First Tuesday of Lent

First Tuesday of LENT
March 3, 2020

WORD of the DAY

In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“This is how you are to pray:
Our Father in heaven… (Matthew 6: 7-9)

How shall I live this Word?

How many useless words we say every day, good but also bad words, words of appreciation but also of accusation, words that make us grow but also that deeply kill the heart.
How many useless words we say to clarify, to explain, to apologize, and the more we speak, the more we are convinced that we are appreciated and admired for what we say.
Jesus teaches us that it is not necessary to speak much, because a single word, small and simple, is enough to say everything, the word is Abba, Father.
This is because the Father loves His children and knows them completely; because the Father knows how to forgive and is able to foresee excuses with His love. Because the Father knows what we need and gives it to us in abundance; because the Father is always ready to embrace us, to support us, to welcome us, whatever choice we make.
Because the Father is Father only when and because there is a daughter/son!

Help me Lord to profoundly and intensely meet the Father to have with Him a deep and filial relationship and to entrust myself to His embrace with liberty and without fear.

The voice of Pope Francis, General Audience 16 January 2019

Saying “Abbà” is something much more intimate, more moving than simply calling God “Father”. That’s why someone proposed to translate this original Aramaic word “Abbà” with “Dad” or “Daddy”. Instead of saying “our father”, say “dad, dad”. We continue to say “Our Father”, but with the heart we are invited to say “Dad”, to have a relationship with God like that of a child with his/her dad, who says “dad” and says “daddy”. And for this, dear brothers and sisters, to pray well, you need to get to have a child’s heart. Not a self-sufficient heart: so one cannot pray well, but like a child in the arms of the father, of dad, of daddy.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Sandra Bona, FMA

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