Esther: Friend of God and men.

Esther: Friend of God and men.

As a prism reflects the one color of the light in myriads, so each of the friends of God reflect a particular aspect of the magnificence of God. Esther is the friend of God that radiates the splendor of the Beauty of God upon the world. Each one of us has many friends, but we relate with each and every one in different ways. Every friend has the capacity to bring out different characteristics in us. The same thing happens with the friends of God. Esther is the friend that brings out the Beauty of God. God relates with her by communicating to her his splendor. This is why also Esther is so beautiful: she reflects that beauty that she contemplates. Beauty has a strong power of attraction. There is no one, not even the most ? person that is not attracted by the...

Job, the Scandal of the Righteous Man Who Suffers

Job, the Scandal of the Righteous Man Who Suffers

Which is the way to light’s dwelling place? (Job 38:19) Ever since I was little, I was always curious about the figure of Job. Perhaps because my mom often said in her moments of frustration: “Here you’d need the patience of Saint Job.” And in my young imagination I sought to depict this man touched by suffering, lying on the ground scratching his wounds with a shard and cursing the day he was born. An image that makes you sigh: “What a pity, the poor man!” And yet I intuited that there was something more, perhaps to check into his tenacious fidelity to God despite so much evil. In fact there is more if you open the Bible and listen to his words. It’s amazing how this man at the end of his strength can express himself so poetically… it’s touching to hear...

That Man Is You!

That Man Is You!

Maybe he didn’t realize it. Perhaps he was weak, or evil. As a matter of fact, king David wasn’t thinking about his bad behavior since Nathan, the prophet, was telling him a story. In a certain town there were two men, one rich, who had many flocks, the other one poor, who had only a little ewe lamb that he loved a lot. A visitor came to the rich man; he took the ewe lamb of the poor and prepared dinner for his visitor. David grew very angry and said, “The man who has done this merits death!” Nathan dared to answer, “You are the man! You, David, are a king, you can choose for your wife any beautiful woman, but you committed adultery with Bathsheba. You also killed her husband, your faithful servant Uriah, in order to marry her”. The prophet has a difficult role....