Posted by: livingscripture | May 13, 2015

St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello

From the Word of the Day

 “But some did join him, and became believers.  Among them were Dionysius, a member of the Court of the Areopagus, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.”   

(Acts 17: 22)

How should we live this Wordweg-sbiagio

 The stay in Athens was a hard time for Paul.  Notwithstanding a very inspiring discourse that was well constructed and expressed, it was still a failure.  The phrase, “We should like to hear you on this some other time,” is an almost ironic greeting.  It leaves bitterness, even though Paul does not dwell on it and immediately finds other ways, other places to give movement and speed to the transmission of the Good News.

But just as in the most tragic situations, all is not totally lost.  At least two persons are open and begin to believe.  Luke names these two, almost like giving historical evidence for this fact.  One is Dionysius, a member of the Court of the Areopagus, and the other is a woman, Damaris, considered of equal importance and remembered in the same way.  It is another way of showing what Paul affirms in the Letter to the Galatians: there is no longer Greek or Jew, nor man or woman, nor slave or free…because all are one in Christ.  All witness to being a new creature in Christ.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall thank Jesus for the newness He brings and ask Him to make my mind and heart ever more open to it.

Lord, today among all the Saints, we remember St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello.  She was a woman who, with courage, enthusiasm, and intelligence, gave life to a fruitful experience that places itself at the service of the young, especially young women.  Grant that her charism may continue today and exalt feminine genius with creativity at the service of evangelization.

The Voice of St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, Letter 49

Time passes quickly and if we do not want to be found with empty hands at the point of death, we must hurry to ground ourselves in true and solid virtue.  Words do not get us to Heaven; actions do.  Apply yourselves with courage.  Practice virtue only for Jesus and for no other goal.  In the final analysis, there are many stories that we put in our head.  A daughter who truly loves Jesus gets along with everyone.

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