Life & Liberty




* * * July 26: Saints Joachim and Anne - Parents of The Blessed Virgin Mary and Grandparents of Our Lord Jesus Christ * * * August 3: First Friday of the Month Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus * * * August 4: First Saturday of the Month Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary * * * August 6: The Transfiguration of the Lord * * * August 9: Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross * * * August 11: Saint Clare * * * August 14: Saint Maximilian Kolbe * * * August 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary * * * August 22: Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary * * * August 27: Saint Monica * * * August 28: Saint Augustine * * * August 29: The Passion of Saint John the Baptist * * *

Thursday, July 19, 2018

July 18, 2018: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Fight for the right to live

Letter to the Editor,

Fight for the right to live

On your mother’s nightstand the colorful bouquet of flowers are still alive thanks to the nutrients in the flower food-packet and the life-giving fresh water that you poured in the vase. It’s been a week since her 93rd birthday. Your mother forgets things; she’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Your mother is alive. She wants us to know that she wants us to fight for her right to live.

The automobile accident took your uncle’s ability to walk, but not his drive to live. He pushed himself to do many things others could not dream of doing in his physical condition. He made his way across the stage to accept his college diploma; he danced at his daughter's wedding in a light-weight aluminum wheelchair, and at his retirement party his family gifted him the latest motorized version. Now he worries about being denied the needed surgery because of his disability, he might not be considered a worthy candidate. He has a beautiful retirement planned for him and his wife to enjoy traveling to all the national parks in America. He's alive, and he wants us to know that he wants us to fight for his right to live.

You were once floating comfortably in your mother’s womb. You heard your mother's every heartbeat, and you felt safe and secure. At 22 weeks old, your own heart was beating strong; and beating faster as you continued to grow. Your lips, eyelids, and eyebrows were becoming more distinct, and you were even developing tiny tooth buds beneath your gums. Your eyes were formed. Fine hair covered your body. Inside your belly, your pancreas, essential for the production of some important hormones, were developing steadily. You were alive, full of potential. You wanted us to know that you wanted us to fight for your right to live. 

These people, who want to live, who deserve to live, who will fight to live, want us to know that they want us to vigorously fight for their right to live.

Marian CasillasEd.D.
Del Rio, Texas

Thursday, July 12, 2018

July 9, 2018: San Antonio Express-News * OPINION * Letters to the Editor * Your Turn * The real meanings

The real meanings
There is a deep disconnect between what people say and what words really mean.
Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and former CEO of Planned Parenthood, stated she had been “honored” to fight for abortion.
Is it honorable to kill babies in their mother’s womb? Isn’t it something “dishonorable”?
And “fight” for abortion? If it is a good thing, there wouldn’t be any reason to have to fight for abortion. Does anyone have to “fight” to have an appendectomy, a tonsillectomy or coronary artery bypass surgery, or have a decayed tooth extracted?
Of course not; these procedures are performed by medical professionals who practice the art and science of healing.
The terms “reproductive health,” “reproductive rights,” “health care” and “women’s rights” really mean “abortion.”
More suitable words are used to convey what is actually happening, and that is the killing and murder of an innocent baby inside his or her mother’s womb.
And another word never to be spoken is “baby.” It’s not a “baby”; it’s a “fetus.” The dictionary definition of “fetus” is “an unborn offspring of a mammal, in particular an unborn human baby (there’s that pesky word again that is not to be spoken) more than eight weeks after conception.”
Reality seems to say one thing and Planned Parenthood seems to say something else.
Marian Casillas, Del Rio

Monday, July 9, 2018

July 6, 2018: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Typing real-truth news

Letter to the Editor,

Typing real-truth news

Rider Escritora was shopping at what some called an antique store, but she referred to as a vintage shop. The store was filled from top to bottom with a dazzling display of what some called junk, but she referred to as hidden treasures.  She loved to find enchanting items that brought a twinkle to her eye and a delightful smile to her face.

There it was sitting on top of a dusty wooden table, a manual typewriter. She knew she must have it. But did it work, she wondered? 

Conveniently placed beside the typewriter was a wooden box with white sheets of paper. She took a sheet, rolled it into the cartridge and typed with two fingers, “I wonder how much this typewriter costs?” and before she could continue, this appeared on the sheet of paper, “$300”. Perplexed, she ventured to type another question, “What is my name?” and the answer appeared “Rider Escritora”. 

How could this be? She looked around; the store was empty except for the owner up front. Was this some prank being played on her by her friends? Was there a hidden camera recording her? 

I’ll type a question only I know the answer to, so she racked her brain to find a suitable question. “How much money do I have in my purse?” The answer appeared, “No money.” Wrong, she thought, as she opened her purse and took out her wallet. Oh, that’s right, she remembered, I picked up the purse with only the credit card, the other purse had some money. But how could it know?

