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…

Saint Joseph – march 19th

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“Whatever grace you demand to Saint Joseph it will certainly be granted, who wishes to believe be persuaded to face the test.”
St. Teresa of Avila.

The life of Saint Joseph has been truly overthrown by mysterious initiatives of God, initiatives beyond any possibility to understand.
Saint Joseph let himself to be driven lead because he was just and “just” is the man who lives of faith.

 

Where will the Lord drive him? He does not know it, God does not tell him, He does not explain him anything and he still obeys. It always said yes with his life, not with his words. It had never questions nor doubts.

And how fecund this silence is! It allows that between the word of God and the obedience of Saint Joseph there is not solution of continuity. God says and Saint Joseph does.
“Do not be afraid…”, and he does not fear, all troubles end.
“Stand up…”, and he stands up, there he is already on the road.
“Come back…”, and he is already coming back.
This immediacy of Saint Joseph at any nod of the Lord shows his beautiful inner disposition!

This example of Saint Joseph is wonderful: although he is the head of the house, he is simply in service with a familiarity made of abandonment and of continuous dedication. Saint Joseph does not estimate the life of Jesus and of the Virgin according to his requirements, but he puts his life at disposal of theirs. He does not leave the Egypt when it is suitable to him, but when the interest of Jesus requires.

His patronage is not less or more triumphal, but it is something deeper coming from a lower reality. Saint Joseph makes us to understand the content of the service for the Reign and helps us to be in the history of the salvation those people who believe in Christ, obey Christ and trust Him.

Saint Joseph allowed the Lord to sweep up and to lead himself on mysterious ways. He gave up understanding and accepted to believe; he gave up to command and accepted to obey.
Nevertheless, believing, he let himself be driven by the Gentleman and He introduced him very intimately in the mystery of the Incarnation and the salvation.

Shall Saint Joseph, this most beloved patron of the spiritual life, help us to be very present only to the heart and the eyes of God, and it will be much better if much more people forget us, so that in disappearing at people’s and even our sight, our ego can get lost in the humble and silent adoration of the infinite greatness of the only God and our Lord.
“These are the reasons why men of every rank and country should fly to the trust and guard of the blessed Joseph. Fathers of families find in Joseph the best personification of paternal solicitude and vigilance; spouses a perfect example of love, of peace, and of conjugal fidelity; virgins at the same time find in him the model and protector of virginal integrity. The noble of birth will earn of Joseph how to guard their dignity even in misfortune; the rich will understand, by his lessons, what are the goods most to be desired and won at the price of their labour.” (Leon XIII)

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