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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.

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04/10/2018 · 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

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

Our Lady in China

0ne of the characteristics of Chinese Catholics is their deep and affectionate devotion to the Virgin Mary, expressed in the Marian shrines spread throughout the country. Some of them are particularly significant, such as the Sheshan sanctuary in Shanghai…

12/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (10)

Reflections on the Litany of the Virgin Mary
by Blessed John Henry Newman.
Mother of the Saviour
Here again, as in our reflections of yesterday, we must understand what is meant by calling our Lord a Saviour, in order to understand why it is used to form one of the titles given to Mary in her Litany.

10/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (9)

Reflections on the Litany of the Virgin Mary
with Blessed John Henry Newman.
Mother of the Creator.
Mary is the “Mater Creatoris,” the Mother of the Creator.

09/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (8)

Reflections on the Litany of the Virgin Mary
by Blessed John Henry Newman.
The Wonderful Mother.
Mary is the “Mater Admirabilis,” the Wonderful Mother.

08/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (7)

Reflections on the Litany of the Virgin Mary
with Blessed John Henry Newman.
Mary is the “Mater Amabilis,” the Lovable or Dear Mother.

07/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (6)

Mary is the “Mater Intemerata,” the Sinless Mother.
Another consideration which has led devout minds to believe the Assumption of our Lady into heaven after her death, without waiting for the general resurrection at the last day, is furnished by the doctrine of her Immaculate Conception

06/05/2018 · 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

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (5)

Reflections on the Litany of the Virgin Mary
by the Cardinal Newman
The Most Pure Virgin.
By the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin is meant the great revealed truth that she was conceived in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, without original sin.

05/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (4)

Reflections on the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
with the Cardinal Newman.
Mary, Mother of Christ.
Each of the titles of Mary has its own special meaning and drift, and may be made the subject of a distinct meditation.

04/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (3)

Reflections on the Litany of the Virgin Mary
by the Cardinal Newman.
Mary is the “Sancta Dei Genetrix,” the Holy Mother of God.
As soon as we apprehend by faith the great fundamental truth that Mary is the Mother of God, other wonderful truths follow in its train.

03/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (2)

Reflections on the Litany of the Virgin Mary
by the Cardinal Newman.
Holy Mary.
God alone can claim the attribute of holiness. Hence we say in the Hymn, “Tu solus sanctus,” “Thou only art holy.” By holiness we mean the absence of whatever sullies, dims, and degrades a rational nature.

02/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

May with Mary

The Rosary is a prayer for the home, and a prayer for the road. It is a prayer which builds community and also which propels us on our journey…

01/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (1)

The Litany of The Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as the Litany of Loreto, is a popular prayer of supplication, once prayed in processions to atone for sins and to prevent calamities. Pilgrims at the famous Marian Shrine in Loreto, Italy used it in the 16th century, and it was approved in 1587 by Pope Sixtus V.

01/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

A technique from the Desert Fathers to control our negative thoughts

The Desert Fathers developed recommendations to heal the “sicknesses of the soul.” Among these recommendations was that of controlling our thoughts, achieved thanks to one method in particular: guarding the heart.

26/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Easter (B)

It is often said of one who shows some distrust “You’re unbelieving as Thomas.” Yet, in hindsight, he seems to have done nothing wrong: he only asked to see what others had seen. Why demand only from him a faith based on word?

06/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

An Easter Sermon from St. John Chrysostom

Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Is there anyone who is a grateful servant? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

01/04/2018 · 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

Father Cantalamessa’s 5th Lent Meditation 2018

We need to begin with healing the root, which is the “heart,” because everything that defiles a person’s life comes from the heart (Mt 15:18). Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!” (Mt 5:8). They will truly see, they will have new eyes to see the world and God

23/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for Palm Sunday (B)

Generally, when we read the story of the passion and death, we look at Jesus and the suffering he had to endure. But it is worthwhile, at least once, to also look at the disciples and see how they reacted to the cross and how the cross impacted on their lives, for the cross is the measure for comparison!

