From the Word of the Day
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the way of sinners,
nor sit in company with scoffers.
Rather, the law of the LORD is his joy;
and on his law he meditates day and night.
(Psalm 1: 1)
The Book of Psalms, the great prayer of the Jewish faith, opens with the word ‘Blessed’ which means content/happy. There are essentially two things that bring about this atmosphere of contentment. The first consists in excluding from our choices whatever is evil, that is sin. The second is to practice what God expresses in His commandments and is brought to perfection in the light of the Gospels.
It means really living this Law that is substantially Love: the love that we succeed to practice every day if we meditate on it night and day as the psalm says. It is a deep reflection asking of the Lord only one thing: that of illumining and determining our life; that it be directed to love toward God and to our neighbor. Love is the great thirst of every human being. It is for a total and true love that is rooted in the heart and the soul.
Lord, You have made me thirsty for the infinite, thirsty for You. I truly live, I live well, I live fully, only if I have understood that Love is the gift of myself.
The voice of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
How great our soul is! It elevates us over what is passing; it keeps us distant from the earth. Higher up, the air is pure. Jesus hides, but one knows that He is not far.
Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice, Via dell’Ateno Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA