Fifth Thursday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Thursday of LENT April 2, 2020 WORD of the DAY Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” (So) the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ You do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar. But I do know him and I keep his word.” (John 8: 51-55) How shall I live this Word? Knowledge of God is denied to all those who are not able to see His incarnation in the present. In the same way that Jesus hid Himself, leaving the sacred enclosure of the Temple, and thus disappearing from the eyes of those...

Second Saturday of Advent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SECOND SATURDAY OF ADVENT December 14, 2019 WORD of the DAY O Shepherd of Israel, lend an ear, you who guide Joseph like a flock! Seated upon the cherubim, shine forth upon Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Stir up your power, and come to save us. O God, restore us; light up your face and we shall be saved. (PSALM 80) How shall I live this Word? From whom do we seek help in times of despair and fear? From whom do we want to be saved when the night is darkest? The psalmist reminds us that the Lord alone is our salvation, He alone gives light to our existence, He alone illumines our steps; it is in Him that we find peace and serenity. Saint John of the Cross (1540-1591) was well aware of this. Together with Saint Teresa of Avila, he was one of the reformers of the Carmelite order. Due to the depth of his mystical and poetic writings he will be declared a Doctor of the Church. For John, the human being is essentially a being in a constant search for God, in a journey that John imagines as the ascent...