First Monday of Advent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday December 3, 2018 FIRST MONDAY OF ADVENT  WORD of the DAY   They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.    (Isaiah  2: 4)   How shall I live this Word? Peace is the gift par excellence invoked by the peoples and felt as the result of many efforts made on many fronts that produces stability and security. The reality is there is only a sporadic experience of peace, while relations among men are a continuous war, where peace has less and less place and, on the  contrary, learning the art of war prevails. We specialize in this, not only with big armaments, which unfortunately continue to be an important item of our gross domestic product, but also converting what is beautiful in us into an instrument of struggle and death, for example developing emotions like anger, resentment, and viewing justice as just for me. All similar operations but in a way opposite to those of the transformation of swords into plowshares or spears into pruning hooks. This vision of Isaiah...

First Friday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Friday of Lent, February 23, 2018 WORD of the DAY   Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him.  (Matthew 5, 26) How shall I live this Word? Disagreement is an ugly evil that sows division at the personal level and from which come many troubles in the family, in associations, in peoples.  The motives for dissent in ideas, expectations, ways of considering and using money and things, are the order of the day.  Sometimes and often, they are so banal that common sense or daily wisdom, should be able to counsel agreement. This is what the Word is counseling today to those who are walking with someone who at a certain point, reveals to be an adversary.  There is the JOURNEY that should persuade me to come to an agreement with the person. Yes, I am on the journey of life that will end here.  But if I then want my life to continue for eternal happiness, I do well to remind myself that only by working toward communion do I anticipate and prepare for what I will live forever: the chords of a sublime music...