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OGF 11/2018 What will become of the Church in the future? Ratzinger’s forgotten prophecy

“As so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith.”

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09/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 10/2018 “The omnipotence of prayer is our strength”

Unique, amazing, overwhelming. And let’s admit it straight away: off-the-pegs clothes didn’t suit him. Pointless to get involved in cutting and sewing… he’d have suffocated in them. He was as he was. That’s how he was made. Every size was too tight on him. And there was nothing to do if the pattern didn’t fit.

04/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 9/2018 Letter to the People of God

With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives.

20/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 8/2018 Change, Loss and Grief: Companions on the Journey

As we move through the life course, our very wandering is similar to the concept of peregrinatio. We move from place to place, life event to life event, and situation to situation with, perhaps, a general idea of what lies ahead and, at other times, perhaps not. Yet, we go forward because of the life that calls us to movement.

20/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 7/2018 How the Spirit guides the Church

“One of the things I think needs to happen is a change in attitude on the part of the magisterium, especially the Roman Magisterium. They must move away from the position that they are expected to have all the answers to an attitude of listening to public opinion in the Church”

19/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF6/2018 A Heart for Mission

May, in the celebration of the feast of the Sacred Heart, the Good Shepherd who gives his life for his sheep, make us like him and guide us in our mission to build up his Kingdom.

06/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 5/2018 Radcliffe – The Rosary

Each Ave Maria suggests the individual journey that each of us must make, from birth to death. It is marked by the biological rhythm of each human life. It mentions the only three moments of our lives which we can know with absolute certainty: that we are born, that we live now, and that we shall die.

05/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 4/2018 – The Easter Faith

This is part of a beautiful article and inspiring meditation titled “Risen Time: Easter as the Source of History” by Fr. Jose Granados, where he situates the paschal mystery in relation to the historical faith of Israel and in relation to the human experience of time and matter.

26/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 2/2018 – The plague of “cold hearts” and the fire of Easter (2)

As all the water outside a vessel can do it no harm until it enters the vessel, itself, so outward persecutions cannot really injure the Church of God. But when the mischief oozes into the Church and the love of God’s people grows cold—ah, then the boat is in sore distress!

11/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 2/2018 – The plague of “cold hearts” and the fire of Easter (1)

The present article of ongoing formation offers you the Pope’s message for Lent and an (old but interesting) Sermon of the famous Eglish Baptist preacher Charles Haddon SPURGEON (1834-1892) on the evangelical sentence chosen by the Pope as the topic of his message: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)

11/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 1/2018 – Peter, Community and Memories

Let us to share three moments experienced by Peter and the first community: Peter and the community disheartened, Peter and the community shown mercy, and Peter and the community transfigured.  I play with this pairing of Peter and the community since the life of apostles always has this twofold dimension, the personal and the communitarian.

25/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 11/2017 Fr. Cantalamessa – Christ at the Center of Time

After having meditated last time on the place Christ occupies in the cosmos, I would like to dedicate this second reflection to the place Christ occupies in human history: after first considering his presence in space, we will now consider his presence in time.

24/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 10/2017 Heschel – God In Search of Man

Most theories of religion start out with defining the religious situation as man’s search for God and maintain the axiom that God is silent, hidden and unconcerned with man’s search for Him. Now, in adopting that axiom, the answer is given before the question is asked. To Biblical thinking, the definition is incomplete and the axiom false. The Bible speaks not only of man’s search for God but also of God’s search for man.

24/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 9/2017 The Three Comings of Christ

There are three comings of Jesus. Christ did come in the past, Christ does come right now, and Christ will come in the future. If you don’t mind me saying it in a more poetic way, Our Lord comes to us in history, mystery, and majesty.

10/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 8/2017 Advent reflections

Each year we prepare a month in advance, for our Christmas celebration. This time is called “Advent”, in latin “ad-venire”, in Spanish “lo/el que viene”, in English “the coming of someone or something”. But there are two ways in which we can prepare and celebrate Christmas.

27/11/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 7/2017 Fountain of Life, Fire of Love

There is a deep longing in the human heart for enduring love, and because God is love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8), this deep longing is really a longing for God. God alone can ultimately fulfill this longing of the human heart because He Himself created us with this innermost desire for Him, although so often we do not consciously realize its true source.

