Saint Bakhita, Apostle of Gratitude

Saint Bakhita, Apostle of Gratitude

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us… And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.” — Romans 8:18.28-29 Every time I meditate on this letter from Saint Paul, I am so touched by the word “all” that I ask the Lord for the gift of faith and hope, so that I can really believe that all that happens in our life works for the good of our own life. Sometimes we are so overwhelmed by events that we are unable to see the goodness of the divine project, at least at the beginning, when we are blinded by grief.  We can live for years trying...

The Beating of a Consecrated Heart

The Beating of a Consecrated Heart

Recently I find myself returning to the same question: What does it mean to have a consecrated heart? I myself am not consecrated, not yet at least. But I am in formation towards that step and already living many aspects of the life I will lead after professing my vows. And so I find myself praying:teach me to love as You love Lord. Teach my heart to beat as only a consecrated heart can. As usual, the Lord is not responding to me only through prayer or through His Word but rather through the experience of life itself. I am not sure that I can say to have ever lived a period so in tune with my heart as the one that I am living now. It’s as if I am truly aware of the presence of my heart for the first time. I can feel its warmth in my chest. I can detect the...

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...

The Goodness of Good Friday

The Goodness of Good Friday

On this Good Friday, there is much goodness for which we can give thanks. This is the only day of the year in which the Church does not celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass, but rather the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. And though the Eucharist is not celebrated in the same way as it is on the other 364 days of the year, I think that precisely for this reason the agapic (sacrificial love) dimension of the Eucharist emerges today with greater force. We do not officially reserve or adore the Sacred Species today, there is no consecration because we do not celebrate the Mass but rather venerate the Cross; but we are invited to become living tabernacles ourselves in today’s liturgy when we receive Jesus’ Body in Holy Communion. The seeming absence of...