|The Congress was a vehicle of grace for the participants, including two pregnant women who decided after hearing the testimonies not to get abortions.|
Los Angeles, California. November 11, 2008. The annual Hombre Nuevo
Family Congress is one of the organization’s biggest events of
the year. Just a few weeks before the state of
California voted in favor of Proposition 8, Hombre Nuevo gathered
7,000 people and thousands more “radio-active listeners” for the 13th
Family Congress at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The theme
was “Bless the Families, Oh Lord.”
Congress is not a political gathering. It is simply an
occasion for married couples to reaffirm their vows and strengthen
their union in light of the example of the Holy
Family. Hombre Nuevo invites speakers to touch the hearts of
listeners who may have been wounded and disoriented by sin,
or who need a gentle push to regularize their marriages
in the Church. The goal is conversion of heart, healing
from sin, and a loving and often humorous style of
education in the truth.
This year’s speakers were chosen for their
knowledge on topics related to family life, communication, and raising
children. Fr Mariano de Blas, LC, gave a talk entitled
“Happy or Unhappy Marriages,” based on his extensive experience with
married couples. His book “Matrimonios Felices” is available for
sale on the Hombre Nuevo web site.
|Fr Ángel Espinosa spoke on “Defending Love.”|
Dr Cesar Lozano,
who runs the program “Por el Placer de Vivir” (For
the Pleasure of Living) on Guadalupe Radio, covered a topic
of universal relevance: “How to Deal with Difficult People.”
Ángel Espinosa, LC, spoke on “Defending Love,” educating the audience
and the radio listeners about the importance of defending marriage
not only on the interpersonal level, with one’s spouse, but
also on the social level, given the current threats to
marriage as an institution between a man and a woman.
The audience listened to powerful testimonies by Marino Restrepo,
an internationally renowned speaker; José and Celia Carredano, who are
Regnum Christi Movement members from Mexico City; and actor and
producer Eduardo Verástegui, who spoke about his own conversion story
and gave a passionate speech about abortion.
are always secret miracles that God works through conferences such
as these. Sometimes God allows us to see those miracles,
as in the case of two pregnant girls in the
audience who decided, after listening to the testimonies, not to
abort their babies.
During the Congress, hundreds of people had the
opportunity to receive the sacrament of Confession and receive family
counseling. There was time for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
and Eucharistic Benediction, and Mass was celebrated by Fr Juan
Rivas, LC, who gave a homily urging families to stay
firm in their faith.
Hombre Nuevo is one of many
important Catholic ministries that is helping the Hispanic populations in
|Eduardo Verástegui and Fr Juan Rivas, LC.|
California and across the United States and Latin America to
keep their Catholic faith and to defend traditional values.
a state with millions of inhabitants, a Family Congress of
7,000 people is only a drop in the bucket –
but it is a drop that makes a difference. As
Christ himself said, it only takes a few grains of
yeast to leaven the dough.
For more information about Hombre Nuevo
and its family ministries, visit the Hombre Nuevo and
Guadalupe Radio web sites, or read an article
about the apostolate.