Christmas

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 »

Christmas 2018

  Make Room for Love The Word made his dwelling among us (Jn. 1:14). Perhaps you too have felt a veil of sadness settle over your heart on Christmas Day, of all times…. If we open our windows and look outside, we see artificial lights, poor people with nothing to eat, dead-end streets, children without… Read more »

Epiphany 2018

Prayer, the Rhythm of Life We have come to the end of the Christmas season. The Liturgy for the Feast of the Epiphany brings to a close our Advent reflections, pointing out to us, through the adoration of the Magi, the element on which the whole spiritual life is founded: prayer, or even better, adoration, that is,… Read more »

Feast of Mary, Mother of God 2018

God’s Dwelling Place It is not by chance that the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, is also World Peace Day. In fact, the presence of the Spirit, which fills the heart and womb of Mary, reminds us that we will have peace only if we allow ourselves to be inhabited by the mystery we… Read more »

Christmas 2017

Christmas is here! God has been incarnated and reveals his glory. The Inaccessible One has finally made himself known. Only when the glory of God is proclaimed from the heavens can the peace which the angels announced at Bethlehem spread on earth. In fact, the last stage of our journey speaks to us precisely about… Read more »

Epiphany 2017

Francesca Pratillo, fsp

Where is the king of the Jews? (Mt. 2:1-12)               In telling a story that blends fact and fiction, the evangelist Matthew offers us one of the most beautiful pages in his Gospel. Those who followed the star to Bethlehem were neither three in number, nor were they kings. Rather, they were courageous pilgrims… Read more »

Mary, Mother of God 2017

Francesca Pratillo, fsp

“Who is my mother?” One day, Jesus said to the crowd: “Who are my mother and my brothers [and sisters]? My mother, brothers and sisters are those who hear the word of God and do it” (cf. Mk. 3:31; Lk.8:21). This statement throws light on the contemplative activity that constructs the world and gives rise… Read more »