Deliver Us From Evil…

Deliver Us From Evil…

When I pray the words “deliver us from evil”, I often think of a young man named David who made a courageous choice in his life, that of forgiving the man who abducted and murdered his 12 year-old sister. This young man could have held on to that evil, he could have allowed himself to remain imprisoned in the vortex of revenge and hatred. Instead, he asked the Lord to be delivered from the poison of evil, that same evil that had already caused so much pain to his family. In our lives, we all have experienced the temptation to dwell on the negative, to brood over injuries and hurts. This temptation is often accompanied by the illusory sensation of feeling empowered, almost as if the holding on to a grudge could create something good. Evil begets evil. Only love...

Mary Virgin Most Prudent

Mary Virgin Most Prudent

How beautiful that the Gospel offers us this interesting glimpse into Mary’s experience as a Jewish woman of her time, especially considering that not much is said about Our Lady in the New Testament. Jesus’ presence, along with his Apostles, who are the future Church, is perfectly framed in this atmosphere of joyful celebration, of love and life, within the context of a wedding. It reminds us that there is no aspect of human life that is not dear to Jesus’ heart and to that of His Church. During this celebration of life, the wine, which often in Scripture symbolizes an abundance of joy, runs out. We all know that at times this same very joy comes lacking in our lives; it is then that we realize the need to dig deeper, almost looking for a hidden spring that...

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

I met Nino Baglieri for the first time in the spring of 1994 during a parish mission in Sicily. He was lying on his bed, completely paralyzed. I was immediately struck by the beauty of his gaze – two blue eyes that spoke of Heaven and a smile that was so serene that I desired to be like him. And yet Nino was not always like this. He was only seventeen years of age when he fell from scaffolding as he was painting a house. The fall resulted in the fracture of his spine and the terrible diagnosis – a complete paralysis of his whole body except his head. When he awoke from a coma, he very soon had to come to terms with his new reality, one which he would have to live with for the rest of his life, if you could even call it ‘life’ that which lay ahead of him....

Our Father, Forgive Us Our Sins

Our Father, Forgive Us Our Sins

He was a strong, robust man, the undercover cop who that morning surprised me while I tried to steal a camera from a tourist in St. Peter’s Square. He put the cuffs on me, he made me follow him to his car, and he opened the door, and had me sit down. He also got in the car, looked me in the eyes, and he opened the door, and had me sit down. He also got in the car, looked me in the eyes, and all of a sudden… began to cry! Between the tears he told me that I  couldn’t go on like this, that I was throwing my life away and that I had to change. I looked at him in shock, disbelief! He didn’t even know me, didn’t know my name. Why was he so worried about me? I was a drug addict, a thief! Dozens of policemen before him had simply taken me to prison and left me there!...

Mary , Mother of Equilibrium

Mary , Mother of Equilibrium

In the year 1967, while he was organizing the attic, a Cistercian monk of Frattocchie in Rome found a slab of bronze with the engraving that read “L’Alma Aequilibri Mater”, Our Lady of Equilibrium. There engraved was Our Lady who was standing perfectly balanced with her hands held open. The following year, a painting of the same image was given to the Pope. When Paul VI saw it, he was very consoled and exclaimed: “Ah, this is exactly what is needed!” Perhaps we did not even know of  the existence of an “Our Lady of Equilibrium”, and yet how many times have we invoked her, each time we realize that “that is exactly what is needed” for our life or for the world and the situations that are around us. But, in the Christian sense of the word, what is the more profound...