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...

De-cide: the art of cutting away

De-cide: the art of cutting away

How did Michelangelo create the David? The David is one of the most famous statues created by an artist who is a household name. Why is that? These are questions that have been handed down through the ages along with the fame of this man and his statue. They are similar to another question that every man encounters in his heart: what is the purpose of my life? Vocational discernment – discovering how the Lord is inviting one to love fully and completely – and Michelangelo have a lot in common. The answer to how Michelangelo created the David and how to discern God’s will for one’s life is the same: cutting away everything that is not the David. Vocational discernment is like Michelangelo sculpting the David. It takes time to learn how to listen to the voice of...

Belonging and participation: openness to encounter

Belonging and participation: openness to encounter

Active in the process of change and willing to participate and commit themselves to concrete activities in which the personal contribution of each might be an occasion for recognizing one’s identity. This is what young people desire to be, and not passive recipients of formation. I remember when Father Salvatore, the AVI founder, taught me how to do daily meditation, he asked me: “Do you have a friend who would like to pray this way too? Do it together and she too will learn.” I was in my twenties, and the trust shown to me from an elderly priest encouraged and filled me with so great an enthusiasm that I took the initiative to gather a few friends around Scripture. To be entrusted with a task, even a small one, inside of a solid, common project, represents, for...

“Woman, why are you weeping?”

“Woman, why are you weeping?”

http://nikerosherunshop.comlouis vuitton bagsJohn 20: 11-18 But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,”...

Literature and Life

Literature and Life

Praise the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endures forever; Praise the God of gods; for his mercy endures forever; Praise the Lord of lords; for his mercy endures forever; Who alone has done great wonders, for his mercy endures forever; Who skillfully made the heavens, for his mercy endures forever; Who spread the earth upon the waters, for his mercy endures forever; Who made the great lights, for his mercy endures forever; The sun to rule the day, for his mercy endures forever; The moon and stars to rule the night, for his mercy endures forever; Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for his mercy endures forever; And led Israel from their midst, for his mercy endures forever; With mighty hand and outstretched arm, for his mercy endures forever; Who split...

An unexpected mantle of mercy

An unexpected mantle of mercy

Any time I meditate on a Scripture passage involving the apostle Peter, I can really relate to Peter’s humanity. The Bible does not hide his doubts, struggles, audacity, or defects. We see all these things emerging in a surprising encounter with God’s grace and mercy that is described in Acts Chapter 10. Let us open our hearts to receive this Word of God: Peter went up to the roof terrace to pray at about noontime. He was hungry and wished to eat, and while they were making preparations he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered to the ground by its four corners. In it were all the earth’s four-legged animals and reptiles and the birds of the sky. A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter. Slaughter, and...