New Spring of Water Series: Droplets from the Charism

New Spring of Water Series: Droplets from the Charism

This year our monthly Spring of Water meditations are going back to their source: the charism of the Apostles of the Interior Life. Of course, the true Spring of Water is the gift of God himself, of his life, love and grace in us. Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life is a mystery so great that we could never hope to contain the gift of his Person. We will be content to catch the droplets and splashes that bubble up in our lives, and the channel through which we will receive this new life is the AVI charism. Join us this year as we revisit different “Droplets from the Charism.”

Do This in Memory of Me

Do This in Memory of Me

“Do this in memory of me.” These are the words Jesus spoke to His apostles during the Last Supper. In the hours following these words, human history changed. That night, when His friends left Him, when one betrayed Him, another denied Him, on that night Jesus accomplished His greatest, most mysterious work: the Institution of the Eucharist. And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the...

The Logic of Paradox

The Logic of Paradox

“But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (Jn 16:7). Catholicism, what a paradox! The Bible is full of verses like: “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Mt 16:25). As Catholics we proclaim truths like: “O happy fault that won for us so great a Redeemer” (Exultet for the Easter Vigil). And we have experiences as though a blind man were teaching us how to see. Faith and reason, body and soul, Scripture and Tradition, grace and nature; these are all truths of our faith and all are paradoxes. As we begin this new cycle of meditations focusing on the important elements of the charism of the...

Where two or three are gathered together

Where two or three are gathered together

In preparation for the Synod of the Bishops, coming up in October, we want to share the unique experience we were blessed to have here in Rome to wrap up our “Spring of Water” yearly journey.  “The Church is asking us for something that only you two can do” said Janel, our formator, one day early this year as Briana and I sat on the couch in our living room. Seeing my confused face, she continued: “…or if you prefer it’s a request of Pope Francis.” After some nervous laughter she began to explain to us an opportunity that would prove to be one of the most unique and beautiful experiences of our lives up to this point. From March 19 – 25, Briana and I lived a week of encounter with young people who were called together by the Pope and Church from all over the...

Being a light for others

Being a light for others

When he had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either. But later, as the eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;...

Blessed technology!

Blessed technology!

It is 10:10 pm on May 21, a normal weekday like many others. After reciting Night Prayer I say goodnight to my sisters and I go to my bedroom. I start checking the various emails, messages and phone calls from the day, as well as ones from the past few days to which I have not yet replied. To my great surprise I notice an unusual message: a priest from Congo, who is pastor of a parish in Naples, forwards me a voice message from a woman I had never heard from. This may seem like something simple, but I ended up receiving an incredible and surprising gift: the message, in fact, was from a 41-year old woman named Patrizia, who has been suffering from ALS since she was eighteen. Because of her illness, she does not speak, walk or move. Yet she was able to “write” me...

Loved and Called

Loved and Called

What I remember from that night is that I didn’t really want to go that late evening meeting.I was tired and wished I could go home. Not knowing why, I sat down next to a student whom I had only seen in passing and, despite my reluctance to start a conversation, I chose to love that young woman and began to talk with her. To my surprise, I noticed that the conversation was flowing very easily. Before we parted we exchanged contact information. That same evening, Jennifer sent me an e-mail, asking if we could begin meeting regularly for a journey that soon would turn into vocational discernment, which eventually led her to join a religious community. When I recall this event — one of the many daily events of my consecrated life — the words of Pope Francis come to...