Two upcoming spiritual events to heal and move forward

By David Fernández de Taos
Posted 9/12/19

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish faith community of Taos and surrounding regions are being invited to witness and participate in two special spiritual functions this upcoming weekend. The first is a …

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Two upcoming spiritual events to heal and move forward

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish faith community of Taos and surrounding regions are being invited to witness and participate in two special spiritual functions this upcoming weekend. The first is a Healing Mass and Prayers for the victims of clergy sexual and other abuse to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 14). Then, on Sunday (Sept. 15) at 10:30 a.m., Archbishop John Wester will preside over the Celebration of Blessing for the new Taos Benedictine Monastery of San Juan Diego.

Both will take place at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 205 Don Fernando Street, Taos.

The people of this Taos and northern region have seen and experienced much during the past thousands of years and during the past 400 years or so of the Catholic Christian presence. The longtime families - the mingled blood lines of our extended and related peoples that by now reach so far back into great antiquity - have seen many things come and go, and certainly in the spiritual experience.

People are aware of the breadth and width of abuses which are all too often perpetrated on the young and vulnerable by those in spiritual or other kinds of "authority" and the searing lifelong traumas that the victims endure and the need to somehow try to heal the atrocious wounding.

People are also generally pleased that there can be some "bona fide" holy people, men and women, who will be establishing residency in the community. For the new Benedictine monastery's priests and brothers, there seems to be favorability.

The upcoming spiritual events and functions represent the need to address, on the one hand, the effects of the most despicable, sinful and repugnant predatory behavior of supposedly holy and ordained men of God and of the Church that needs to be atoned for now and on Judgment Day. And, on the other hand, the events welcome the possibility that the Benedictine monks can help the spiritual vitality and stability of this area.

Regarding the Healing Mass and Prayers for victims of clergy sexual or other abuse, this spiritual event is at the behest of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and all parishes in the Archdiocese will conduct these masses, including Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Taos.

A statement in the Guadalupe Parish Bulletin reads, "The sexual abuse crisis has shaken the entire frame of the Church because Jesus's body has been wounded in its most innocent and vulnerable members. Issues needing care and diligence have been allowed to fester and have now been felt by all of us. No one, however, suffers more than those survivors of abuse at the hands of trusted faith leaders and by those who ignored their cries."

The clergy abuse crisis in the Church, perpetrated by a relatively small number of "ordained predators" and some other officials in authority, is in fact a grievous wounding of the "mystical body of Christ." At the same time, the people know that this abuse does occur and has occurred in every other religious denomination and in every other religious tradition on the planet, as well as in many other nonreligious organizations and institutions. But it is necessary to help the victims.

The other, joyful Celebration of Blessing of the new Benedictine monastery will be a happier and more hopeful event on Sunday. The Benedictine monks can help to augment the spirituality of our Taos Guadalupe parish and region, and enhance our already 400-year-old spiritual heritage and the previous thousands of years of our indigenous spirituality as well.

We also thank and bless Archbishop John Wester, with best wishes always for his continued spiritual strength and courage in the daunting work that he has been given as head of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

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