21/06/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 6/2017 Tell us, Mary, what did you see!

I think that one of the great New Testament Biblical characters to put on the “lamp-stand of our house” (Matthew 5, 15) is Mary Magdalene, the woman of the great daybreak, the first messenger of the Resurrection. She is the image of the passionate Church Wife, looking for her Lord.

09/04/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 5/2017 Nouwen – Can you drink the cup?

HENRI J.M. NOUWEN is the author of more than thirty books. He taught at the University of Notre Dame, as well as Yale and Harvard Universities. From 1986 until his death in September, 1996, he was pastor of the L’Arche Daybreak community in Toronto where he shared his life with people with mental disabilities. The present text is taken from the introduction and last chapter of his book Can you drink the cup? (AVE MARIA PRESS Notre Dame, Indiana – 1996)

08/04/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 4/2017 Joseph’s vocation

St. Joseph is a key figure in understanding some of the essential dimensions of the Christian vocation. Let us consider four of them: protecting life, living fairly, letting God be the protagonist in our life, cultivating the mystical dimension. They highlight why the Church holds up Saint Joseph as a model for all Christians.

16/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 3/2017 Blessed, Broken and Shared

In a spirituality which is focused on others and their needs, the Eucharist becomes first of all a time to remember: to remember, in thanksgiving, how this community, to which we have committed ourselves, began, namely through the total self-sacrifice of its founder and leader, the Risen Jesus, and to recall, once again, the core value of self-sacrificing love by which the community is to live.

12/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 2/2017 What kind of vocations for a renewed consecrated life?

Either the vc will understand this cultural period of transit and once more adopt a deeply relational and communal approach, or it will risk placing itself outside the meaningful human context, no longer meeting any demand or any aspect, any expectation held by men and women today, and, therefore, having nothing more to say, no image to present, no appeal.
My working hypothesis is that the new image of the vc should first and foremost be that of relationship. “Relationship” in its widest and most essential meaning, precisely because relationships are at the basis of human life.

23/01/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 1/2017 Synod of Bishops 2018 – Preparatory Document

My Dear Young People,
I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart. Today, the Preparatory Document is being presented, a document which I am also entrusting to you as your “compass” on this synodal journey.

17/01/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 13/2016 SIMPLICITY

Nazareth is the town of Mary, thus the echoes of childhood surface once again! Nazareth has hosted silences, disquietudes and, above all, dreams. The dream of Mary who, in her listening, was ready to welcome centuries of Biblical memories. The dream of Joseph, the young carpenter, who trusted an angel and, like children, put every calculation aside. “Here everything has a voice, everything has a meaning. (….). Oh! How much willingly we would like to be children again and sit at this humble and sublime school of Nazareth…

06/12/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 12/2016 Misericordia et misera

MISERICORDIA ET MISERA is a phrase used by Saint Augustine in recounting the story of Jesus’ meeting with the woman taken in adultery (cf. Jn 8:1-11). It would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful or apt way of expressing the mystery of God’s love when it touches the sinner: “the two of them alone remained: mercy with misery”.

06/12/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 11/2016 Living the dialogue in the Church

The dialogue is not a doctrinal truth; it is not just an ingredient, essential though it is. It is the figure of a new way of “being Church” and of “building Church”.

30/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 10/2016 LIFE AND MISSION

Evangelical Fidelity and personal satisfaction.
Our religious profession implies two dimensions: our life and our mission. In our life, it appears impossible to mark the boundaries between life and mission since everything in our is based on the evangelizing mission.

30/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 9/2016 The good odour of Christ and the light of his mercy.

Let us hope that the Lord will grant us what we sought in prayer: to imitate Jesus’ example of patience, and with that patience to overcome all our difficulties.
This, our third meditation, is entitled: The good odour of Christ and the light of his mercy.
In this third meeting, I propose that we meditate on the works of mercy, by taking whichever one we feel is most closely linked to our charism, and by looking at them as a whole. We can contemplate them through the merciful eyes of Our Lady

29/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 8/2016 The vessel of mercy

After meditating on the “embarrassed dignity” and “dignified embarrassment” that are the fruits of mercy, let us continue by considering the “vessel of mercy”. This is not something complicated. Let me simply say that the vessel of mercy is our sin. It is that simple.

