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Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (B)

Opening the Word: Rejoice always.
We cannot yet see the Lord, but we celebrate the fact that union with him is our eternal destiny 

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14/12/2017 · 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

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Advent (B)

Second Sunday of Advent – Year B Mark 1:1-8 Something More Important Than Success We wait for him, yet we go out into the wilderness to find him. We wait … Continua a leggere

07/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent (B)

First Sunday of Advent (B) Mark 13:33-37 BE ON WATCH, BE ALERT! 33 Be on watch, be alert, for you do not know when the time will come. 34 It … Continua a leggere

01/12/2017 · 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

JP II, Catechesis on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Resurrection completely fulfilled the Redeemer’s saving plan, the limitless outpouring of divine love upon humanity. It is now up to the Spirit to involve individuals in chat plan of love. Therefore there is a close connection between Christ’s mission and the Gift of the Holy Spirit promised to the apostles shortly before the Passion

03/06/2017 · Lascia un commento

An Easter Sermon from St. John Chrysostom

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 … Continua a leggere

16/04/2017 · 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

LENT with Gregory of Narek (40)

“Speaking with God from the Depths of the Heart”, Written by St. Gregory of Narek, Armenian poet and monk, Doctor of the Universal Church. A thousand years ago St. Gregory of Narek (951-1005) set out, with much trepidation, on a sublime mission to translate the pure sighs of the “broken and contrite” heart into an […]

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

LENT with Gregory of Narek (39)

Prayer 91 C
Give me rest.
I am exhausted from the multitude of cares and toil.
Remove the turmoil of doubt from my broken spirit,
the bitterness along with the grief,
the sighing along with the misery,
the anxiety along with the wretchedness…

08/04/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (38)

Prayer 89
God and Lord, life and creator,
merciful, compassionate, light,
long-suffering, God who bears no grudges,
all-merciful, generous God who loves mankind,
savior, blessed, praised, glorified,

07/04/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (37)

“Speaking with God from the Depths of the Heart”, Written by St. Gregory of Narek, Armenian poet and monk, Doctor of the Universal Church. A thousand years ago St. Gregory of Narek (951-1005) set out, with much trepidation, on a sublime mission to translate the pure sighs of the “broken and contrite” heart into an […]

06/04/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (36)

Prayer 80 C

Magnify your honor through me,
and my salvation will be manifested through you
if you find me, Madonna,
if you pity me, blessed among women,
if you rescue me in my waywardness,
immaculate one…

05/04/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (35)

Prayer 76 B
If you wish to pardon, you are able.
If to heal, you have the power.
To give life, you have the means.
To bestow, you are generous.
To make whole, you are able.
To grant, you are most bountiful.

04/04/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (34)

Prayer 74 A
Heavenly king, Lord of all,
patient toward all in all things,
Son of the living God, beyond our understanding,
your true mercy is manifest when
the expectation of reward is cut off.

03/04/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (33)

Prayer 73 D
Look with mercy upon me in my doubts and perils,
glorified Son of God, who alone are compassionate
and will pardon, heal, save, protect, renew, restore,
lift up, support,
and create me again in blissful purity.

02/04/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (32)

“Speaking with God from the Depths of the Heart”, Written by St. Gregory of Narek, Armenian poet and monk, Doctor of the Universal Church. A thousand years ago St. Gregory of Narek (951-1005) set out, with much trepidation, on a sublime mission to translate the pure sighs of the “broken and contrite” heart into an […]

01/04/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (31)

Prayer 65
When I depart this life, may holiness not abandon me.
When I am wrapped in shrouds may your honor not leave me.
May my soul not reject your unwavering salvation.
May your image engraved upon my soul, Giver of life, not be effaced.

30/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (30)

Prayer 63
You who took our transgressions upon yourself,
you who graced us with your righteousness,
you who offered yourself as the ransom of our reconciliation,
you who never abandoned mercy,
turn the impious toward good, God-fearing works…

29/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (29)

Prayer 60
Protect us, Lord Christ, exalted son of great God.
Fortify and surround us with your heavenly host,
defend us from the gusting winds of the Deceiver
with your cross of light.

28/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (28)

Prayer 57
Accept this meager confession of my innumerable sins,
you who see everything in its totality.
And as you overlooked the fall of the Rock,
may you ignore my vacillation, a small grain of sand.

