The living Spirit
Only in poverty do we intensify a real confidence in God. Those who become truly poor in spirit no longer chase after external signs that would confirm the status of their relations with God.
You cannot have forgotten that all of us, when we were baptised into Christ Jesus, were baptised into his death.
A real pilgrim going to Jerusalem leaves house and lands, wife and children, and strips himself of all his possessions that he may go easily on his way without hindrance.
“You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High … and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
If there is [a moment in life] where you would choose to be, it might be on that first Easter Sunday, in the Garden with Mary Magdalen. What a joy to see his hands – with the wounds still in them – touching us out of love.
On my desk I have a statue of St Joseph sleeping. While sleeping he looks after the Church. Yes, he can do it! We know that. When I have a problem or a difficulty, I write on a piece of paper and I put it under his statue so he can dream about it. This means please pray to St Joseph for this problem.
Many years ago, I came across a little French parable that moved me deeply, a parable of unbreakable sacrificial love. A widowed mother had an only son whom she cherished. Her tireless loving care was repaid with ingratitude.
Felicitas had been pregnant when she was arrested, and was now in her eighth month. As the day of [her martyrdom] drew near she was very distressed that [it] would be postponed; for it is against the law for women with child to be executed …
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