Thursday after Ash Wednesday

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday after Ash Wednesday, March 7, 2019 WORD of the DAY See, I have today set before you life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord, your God, which I am giving you today, loving the Lord, your God, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and ordinances, you will live and grow numerous, and the Lord, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. (Deuteronomy 30: 15-16) How shall I live this Word? Choose. This is the verb of the mature, of adults. The ability to choose is the objective of our journeys of discernment. It is the quality that indicates the adult person, able to distinguish, evaluate, and choose. Even in a faith journey, the ability to choose, which we can also term discernment, defines the autonomous and responsible person. The commandment to love does not presuppose a blind and obtuse obedience, but the active adhesion to the content of that commandment and the effort that desires to penetrate the mystery of life, safeguard it, protect it, perpetuate it. These are the elements to distinguish good from...

Second Friday of Advent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 14, 2018 Second Friday of Advent  WORD of the DAY   To what shall I compare this generation?  It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’  For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, ‘He is possessed by a demon’.  The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’  But wisdom is vindicated by her works.   (Matthew  11: 16-19)   How shall I live this Word? As St. Ignatius of Loyola rightly teaches us, humans are subject to the opposing action of two spirits, one who invites us to good and one who invites us to evil. It is up to us to learn to discern what comes from the one and what comes from the other, with the ability to become familiar with the upheavals of our inner world. If we really want the good and we are attracted by the good spirit, then we will let...

29th Friday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday October 26, 2018 Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   He also said to the crowds, “When you see [a] cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain—and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot—and so it is.  You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?  Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? (Luke 12: 54-59)   How shall I live this Word? We spend most of our time concentrating on external things, and we are extravagant in predicting and analyzing rain, clouds, wind, atmospheric conditions … We are even perfectionists in producing data and proposing real readings, yet we do not realize that our attention is limited to an object held far from the existential humus from which actions and deep choices arise. We have everything, but we risk losing ourselves! We live outside ourselves for lack of courage to return inside ourselves where...