To their own town of Nazareth

December 30, 2014 5:00 am

“When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.” (Lk 2: 39-40)

Our Lord had a place which He could call “home”: “they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.” He would be there for 30 years, practicing family life and being obedient to “the law of the Lord,” He would not only fulfill “all the prescriptions of the law” but also live the beauty of the normal, daily life of the family: staying together, being responsible for some duties, sharing love and life, helping each other and praying together, just like we do in our daily lives.

“A holy day has dawned upon us. Come, you nations, and adore the Lord. Today a great light has come upon the earth.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Dear Friends,

Today is the first day of my individual retreat. I will spend the next two weeks in a hermitage (run by Carmelite Fathers in Poland), alone in a small simple cabin in the forest: with no electricity, only with a fireplace and a small propane bottle for cooking, BUT with the chapel and  the Blessed Sacrament.  Large enough for  the two of us: Our Lord and me. And the Angels, of course. 🙂

It’s the most important time in my life every year. It’s the time maent not to be separated from you, but to be closer to you–because of being closer to Him. A very blessed and a very difficult time, because the “desert” shows you the truth about yourself: about your weaknesses, your pride, your egoism and your sins. Fortunately, it also shows you the unconditional love of God–how much you are loved.

I will keep you in my prayer, but at the same time there will be no homilies for two weeks, as I will be outside communication technologies. The editors will publish one sentence from the daily readings on our Family Support Foundation blog, together with a photo which features the hermitage. Please keep His word alive in your heart, and keep me in your prayer. And see you in two weeks. 🙂

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