Prayers

Easter Sunday 2019

  Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps. 118; Col. 3:1-4; Jn. 20:1-9 Christ is risen! Alleluia! “Christ is risen; he is truly risen! Alleluia!” With these simple words voiced by the first Christians, I want to wish all of you a blessed Easter. May the light of our hope never die out and may our courage in… Read more »

Palm Sunday 2019

  Is. 50:4-7; Ps. 22; Phil. 2:6-11; Lk. 22:14–23:56 I too…would have… Every year, the solemn Liturgy of Palm Sunday once again offers us a reading of the Passion of Jesus: a moving account that should be well-pondered, allowing it to enrich our life. Permit me to offer a reflection that springs from my heart… Read more »

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2019

  Is. 43:16-21; Ps. 126; Phil. 3:8-14; Jn. 8:1-11 It Is Always Possible To Start Over We are all very familiar with the words of Jesus, taken from the Gospel of this Fifth Sunday of Lent: “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” In… Read more »

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2019

  Jos. 5:9a, 10-12; Ps. 34; 2 Co. 5:17-21; Lk. 15:1-3, 11-32 The Kiss of God The parable of the Prodigal Son is probably the best known of all the parables of Jesus. It is the infinite story of people of every time: a feeling of discontent, the search for a carefree life; leaving home…. Read more »

Third Sunday of Lent 2019

  Ex. 3:1-8, 13-15; Ps. 103; 1 Co. 10:1-6, 10-12; Lk. 13:1-9 Where Is God? I’ve asked myself this question countless times in the face of catastrophies, tragedies and diseases! The people of Jesus’ day, reporting to him the news of some local tragedies, challenged him with the question “Why?” Jesus replied that there is… Read more »

Second Sunday of Lent 2019

  Gn. 15:5-12, 17-18; Ps. 27; Phil. 3:17–4:1; Lk. 9:28-36 Abide with Him We have always read this page of the Gospel as a visible anticipation of the glory of the resurrection. This time, I would like to underscore a particular point that often escapes us, yet it is one of the pillars on which… Read more »

First Sunday of Lent 2019

  Dt. 26:4-10; Ps. 90; Rm. 10:8-13; Lk. 4:1-13 Put to the Test To be tempted means to be tested. In this regard, a verse from the Book of Sirach is very illuminating: “My child, if you aspire to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for an ordeal. Be sincere of heart, be steadfast. Do not… Read more »

The Lord entered her

Saint Ephrem, Hymn De Nativitate 11: 6-8)

The Lord entered her and became a servant; he Word entered her, and became silent within her; thunder entered her and his voice was still; the Shepherd of all entered her; he became a Lamb in her, and came forth bleating. The belly of your Mother changed the order of things, O you who order… Read more »

Epiphany 2019

  Follow the Star The star they had seen at its rising preceded them (Mt. 2:9) I want to share with you a memory that I particularly like. Several years ago, in a television interview, a child was asked: “What do you prefer: day or night?” Unexpectedly, the emphatic answer was: night! Taken aback, the interviewer… Read more »

Feast of Mary, Mother of God 2019

  Treasure Your Story Mary treasured all these words in her heart (Lk. 2:19). Perhaps you too have had occasion to treasure in your heart mysterious words you heard, events that were not very clear, unforgettable encounters, or else vibrant memories that yielded new meaning, gave rise to a fresh way of seeing things and prompted… Read more »