29/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 7/2016 From estrangement to celebration

Spiritual Retreat Given Pope Francis On the occasion of the Jubilee for Priests.
Let us begin this day of spiritual retreat. I think it will benefit us to pray for one another, in communion. A retreat, but all of us in communion! I have chosen the theme of mercy. First, a short introduction for the entire retreat.

29/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 6/2016 For a spirituality of joy

Today they often mention the rediscovery of beauty as expression of a necessary integration with the truth and the goodness, the two pillars or the two classically transcendent things. I debate to introduce a forth pillar, that of joy, of happiness and beatitude. Joy is an intimate desire of every person, a constant not always satisfied research, the promise of somebody who keeps on inviting us to live in joy, also amidst trials and persecutions. We must add “God is joy”.

08/05/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 5/2016 Nouwen – Becoming the Father

When, four years ago, I went to Saint Petersburg to see Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son, I had little idea how much I would have to live what I then saw. I stand with awe at the place where Rembrandt brought me. He led me from the kneeling, dishevelled young son to the standing, bent-over old father, from the place of being blessed to the place of blessing. As I look at my own aging hands, I know that they have been given to me to stretch out toward all who suffer, to rest upon the shoulders of all who come, and to offer the blessing that emerges from the immensity of God’s love.

28/03/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 4/2016 Nouwen – The Father

Here is the God I want to believe in: a Father who, from the beginning of creation, has stretched out his arms in merciful blessing, never forcing himself on anyone, but always waiting; never letting his arms drop down in despair, but always hoping that his children will return so that he can speak words of love to them and let his tired arms rest on their shoulders. His only desire is to bless.

28/03/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 3/2016 Nouwen – The Elder Son

The return of the elder son is becoming as important to me as – if not more important than – the return of the younger son. How will the elder son look when he is free from his complaints, free from his anger, resentments, and jealousies? Because the parable tells us nothing about the response of the elder son, we are left with the choice of listening to the Father or of remaining imprisoned in our self-rejection.

28/03/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 2/2016 Nouwen – The Younger Son

The full tide of Rembrandt’s painting is, as has been said, The Return of the Prodigal Son. Implicit in the “return” is a leaving. Returning is a homecoming after a home-leaving, a coming back after having gone away. The father who welcomes his son home is so glad because this son “was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found.” The immense joy in welcoming back the lost son hides the immense sorrow that has gone before. The finding has the losing in the background, the returning has the leaving under its cloak. Looking at the tender and joy-filled return, I have to dare to taste the sorrowful events that preceded it. Only when I have the courage to explore in depth what it means to leave home, can I come to a true understanding of the return.

28/03/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 1/2016 Nouwen – The Return of the Prodigal Son

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the untimely death of Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) – widely regarded as one of the most profound and influential spiritual writers of the 20th Century.
“The Return of the Prodigal Son” is Nouwen’s masterwork, a vivid and beautiful reflection on Rembrandt’s painting of the return of the prodigal son (1669), one of the most well-known parables of the Gospel. I am quite sure many have read this book; however, it demands a rereading in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. We are invited to go back to this very special gem.

28/03/2016 · 1 Commento

OGF 9/2015 When prophets speak…

Pope Francis’ addresses to Priests and Religious in his journey to Cuba, to the United States of America. Text word OGF 2015-9 When prophets speak Text PDF  OGF 2015-9 When … Continua a leggere

21/10/2015 · Lascia un commento

OGF 8/2015 – Pope Francis’ address to clergy and religious.

OGF 8/2015: File Word OGF 2015-8 Pope Francis’ address to clergy, religious and seminarians File PDF   OGF 2015-8 Pope Francis’ address to clergy, religious and seminarians “Never forget you were … Continua a leggere

25/07/2015 · Lascia un commento

OGF 7/2015 – Pope Francis’ mini social encyclical.

OGF 7/2015 File word: OGF 2015-7 Pope Francis’ mini social encyclical File PDF : OGF 2015-7 Pope Francis’ mini social encyclical « May the cry of the excluded be heard in … Continua a leggere

23/07/2015 · Lascia un commento

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