Mary, Queen of Apostles

Mary, Queen of Apostles

“As a woman, as a baptized person, as a consecrated person, and as an apostle, the Apostle of the Interior Life in imitation of Mary, desires to exercise her role as mother, making herself available to the work of the Holy Spirit, for making possible, so to say, the Incarnation of the Divine Word in the souls that she assists spiritually.” – AVI Rule of Life As the talk we were listening to ended, a student in the row in front of me turned around and asked, “Can we talk?” She was a girl I met with regularly for spiritual direction, and I could tell right away from the pain in her eyes that something was wrong. We left the crowded hall and as soon as we were away from the noise she looked at me and started crying. The talk on dating we had just listened to had...

Behold your Mother

Behold your Mother

Saturday is traditionally held as a day of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and today on Holy Saturday, this day of most sacred silence and meditation, we can turn our eyes to Mary as we continue to let the Paschal Mystery penetrate us.  Last night in John’s Gospel we heard Jesus’ poignant words from the Cross: “When Jesus say his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” It strikes me that the Gospel does not say, “Jesus said to John, ‘behold your mother'” but rather “Then he said to the disciple…”. The reason that Jesus can give me His mother is...

Surrounded with Mercy as if by Air

It is said that the unmistakable sign of the end of a homily or a document of the Church is the mention of Mary. In a homily that has gone on too long, the name of Mary comes as a clear hope of liberation. In this sense Mary always comes last, but I think she’s very happy to be the one to close, or to summarize, that which has been said. Coming last, after the great truths of God have been expressed, she always remains the closest to us. When the Son has already crossed the finish line, Mary is still on the track so as to wait for the slowest and perhaps push him a little, discretely. The Bull of indiction of the Jubilee is not an exception. When Misericordiae Vultus – who is Jesus Himself, face (vultus) of the Father’s mercy – softens towards the conclusion...

Blessed are the meek

Blessed are the meek

2 Timothy 2:24 Who are the meek? The meek are humble people who don’t push others around in order to affirm themselves. Gentle people who, even if oppressed or taken advantage of, don’t respond in the same way, because they are confident in the greater plan of God. Patient people, interiorly strong, but not passive. The beatitude of meekness contradicts our everyday experience, where to win and come out on top, it is necessary to be overbearing. The constant temptation is to become powerful through the use of violence and to dominate others out of fear of losing one’s own life. The meek person does not dominate by force and does not respond to evil with evil; it is to be like Jesus. Jesus lets himself be seized by the hands of his persecutors, representatives of...