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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


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

Reflection for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Mark’s chapter 1 and the first section of Ordinary time each end with another sign of Jesus’ authority over sickness and the power of evil. To be more precise, the cleansing of the leper is the last of a series of Jesus’ transgressions.

08/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

In last Sunday’s Gospel Mark announced, right at the beginning of his Gospel, what would be two of the important aspects of Jesus’ activity: healing and preaching of the Good News. Today, he mentions them again, but add another ingredient of Jesus’ life: his long hours in prayer.

01/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Mark 1:21-28: “What is this? a new teaching with authority.” Lectio Before we go ahead with our Lectiones, we must underline a fact that, … Continua a leggere

26/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

2021-2030: The ‘Decade of Ocean Science’

The United Nations has designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the “Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development” to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks.

19/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

he passage opens with a brief introduction wherein Jesus goes in the villages of the Galilean mountains and preaches the gospel. “The time is fulfilled—he said—and the kingdom of God has come; Repent and believe the gospel” (vv. 14-15).
This is the first sentence he says and it is the synthesis of all his message.

18/01/2018 · 1 Commento

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Before taking up readings from the Gospel of Mark for Year B, the Lectionary lingers for one more Sunday on the introduction to Jesus’ public life. The First Reading and the Gospel find a certain unity around the idea of “vocation”. 

12/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Baptism of the Lord (B)

One day, Jesus also appeared among the sinners. He came from Galilee, the region inhabited by Israelites believed to be semi-pagans by the religious aristocracy of Jerusalem. He went down into the water along with the sinners to show his desire to share their condition. He was beside them accompanying them in their exodus from slavery to freedom.

05/01/2018 · Lascia un commento


The Magi thus personify all those who believe, those who long for God, who yearn for their home, their heavenly homeland. They reflect the image of all those who in their lives have not let their hearts be anesthetized.

03/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family (B)

There would have been tears, I think.  If Simeon had waited all those years for the Lord, if Anna were a widow and so advanced in age, they would have shed tears when the saw the Infant King, certainly when they were allowed to hold him.

28/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Pope Francis: We see Jesus in the suffering children…

We see Jesus in the children of Africa, especially those who are suffering in South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Nigeria.
We see Jesus in the children worldwide wherever peace and security are threatened by the danger of tensions and new conflicts.

28/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Meditation on Christmas by Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (John XXIII)

This was written on Christmas Eve, 1902 by a young Italian named Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli who was studying for the priesthood in Rome. Two years later he graduated as a doctor in theology and was ordained. The world now remembers him as Pope John XXIII

27/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Now I know why You had to do it – A Christmas Parable

by Fr. Tommy Lane “Once upon a time there was a man who looked upon Christmas as a lot of humbug. He wasn’t a Scrooge. He was a kind and … Continua a leggere

26/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

CHRISTMAS: The beginning of a new time has come!

Yes, we are waiting for the day when God will come in glory, when all history will be up, when all things will be summed up, when God shall be all in all; but already now God is in our midst; already now we have a vision of what man is by vocation and can be by participation.

24/12/2017 · 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

Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Advent (B)

With her “fiat” (yes), Mary conceived Jesus under her heart. With our fiat we conceive Him in our hearts. Mary teaches us to say the great word “Yes, fiat, O Lord, thy will be done.”

21/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

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 

14/12/2017 · 1 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

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