St. Francis De Sales

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Friday of Ordinary Time 24 January 2020 WORD of the DAY He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. (Mark 3: 13-15) How shall I live this Word? “How good God must be if Francis is so good.” Here is the true disciple of Jesus, the one who with attitudes, with sweetness, and with words speaks only of Him, of His goodness and His love for every person. Here is the chosen apostle who undertakes to continue His mission among the least and most distant. Here is the true follower who, when called, responds with full freedom and generosity because “inspirations make themselves felt in us without our help, but they do not allow our consent without us!” Here is the one who as an imitator becomes a collaborator of God, and becomes a true giant of holiness. Jesus calls His disciples, He calls them today, He also calls us, and in each of...

St. Stephen

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 26, 2018 Christmas Tuesday St. Stephen, First Martyr  WORD of the DAY   But beware of people,  for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues,  and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans.  When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say.  For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matthew  10: 17-20)   How shall I live this Word? The gift of the incarnation of Jesus, of His coming among us, of His ‘gazing’ into our life, reminds us that God who immediately after the first sin, comes to visit us, to seek us, to give all of Himself joining each of us in one flesh. But what does it mean to welcome in us the life of God and how can we be witnesses of this life that dwells in us? The gift of ‘God with us’ enters the logic...