Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Monseñor Leonidas Proaño

Rebel Girl on her blog, Iglesia Descalza [the Barefoot Church], has a nice entry on the Bolivian bishop who was a light for the poor, Monseñor Leonidas Proaño, who was born one hundred years ago on January 29, 1910. He died on August 31, 1988.

A few years ago a creed he wrote was published in Cartas a las iglesias, a publication of the pastoral center at the UCA in El Salvador. Here's my translation.
Above all, I believe in God.

I believe in God the Father. It is he who has given me life. He loves me infinitely.

I believe in Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh. According to God’s plan, he became poor, lived among the poor and preached the Good News to the poor.

I believe in the [person] that is within me and that is being saved by the Word of God. I believe in the person that is within all of my brothers and sisters because this same Word of God was sent to save all of us.

Therefore, I can also say that I believe in hope. And for the same reason, I believe in justice. I believe in reconciliation, and I believe that we are walking toward the Kingdom of God.

I believe in the poor and the oppressed. I believe that they are tremendously capable, especially in their ability to receive the salvation message, to understand it, and to put it into practice. It is true then that we are evangelized by the poor.

I believe in the church of the poor because Christ became poor. He was born poor, he grew up in poverty, he found his disciples among the poor and he founded his Church with the poor.


Rebel Girl said...

Thank you for that translation, Hermano Juancito! Such beautiful words from this man of God. He really is the Oscar Romero of Ecuador and should be just as well known -- but isn't.

Tim Malone said...


Thought I would leave you a note that I was able to find "La Biblia Latinoamericana" online: https://www.verbodivino.org/index.cfm/id/2/ca/detail/ProdID/15691/

I meet with my advisor this week to talk about my case study translation of Gutierrez. Thanks again for all your help on this!

Hope you are well! I'll be in touch....