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Archivi categoria: Faith and Spirituality

Longing, Desire and the Face of God

“Like a deer yearns for flowing streams, so my soul yearns for you my God.” “My soul keeps vigil for you in the night.” Reflections by Ron Rolheiser, OMI LONGING, … Continua a leggere

17/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witnesses: Lucien Botovasoa

Lucien Botovasoa was born in 1908 in Vohipeno, a small village in the Diocese of Farafangana, on the south-eastern coast of Madagascar, more than one thousand kilometres from the nation’s capital. His parents were poor farmers, like many others in this region, always struggling with weather-related risks.

15/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

Laughter as Faith

During my seminary studies, I read a book by Peter Berger entitled, A Rumor of Angels, in which he tries to point to various places within our everyday experience where, he submits, we have intimations of the divine, rumors of angels, hints that ordinary experience contains more than just the ordinary, that God is there.

14/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witness. Blessed Cyprian Michael Tansi

Forty years ago, Father Tansi concluded his pilgrimage here on earth. The legacy of this outstanding Nigerian priest and monk challenges the Church to be ever more faithful to its identity and mission.

12/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

Struggling with Being Blessed

Deep down, all of us know we’re special, that we’re not just accidental, meaningless little chips of energy falling off the conveyor belt of cosmic evolution, indistinguishable from billions of others.

07/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witness: Blessed Benedict Daswa

Pope Francis, in his decree of beatification, described Benedict as a “diligent catechist, a thoughtful teacher, a witness of the Gospel to the point of shedding his own blood.”

30/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witnesses: St. Josephine Bakhita

Nine-year-old Bakhita (c. 1869-1947), playing in the fields near her home in Sudan, was captured by slave traders. She had been warned by her parents to be careful, since her older sister earlier had been captured and enslaved.

28/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

Witnesses of Africa: Isidore Bakanja – A life without compromises

Isidore Bakanja, a young man from Congo, died as a martyr at the hands of a hate-filled atheist colonialist. The testimonies of many of his compatriots make it clear that he died for being a Christian. Although he knew that his boss resented Christians, Bakanja insisted on wearing a scapular and saying the rosary in his free time.

23/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

The Eucharist as a Call to Justice

When the famous historian Christopher Dawson decided to become a Roman Catholic, his aristocratic mother was distressed, not because she had any aversion to Catholic dogma, but because now her son would, in her words, have to “worship with the help”.

18/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

Introverts and Extroverts and the Spiritual Journey

The Christian spiritual tradition has always emphasized both silence and community are important, though rarely at the same time.

14/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

Pentecost: a need for our lives

Pentecost in not an abstract mystery. We are asked to accept the spirit of our actual lives. When we do this, then we no longer belittle our own lives but know that even with all our inferiorities and frustrations, we are something.

08/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

God’nature – exuberance or the cross?

If you want to know that God is like, look at the natural exuberance of children, look at the exuberance of a young puppy, or look at the robust, playful energy of young people. And to see God’s prodigal character, we might look at billions and billions of stars that surround us… Then what about the Cross?

05/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

To live in the light

What does it mean to live in the light? To live in the light means to live in honesty, pure and simple, to be transparent, to not have part of us hidden as a dark secret.

02/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

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

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Combonianum è stata una pubblicazione interna nata tra gli studenti comboniani nel 1935. Ho voluto far rivivere questo titolo, ricco di storia e di patrimonio carismatico.
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