Mary Cause of Our Joy…

Mary Cause of Our Joy…

This month, we chose this Gospel passage recalling the Birth of Jesus because it can help us reflect on joy. In it St. Luke expresses the very heart of Mary’s joy, a joy that we can make our own. Jesus’ birth did certainly not happen in a joyful context. We are told that “there was no room for them in the inn”, as if to allow us the freedom of imagining the physical,  psychological and moral distress that Mary must have undergone. The writer painted a situation that was apparently joy-less. I seem to notice that this same situation often troubles our lives and our society. People of all places and ages endure numerous hardships. Sr. Sabina and I spent the month of August in Paris, with the goal of learning French. Through God’s Providence we met our tutor, a...

Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil

Trials, temptations, obstacles, difficulties, and unexpected events…who of us has ever read a fairy tale, a novel, or an adventure? Pinocchio is tempted by Lucignolo to skip school and visit the Land of Games and there begins his misadventure. Boromir in the Lord of The Rings is attempted to seize the ring of power, gives in, threatens his friend Frodo, and is forced to flee by himself. The wife of Lot, after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, is disobedient to the Divine Command and is turned into a statue of salt. A fairy tale, a novel, the Bible; here are three examples (out of many) that show us how temptation has an impact on human life. But what is temptation? We can think of temptation as the charm of evil that draws and seduces us to do something that...

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

“The Body of Christ.” “Amen.” Is it really you, Lord? Is it really you, Lord? In this little Host, in my hands, in my mouth, like a vulnerable child you let yourself be taken. You appear so silent, so still. And yet I look at you and know that you are the Word of God. “For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the Lord, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him…?” (Dt 4:7) In this miraculous combination of bodies and souls, Jesus gives himself to us: to me, to you. The infinite enters into the finite, God into man, eternity into time. God in us, every day, “daily bread.” I have a very vivid image in my memory. Greedy to capture imagines as if they were “take out food”, a tourist immortalized with his camera paintings, statues, the...

The Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

Mary Queen of the Apostles Luke 1:26-56; 2:1-52  As I reflect on the spiritual life, I often look back at the journey that I have walked with the Lord up to this point. I am then joyfully surprised to realize that Mary has not only been a faithful companion and mother, but that her experience has somehow also been my experience, especially if I think of the time in her life that we contemplate in the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. The Annunciation, the Visitation, the Birth of Jesus, His presentation and the the finding in the temple suddenly acquire a new meaning that gives direction and certainty to my often faltering steps. The Annunciation reminds me of the virtue of welcoming. Mary embodied a pure welcoming of the Word of God in her heart and in her womb....

Behold Your Mother…

Behold Your Mother…

Before his death on the cross Jesus desired to entrust his most precious treasure that He still possessed, His beloved Mother, to each and every one of us in the person of John, the only apostle that remained faithful to Him till the end. In this exchange of sons, Mary became the Mother par excellence, and from that moment on, John, the Gospel says, took her into his house. We, too, in this new series of reflections that we are about to start, would like to meditate on Mary’s role in our lives in order to understand better how we, Apostles of the  Interior Life, Collaborators of Your Joy, and all of you dear friends who are reading these monthly meditations, can “live” Mary and learn from her the secret of the interior life; a life  that as a spring of water...