"I was fascinated by the figure of Blessed Manuel"
On March 1 a commission of cardinals and bishops met to study, among others, an alleged miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Manuel Gonzalez Garcia. Cardinal Mauro Piacenza was interviewed, who was the rapporteur [of the Cause].
Examining the alleged miracles, the Congregation for the causes of Saints comes with a lot of seriousness. The study involves a series of steps, including the medical part is especially important. Finally, the Commission of Cardinals and bishops members of the Congregation examines the case. They receive, along with the letter in which is called them a certain day, full documentation of the case and a booklet with a summary that highlights most relevant parties the analysis, as well as possible difficulties.
You have been the rapporteur of the cause of Blessed Manuel González García at the regular meeting of cardinals and bishops. Can you explain the role of the rapporteur?
A cardinal is designated or a Bishop from among the members of the Congregation, which is called speaker and is responsible for presenting the case and express their own look. After this take place, interventions of all those present, that is adhere or not to the conclusions of the rapporteur and presented their own views.
The rapporteur presents the essential features of the biographical profile of Blessed, ie, describes the fundamentals of the case being examined, presents the evidence, the medical report (diagnosis of healing, prognosis, therapy, healing) and theological evaluation. Finally, it formulates its conclusion, issues its own vote also asking the accession of the other members, and the presentation of all the Holy Father proposed.
Did you previously knew the figure of this Spanish Blessed? What features of his life and spirituality impacted you the most? What you think may be more significant for society and the Church today?
I did not know the figure of Don Manuel González García previously, but just I have known him through the documentation [and] it has fascinated me truly. Dedication to the formation of the seminarians and the attention of the clergy, with the immense love towards the Eucharist, is always guarantee a living sense of the priestly identity and pastoral charity. Personally, I've given for long service in the Congregation for the clergy (from 1990 to 2003) and from 2007 to 2013, as an officer, as head of Office, as Assistant Secretary, Secretary and prefect. I have been able to understand well that any momentum for reform, in the Catholic sense of the word, can only priests from continually renewed in the spirit of priests who are fully priests, aware of being other Christs. Only then, with the heart according to the Heart of Christ, you can burn the society with the fire of love. And where you get the spark that makes this fire turned on? [In] the Eucharist: the Holy Mass and adoration of the Real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. There, the priest learns that the body and the blood spilled force then spiritually also the celebrant to give himself, all the same for the salvation of his brothers and sisters.….
Don Manuel Gonzalez said that there were "saints showcase" (the first that are for sale in a store of images of saints) and saints that are stored in the warehouse stores. Both are holy, but some more visible than others. He did not want to be holy showcase but in "store". In a way, his canonization, Pope Francis will showcase a saint. What does canonization for whom we feel particularly linked to the Eucharistic charism-repairer this recognition by the Church?
La obra de las Tres Marías to keep company with Jesus in the Tabernacle and the founding of the Institute of the Missionary Sisters Eucharistic of Nazareth are also expressions of an overflowing priesthood, an admirable feeling with the Church, or rather feel the Church speak which is an extension of Jesus in time. These foundations tell us how Bishop González García has felt and lived sense of vicarious replacement and repair, which are the essential characteristic of the priesthood.
BL. Manuel González García devoted many of his forces to the clergy and to the formation of the same, as well as seminarians. Consider its current teaching about the profile of the priest?
You ask me what particular message can reach of our Blessed [Manuel] the priests and bishops of our time, in the whirlwind of the commitments. Priests yesterday, today's priests, priests of morning: Yes, it is right to pay attention to time and to the diverse situations and circumstances, but I would like to talk about what transcends time. Being priests is to be Christ, and Christ is the one who atones by others, is one that begs for everyone and gets. In the monuments, which must be remembered is in the top of the pedestal; Here, on the other hand, the priest is under the pedestal and carries its weight. The priest elevates that weight to God with prayer. And this is what is called in the Eucharist: the offering of Christ and of the whole Church. In the instant that God raises his son, raised, with the son, also all mankind who, through the priest, must be saved. Yes, also by his means, of his Ministry, which closely associates it with Christ the Saviour. This is the prayer of the priest. It is true that the only savior of the world is God, but this prayer gets God's salvation.
Looking to the pastoral task of our pastors, bishops and priests, what particular message could the Lord be saying through a Holy Bishop that is eminently Eucharistic?
Blessed Manuel Gonzalez with his example preaches and believes that too much human activity, too, in a disproportionate manner, ends in a sort of Pelagianism. The activity of man is worth something if it is presented and united to God in prayer, and it is imbued in this charity. From this it also follows that the priest cannot be a victim, because it is Christ, who has united in his person the priesthood and the victim. In pagan sacrifices, the priest sacrifices to someone else; Christianity is sacrificed himself.
That is the great warning of our blessed [Manuel]: there is no possibility of priesthood if not through self-sacrifice [and] immolation that the priest lives in the continuing gift of his own being.
Mónica Mª Yuan Cordiviola, m.e.n.