Eleventh Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Eleventh Tuesday of Ordinary Time June 16, 2020 WORD of the DAY You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5: 43-48) How shall I live this Word? Our ‘neighbor’ is ‘ close’, ‘ very close’! In the law, people are asked to love those of their own family, but here Jesus opens us to new horizons! He asks to “love our enemies”, to “pray for those who persecute us”. Jesus commands love, He comes to command something that normally is not lived as a command. But...

Tenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time June 10, 2020 WORD of the DAY Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill it. (Matthew: 5-17) How shall I live this Word? This verse reminds us of a passage, which is not only that from the Old Testament to the New Testament, but it is the passage from the law to grace, the passage from living in a cold, superficial, negative way that is looking at the ‘No’, but rather, going more in depth by choosing the ‘Yes’, choosing the life present in the things themselves. Any rule helps me choose between a good and a ‘less good’. Understanding this in the rule leads me to freely choose the good. I do not abolish the command, which is a teacher, but I go further. This is the passage that grows in human heart with their maturity: a passage from having to do things, to doing things because they are taken with conviction and love, because they are recognized as a source of life. The fullness of the grace that surrounded us...

Pope Francis to Impart Apostolic Blessing

March 24, 2020   The Holy Father Calls us to Prayer and Imparts his Apostolic Blessing Urbi et Orbi Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Priests in Consecrated Life, The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has invited all of the Christian faithful to take part in two opportunities that will strengthen human solidarity as we implore God’s deliverance from this hour of difficulty. On March 25th, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Holy Father has invited all Christians to pray the Our Father as we, in the words of the Holy Father, “prepare to celebrate the victory of the risen Christ.” And on March 27th, the Holy Father will impart his Urbi et Orbi blessing to the city and the world. In communion with our Holy Father, I ask all parishes and religious houses to observe the extraordinary March 27th Urbi et Orbi blessing by the Holy Father, in this way, to the degree possible: At 1:00 in the afternoon, 6:00 in the evening Rome time when the Holy Father will be praying in Saint Peter’s Basilica, ring the bells of your church or chapel, or participate in a virtual ringing of bells through your social media platform. I invite all the faithful to...

12th Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 12th Thursday of Ordinary Time June 27, 2019 WORD of the DAY Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. (Matthew 7: 21) How shall I live this Word? Lord, Lord is the liturgical acclamation of faith and prayer: The Lord is the Kyrios, God Jesus is the Lord, is the center of the Christian faith. Jesus is my God, my Lord. This affirmation of faith, places us in front of the truth of our heart and our words: is Jesus really my Lord? How many lords do I have in my life? Is the Lord the beginning and the end of everything for me? Is Jesus the beginning and the end of my living? And it is not enough to say: Lord, Lord to enter the kingdom of heaven. Faith is not enough. We need love, because it is love that places Him at the beginning and end of our concrete existence. Therefore, neither faith nor correct prayer is enough to enter the kingdom of heaven. We must do the will of the...