Friendship

Friendship

I had just joined the community and I was filled with joy and enthusiasm, learning my way through the daily schedule of prayer, community time, chores, studies, and apostolate. The call from Jesus had touched and transformed my heart, making it burn with the desire to give myself to him, and to go out and bring him to many others. I wasn’t really looking for anything more, since I felt I had everything, but our God is a God of abundance. One Sunday afternoon, taking advantage of some free time, I and another young woman in formation decided to go out for a walk and to play at one of the parks in Rome. We didn’t really know each other that well, but we found ourselves spending those hours talking, sharing, and enjoying each other’s company as if we had been...

His mercy endures forever

His mercy endures forever

“Oh happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer.” On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we can again savor these words from the Exsultet that were proclaimed at the Easter Vigil Mass just one week ago. As we, like Thomas, place our doubting humanity within Jesus’ wounded side, we are reminded that “by His wounds we are healed” (Is. 53:5). It is from His open side, wounded because of His great love, that the blood and water of His mercy rain upon us. Let us allow the words of Psalm 118 to reecho in our hearts, today and every day: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His mercy endures forever.”

Do you want to be healed?

Do you want to be healed?

John 5:1-9 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Beth-za′tha, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. As I re-read this Gospel passage, I try to move from being a mere...