Posted by: livingscripture | December 9, 2017

Saturday Inspirations

 

 

 

“May the Holy Spirit enkindle you with the fire of His Love so that you may persevere, unfailingly, in the love of His service. Thus you may merit to become, at last, a living stone in the celestial Jerusalem.”
— St. Hildegard von Bingen

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“The man who is filled with the Holy Spirit speaks in different languages. These different languages are different ways of witnessing to Christ, such as humility, poverty, patience, and obedience; we speak in those languages when we reveal in ourselves these virtues to others. Actions speak louder than words . . . it is useless for a man to flaunt his knowledge of the law if he undermines its teaching by his actions. But the apostles spoke as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. Happy the man whose words issue from the Holy Spirit and not from himself! … We should speak, then, as the Holy Spirit give us the gift of speech. Our humble and sincere request to the Spirit for ourselves should be that we may bring the day of Pentecost to fulfillment, insofar as he infuses us with his grace, by using our bodily senses in a perfect manner and by keeping the commandments. “
— St. Anthony of Padua
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Posted by: livingscripture | December 9, 2017

FIRST SATURDAY OF ADVENT

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 9, 2017

First Saturday of Advent

 

WORD of the DAY

 At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. 

 (Matthew 9: 36)

How shall I live this Word?

The Gospel evokes two meaningful images of the pastoral/agricultural culture of Jesus’ time.  The shepherd must take care of his flock and the farmer must attend to his field.  At the sight of the crowds, Jesus feels compassion because they are like sheep without a shepherd and like private fields under the care of the owner.

This is similar to His experience at the start of His apostolic mission upon the earth.  His compassion is that of God the Father who sent Him to earth to save humanity.  In order to accomplish His mission over the course of centuries, Jesus invites us to ask the master of the harvest to send workers who will carry out this work.  Thus, it is the responsibility of every Christian to invoke God so that He may open the heart and mind of many people to be ready to proclaim the evangelical message, in various ways and with different possibilities, and in all situations, and above all, witness to it with their life.

O Lord, make me attentive and involved in spreading Your message of charity in the world.

The Voice of Pope Francis – Message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, November 27, 2016

Thus, the missionary commitment is not something that is added on to Christian life, like an ornament, but on the contrary, it is placed in the heart of the faith itself:  relationship with the Lord implies being sent into the world as prophets of His Word and witnesses of His Love.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | December 8, 2017

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of MARY

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 8, 2017

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.   (Luke 1: 38)

How shall I live this Word?

Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the One who was to be the Mother of the Savior and thus could not, even for an instant, be prey to the sin that was at the origin of our first parents’ fall.  She must be pure and holy from the first instant of her coming into the world.   Mary lets herself become involved in the plan of God.  She considered herself the ‘servant’ of the Lord and fully accepts His will.  To God who asks for the cooperation of a human creature to fulfill His plan of salvation, Mary responds promptly and generously.  She will be the first one ‘saved’, so much so that not even original sin will touch her.

Perfectly immaculate, she will be the first ‘flower’ that as a human creature, will be raised from earth to heaven.  She will be the ideal of every person who responds perfectly to the plan of God: “to be holy and pure in His sight” (cf. Ephesians 1: 4).  She who was greeted and is effectively ‘full of grace’, full of divine gifts, is presented to us as the model of Christian life, as the pilgrim of faith (cf. Lumen Gentium 58), as the human being who always responded ‘yes’ to God.

O Mary, help us to imitate your generous acceptance of God’s will.

The Voice of Msgr. Tonino Bello, Bishop, on the way to beatification

O beautiful Woman, Mary, through You we want to thank the Lord for the Mystery of your beauty.  He has disseminated it here and there on the earth, so that along the road, we will keep our pilgrim heart alert with insuppressible nostalgia for Heaven.  Holy Mary, beautiful woman, beautiful like the full moon of Spring, make us understand that beauty will save the world.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | December 7, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

 

 

 

DECEMBER 7, 2017

“Health is God’s great gift, and we must spend it entirely for Him. Our eyes should see only for God, our feet walk only for Him, our hands labor for Him alone; in short, our entire body should serve God while we still have the time. Then, when He shall take our health and we shall near our last day, our conscience will not reproach us for having misused it.”
— St. John Bosco

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“Praying fervently for the coming of the Kingdom also means being constantly alert for the signs of its presence, and working for its growth in every sector of society. It means facing the challenges of present and future with confidence in Christ’s victory and a commitment to extending his reign. It means not losing heart in the face of resistance, adversity, and scandal. It means overcoming every separation between faith and life, and countering false gospels of freedom and happiness. It also means rejecting a false dichotomy between faith and political life, since, as the Second Vatican Council put it, ‘there is no human activity—even in secular affairs—which can be withdrawn from God’s dominion’. It means working to enrich . . . society and culture with the beauty and truth of the Gospel, and never losing sight of that great hope which gives meaning and value to all the other hopes which inspire our lives.”
— Pope Benedict XVI
Posted by: livingscripture | December 7, 2017

FIRST THURSDAY of ADVENT

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 7, 2017

FIRST THURSDAY of ADVENT

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.   (Matthew 7: 24)

How shall I live this Word?

With an image that is very clear and effective, the house built on a rock that the strongest winds could not knock down, Jesus warns us to listen to His words and to put them into practice.  Instead, those who build their house on sand, that is, on values that are merely human and egoistic, will soon see that house collapse and be catastrophically destroyed.

Only if our life is rooted in the Gospel message and founded on charity, does it have the needed consistency to overcome the difficulties and adversities of our daily life because God gives us the light and the strength to win.

