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About jdgonzo73

I am a Catholic lay minister in the field of Christian ethics, Latino theology and Paulacrucian spirituality. I am currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Fordham, an ad-junct professor at Molloy College and St. John's University and the Project Coordinator with the Catholic Roundtable.

The Tourniquet Psalm: A Gothic Lamentation by Evanescence

Contemporary spirituality or prayer life does not seem to offer much space for the idea of complaining to God or demanding some form of divine accountability for injustices that we witness or suffer ourselves. We may reverently ask God for … Continue reading

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Catholic Social Advocacy 2013

Catholic service agencies attended the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering on February 10-13 of 2013. In my last post I shared the multicultural liturgy that kicked off this event. On Monday the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering had some amazing presentations, panels and workshops … Continue reading

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“Empathic Fusion” – Advocacy through accompaniment

I would like to share a significant contribution that Roberto Goizueta offers in his book “Caminamos Con Jesus.” In developing a theology of accompaniment Goizueta adapts the concept of “empathic fusion” which he borrows from the Mexican philosopher Jose Vasconcelos. … Continue reading

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Earned Income and Child Tax Credits: Tax programs for the common good

No doubt many of us are concerned about the national budget and deficit spending that our nation has been struggling with. Any of us who are responsible for the fiscal solvency of our own homes know how difficult it is … Continue reading

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“Reading the Bible in Spanish”

In his book Mañana Latino theologian and historian Justo Gonzalez suggest that the Hispanic community can offer a significant contribution to American religiosity by “reading the bible in Spanish.” In using this phrase he does not literally suggest that we can contribute by literally reading the sacred … Continue reading

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Hell: Fire and Brimstone… or not

Most of my theological reflection tend to consider moral and social issues but when I offer a retreat or teach a theology class one of the topics that tend to enliven the conversation is the concept of Hell and the … Continue reading

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Transforming a Parish Community affected by Natural Disasters

I am offering this presentation as a program Church leaders who wish to engage with their parishioners affected by natural disasters. The purpose is to promote a communal reflection and analysis on issues related to what they experienced as a … Continue reading

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The Catholic Pro-Life Position.

When I go out and offer talks on Catholic social issues and public policy I often have to remind my listeners that the Catholic Church is indeed a Pro-Life Church; but I always qualify this term. The Church’s pro-life position … Continue reading

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