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Prayer by Karl Rahner – Find­ing You in everything

If You have giv­en me no sin­gle place to which I can flee and be sure of find­ing You, if any­thing I do can mean the loss of You, then I must be able to find You in every place, in each and every thing I do. Oth­er­wise I couldn’t find You at all, and this can­not be since I can’t pos­si­bly exist with­out You.

03/03/2021 · Lascia un commento

Prayer by Karl Rahner – Plea­sures and disappointments

Is a tired and dis­il­lu­sioned heart any clos­er to You than a young and hap­py one? Where can we ever hope to find You, if nei­ther our sim­ple joys nor ordi­nary sor­rows suc­ceed in reveal­ing You to us?

01/03/2021 · Lascia un commento

Prayer by Karl Rahner – The Path to You

I now see clear­ly that, if there is any path at all on which I can approach You, it must lead through the very mid­dle of my ordi­nary dai­ly life. If I should try to flee to You by any oth­er way, I’d actu­al­ly be leav­ing myself behind, and that, aside from being quite impos­si­ble, would accom­plish noth­ing at all.

27/02/2021 · Lascia un commento

Prayer by Karl Rahner – What would lift me?

Even if I should try to escape from my rou­tine by becom­ing a Carthu­sian, so that I’d have noth­ing more to do but spend my days in silent ado­ra­tion of Your holy pres­ence, would that solve my prob­lem? Would that real­ly lift me out of my rut?

25/02/2021 · 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.

23/02/2021 · Lascia un commento

Prayer by Karl Rahner – Escap­ing from my exile

How can I turn myself toward the one thing nec­es­sary, toward You? How can I escape from the prison of this rou­tine? Haven’t You Your­self com­mit­ted me to it? And didn’t I find myself already in exile, from the very first moment I began to real­ize that my true life must be direct­ed toward You?

23/02/2021 · 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,

22/02/2021 · Lascia un commento

Prayer by Karl Rahner – What final yield?

And what will I myself be at that hour, when I am only myself and noth­ing else? But when the heavy weight of death one day press­es down upon my life and squeezes the true and last­ing con­tent out of all those many days and long years, what will be the final yield?

21/02/2021 · 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…

21/02/2021 · 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…

20/02/2021 · 1 Commento

Prayer by Karl Rahner – The ware­house of my soul

My soul has become a huge ware­house where day after day the trucks unload their crates with­out any plan or dis­crim­i­na­tion, to be piled hel­terskel­ter in every avail­able cor­ner and cran­ny, until it is crammed full from top to bot­tom with the trite, the com­mon­place, the insignif­i­cant, the routine.

19/02/2021 · 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?

19/02/2021 · Lascia un commento

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

18/02/2021 · Lascia un commento

OGF 2/2021 Lent, a time of healing

Lent opens with a piercing sound, that of a trumpet that does not please the ears, but instead proclaims a fast. It is a loud sound that seeks to slow down our life, which is so fast-paced, yet often directionless. It is a summons to stop – a “halt!” –, to focus on what is essential. It is a wake-up call for the soul.

18/02/2021 · Lascia un commento

OGF 1/2021 Anthony Bloom – An introduction to Lent

Contrary to what many think or feel, Lent is a time of joy. It is a time when we come back to life. It is a time when we shake off what is bad and dead in us in order to become able to live, to live with all the vastness, all the depth, and all the intensity to which we are called. Unless we understand this quality of joy in Lent, we will make of it a monstrous caricature, a time when in God’s own name we make our life a misery.

18/02/2021 · 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.

18/02/2021 · 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…

17/02/2021 · Lascia un commento

Prayer by Karl Rahner – God of my dai­ly routine

When it stands before You and Your infal­li­ble Truth­ful­ness, doesn’t my soul look just like a mar­ket place where the sec­ond-hand deal­ers from all comers of the globe have assem­bled to sell the shab­by rich­es of this world? Isn’t it just like a noisy bazaar, where I and the rest of mankind dis­play our cheap trin­kets to the rest­less, milling crowds?

17/02/2021 · 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.”

16/02/2021 · Lascia un commento

Living into Mystery: Karl Rahner’s Reflections

The remarkable, unusual, but obvious thing about my spiritual life was that all the new situations somehow revealed and brought home the one same ancient and genuine future—by pointing ever and again toward God and His life

15/02/2021 · Lascia un commento

Three Kinds of Spiritualities

All spiritualities worthy of the name stress the need to make a certain ascent, to grow beyond our immaturities, our laziness, our wounds, and the perennial hedonism and shallowness of … Continua a leggere

17/01/2021 · 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.

07/01/2021 · Lascia un commento

The Meaning of Christmas – Connecting the Dots Between the Crib and the Cross

May the joy of the angels, the humility of the shepherds, the perseverance of the wisemen, and the love of the Christ child be among God’s gifts to you this Christmas.

25/12/2020 · Lascia un commento

Cantalamessa – Third Sermon of Advent 2020

God is love and hence humility! Love creates dependence on the person you love, and that kind of dependence does not humiliate but uplifts. The two claims ‘God is love’ and ‘God is humility’ are like two sides of the same coin.

