“Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you!”
After many inner struggles, St Augustine, moved by the grace of God and sustained by the prayer and sacrifice of his mother St Monica, finally knew how to respond to the invitation of the Heavenly Father. Read More
At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: Watch ye therefore, because ye know not what hour your Lord will come. But know this ye, that if the goodman of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would certainly watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Wherefore be you also ready, because at what hour you know not the Son of man will come. Who, thinkest thou, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath appointed over his family, to give them meat in season. Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come he shall find so doing.
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men’s bones, and of all filthiness. So you also outwardly indeed appear to men just; but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; that build the sepulchres of the prophets, and adorn the monuments of the just, and say: If we had been in the days of our Fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore you are witnesses against yourselves, that you are the sons of them that killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Today I would like to give some references to all those who listen daily to the “3 Minutes for Abba”. First of all, I would like to recall the 4 sources on which these meditations have been based so far:
1) Sacred Scripture
2) The message of God the Father to Mother Eugenia Ravasio.
3) Sayings of saints
4) Inner words received in prayer. Read More
“My children, it is true that you love Me and honour Me when you say the first part of the Our Father, but go on with the other petitions and you will see: “Hallowed be Thy Name! Is My Name blessed?” (Father’s message to Sister Eugenia Ravasio).
Just as there is salvation in the Name of Jesus (cf. Acts 4:12) and the powers of hell tremble at the sound of it, so it is when we invoke God as our Father. Read More
Reading corresponding to the memorial of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist
In those days, I received this word from the Lord: Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak to them all that I command thee. Be not afraid at their presence: for I will make thee not to fear their countenance. For behold I have made thee this day a fortified city, and a pillar of iron, and a wall of brass, over all the land, to the kings of Juda, to the princes thereof, and to the priests, and to the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee, and shall not prevail: for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.
It is with great joy that we look today at St. Augustine, whose conversion brought so much blessing to the Church. We can be sure that the prayer of his mother, St. Monica, and her struggle for him played an important role in Augustine’s finally finding the way to God. He himself wrote down his struggle in his so-called “Confessions”, a book that is always worth reading. He began to write it after the light of faith had shone on him; after he had understood how to live the following of Christ. Read More
“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.” (Confessions, i, 1, 1).
St. Augustine, the tireless seeker of God, left us these wonderful words. Whatever we try to fill our heart with, it will never find true peace or true happiness until it opens itself to the love of God. It is only for this love that it was created! Read More
“I alone am the judge, for I know and see all things” (Inner Word).
These words help us to remember that in all situations of our life we are ultimately accountable to our Father.
There may be times in our lives when our actions and intentions are not understood or even misunderstood by others. Then, it can easily happen that we feel totally uncertain and perplexed, not knowing what to do or where to turn. Read More
O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and recompense shall be made him? For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen. Read More