Good Friday

98991eb91013054161b38fa4f921ad13In our time the laic prophet of God’s death has been Nietzche. Dramatic and wonderful pages those in Merry Science where he announces God’s death! He has the courage of asserting that men killed Him by totally denying Him. We have made ourselves responsible for the greatest disaster for mankind. Without God what will mankind do? We will have to expect the horrors of an immense tragedy, which will fall down on us. Unfortunately it happened just like this. Nietzsche dies at the beginning of the century, which saw the horrors of two world wars, and we can still see the earth covered in blood owing to absurd and awful conflicts.

However that famous philosopher gave a wrong solution: to the emptiness left by God’s death he opposed the efforts of a superior man who could dare the impossible, having inside himself the divine fire of willingness. A proposal of élite, which turned out absurd at the end even for the philosopher himself, struck by madness. And yet it continues to catch our minds deceived by our civilisation. There is only one answer, the one Nietzsche didn’t want to understand: only the death of Jesus on the cross is the true death of God who resurrected to a new life after three days. The resurrection of the man without God comes from this deepness of death. All those who look at Jesus on the cross will be rescued from their sins, from the death of God in their heart: God dead in man’s heart will resurrect in the very moment of the prayer and the forgiveness.

The procession with the sentenced man reaches the place reserved for executions, by now I am the man of sorrow. Here is the top of the mountain where I’ll be sacrificed. The cross laid on the ground is waiting for me. Taken off my clothes, the sores reopened adding up pain to pain. I feel like one drop in the sea at the mercy of the waves, dispersed in the ocean of the suffering. They dragged me on to the cross; they transfixed my hands and feet. What it is, to feel his own flesh torn, it’s impossible to say! Through the nerves pain reached my head in a terrible and ravaging way, every fibre in my body seemed to be destroyed: the persecutors were pitiless against my body but I wasn’t a lifeless object. Now, here I am, nailed on to the wood.

The surface is rough, hard and there is pain everywhere. Sores, wounds and thorns in my head: the tide of sufferings is getting higher and higher. Now the cross is raised and put into the prepared hole. All my body is hanging from the nails and my crushed chest makes breathing difficult. My prosecutors are there, like hungry wolves; they smell the blood of the wounded beast. Not yet satisfied, they show so great a hatred as to feel happy in seeing me tortured and nailed like this, apparently defenceless. For their scorn: Save yourself (Mc 15, 29-31) I could destroy them or do any sort of miracle. I climbed the cross accepting to be sacrificed to rescue everybody.

Now a slow agony begins. Time seems never to pass my body struggles against a terrible suffering, well beyond human endurance. Every minute compensates for all past, present and future iniquities. On me there was this immense weight. Every part of my body, none excepted, was tortured to pay for all the sins; the torture included even my spirit. The Father’s terrible rage for a wicked mankind was now falling down on his beloved Son, yes I paid for your sins on my flesh. Left completely alone, I could see from above, strictness and rage, and from the bottom, scorn and mockery and inside me nothing but pain. What a pity seeing my Mother, the apostle and the pious women at my feet! She was suffering and offering with me generously. The terrible suffering disintegrated all my internal organs and went down into her mind and heart, her heart joined mine. What love tied her to martyrdom seeing her beloved son dying in such a terrible suffering! Her heart shouted: What has he done to you? He is so good, innocent and pitiful.

What have you done to him! In that confusion of hatred I presented my prosecutors and persecutors with one more loving gift. Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing!.
(Lc 23,33-34).

It got dark, like the darkness of evil, dark in the torturing pain like the widening of time and after nearly three hours of agony I gave my soul to the Father.

Good Father, loving Father, accept my sacrifice and the spilt blood together with these creatures. I have given everything for them, wash their sins away and clean their clothes with my blood so that they become as bright as light to be worth of your love. Read more…

 

Saint Gemma Galgani – april 11th

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The mystical image of Saint Gemma Galgani still fascinates for her unique spiritual experience that has allowed us to know God’s will. Such an experience is able to warm our heart and illuminate our mind still today.

From her writings a simple, poor language is present which allows, in spite of the extreme simplicity, to understand and to live her singular experience with Jesus Christ. She can be said a simple, direct theologian, rich of humanity.
Gemma was a mystic, who burning from love for Jesus, lived an authentic passion. Her deep love for Jesus Christ comes out from her “Letters”; such an intensive love can be seldom found in other Saints. “Who has killed you, Jesus” Gemma asks; “Love” Jesus answers (II 82).

Love mentioned by Gemma is not just an emotion, but Love donated by Christ through His Word, and she becomes such a follower that she identifies herself with Him. “I have asked Jesus many times to teach me the true way of loving Him, and it seems that Jesus shows me His very holy plagues” (I, 15).

In sharing the passion she wishes to help Jesus in His suffering. A pact of love is settled so that Jesus can offer it to the Father as victim of love for all the sinners.
This is her mission, saving the sinners, not with the word, or the teaching, but with her life, taking part to the Passion of Jesus.
Moved by Mary, she realised the mystical meaning of the Virgin at the feet of the Cross, and she gives Mary her soul. Mary prepares the Saint for the grace of the stigmatisation. Read more…

“Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”

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Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

John 11

Speaking of miracles today means digging up a past time buried by piles of rubble produced by the most blind rationality, which tolerates nothing if not its self-celebration of its alleged omnipotence of supposedly infallible judgments. In the name of this rationality we have arrived to the negation of all that one cannot touch or see, and that is not material, in this vision there is no space for feelings, or for what belongs to the immaterial.

Many say that true faith does not need miracles to believe, because in believing it is summarized certainty. And it’s true, but the challenge that every creature must overcome is represented by the doubts that.sometimes, beset them. In fact, is it possible to believe in what one does not see? And again, do I have the faith that is truly authentic? The answer is implicit: how much is one willing to do and at what cost?

When asked: “are you the one who is to come?” Jesus replied, “Go and tell John. The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed” (Mt 11:3-5). And again the question: “Are You the Christ? Tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and ye believe not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, these bear witness of me … But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works, so that you know and begin to understand that the Father is in me and I in the Father.”(Jn 10:25-38)

God the Father gave testimony and credibility to Jesus through the miraculous events which proved His Omnipotence. The words are unfortunately still words, but the facts weigh like stones. It is true that each one can also deny the evidence, but that does not detract from the reality of the facts. Even at that time, the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul, He casts out demons, but through the chief of the demons” (Mk 3:22).Ridiculous Accusations which show what nonsense is the mind is willing to invent in order to deny the obvious.

Today it is exactly as it was then. Various boards of enquiry, composed of scholars from different disciplines declare that there is no scientific explanation of some instantaneous healing. Some argue that the explanations that today are not possible to prove, will be found in the future, others perhaps less rationalists argue that the healing may have occurred with the divine intervention. The believers are certain that miracles are possible and will occur after the prayers of supplication, after the intervention mediated by the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Saints… As evidenced by the documented cases of Lourdes and other shrines around the world. Read more…