22/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Joseph, a word from the deep Silence

Joseph is certainly not the man portrayed by a certain iconography. Surrounded by mystery, within a family that he loved and where he felt loved, identified with his vocation of protecting the Author of Life, exercising his profession competently, he was… A HAPPY MAN, a son of his Son’s Resurrection! (Luke 20:36)

18/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Father Cantalamessa’s 4th Lent Meditation 2018

In outlining the traits, or the virtues, that should shine in the life of those who are reborn in the Spirit, St. Paul, after speaking about charity and humility, now speaks of obedience in chapter 13 of the Letter to the Romans

16/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Lent (B

In a sense, this Fifth Sunday of Lent is a synthesis of all the motifs we will see during the celebrations of Holy Week. The text from Jeremiah sums up the results of the New Covenant signed by the blood of the new and final Paschal Lamb.

15/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Father Cantalamessa’s 3rd Lent Homily 2018

Humility can be discussed from different perspectives, which we will see the apostle do, but in its most profound meaning humility belongs only to Jesus. The truly humble person is the one who strives to have the heart of Jesus.

10/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Lent (B)

Today’s Gospel reading is taken from the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus as reported in the first chapters of John’s Gospel. Jesus takes Nicodemus where he is on his journey and leads him further. Exactly what He does with us when we come to Him in our own darkness.

09/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent (B)

In our fragment from John’s Gospel, the context is different from that of the Synoptics. Although it is set at the time of Passover, it does not take place in Jesus’ “last week,” just before his death, but at the very beginning of his ministry.

02/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Book of Exodus (4) Where Real Freedom Begins

Empires have always tried to use work to black out the dreams of freedom, gratuitousness and celebration in the souls of the workers. Exactly for it being the number one friend of man, work lends itself to be manipulated and used against workers

02/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Book of Exodus (3) Thorn Bushes and Liberations

Factories, offices, classrooms, fields and houses can be and are the site of the fundamental type of meetings in life, even of theophanies. The decisive events reach us in the places of our ordinary life, that is, while we are at work (work is also important because of this).

27/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Father Cantalamessa’s 1st Lent Homily 2018

In a society in which everyone feels called to transform the world or the Church, this word of God breaks in inviting people to transform themselves: “Do not be conformed to this world.”

24/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Lent – “We Meet Along The Way”

In the light of the Pope’s Message for Lent, Brother Michal Davide Semeraro, Benedictine monk, “rereads” the three Lenten practices – prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

24/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Book of Exodus (2) Enriching Cries

The first prayer that we find in the Bible is a cry, a cry that rises into the sky by an oppressed people. To have an experience of liberation one must first feel the need to be liberated, and then cry, believing or hoping that there, or up there, is someone to pick up the cry

23/02/2018

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Lent (B)

This Sunday is extremely rich, enabling us to discover hidden nuances of past celebrations and glimpse the end and purpose of Jesus’ mission. Just in case we are frightened by Lenten penance, Jesus’ shining face will provide us with a bit of solace

22/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Book of Exodus (1) Love does not give in to power

In this Lenten season let us meditate on the book of Exodus. Lent invites us to follow Jesus in the desert, led by the Spirit: ” I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart” (Hosea 2:16)

20/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Lent (B)

I have not checked the entire list, but I am sure this is the Sunday with the shortest Gospel in the whole Lectionary, just four verses. And although it is traditionally known as the “Sunday of Jesus’ Temptations,” the subject is dealt with in just two verses! T

15/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Lent with the Desert Fathers

40 days nourished by the Desert Fathers ABBA ANTHONY THE GREAT (251–356) Anthony the Great, called ‘The Father of Monks’ was born in central Egypt, son of peasant farmers who … Continua a leggere

15/02/2018 · 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

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