never even heard

June 3, 2019 9:03 am

“He said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ They answered him, ‘We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ He said, ‘How were you baptized?’ They replied, ‘With the baptism of John.’” (ACTS 19: 2-3)

Every day we can learn something new about our faith. In a very special way, every retreat is a very special occasion to grow in our relationship with God and in our relationship with our spouses. When we go deeper into our faith, we can go deeper in our understanding of our vocations and our identity.

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Life-giving repentance

May 13, 2019 6:00 am

“When they heard this, they stopped objecting and glorified God, saying, ‘God has then granted life-giving repentance to the Gentiles too.’” (ACTS 11: 18)

Repentance is a twofold process: we turn away from sins and we turn toward God. If we only turn away from sins, not believing in God, we are like a person in an amazing outfit with no place to go; when we turn toward God, without turning away from our sins, we are like a guest who is invited to a wedding banquet but goes without a proper outfit—we will be asked to leave the place.

“I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.” (Gospel Acclamation)

No one can take them out of my hand

May 13, 2019 5:45 am

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” (JN 10: 27-30)

What a significant continuation; yesterday we spoke about “giving [a] hand”; today, Our Lord promises us that “no one can take us out of His hand.” Not only His, but also from His Father’s hand. We are so loved and so protected. When we listen to Him, when we “hear His voice,” and when “we follow Him,” we will “never perish.”

“I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.” (Gospel Acclamation)

before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel

May 10, 2019 6:00 am

“But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.’” (ACTS 9: 15-16)

We are all “chosen instruments of” Our Lord to carry His name. Some are chosen to proclaim the Gospel before Gentiles, some before relatives and neighbors, some before kings and some before cameras and a large public. The environment could be different, but this is the same Gospel and the same Lord, Who chose us to serve Him and bring the Good News to many.

“Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood, remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.” (Gospel Acclamation)

New things have come

March 31, 2019 6:00 am

“Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 COR 5: 17)

There is always a new chance for us to start again: “the old things have passed away” and “new things have come.” We can always start again protecting our relationship, even though we made some mistakes or forgot how important is our marriage for our children. When we invite Our Lord into our marriages, He always comes with strength and His grace.

“I will get up and go to my Father and shall say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.” (Gospel Acclamation)

May it be done to me according to your word

March 25, 2019 6:00 am

“Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” (LK 1: 38)

Our world was created because God said the word and “so it was.” Today we celebrate a new creation, the beginning of the redemption and the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Our Lady accepted the vocation announced by the Angel: “May it be done to me according to your word.” When we accept our vocations and when we say the same during our daily meditations, we are cooperating with God, bringing glory to His name.

“The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us; and we saw his glory.” (Gospel Acclamation)

the people of Nineveh believed God

March 13, 2019 6:00 am

“Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, ‘Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,’ when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.” (JON 3: 4-5)

It was Jonah who announced the news: “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” and “the people of Nineveh believed God.” How important is the role of prophets—they announced God’s will, God’s plans to save our lives. We also started this Lent to cooperate with God’s will and to return to Him with our “whole heart” because He is “gracious and merciful.”

“Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart for I am gracious and merciful.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Honor your father and your mother

February 12, 2019 6:30 pm

“He went on to say, ‘How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘Whoever curses father or mother shall die.’ Yet you say, ‘If someone says to father or mother, ‘Any support you might have had from me is qorban’’ (meaning, dedicated to God), you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother. You nullify the word of God in favor of your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many such things.” (MK 7: 10-12) 

Our Lord protects our dignity and our relationships. He knows how important family is, how much love of our parents can do in our lives and how much our respect for our parents is important for our relationship with our children. Good and strong families are crucial for the society. 

“Incline my heart, O God, to your decrees; And favor me with your law.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

They have no wine

January 20, 2019 6:00 am

“There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’”

Our Lady takes care of us in every kind of situation. When She is invited into our lives, She will keep Her eyes open and will react to our needs: “When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’” She helps and She integrates us with Our Lord—He is the only answer to all our needs.

“God has called us through the Gospel to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Gospel Acclamation)

before the angels of God

October 23, 2018 5:47 pm

“I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.” (LK 12: 8-9)

One of the most prestigious gifts we have received from God—protection of “the angels of God” and our Guardian Angels. They are with us all the time, in every moment of our lives; they watch us daily and nightly, protect us from every evil and are our true friends. Please remember to stay with them as closely as possible.

“The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord, and you also will testify.” (Gospel Acclamation)

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