She told the owner she wanted to buy the old typewriter. The owner told her it was worth much more, but he would let her have it for only $300. She already knew how much he was going to ask for it, she just smiled and gave him her credit card.

She couldn’t wait to find out who the President would name as a nominee to the Supreme Court.
The typewriter typed: Amy Coney Barrett

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio, Texas

Sunday, July 8, 2018

July 4, 2018: Legion of Mary members prayed Bilingual Patriotic Rosary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Legion of Mary Members from left to right: Jessie Barrera, Elizabeth Arredondo, Cecilia Mendez, Mary Cordova, Marian Casillas, Father Martin Alonso Bustos Gonazalez, M.N.M. Pastor Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Damianita Dena, Elisa Arredondo

Fourth of July Celebration of Faith & Freedom

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

11:00 a.m. – Bilingual Patriotic Rosary

12 noon – Independence Day Mass

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Bilingual Patriotic Rosary
1.      First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection – Primer Misterio Glorioso: La Resurrección del Hijo de Dios
The First Decade Intention: For the Presidency of the United States of America (Our Father)
 “We pray for _____ and every soul in that state.”  (Name a different state before each Hail Mary)
1)      1. Alabama
4. Arkansas
7. Connecticut
10. Georgia
2)      2. Alaska
5. California
8. Delaware
3)      3. Arizona
6. Colorado
9. Florida
(Glory Be)

2.      Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension – Segundo Misterio Glorioso: La Ascensión del Señor al cielo
The Second Decade Intention: For the Supreme Court of the United States of America (Padre Nuestro)
“Rezamos por _____ y cada alma en ese estado.” (Nombrar un estado diferente antes de la Ave María)
1)      1. Hawaii
4)      4. Indiana
7.  Kentucky
10.  Maryland
2)      2. Idaho
5)      5. Iowa
8.  Louisiana
3)      3. Illinois
6)      6. Kansas
9.  Maine
(Gloria al Padre)

3.      Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Tercer Misterio Glorioso: La venida del Espiritu Santo
The Third Decade Intention: For the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America  (Our Father)
“We pray for _____ and every soul in that state.” (Name a different state before each Hail Mary)
1)      1. Massachusetts
4)      4. Mississippi
7. Nebraska
10. New Jersey
2)      2. Michigan
5)      5. Missouri
8. Nevada
3)      3. Minnesota
6)      6. Montana
9. New Hampshire
(Glory Be)

4.      Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of Mary – Cuarto Misterio Glorioso: La Asuncion de Maria al cielo
The Fourth Decade Intention: For the Governors of the United States of America (Padre Nuestro)
“Rezamos por _____ y cada alma en ese estado.” (Nombrar un estado diferente antes de la Ave María)
1)      1. New Mexico
4)      4. North Dakota
7)      7. Oregon
10.  South Carolina
2)      2. New York
5)      5. Ohio
8)      8. Pennsylvania
3)      3. North Carolina
6)      6. Oklahoma
9)      9. Rhode Island
(Gloria al Padre)

5.      Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Mary – Quinto Misterio Glorioso: La coronación de María como Reina del cielo y tierra
The Fifth Decade Intention: For County and Municipal Officers of the United States of America (Our Father)
“We pray for _____ and every soul in that state.”  (Name a different state before each Hail Mary)
1)      1. South Dakota
4)      4. Utah
7)      7. Washington
10.  Wyoming
2)      2. Tennessee
5)      5. Vermont
11.  8. West Virginia
3)      3. Texas
6)      6. Virginia
12.  9. Wisconsin
(Glory Be)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Vivencias de mi Fe Catolica Poemas, Escritos y Testimonios Posted by Rosa Maria Alfaro Llama de Amor del Inmaculado Corazón de Maria

Poemas, Escritos y Testimonios

Llama de Amor del Inmaculado Corazón de Maria

Continuamos con nuestras anécdotas de mis Vivencias de mi fe católica, estos hechos que hoy comparto con ustedes los escribí y viví hace más de 15 o 20 años y son los siguientes:
Madre las vigilias de esta noche, he podido sentir la angustia que tú tienes por nosotros tus hijos. Qué responsabilidad tenemos las madres, que tenemos el corazón hecho por Dios y a su Imagen y Semejanza, pero con las células del tuyo, es verdad un corazón lleno de gozo, pero en estos tiempos llenos de aflicción por sus hijos. Cuanto temor a que se pierdan, a que se encaminen por caminos que no son los caminos que tu hijo nos dejara. Porque será madre tan difícil como hijos de Dios andar en estos caminos, porque una cosa es creer que hay estos y otra es caminar por ellos., se necesitan los dos, para que también nuestra alma que no tiene pies, vuele hacia su creador.

