Mary, Queen of Apostles

Mary, Queen of Apostles

“As a woman, as a baptized person, as a consecrated person, and as an apostle, the Apostle of the Interior Life in imitation of Mary, desires to exercise her role as mother, making herself available to the work of the Holy Spirit, for making possible, so to say, the Incarnation of the Divine Word in the souls that she assists spiritually.” – AVI Rule of Life As the talk we were listening to ended, a student in the row in front of me turned around and asked, “Can we talk?” She was a girl I met with regularly for spiritual direction, and I could tell right away from the pain in her eyes that something was wrong. We left the crowded hall and as soon as we were away from the noise she looked at me and started crying. The talk on dating we had just listened to had...

Freedom of Heart

Freedom of Heart

Have you ever tried to grasp a handful of sand? It slowly escapes from the crevices of your hands. You are attempting to hold onto it, but in the act of grasping, you lose it. This is what happens when our heart is pulled down by an attachment. Being able to identify any attachments in our hearts is important for any kind of discernment so that we receive fully His abundant graces and have the freedom of heart necessary to say “yes” to God’s will, as Mary did. Though the thought of attachment might inspire aversion, it’s not as foreign to our human nature as we might think. In the story of original sin, for example, we see Adam and Eve trying to grasp at the good things in the Garden. However, attachment is more than simply experiencing pleasure in something,...

Without Stain

Without Stain

A meditation by Elena Martinz “Is it true that God forbade you to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge?” The voice came from an undefined point. The voice was different from that of her Father. He did not seem to want to ask a simple question, but rather question something. He could have very well added “but come on, you can’t be serious!” It seemed that the stranger wanted to gossip. The girl did not answer. Why would she reveal to a stranger something that did not concern him? The voice became more insistent: “Come on I don’t want to hurt you. It was just a question. A curiosity, let’s say.” The girl turned around, thinking she had heard a rustle. She would never have revealed anything, just for curiosity’s sake. There was no...

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...