19/12/2020 · 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.”

16/12/2020 · Lascia un commento

“Am I not here, who am your Mother?” – Reflection on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated each year on December 12. This feast commemorates the great events that took place from December 9-12, 1531, when Juan Diego, a 55 year-old native Mexican, received four apparitions from the Blessed Virgin Mary

12/12/2020 · Lascia un commento

Cantalamessa – Second Sermon of Advent 2020

Faith in eternal life is one of the conditions that make evangelization possible. As saint Paul the Apostle writes: ‘If Christ has not been raised, then empty [too] is our preaching; empty, too, your faith. […] If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all.’

12/12/2020 · 1 Commento

Cantalamessa – First Sermon of Advent 2020

The Preacher to the Papal Household, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, delivers his first Advent Sermon to Pope Francis and the Roman Curia, and reflects on the meaning of death, which forms a bridge to eternal life

05/12/2020 · Lascia un commento

Acceptance of Our Thorns

“I feel like a millionaire who has lost ten pounds”. These words, spoken by a Spanish journalist in an interview after becoming tetraplegic owing to a traffic accident, made a deep impact on me and raised questions in my mind.

06/11/2020 · Lascia un commento

OGF 11/2020 – To contemplate Heaven beyond the stars

November, when the sun is losing its strength, the luminosity is fading, the nights are growing, Nature is losing its vitality… it is the right time to look up to Heaven with Hope!

31/10/2020 · Lascia un commento

Learn­ing To Trust The Slow Work Of God

Let’s not mis­take God’s patience for inac­tiv­i­ty. And let’s remem­ber, in the words of Peter’s friend the Apos­tle Paul, ​“that He who began a good work in you will car­ry it on to com­ple­tion” (Philip­pi­ans 1:6). Even if it takes 70 chal­leng­ing years.

24/10/2020 · Lascia un commento

Growth Through Dark Nights

I once attended a series of lectures given by a prominent Polish psychologist, Kazimierz Dabrowski, who had written a number of books around a concept he called “positive disintegration”.

18/10/2020 · Lascia un commento

Karl Rahner on what it means to love Jesus

“One can love Jesus, love him in himself, in true, genuine, immediate love.” “You’re actually only really dealing with Jesus when you throw your arms around him and realize right down to the bottom of your being that this is something you can still do today.”

12/10/2020 · Lascia un commento

Season of autumn and autumn of life

I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud.
So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are a little yellow,
its tones mellower, its colors richer, and it is tinged a little with sorrow.

22/09/2020 · Lascia un commento

A Special Power Of Loving: Mother Teresa’s Letter On Women

There is a little-known letter written by this diminutive powerhouse that I want to share with you. It’s timely not just because of her approaching feast day, but also because this month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of its writing.

05/09/2020 · Lascia un commento

Why Can’t We Stop!

We are overscheduled, tense, addicted to hurry, frantic, preoccupied, and starved for time. Cramming as much as possible into our Blackberries and to-do lists, we battle to make the best use of every spare minute we have.

25/08/2020 · Lascia un commento

Rest and spirituality

A providential suspension in our daily routine is a valid occasion to relax physically and to nurture the spirit. It can be also an opportune time to cultivate the inalienable demands of spirituality…

19/08/2020 · Lascia un commento

Witnesses: Shabbaz Bhatti, A Voice That Cries in the Wilderness

Shahbaz Bhatti was the Pakistani federal minister for minority affairs. He was shot dead driving from his mother’s Islamabad home. His assassins have never been brought to justice. He was a committed Catholic.

07/08/2020 · Lascia un commento

From the House of Fear to the House of Love

Henri Nouwen, in his writings, frequently asked this question: “How can we live inside a world marked by fear, hatred, and violence and not be destroyed by it?”

29/07/2020 · Lascia un commento

When What Is Precious Is Taken from You

Perhaps the reality that is hardest of all to accept in life is the unalterable fact that everything that is precious to us will, in some way, eventually be taken away.

27/07/2020 · Lascia un commento

Everyday Life as Sacrament

For Christians, ultimately the whole world is holy and everything in it, especially the physical, is potential material for sacrament.

07/07/2020 · Lascia un commento

Lost is a Place Too

In her book, Survivor, Christina Crawford writes: “Lost is a place, too.” That’s more than a clever sound bite. It’s a deep truth that’s often lost in a world within which success, achievement, and good appearance define meaning and value.

05/07/2020 · Lascia un commento

OGF 8/2020 Von Balthasar – Heart of Jesus, the heart of the world

THE VERY FORM OF THE CROSS, extending out into the four winds, always told the ancient Church that the Cross means solidarity: its outstretched arms would gladly embrace the universe. According to the Didache, the Cross is semeion epektaseos, a “sign of expansion”, and only God himself can have such a wide reach

18/06/2020 · Lascia un commento

Naming the Present Moment & A Retreat Opportunity

Putting proper names to what is happening inside our experience is the place where we can read the language of God.

