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.”
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.’
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
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.
The wake left on the surface of the water by a lovely ship gradually spreads until it disappears altogether and merges with the horizon, but it started with the point of the ship itself. The same is true of the wake of believers who make up the Church. It begins at a certain point, and this point is Mary’s faith, her fiat.
The German poet, Goethe speaks of something he calls “holy longing”. He defines it as “a desire for higher love-making”, a longing to embrace the world and make love to it as God does this.
There are two ways in which we can prepare and celebrate Christmas. One way is to live it as a circular time, meaning something that is repeated and commemorated (ok, Christmas again… cool). The other way is to live it as a horizontal or linear time meaning, a time in which every year something absolutely new is happening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A series of antiphons at Vespers that magnificently set forth the nature of the coming One. During the final week of Advent (December 17-23), the Church offers us an intense … Continua a leggere
Advent reflection by Fr Augusto Zampini Davies. 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 … Continua a leggere
3rd Advent Homily – 2014 “Let the Peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15) “Peace, Fruit of the Spirit” Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa 1. Peace Fruit of the Spirit … Continua a leggere
OGF 12/2014 Living Advent God, in these last days, spoke to us through a son Father Cantalamessa PDF File: OGF 2014-12 God, in these last days, spoke to us through … Continua a leggere
Flavor of the month ADVENT MEDITATIONS 2013 by Father Cantalamessa. 3rd Avent Meditation The Mystery of the Incarnation Contemplated Through Francis of Assisi’s Eyes ROME, December 20, 2013 (Zenit.org) – … Continua a leggere
Allons de… l’Avent! 1. J’attends J’attends, dit l’empereur Auguste, le résultat du recensement. J’ai hâte de savoir le nombre de mes sujets. J’attends, dit Joseph, de trouver un logement pour … Continua a leggere