Following Mary’s example, the contemplative is a person centred in God. (VDQ 10)

Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration

Adoracion mondiale
The Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration, will be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica next Sunday, 2 June from 5:00pm-6:00pm local time. Its theme is: “One Lord, One Faith”, which was chosen to testify to the deep unity that characterizes it. “It will be an event,” Archbishop Fisichella explained, “occurring for the first time in the history of the Church, which is why we can describe it as ‘historical’.

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

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On June 2, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.
The Easter season is finish, and we are returning to the Ordinary Season, with its rhythm of feasts which accentuate one or other Mystery of Christ. Thus we continue our unceasing praise of God through Christ in the Holy Spirit.

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The Holy Spirit in the experience of Saint Teresa of Avila

theresa espritOn May 19th, we celebrate Pentecost: what is the place of the Holy Spirit in the experience of St. Teresa of Avila?
Since her baptism, Saint Teresa knew she was a child of God and the temple of the Holy Spirit. She says:  “our Lord was pleased that I should receive an abiding impression of the way of truth when I was yet a child" (Life 1.4). When she recounts her first experiences of recollection, she can only notice the work of the  Spirit in the impression of the words of God on her heart during readings in hers uncle’s house, and in her first graces of prayer (V3, 5).

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Proclamation, witness, worship.

Pape1Dear Brothers and Sisters!
It is a joy for me to celebrate Mass with you in this Basilica. I greet the Archpriest, Cardinal James Harvey, and I thank him for the words that he has addressed to me. Along with him, I greet and thank the various institutions that form part of this Basilica, and all of you. We are at the tomb of Saint Paul, a great yet humble Apostle of the Lord, who proclaimed him by word, bore witness to him by martyrdom and worshipped him with all his heart. These are the three key ideas on which I would like to reflect in the light of the word of God that we have heard: proclamation, witness, worship.

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Prayer for Vocations

v1Oh, my Redeemer,
my heart cannot conceive this without being sorely distressed!
What will
be of Christians
if we lack the priests?
What will be of this walled city
if we lack the captains
or if they are lukewarm?

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The Annunciation of the Lord

AnunciacionLet us lift up ours hearts!  We have them lifted up to the Lord!
With Joseph who introduces us into into the mystery of the justice, here it is, Mary, who opens our hearts to praise.  With Joseph and Mary our life becomes Eucharist, dialogue of life and faith where we learn, as they and through them, to become a single praise to the glory of the Father

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The Mansion of Christ most grievously wounded.

Jesús y TeresaWhen we read the Saint Teresa’s Fourth Mansion, we may try to wonder to which moments of the life of the saint these spiritual experiences send us back. Certainly, it is convenient to be careful of not codifying the progress through the Mansions of the Interior Castle because Saint Teresa herself has prevented us:  You must not think of a suite of rooms placed in succession, and it is necessary to us to circulate there freely (First Mansions 2,8) Furthermore it would be vain to believe to enter the one or the other one by our own means, “unless the Lord of the castle Himself admits you” (Epilogue 2)

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St. Joseph: Patron of the Church in our day

Joseph2bAt a difficult time in the Church's history, Pope Pius IX, wishing to place her under the powerful patronage of the holy patriarch Joseph, declared him "Patron of the Catholic Church." For Pius IX this was no idle gesture, since by virtue of the sublime dignity which God has granted to his most faithful servant Joseph, "the Church, after the Blessed Virgin, his spouse, has always held him in great honor and showered him with praise, having recourse to him amid tribulations."

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Habemus Papam: Franciscum

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Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum;
habemus Papam:
Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Georgium Marium
Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglio
qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum

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Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2013

CuaresmaDear Brothers and Sisters,
The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to meditate on the relationship between faith and charity: between believing in God – the God of Jesus Christ – and love, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and which guides us on the path of devotion to God and others.

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