27/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (27)

Prayer 54
And now, in all and for all, your mercy is hope,
Lord Jesus, the first light of our eyes and our hearts,
all good deeds, life and immortality are from you.
Turn with compassion toward me
and make my soul return to you rejoicing.

26/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (26)

Prayer 52
A Blessed in holy essence,
boundless and unchangeable, truly good,
worthy of adoration, happiness professed
by all the earth,
most complete revelation of persistent hope,
compassionate and merciful,
without grudges even for the blinking of an eye
despite the sin of many years.

26/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (25)

Prayer 51
Now, should I, a mortal who has strayed in every way, plead with another earthly being, to whom it is vain to cry out?
To a mere rational mortal,
on whom it would be false to place hope of salvation? To a frail human, whose strength is as feeble and faltering as his word?

25/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (24)

Prayer 50
Shed light upon me with the rays of your mercy,
you who are benevolent in all ways,
that I might receive your blessing, Lord,
that I might be justified, live and be cleansed
of my inner turmoil,
not of the life with which you endowed me.

24/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (23)

Prayer 49
Now, as you created me, before I existed,
and you revealed yourself as my sustenance,
and I pray that you might reinstate my soul
together with the tabernacle of my body
in the spotlessness of the clean holiness
of their former being…

23/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (22)

Prayer 48
Lean then, Lord, incline yourself in sweetness
with compassion and freely give
the gift of love to comfort us (…)
Lay your hand of salvation on us.
Renew us, forgive and defend us
from the destruction of sin.
And to you alone, who are
the beginning without beginning,
the source of all beginnings,
the holy Trinity and One Divinity,
to you alone are due
glory and dominion forever.

22/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (21)

Prayer 42
A Lord God of compassion, salvation and mercy,
redemption and restoration, healing and health,
enlightenment and life, resurrection and immortality,
remember me, when you go to your kingdom,

21/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (20)

Prayer 41
Son of the living God, blessed in all things,
whose awesome birth by your Father passes
all understanding,
for whom nothing is impossible,
before the dawning of the uneclipsed rays of the mercy of your glory
sins melt away, demons flee, transgressions are erased,
bindings are cut and chains undone.

20/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (19)

Prayer 34
Truly, you hear, kind God,
You listen, king.
You lent an ear, life and light.
You paid attention, heavenly one.
You respected us, almighty.
You noted, knower of secrets.
You saw, keeper.
You empathized, Lord beyond telling.
You humbled yourself, exalted one.

19/03/2017 · 1 Commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (18)

“Speaking with God from the Depths of the Heart”, Written by St. Gregory of Narek, Armenian poet and monk, Doctor of the Universal Church. A thousand years ago St. Gregory … Continua a leggere

18/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (17)

Prayer 29 a-b
You alone are the origin of all goodness,
mercy beyond telling, Son of the one God on high,
who made the whole day a purgatory for our sins,1
and not a house of condemnation.
You are for me the expectation of good news,
instead of a day of dread.

17/03/2017 · 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

LENT with Gregory of Narek (16)

Prayer 27
If you would look upon me with that goodwill
toward mankind as you do,
then as I contemplate you, I will cry out in anguish.
If you would listen, I will sigh.
If you would incline your ear, I will whisper a prayer.
If you would take note, I will beseech you.
If you would forgive, I will ask forgiveness.
If you would turn toward me, I will call.

16/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

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

15/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (15)

Prayer 25
The ways of my life are like the waves of the sea,
my soul tossing in this world upon countless,
endless swells,
riding in the shell of my body
like the ship lost at sea…

15/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (14)

Prayer 19
Hear, all-seeing vision of hope and goodness of life,
the profuse sighs of my hurting soul,
unreachable greatness, fearful name, living word,
longed for message, delectable taste,
worshipful calling, confessed beneficence,
sweet perception, professed reality,
glorious essence, blessed existence…

14/03/2017 · 1 Commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (13)

Prayer 18
Before I was, you created me.
Before I could wish, you shaped me.
Before I glimpsed the world’s light, you saw me.
Before I emerged, you took pity on me.
Before I called, you heard me.
Before I raised a hand, you looked over me.
Before I asked, you dispensed mercy on me.

13/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

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).

12/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (12)

Prayer 17
Now, tormented by bitter grief I pray
to you, keeper of imperiled souls.
Do not add to the pain of my sighs.
Do not wound me. I am already injured.
Do not condemn me. I am already punished.
Do not torture me. I am already tormented.
Do not cudgel me. I am already beaten.
Do not push me. I have already fallen.

