|Paul Ponce juggling in one his many performances.|
If you watch the video at the following link, you
might think you tuned in to a reality series called
“Mexico’s got Talent.” (Click the YouTube link: http://youtu.be/WhWK918MiA4, and
select the “cc” for English subtitles.)
Paul Ponce, a dynamic performer
and juggler who travels around the world, and his family
are featured in an episode of LeCristo TV, discussing
what it’s like to live their Catholic faith in a
world that often does not support or even recognize Christianity.
is very simple,” said Paul. “We try to pray together
as a family every night.”
He and his wife Lia discuss
how they met each other in this hectic lifestyle, thanks
to their involvement in Regnum Christi.
Paul’s profession involves constant travel
worldwide. “For six generations my family has been in this
business,” he said. “At my children’s age, I was already
performing and traveling with my parents.”
“I had been doing this
nonstop until I decided to give a year…inside Regnum Christi
(RC Mission Corps). This was the happiest year of
my life, and I started seeing everything differently.”
he realized he was living his life in a selfish
way, pretending to find happiness in pleasure.
“After that year,
and after encountering Christ and the Church, I came back
to the artistic life but with a different mission and
target. I am now here to do God’s will.”
at that time, he knew God wanted him to start
a family. He began dating girls from the world of
entertainment, but said they did not “share the same virtues”
as him, and when he would meet girls from his
Catholic parish, it didn’t work out because of his travel
|Paul Ponce and his family|
He would tell God, “Since I travel a lot, you
will have to help me find the right girl for
And he would soon meet Lia at a “Congress” called
“United Youth” in Guadalajara, Mexico. He had an immediate interest
in her, and discovered a kindred spirit.
“I would say,
‘I go to Mass every day.’ She said, ‘Me too!’”
would soon separate and not meet again until two years
later. Then they started to have serious discussions about a
Lia said email helped a lot. “For a successful
relationship, you need to have good communication. We always have
new surprises, but our principal issues, we had them clearly
settled and discussed.”
“It is important to understand where you are,
what your surroundings are and put God’s way in place,”
said Paul “Through those ways, using your own self control,
you can be faithful.”
While they were dating, Paul would take
her to a chapel that was special to him in
Berlin, Germany. The chapel happened to be in a hospital.
Inside the chapel was a shrine to the Holy Family,
to whom the couple would entrust their promise of love.
Later, after they were married (in Montserrat, Spain), and amid
their travels, they happened to be again in Berlin for
the birth of their first child, Pablo. They were amazed
that the local hospital was the same place where they
had made their pledge of love.
Interestingly, all the members of
the family, including their three children, were born in a
different country: Paul in Argentina; Lia in Brazil; Pablo in
Germany; Jose in the Netherlands; and their daughter, Maria in
The family continues their commitment to living God’s will in
their lives. At the time of this interview, their most
recent engagement was Paul’s performance in Mexico during a series
of conferences on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
The title of event was “Love, Sex and Juggling.”
|During a clip from the Le Cristo TV interview, Paul Ponce and his wife accept applause from the audience.|
to the Ponce family for their impressive Catholic witness!