Madre hace unos días, tu Hijo puso en mis manos “La llama de Amor” y me dijo que era la de tu Corazón Inmaculado. Y al recibir esta llama de amor por segunda vez, después que desde hace más de 15 años se me había otorgado, no tuve más que recordar aquellos días de los cuales nunca he escrito, ni hablado de ello a algunas personas, pero creo que no me creen y me juzguen mal, por esto mejor guardo silencio. Pero tu madre, Jesús y yo sabemos que fue cierto. Hoy quiero escribirlo pues algo en mi interior me dice que debo de hacerlo.

Corría aquel año 1987 cuando fui paralizada por 4 ángeles, que no vi porque estaban en mi espalda, pude percibir que eran malos, porque el cuarto estaba frio y yo no podía pronunciar palabra, pero si podía saber que alguien estaba allí y no era bueno, pues se burló de mi escapulario y del agua bendita que traía siempre en un frasquito y mi rosario. Yo estaba sola sin moverme y sin poder pronunciar palabra. En eso llego mi esposo y pensé esta terrible pesadilla termina, pero no fue así. Cuando mi esposo entro dijo “que feo huele” y se fue al otro cuarto, y yo me quede inmóvil y sin poder pronunciar palabra. Después por gracia de Dios, que no deja nunca a sus hijos, recordé la llama de Amor del Inmaculado Corazón de María, y mentalmente dije la jaculatoria:
Y pude comprobar madre mía amadísima, cuanto miedo te tiene el diablo. Inmediatamente apenas dije mentalmente por que no podía hablar, oí ocho 8 alas que volaban y se apartaban de mí.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Father Jaime Paniagua: Brief Biography of New Pastor at Saint Joseph Church in Del Rio, Texas

Father Jaime Paniagua: Brief Biography of New Pastor at Saint Joseph Church in Del Rio, Texas

Father Jaime Paniagua was born and raised in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on October 25, 1975. He is the oldest of three children, he has two younger sisters.

He entered the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in Mexico on September 14, 1995. He did his two years of Novitiate in Dublin, Ireland, studied humanities in Cheshire, Connecticut, and for three years was part of the formation team in the novitiate of the Legion of Christ in Medellin, Colombia. 

He was ordained a priest in Rome on December 20, 2008.

He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College in Rome. While in Rome, Father Jaime worked at the Vatican as personal secretary for Mexican retired Cardinal Javier Iozano Barragan. 

In 2011, he moved to Washington, DC where he earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, and helped in Regnum Christi retreat house in Bethesda, Maryland. 

He worked in campus ministry at the Legions Anahuac University in Mexico City from 2013 - 2016. He has also served as Chaplain and Professor for several communities of Regnum Christi Lay Consecrated Women.

His formation and missionary work has been all over the world; Ireland, the United States, Columbia, Italy and Mexico.

He arrived in the Archdiocese of San Antonio on June 29, 2017 and was Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Selma, Texas for one year.

Father Jaime arrived in Del Rio, Texas on July 1, 2018 to serve as Pastor at Saint Joseph Church.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July 1, 2018: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Insights on Independence Day

Letter to the Editor,

Insights on Independence Day

Independence Day marks the date the United States became independent from the menace of political tyranny. 
We cherish the thought of being citizens in a free nation under God, and we understand the sacrificial price our military paid to ensure this freedom.
It is the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence whose profound words acknowledge the laws of nature and of God as being the foundation for a just nation’s survival if that nation is to be truly independent from the evils of oppression.
This document declared: “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.”
Independence from tyranny definitely does not include the right to kill innocent persons because of their age, health, or condition of dependency. 
In a nation that kills its preborn babies and its elderly and advocates suicide for the weak and vulnerable, the true definition of independence has been lost.
Such actions, when sanctioned and practiced by that government, are a sure sign that independence has been surrendered to the tyranny of evil. This comes about when people decide that God and His laws are irrelevant.
By our own choices and behaviors, we have become that which we once fought so hard to oppose and drive out. 
We have created our own tyranny, much more bloody and deadly, much more hateful and cruel, than anything ever imagined.
It is time for Americans to think long and hard about where this nation is headed. 
As our nation celebrates another birthday, let us pray for the national will to follow God and leave behind the tyranny of death and destruction that is devouring our national soul. 
It is only then that Independence Day will regain its true meaning. 
And only then can we celebrate being one nation praising the Creator who endowed us with unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio

Thursday, June 28, 2018

July 4, 2018: Fourth of July Celebration of Faith and Freedom - 11:00 a.m. Bilingual Patriotic Rosary - 12 noon Independence Day Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Fourth of July
Celebration of
Faith & Freedom

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

11:00 a.m. – Bilingual Patriotic Rosary
12 noon – Independence Day Mass

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church