The Journey of Life

The Journey of Life

When I woke up, it was too early to live… It was dawn and the sky was gray. At the beginning of the day, the world looks surreal, invisible, with its outlines that take shape as in a miracle, without a hand having drawn them. But for me, since I don’t have a poetic spirit, the beginning of the day is always the same as days gone by. So, also, was it that morning; nothing new was on the horizon. Maybe, not even the sun was going to rise from the fog that encompassed the trees. No one has ever reaped anything except what they had sown in the right season. That was my thinking at that time, and I would still think like that if it hadn’t been for Lisa’s phone call. I should have known it. “Life does not repeat itself. It’s like something deeply revolutionary. Life is...

If God Is God

If God Is God

For many years a poster was attached to the bookshelf in my room that displayed the sentence: “God is greater than our hearts” (1 Jn 3, 20). When I saw this sentence for the first time in the central insert of a newspaper I thought that those words were written just for me! Perhaps because I belong to that category of persons that doesn’t like to make mistakes, or perhaps because in my life (even though short) I have already accumulated my own good store of errors and incoherencies, or perhaps because I thought that every time I made a mistake God saw me like I saw myself. Whatever our heart might blame us for, “God is greater”. And discovering this fact has opened my eyes to the most extraordinary truth of our faith (yet also extremely difficult to understand in...

JOY!

JOY!

We have something more that the hairs on our head, or the legs that carry us around daily, or the eyes that allow us to see the world. We have the desire to be happy! This is the real engine of our life, which moves us from within. This is what made us scream for food when we were in the cradle, and that once grown up gives us the ability to desire greater things and make plans for the future. We all want to be well, not only physically but also morally and spiritually. It is great to be able to say, “Now I am really happy”, or “I do feel fulfilled.” We can recall many moments of pure joy in our lives: the birth of a child, the day we were engaged or married… maybe even the present moment. But when we think about those moments, we are aware of a sad voice within...

The Walk Towards the Light

The Walk Towards the Light

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Through him was the life and this life was the light of the human race”(Jn 1: 1.4) The Christian continually awaits the Coming. The Advent! Christ bursts in the life of man and marks it. The life of the spiritual man, of the man of God, is articulated by continuous “comings”, by the continuous visits of God inside of Him, that leave him enriched and charmed. The liturgical Advent celebrates the Incarnation of the Son: the first visit of God as man to humanity. But it celebrates also all those visits that every man, in the course of his life, receives from God. How many “comings” each of us can celebrate! That, for example, of the first time in which we have felt...

And So The Journey Continues

And So The Journey Continues

“ For the Son of Man did not come to be served butnto serve and give his life as a ransom for many” ( Mk 10:45) Our life, our whole life, is service. Each person has to discover the real meaning of his mission. Each one has fruit to bear, people to help. Each one can be water that quenches the thirst and gives life. It is this that makes our life beautiful.  The human being is happy and fulfilled inasmuch as he develops his creativity. On the contrary, his life becomes boring when it is deprived of this characteristic. The animal is continuously and exclusively guided by its instinct. Its activity is extremely repetitive. There is never anything new in its behavior. This does not make it sad. In fact, it is a reason for pleasure and satisfaction. This happens...