”, he tells Pancho, “are the monstrous giants whom I mean to engage in battle for God’s good service, to sweep so evil and vile a breed off the face of this good earth God has given us to preserve and protect”.

Pancho merely tilts his head sideways in a quizzical manner.

“I see you do not understand what we are truly fighting against”, Don Quemado tells Pancho.

Pancho sheepishly responds with a whimper, never one to question his friend, but seeing only modern, energy-producing windmills and not giant monsters, he nevertheless prepares to go into battle.

Don Quemado takes his rifle off the rack and rolls down the window on his old pick-up truck. Revving up Rosina, he races towards the giant monsters, hell-bent on destroying those hideous monstrosities that do nothing but spoil God’s good earth. 

The Wild West was meant to be wide open spaces where cowboys could travel along looking for adventure. 

Don Quemado is a one-man fighting machine, shooting his rifle and riding Rosina up and down the ridge. 

He is the legendary cowboy hero who forever vanquishes the giant monsters and clears the land for only sheep to graze and sheep-herding dogs like Pancho to chase after.

That is the life of a courageous cowboy. 

The residents will forevermore recount the heroic deeds of Don Quemado, and the love of his life will see her knight in shining armor defeat the giant monsters and return the valley to its former glory days of only native plants growing and sheep and goats grazing.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Val Verde resident





Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 4, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Russian computer hackers


















Letter to the Editor,

Russian computer hackers

Boris and Igor, twin teen brothers living in Moscow, Russia are laughingly discussing all their previous successful computer hacks to date and they are also thinking about what their next big hacking mission might be.

Boris: Remember when we messed with the American presidential election. We got into all those computers of that Democratic Party. And those emails we hacked went viral and caused that lady Hillary to lose and that guy Trump to win. That was a lot of fun.

Igor: Yes and the Americans are still talking about it all over their news media. They’re blaming Putin.

Boris: Well poor Putin and his bungling spy guys who couldn’t do all the stuff we’ve been able to do.

Igor: Then we messed up the Academy Awards show. We got the winner of the Best Picture award all mixed up. That was also a lot of fun.

Boris: And remember how we got all those great scoring plays into the computer of the New England Patriots so they could be the winners of the Super Bowl game.

Igor: I really enjoyed messing with their big football game.

Boris: What do you think we should do next?

Igor: How about messing with all those dating websites, wouldn’t that be fun?

Boris: Yes, getting all these people matched up with people they can’t stand and really hate. It would be a great, big, funny mess to watch on video.

Igor: Like getting Democrats dating Republicans and getting progressive far left wingers dating conservative far right wingers.

Boris: I love it. You’re a genius.

Igor: Well, I’m half of the genius team. If it wasn’t for you we would never to able to do everything we’ve been able to do together. Remember we make a great team.

Boris: And the best part is they’ll never catch us.

Igor: Who would ever think that two teenage boys living in Moscow could possibly pull off a stunt like this?

Boris: Nobody in the whole wide world could ever imagine it to be us.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio





Monday, April 3, 2017

Consagracion al Corazon Casto de San Jose - Vivencias de mi Fe Catolica: Poemas, Escritos y Testimonios Posted by Rosa Maria Alfaro






Guardián de las vírgenes y santo padre San José, a cuyo fiel cuidado fueron encomendados Cristo Jesús, la Inocencia misma, y María, Virgen de las vírgenes; Yo…………………… me consagro a tu Honor y me entrego enteramente a Ti, para que seas siempre mi padre, mi protector, amigo y mi guía en el camino de la Salvación. 

Obtén para mí una gran pu- reza de corazón y un amor ferviente por la vida interior. 

Te pido y suplico que, siendo preservado(a) de toda impureza, pueda con una mente limpia, un corazón puro y un cuerpo casto, servir siempre más castamente a Jesús y María todos los días de mi vida. 

Siguiendo tu ejemplo que pueda yo también realizar todas mis acciones para la mayor Gloria del Padre, en unión con el Sagrado Corazón de Jesús y el Inmaculado Corazón de María; y Tú, oh bendito San José, ruega por mí para que pueda participar de la paz y alegría de tu santa muerte y vida. 

Amén.





Friday, March 31, 2017

March 30, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION - Letter the Editor * The huge Oscar mistake, nobody's perfect



















Letter to the Editor,

The huge Oscar mistake, nobody's perfect

Whether you watched it or not, we’ve probably heard about the only thing people were talking about the Oscars. It’s not who won Best Actor or how many golden statues La La Land took home. It is how Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly called out the wrong winner for Best Picture. As the cast and crew of La La Land were mid-acceptance speech, someone ran out and declared that Moonlight had won Best Picture. Naturally chaos ensued. As actors, everyone covered it well on stage, but the fallout from this overwhelming misstep was felt and talked about for some time.

