Blessed Henry Suso’s advice for the spiritual life

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Today we are celebrating the memory of Blessed Henry Suso, who is perhaps less well known in the universal Church than in the German-speaking countries. He is a reliable spiritual teacher, and we know how much we are in need of spiritual teachers in these times, which unfortunately are becoming more and more scarce. Therefore, it becomes all the more important to let speak and listen to those teachers who have been given to the Church and who are part of her incorruptible treasure. Let us listen, then, to one of Blessed Henry Suso’s phrases for today’s meditation:

“A serene man must not occupy himself at all times with what he still lacks; rather, he must ask himself what else he could do without.” Read More

MEDITATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS (8/8): “The Mother of God”

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If, at the beginning of the year, we set our gaze on the Mother of the Lord, as the Church urges us to do, then everything becomes enlightened, despite the dark clouds that currently hang over the world.

Everything becomes enlightened, because you, O Mary, were chosen as the daughter of the human race. You not only gave birth to the Son of God, but you also followed Him as a disciple. Thus the Lord included you in a special way in the plan of salvation. This gives us hope, because our Father, who entrusted you with his only begotten Son, also made you the Mother of redeemed humanity. Read More

MEDITATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS (7/8): “Your light will drive away the darkness”

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Beloved Child, we have almost reached the end of these Christmas meditations, and also the year is about to end.

Beloved Lord, it has been such a strange and even absurd year for many people… To whom can they turn if not to You, who even in such confusing times are present, and perhaps in a special way when You see people’s need and distress? Read More

MEDITATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS (6/8): “Nothing can separate us from Your love”

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Hardly had You come into the world, O Divine Child, when Your parents had to flee with You to Egypt. The obedience of Your adoptive father, St. Joseph, in leaving immediately after having received this order in a dream, is admirable (Mt 2:13-14).

Toil, hardship and adversity, suffering and death characterise this world as a consequence of sin, and we would be lost forever if it were not for the fact that You came to us and brought us the light of hope. Read More

MEDITATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS (5/8): “Light for revelation to the gentiles”

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As Jews faithful to the Law of the Lord, eight days after Your birth Your parents circumcised You and gave You the name of Jesus, the Saviour (Lk 2:21).

When, forty days later, they brought You to the Temple to present You to the Lord, You met Simeon, one of the faithful of Your people (Lk 2:22-25). The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die before he had seen you. And so it happened! Filled with the Holy Spirit and taking You in His arms, He pronounced over You those unforgettable words: Read More

MEDITATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS (3/8): My heart I want to give you

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You wanted to choose simple people: they were shepherds (Lk 2:8-20). You, Beloved Child, love simplicity. You can enter more easily into a simple heart.

And You also make us simple. It is not necessary to know everything at once. It is more important to let Your love burn in us and to hasten like shepherds to pass on the Good News. Read More

MEDITATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS (2/8): Angels and men

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“Glory sing the cherubs in the fields of Bethlehem…”

You are not only the joy of Israel and of all mankind; you are also the joy of the angels, our friends in heaven.

How you must have rejoiced, beloved angels, when you recognised in God’s light His immense Wisdom in choosing this way of salvation!

Your songs of joy resound again in our hearts: “Glory to God in the highest heaven!” (Lk 2:14) Read More

Waiting for the Lord

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How long the Israelites waited for the Messiah! Then, when he came and the promises began to be fulfilled, they did not recognise him. What a tragedy! Now the believing Jews are still waiting for him… They are also waiting for the coming of the Prophet Elijah, who is to precede the Messiah. But he too has already come: “If you will believe me, he is the Elijah who was to return”, says Jesus, referring to John the Baptist (Mt 11:14). 

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