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Archivi categoria: Faith and Spirituality

Being present to God and life

Augustine had been searching for love and God and he eventually found them in the most unexpected of all places, inside of himself. God and love had been inside of … Continua a leggere

21/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

OGF 5/2019 (2) A eucharistic prayer over an awakening world

On the Feast of the Transfiguration in 1923, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin found himself alone at sunrise in the Ordos desert in China, watching the sun spread its orange and red light across the horizon.  He was deeply moved, humanly and religiously. What he most wanted to do in response was to celebrate mass, to somehow consecrate the whole world to God.

18/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

OGF 5/2019 (1) There are three different kinds of spirituality. We need them all

Where should we be casting our eyes? Upward, downward, or just on the road that we’re walking? Well, there are different kinds of spiritualities: spiritualities of the Ascent, Spiritualities of the Descent and Spiritualities of Maintenance, and each is important.

18/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

The Monastery of Debre Libanos

From its very foundation, Debre Libanos grew in prestige and power until it surpassed all the other monasteries, thanks in the first place to the personality of its founder, Tekle Haimanot, but also to the permanent support of political power. It is still today at the head of the monastic life in Ethiopia.

28/04/2019 · Lascia un commento

Wednesday, Meditation III: Betrayal

Here then is Judas, the balancer of the books, the “hander over” of Christ to his Passion, the tragic man of despair. Look on him. For this is Judas’s night. And so it is also our night, the night of misplaced desire for control, the night of misguided despair of mercy, which only God’s Son can cure and heal. 

15/04/2019 · Lascia un commento

Tuesday, Meditation II: Gift

As we start to follow the gospels into the heart of this unfolding story, that question of costliness and loss of control becomes our first focus in the most striking fashion, and it comes in the form of an excessive and “costly” gift by a woman: a whole jar of expensive ointment wasted, and an exuberant expression of human love and gratitude.

15/04/2019 · Lascia un commento

Monday, Meditation I: Invitation

There is, in a sense, only one thing that matters as we stand at beginning of Holy Week: it is a question of invitation. Think of it first, perhaps, as an invitation to a drama. Shall I this year attend this drama of love and betrayal? Shall I bring to it all the anguish and ecstasy of my own loves and betrayals, or shall I stand at a distance…

15/04/2019 · Lascia un commento

The persecution trap: vulnerable Christians are running out of allies

The worldwide persecution of Christians is likely to intensify in the coming decades. Can anything be done to stop it?

05/04/2019 · Lascia un commento

The Fathers and the Spiritual Understanding of the Scriptures

In our attempt to place ourselves under the teaching of the Fathers to give a new impetus and depth to our faith, we cannot omit a reflection on their way of reading the Word of God. It will be Pope St. Gregory the Great who will guide us to the “spiritual understanding” of the Scriptures and a renewed love for them.

26/03/2019 · Lascia un commento

Lent with Jesus in the Desert

“Re-enter your heart! Where do you want to go, far from yourself? Re-enter from your wandering which has led you outside the way; return to the Lord. He is quick. First re-enter into your heart, you who have become a stranger to yourself, because of your wandering outside: you do not know yourself, and seek him who has created you! “

24/03/2019 · Lascia un commento

OGF 4/2019 The Church is suffering from Holy Spirit atheism

There are some today who maintain a propositional, unidirectional, top-down understanding of the development of doctrine and church discipline that can only be decided by those who are ordained and be passively received by the lay faithful… avoiding or rejecting the role of the sensus fidelium…

20/03/2019 · Lascia un commento

OGF 3/2019 Pope Francis’ Lenten Meditations

The season of Lent is a favourable time to remedy the dissonant chords of our Christian life and to receive the ever new, joyful and hope-filled proclamation of the Lord’s Passover. The Church in her maternal wisdom invites us to pay special attention to anything that could dampen or even corrode our believing heart.

13/03/2019 · Lascia un commento

Lent – “We Meet Along The Way”

Brother Michal Davide Semeraro, Benedictine monk, “rereads” the three Lenten practices – prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Prayer as openness to transcendence, fasting as “discipline” and almsgiving as an opportunity to understand that “in every woman and in every man is hidden a poor person who is waiting to be discovered”.

05/03/2019 · Lascia un commento

Lent with the Desert Fathers

A man asked abbot Antony, “What shall I keep, that I may please God?” Anthony said: “Wherever you go, have God ever before your eyes. In whatever you do, hold by the example of the holy Scriptures; and in whatever place you abide, don’t be swift to leave [out of restlessness]. These three things keep, and you will be saved.”

03/03/2019 · Lascia un commento

Message of Pope Francis for Lent 2019

The celebration of the Paschal Triduum of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, the culmination of the liturgical year, calls us yearly to undertake a journey of preparation, in the knowledge that our being conformed to Christ (cf. Rom 8:29) is a priceless gift of God’s mercy.

28/02/2019 · Lascia un commento

First Advent Sermon 2018 – God is!

In the Church we are so pressed with tasks to perform, problems to confront, and challenges to respond to that we risk losing sight of, or leaving in the background, the “porro unum necessarium,” the “one thing is needful” of the gospel (Lk 10:42), which is our personal relationship with God.

10/12/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 12/2018 Henri Nouwen – A Spirituality of Waiting

I would like to look at two aspects of waiting. One is the waiting for God, and the other is the waiting of God. We are waiting. God is waiting.

04/12/2018 · 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 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

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