And yet, there’s a beautiful lesson we can learn from this mistake. There’s no need to throw Beatty or Dunaway under the bus. They made a mistake. And that’s the beautiful reminder. Hollywood is built on mystique and a mirage of perfection. We know Beatty and Dunaway from their movies, where we watched the finished product of multiple takes, edits, proper lighting, sound effects and a production team to scrub out any remaining imperfections. Hollywood prides itself on maintaining its aura of perfection. On Oscar night that aura got a huge crack in it, but that’s okay. In fact, it gives hope to the rest of us.

Life doesn’t come with multiple takes, camera and lighting crew, special effects and a soundtrack. You get one take at life, and if you mess it up you deal with the consequences forevermore. Perfection as produced by Hollywood is a myth. We make mistakes, which mean we’re not perfect, which means we need grace and forgiveness. The ideal for beauty and grace and perfection is not Hollywood but God. God is the one who forgives when we make mistakes. It’s God’s grace that overwhelms us in spite of our failures. Human perfection is a myth, a selling point. Grace and forgiveness are divine.

Oscars, thank you for reminding us that you make mistakes like the rest of us. We all need forgiveness. We all need God’s grace.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D
Del Rio




Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 24, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Amistoso and friendly




















Letter to the Editor,

Amistoso and Friendly

Lake Amistad Dam International Crossing is a dam that serves as an international bridge which crosses the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo.

The dam connects the United States-Mexico border cities of Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila and is jointly owned by the United States Government and the Mexican Government.

The international boundary crosses the center of the dam where Amistoso El Águila and Friendly The Eagle have majestically stood side by side atop Amistad Dam/Presa la Amistad for 48 peaceful and pleasant years.

But now things are different, things have changed.

Friendly: I’m sorry my government will be building a wall across the center of the dam.

Amistoso: You mean a wall will be built across a bridge.

Friendly: Yes, that’s what I understand; after all these years we will be physically divided, you on one side of the wall and me on the other side of the wall.

Amistoso: But why?

Friendly: My President thinks we need it and so do some people.

Amistoso: But we’ve been friends forever, standing here together, overlooking our respective country’s beautiful land and our lovely people.

Friendly: I guess some people don’t see it that way. You and I have seen both good and bad people come across from both countries.

Amistoso: Mostly good people.

Friendly: Unfortunately, it is those few bad people that have caused this problem.

Amistoso: But we’ll still be friends, right?

Friendly: Of course, we are our country’s great and powerful symbols that have endured the test of time and we will prevail as friends even though we will no longer stand side by side, but in our heart and soul we will always carry the great love and respect our people have for each other.

Amistoso: I see the construction crew, or rather de-construction crew coming. I guess this is the end of an era.

Friendly: Change is always hard.

Amistoso: I’ll miss you. Adios amigo!

Friendly: I’ll miss you, too. Good-bye my friend!

As they bid farewell, a single solitary tear rolls down their faces.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Legion of Marry ACIES Annual Consecration Ceremony and 70th Anniversary Invitation for all Active and Auxiliary Members







The Legion of Mary in Del Rio, Texas

Praesidium at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
With Spiritual Director Father Martin Alonso Bustos González
And Praesidium at St. Joseph Church
With Spiritual Director Father Antonio O. Moreno

Invite all active and auxiliary members
To the Mass celebrated by Father Martin with
ACIES Ceremony
Annual Consecration
to Our Lord Jesus Christ through the Intercession of
The Blessed Virgin Mary
On Sunday March 26, 2017
At 1:45 P.M.
At Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary
1947-2017

On Saturday, May 6, 2017
At 12 noon
At St. Joseph Church Parish Hall
Archbishop Gustavo Garcia Siller
Will speak at the Legion of Mary
70th Anniversary Banquet

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La Legión de María en Del Río, Texas

Praesidium de la Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Con el Director Espiritual
Padre Martín Alonso Bustos González
Y Praesidium de la Iglesia de San José
Con el Director Espiritual Padre Antonio O. Moreno

Invitan a todos los miembros activos y auxiliares
A la Misa celebrada por el Padre Martín con

Ceremonia ACIES
Consagración anual
A Nuestro Señor Jesucristo a través de la Intercesión de la Santísima Virgen María
El domingo 26 de marzo de 2017
A la 1:45 p.m.
En la Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe


Celebrando el 70º  aniversario
1947-2017

El sábado, 6 de mayo
A la 12 del mediodía
En el Salón Parroquial de la Iglesia de San José
Arzobispo Gustavo García Siller
Hablará en el Banquete del 70º  aniversario
De la Legión de María