17/06/2020 · Lascia un commento

One Spirit – One Source of All

Someone once said that the law of gravity and the law of love ultimately have the same source and are both driven by the same spirit, the Holy Spirit.

31/05/2020 · Lascia un commento

Painful Goodbyes and the Ascension

Among the deeper mysteries in life is the mystery of the Ascension. It’s not so much that we misunderstand it, we simply don’t understand it.

25/05/2020 · Lascia un commento

In Safer Hands Than Ours

Everything that Jesus reveals about God assures us that God’s hands are much gentler and safer than our own.

21/05/2020 · Lascia un commento

God’s Inexhaustibility

For all of us there are times in life when we seem to lose hope, when we look at the world or at ourselves and, consciously or unconsciously, think: “It’s too late! This has gone too far! Nothing can redeem this! All the chances to change this have been used up! It’s hopeless!”

14/05/2020 · 1 Commento

Never Grow Weary

There is a Norwegian proverb that reads: Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer.
True heroism often consists in staying the course long enough, of hanging on when it seems hopeless, of suffering cold and aloneness while waiting for a new day.

10/05/2020 · Lascia un commento

The Silence of Life

We will not get in touch with the deep source of our lives if the activities of our life are so consuming and obsessive that we can never find an identity and meaning in something beyond them.

07/05/2020 · 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…

01/05/2020 · Lascia un commento

Struggling to be inside the Present Moment

During the last years of his life, Thomas Merton lived in a hermitage in an attempt to find more solitude in his life. But solitude is a very illusive thing and he found that it was continually escaping him.

25/04/2020 · Lascia un commento

OGF 6/2020 – The Lord’s resurrection and the resurrection of his disciple

Let us silence the cries of death, no more wars! May we stop the production and trade of weapons, since we need bread, not guns. Let the abortion and killing of innocent lives end. May the hearts of those who have enough be open to filling the empty hands of those who do not have the bare necessities.

19/04/2020 · Lascia un commento

Hearing the Voice that Soothes

Karl Rahner had it right when he said that we do not have souls that get restless, but that our souls themselves are lonely caverns thirsting the infinite, deep wells of restlessness.

18/04/2020 · Lascia un commento

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.

13/04/2020 · Lascia un commento

The Ninety-Nine and the One

Throughout the years that I’ve been writing, I have sometimes been asked “Why do you write the way you do, invariably with some kind of secular bent? Why don’t you focus more on catechesis, teaching church doctrine, explaining the creeds, defending the church’s position on moral issues, and doing apologetics for the church?”

31/03/2020 · Lascia un commento

Weakness Builds the Soul

Psychologist and author James Hillman suggests that it is our inferiorities that build up our souls. His view is that it is not our strengths that give us depth and character, but our weaknesses.

20/03/2020 · 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)

16/03/2020 · Lascia un commento

The size of our Hearts

God puts us into this world with huge hearts. The human heart in itself, when not closed off by fear, wound, and paranoia, is the antithesis of pettiness. There’s nothing small about the human heart.

15/03/2020 · Lascia un commento

The Way of the Cross with Oscar Romero

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his martyrdom, we offer you a Way of the Cross with reflections of saint Oscar Romero.  

25/02/2020 · 1 Commento

Message of Pope Francis for Lent 2020

Putting the paschal mystery at the centre of our lives means feeling compassion towards the wounds of the crucified Christ present in the many innocent victims of wars, in attacks on life, from that of the unborn to that of the elderly, and various forms of violence.

24/02/2020 · Lascia un commento

Carrying our Solitude at a High Level

I once received a letter from a woman who expressed frustration in finding support, even among her church friends, for living out a high ideal.

16/02/2020 · Lascia un commento

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COMBONIANUM

Combonianum è stato una pubblicazione interna di condivisione sul carisma di Comboni. Assegnando questo nome al blog, ho voluto far rivivere questo titolo, ricco di storia e patrimonio carismatico.
Il sottotitolo Spiritualità e Missione vuole precisare l’obiettivo del blog: promuovere una spiritualità missionaria.

Combonianum was an internal publication of sharing on Comboni’s charism. By assigning this name to the blog, I wanted to revive this title, rich in history and charismatic heritage.
The subtitle
Spirituality and Mission wants to specify the goal of the blog: to promote a missionary spirituality.

Sono un comboniano affetto da Sla. Ho aperto e continuo a curare questo blog (tramite il puntatore oculare), animato dal desiderio di rimanere in contatto con la vita del mondo e della Chiesa, e di proseguire così il mio piccolo servizio alla missione.
I miei interessi: tematiche missionarie, spiritualità (ho lavorato nella formazione) e temi biblici (ho fatto teologia biblica alla PUG di Roma)

I am a Comboni missionary with ALS. I opened and continue to curate this blog (through the eye pointer), animated by the desire to stay in touch with the life of the world and of the Church, and thus continue my small service to the mission.
My interests: missionary themes, spirituality (I was in charge of formation) and biblical themes (I studied biblical theology at the PUG in Rome)

Manuel João Pereira Correia combonianum@gmail.com

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