FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD EASTER MONDAY April 22, 2019 WORD of the DAY Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” (Mt 28: 8-15) How shall I live this Word? With the resurrection of Jesus the whole course of history changed. There are those who are content to close the stone of the tomb, deceiving themselves that everything is forgotten. The ideological constructions of man would like to overlap with the reality of facts and harness the opinions of the masses according to their own advantage. But outside of the abstraction of books and interpreters, as opposed to those who would like to regulate the course of things with the power of money, there is a real and concrete life, for anyone who has the courage to look at it, renouncing any fiction. It is here that it is possible to meet the Lord in flesh and blood, when He shows a truth that is presence and life, when He loves to meet the least, to confide His secrets to those women who had little chance of being believed. A Lord who loves to trample the streets of everyday life, often dusty and difficult, but which remind us of who we are. It is this story, our history, that determines the world: everything... read more


  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD HOLY SATURDAY April 20, 2019  WORD of the DAY   DAY OF SILENCE… VIGIL WITH MARY, OUR MOTHER       The descent into hell is the ultimate consequence of incarnation. The first Son was in Himself a simple God, pure immensity. Then He became human, thousands of relationships with others, thousands of states, efforts, and changing temporal initiatives, experienced all this in a fleeting destiny, in something without boundaries, which was always available to the infinity of the Father. Now He still lacks the knowledge of pure not-being God, of pure opposition to God, so to speak, of mere limitations in limitlessness.   In the mystery of Holy Saturday the most disparate and opposite mysteries meet and intertwine in a way that is never definitively perceived, forming a unitary fabric that intends to show us how perfect and total the redemption of humanity is. It is the mystery of death as the Son lives together with the divinity of the Trinity. It is the mystery of the communion of the Son in the underworld, accompanied by the Father and the Spirit. It is the mystery of human sin incorporated into its eternal aspect with the world of the dead. It is the mystery of the return of the Son to the Father according to this concrete way and in no other way. It is the way in which men and women attend redemptive death in a grace that gives them faith, which awaits the gift of resurrection to participate in its full vitality. (Adrienne von Speyr)   ____________________________________________________________________________ Daughters of Mary Help... read more

Vatican – A woman State Councilor of Vatican City: Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA

Vatican – A woman State Councilor of Vatican City: Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA 18 April 2019 (ANS – Vatican City) – The Holy Father has appointed Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, Councilor of the Vatican City State, of the Daughter of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), as Professor of Political Economy at the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences Auxilium. It was yesterday’s press release of the Holy See, Wednesday 17 April, to make public a decision of Pope Francis dated 5 March.”Her mandate, which is carried out collegially together with other councilors, reunited in the Pontifical Commission for the State of the Vatican City, is five years,” explains a note from Auxilium, where Sister Smerilli teaches. “The State Councilor provides assistance in the elaboration of the Vatican Laws and in other matters of particular importance.”The Pontifical Commission for the Vatican City State, composed of a General Councilor and five State Councilors, is the body that exercises legislative power in the Vatican City State. It is the dicastery that holds the de facto administration of the Vatican City State, overseeing most public functions and representing the state on behalf of the Pope.Prof. Alessandra Smerilli was born in Vasto in 1974, and graduated in Economics from the University of Roma Tre. She then specialized in Political Economics at the Sapienza University of Rome and at the School of Economics of the East Anglia University in Norwich.In addition to teaching in the “Auxilium” Faculty, she holds teaching positions in other university institutions, is a member of the Scientific and Organizing Committee of the Catholic Social Weeks, promoted by the Italian Episcopal Conference, and is... read more

Best Lent Ever | Lenten Reflections 2019 | The Biggest Mistake | Dynamic Catholic

  When we really decide to walk with God, when we really decide to become disciples of Jesus, when we really decide to allow God to transform us and transform our lives there’s always obstacles. Some of those obstacles are very human and very much “us.” I think about the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane on Holy Thursday, and they can’t even stay awake. That’s our humanity, right? #BestLentEver Source: Best Lent Ever | Lenten Reflections 2019 | The Biggest Mistake | Dynamic... read more


FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD GOOD FRIDAY April 19, 2019 WORD of the DAY After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. (John 19: 28-30) How shall I live this Word? Today the death of Jesus pervades the universe. The memorial of His passion collects all the passions, all the pain of the world and carries it on the cross. A crucifix, a thousand crucifixes. Jesus dies in full awareness of the injustice of His death, but He chose not to resist it; He knows He chose ‘lowliness’ to reach the human heart and the only elevation He was granted was on the cross. He knows that the ridicule and the derision suffered will not stop and it will be difficult to believe Him. His death is not glorious, edifying. But His death is for everyone, in the name of all the crucified, He dies with them, for them, in their place. Jesus obedient, until death and death on the cross … The Trinity takes shape on the cross. The incarnation has made visible the man Jesus, the Father and His voice are recognized, the Spirit finally spreads over humanity, enters them and keeps the divine presence alive in all people, thus realizing their new creation. Lord, increase... read more
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