12/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (11)

Prayer 16
Yours alone, God, in heaven, exalted and generous,
yours is the power, and yours, forgiveness.
Yours is healing and yours, abundance.
Yours are the gifts and yours alone grace.
Yours atonement and yours protection.
Yours is creation beyond knowing.
Yours are arts beyond discovery.
Yours are bounds beyond measure.
You are the beginning and you are the end.

11/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

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

10/03/2017

LENT with Gregory of Narek (10)

Prayer 13
Beneficent, almighty, awe-inspiring God,
good Father, charitable donor of mercy,
whose very name heralds the good news of
your grandeur, compassion and fatherly affection,
you are gentle even toward the bitter and discontented.

10/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (9)

Prayer 12
And taking refuge in this unclouded assurance,
I who was broken, am restored,
who was wretched, am triumphant,
who was dissipated, am healed,
who was desperately outlawed, find hope,
who was condemned to death, find life….

09/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

Exodus (1) Love does not give in to power

Love does not give in to power:
To save us from empires is a woman’s gaze.
There have always been empires, and they still exist. But today we are getting used to them – which makes it increasingly difficult to recognize them. And since we do not recognize them we do not call them by name either, we do not feel oppressed by them and we do not start any process of liberation.

08/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (8)

Prayer 9d
For yours is salvation,
and from you is redemption,
and by your right hand is restoration,
and your finger is fortification.
Your command is justification.
Your mercy is liberation.

08/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (7)

Prayer 7
Woe to my sinful soul,
for I have angered my creator.
Woe to this son of perdition,
for I have forgotten the gift of life.
Woe to this debtor of untold thousands of talents,
for I haven’t the means to repay.
Woe to this porter heavy laden with vile sins,
for I cannot lay down my burden to rest.
Woe to this debtor of the Lord,
for I cannot face the Almighty.
Woe to this heap of dried up reeds,
for I am consumed in Gehenna.

07/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (6)

Prayer 6
For although small things mount up
as sands on the shore,
nevertheless, they are unique and distinct in their
origin and increase,
and like my transgressions, so countless that
they are impossible to comprehend:
one with its kith,
the other with its kin,

06/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (5)

Prayer (5 B-C)

B You made me in your glorious image,1
favoring a weak being like me
with your sublime likeness,
adorning me with speech,
and burnishing me with your breath,
enriching me with thought,
cultivating me with wisdom…

05/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (4)

Prayer 3 (A)

Lord, my Lord, grantor of gifts, root of goodness,
ruler of all equally, creator of all from nothing,
glorified, awesome, awe inspiring,
beyond understanding,
dreadful, mighty, stern…

04/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (3)

Prayer 2 – Speaking with God from the Depths of the Heart.
Will you, I wonder:
Forget to be charitable, my expectation?
Neglect to be compassionate, caring Lord?
Regret your charity toward humankind, constant Lord?

03/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (2)

Prayer 2 – Speaking with God from the Depths of the Heart.
Grant me life, compassionate Lord.
Hear me, merciful Lord.
Be charitable to me, forgiving Lord.
Save me, long-suffering Lord.
Protect me, defender Lord.
Be generous, all-giving Lord.
Free me, all-powerful Lord.
Revive me, restoring Lord.
Raise me again, awe-inspiring Lord.
Enlighten me, heavenly Lord.
Cure me, omnipotent Lord.
Grant pardon, inscrutable Lord.
Bestow gifts, bountiful Lord.
Adorn me with grace, generous Lord.
Let us be reconciled, healing Lord.
Be accepting, unvengeful Lord.

02/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

LENT with Gregory of Narek (1)

Prayer 1 – Speaking with God from the Depths of the Heart.
The voice of a sighing heart, its sobs and mournful cries,
I offer up to you, O Seer of Secrets…

01/03/2017 · 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

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (12)

October, the month of the rosary: Reflections on the Litany of the Virgin Mary by Blessed John Henry Newman. The All-Worshipful Virgin Mary is the “Virgo Veneranda,” The All-Worshipful Virgin … Continua a leggere

19/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

Reflections on the Litany of Mary (11)

October, the month of the rosary: Reflections on the Litany of the Virgin Mary by Blessed John Henry Newman. The Most Prudent Virgin Mary is the “Virgo Prudentissima,” the Most … Continua a leggere

18/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

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