There is great sorrow in my heart

Rom 9:1-5

This is the truth and I am speaking in Christ, without pretence, as my conscience testifies for me in the Holy Spirit; there is great sorrow and unremitting agony in my heart: I could pray that I myself might be accursed and cut off from Christ, if this could benefit the brothers who are my own flesh and blood. They are Israelites; it was they who were adopted as children, the glory was theirs and the covenants; to them were given the Law and the worship of God and the promises. To them belong the fathers and out of them, so far as physical descent is concerned, came Christ who is above all, God, blessed for ever. Amen. Read More


495th Meditation

“Hear, O daughter, consider, and incline your ear; forget your people and your father’s house; and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him” (Ps 45:10-11).

These verses of the Psalm unfold their most sublime beauty when we understand them as a call from our Father to follow Him unreservedly and to place ourselves totally at His service. This beauty comes alive when we see a religious vocation: for example, someone who feels called to follow the Lord in a contemplative monastery. Read More