In this time of Advent, we are called to examine our life.  What is it founded on?  Let us respond in the depths of our heart.

Lord, grant that my life may be founded on Your divine and saving Word.

The Voice of Pope Benedict XVI

In today’s society, we live a situation that is very precarious in certain ways, characterized by insecurity and fragmentary choices.  We often lack valid reference points to inspire our existence.  Thus, it becomes ever more important to build the edifice of our life and the complex of social relationships on the stable rock of the Word of God, letting ourselves be guided by the Church’s Magisterium.

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Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy

E-mail: srmterzo@gmail.com – Website: www.sanbiagio.org  info@sanbiagio.org

Blog: livingscripture.wordpress.com

Comment by Fr. Mario Maritano, SDB

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | December 6, 2017

Wednesday Whispers

“To use this life well is the pathway through death to everlasting life.”
— St. John Almond

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“Even if you do not confess, God is not ignorant of the deed, since he knew it before it was committed. Why then do you not speak of it? Does the transgression become heavier by the confession? No, it becomes lighter and less troublesome. And this is why he wants you to confess: not that you should be punished, but that you should be forgiven; not that he may learn your sin—how could that be, since he has seen it?—but that you may learn what favor he bestows. He wishes you to learn the greatness of his grace, so that you may praise him perfectly, that you may be slower to sin, that you may be quicker to virtue. And if you do not confess the greatness of the need, you will not understand the enormous magnitude of his grace.”
— St. John Chrysostom
Posted by: livingscripture | December 6, 2017

FIRST WEDNESDAY in ADVENT

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 6, 2017

FIRST WEDNESDAY of ADVENT

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 Jesus cured many and multiplied the bread. (Matthew 15: 29-37)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus had been preaching along the Sea of Galilee and had cured many sick people.  The crowds had been listening to Him for three days.  In his deep humanity and attention to people, He sees they have nothing to eat and does not want to send them away hungry because they may faint along the way.  After being told that there were only seven breads and a few small fish, He tells the people to sit and He multiplies the fish and the bread, so that there was enough for everyone to eat.

The verbs used by the evangelist recall those the priest uses in the Eucharist:  take, break, give thanks, give.  Thus, Jesus satisfied the hunger of his contemporaries, and in the Eucharist, He satisfies the spiritual hunger of Christians.

Jesus’ presence is always a salvific event both from the material point of view as happened with His contemporaries, and the spiritual one as happens when we receive Him in Holy Communion.  Let us give thanks to Jesus who is so close to each of us and so generous in always helping us.

Lord, help me imitate Your goodness and Your attention to others.

The Voice of St. Justin, Apologist and Martyr

The distribution and participation in the Eucharist reaches each one when it is brought to those who are not present by the deacons.  The rich and willing, freely give and what is gathered is brought to the Presider who uses it to help the orphan and the widow, the sick, and those in need; the imprisoned and the passing foreigner.  In short, he takes care of all those who are in need.

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Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy

E-mail: srmterzo@gmail.com – Website: www.sanbiagio.org  info@sanbiagio.org

Blog: livingscripture.wordpress.com

Comment by Fr. Mario Maritano, SDB

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | December 5, 2017

Tuesday with Jesus and Mary

DECEMBER 5, 2017

“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.”
— St. Augustine of Hippo

 

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“They who are bent on sensible sweetness, labor also under another very great imperfection: excessive weakness and remissness on the rugged road of the cross; for the soul that is given to sweetness naturally sets its face against all the pain of self-denial. They labor under many other imperfections, which have their origin here, of which our Lord will heal them in due time, through temptations, aridities and trials, elements of the dark night.”
— St. John of the Cross
Posted by: livingscripture | December 5, 2017

FIRST TUESDAY of ADVENT

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 5, 2017

FIRST TUESDAY of ADVENT

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 At that very moment he rejoiced [in] the holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.  Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will (Luke 10: 21)

 

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus praises the Father because He has hidden the mysteries of the Kingdom of God from the wise and learned and has revealed them to the little ones who are humble, pure of heart, and therefore know how to receive the message brought by Jesus with joy and enthusiasm.  As we enter into Advent, it is very important to renew our awe before the Messiah who brings us salvation.  God comes among us and calls us to be part of His family.

To discover His presence in our history and in our personal life requires openness of heart to love, to trust in God who never abandons us and wants to be close to each of us.  By becoming a baby, He presents Himself to us as a creature to love, to respect, to receive.  Only by receiving Him in the form of a defenseless baby will we be able to open ourselves to the love of human creatures, above all the poorest and weakest.

 

Lord, help me to open my heart to be receptive and attentive to others.

The Voice of Pope Francis, Angelus of November 27, 2016

 In this Advent time, we are called to broaden the horizon of our heart, to be surprised by the life that daily presents itself in all its novelty.  To do this, we must learn not to depend on our security, on our well-planned agendas, because the Lord comes in the hour we do not expect Him.  He comes to introduce us into a more beautiful and greater dimension.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | December 4, 2017

Monday musings

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

DECEMBER 4, 2017

“Be patient, because the weaknesses of the body are given to us in this world by God for the salvation of the soul. So they are of great merit when they are borne patiently.”
— St. Francis of Assisi

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“Your Lord is seated at the Father’s right hand in heaven. How then is the bread His body? And the chalice, or rather its content, how is it His Blood? These elements are called Sacraments, because in them one thing is perceived by the sense and another thing by the mind. What is seen has a bodily appearance; what the mind perceives produces spiritual fruit. You hear the words, ‘The Body of Christ’, and you answer ‘Amen.’”
— Saint Augustine

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