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

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

13 de marzo de 2013
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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Presentation of the Lord in the Temple

2febreroOn February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, we celebrate also the day of the consecrated life. When Mary and Joseph "present" the Child Jesus, they offer him as a gift of thanksgiving, a prelude to the sacrificial offering on the Cross. Jesus in Mary's arms is already "He whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world" (Jn 10:36). The angel at the Annunciation did not he announced: "He shall be holy"? (= consecrated Lk 1,35)

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"God became man so that man might become God"

na2This time of Christmas and Epiphany, in connection with the Advent which precedes them, is already related to Easter, the center of our liturgical year. Christmas well understood leads us to the Pascal Mystery, the adhesion of man through the death of Christ, to God's life. "Christ descends from heaven: go to meet him! While he is on earth, you can ascend to heaven!" (Gregory of Nazianzus for the Christmas feast).

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St. John of the Cross


What kind of man was this saint who is so seldom well understood? We may say that he was serene, plain, simple… fearless of enemies but gentle toward everyone… intelligent and logical… outspoken but soft spoken… powerfully resolute and completely honest… moderate but by no means mediocre… uncompromising with principles but compassionate with human failings… poetically brilliant but no weaver of euphemisms… hard on himself but tender with others.

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