lunedì 31 dicembre 2007

A Year of Grace

Thanksgiving. This year witnessed a continuous shower of divine gifts. This year was, from the part of the Lord, a series of continuous blessings on humanity and on each person.
God, who wishes all to be saved, wants the kingdom of Jesus Christ established on earth and to live in everyone. He preserved life, directed the events, and made everything converge to Jesus Master and to the Church.
To everyone He sent spiritual blessings, some known, and some unknown.
From the blessings received springs the duty of gratitude.
Reparation. From my part: how did I correspond to the blessing of the Lord? The Lord wanted to communicate Himself to me. In Him is all good and every blessing of eternal life. Often, perhaps, I may have not welcome His truth, holding on to my ideas and views and so I might have remained in culpable ignorance. Have I done always God's will? Have I always welcomed His graces?
For all the good done, a lively thanks.
For all the acts of ingratitude, a deep act of humiliation.

martedì 25 dicembre 2007

It's Christmas

Thanks be to God!
May Baby Jesus place his tiny hands over your head
and fill your soul with light, comfort and joy.

The first cradle that Jesus found one earth was the immaculate heart of Mary:
It was the first crib:
a pure heart
a pious heart
a humble heart
a religious heart.

May your heart be like this
and then it will be a beautiful crib for Jesus.
-- Blessed James Alberione

lunedì 17 dicembre 2007

Like St. Joseph, be faithful to Mary

Joseph's devotion to Mary is above all the devotions of all other saints just as his glory now in heaven is above all other saints.

Know, imitate, love, pray to and preach about Mary. This is according to the divine will and the teaching of the Church, and in the spirit of veneration of St. Joseph.

domenica 16 dicembre 2007

Mary Brings Us Closer to Jesus

Mary brings us closer to Jesus as she gave him to the shepherds, to the Magi and offered him in the temple. This is her highest mission: to give Jesus here on earth and in heaven, "after this exile show unto us Jesus".

The three conditions for approaching the crib are the three dispositions of the heart we wish to have when we receive Holy Communion:

1) great innocnece, a beautiful soul.
2) great faith, united with love.
3) trust, that is, approach it with hope for us and for the human race.
I am identified with Christ: His affairs are mine; His intentions, mine; I speak His words; my doctrine is His; my life is that of Christ; I complete the works of Christ; or better, it is Christ that completes His works for me.


Signore, glorifica nella tua Chiesa il Beato Giacomo Alberione. Sia per noi tutti esempio e intercessore nel cammino della nostra santificazione e del nostro impegno apostolico. Apri le vie dell'evangelizzazione affinché la presenza di Gesù Maestro, Via e Verità e Vita, si irradi nel mondo per mezzo di Maria, Madre e Regina degli Apostoli. Concedimi le grazie che ora ti chiedo...
Padre nostro, Ave Maria, Gloria... O Gesù Maestro, Via e Verità e Vita, abbi pietà di noi.
Regina degli Apostoli, prega per noi.
San Paolo Apostolo, prega per noi.
Beato Giacomo Alberione, prega per noi.
Da ogni peccato, liberaci o Signore.