All posts filed under: Reflections

Refelctions about Biblical texts, prayer and spiritual life.

Lockdown

Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet The sky is no longer thick with fumes But blue and grey and clear. They say that in the streets of Assisi People are singing to each other across the empty squares, keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them. They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound. Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood So that the elders may have someone to call on. Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting All over …

Give thanks unto the LORD

“Give thanks unto the LORD; give honour unto his name, speaking of his doings among the people.” (1Chronicles 16:8) I am sheep! I am completing one year here in the Holy Land – and I have much to thank and praise God, who gave me people who contributed to my personal and spiritual growth, so that I could complete this time. Today I praise God! for this achievement, with Psalm 23, that one of my favourites! This text brought to my heart a retrospective of these 365 days, made me look back a year in my history. And to perceive me as a sheep that is going through the shepherd’s care. The Lord is my shepherd; (Psalm 23:1) God you are my King, you know everything about me, when I lie down when you wake me, you are always shepherding me. “My Shepherd is good, and puts all his benefits at my disposal, so that I do not fall, but if I stumble on the stones along the way He will carry me in His …

The Pact of Turkenstein

During the French Revolution, the wave of anger against the Catholic Church rapidly took shape. The Legislative Assembly (1791), the Revolution’s second parliament, was even more extreme than the first. Thus divorce was also legalized. The clergy, which was not included in the constitutional contract, was declared to be unworthy of trust. In August 1792, a decree against them was announced by which they were exiled. All fraternities and welfare organizations were suppressed. The religious communities that worked in hospitals and that taught were suppressed. Thus, the poor were robbed of education for their children and of Christian love of neighbour, of care for the sick, of the Church’s mission for the sick and the handicapped. By the Pact of Turkenstein in 1797, its participants dedicated themselves to counteracting these limitations. On Friday, June 23, 1797, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a pact was signed, a seed from which Sion grew. The three participants, Louise Humann, Theresia Breck and the later bishop of Mainz, Joseph Ludwig Colmar, dedicated themselves to the …

The joy of prayer

Purim is finished, but always leaves a message of joy, hope and faith in God. The exaggerated cry of Purim is the sound of triumph, the sound of the victory of God and his people! The Fast and the prayer of Esther and her people, makes me reflect on the power of prayer. Never, we must subsist this force, the gift that the Lord has left us. James 5: 16-18 declares, confess your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The prayer made by a righteous man can be greatly in its effects. Elijah is also an example that tells us the power of prayer. Praying, asking not to rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit. God definitely listens to prayers, and gives us answers through them. Jesus taught: For verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard …

Lent in the Land of Jesus

This week began one of my favourite moments of the year, Lent, in preparation for the Holy Week. But why? If it supposed to be a time for sacrifice and conversion. Well precisely because it is much more than that. When I was a child, I thought that one of the places I most wanted to know was the place where Jesus lived. I thought it would be something magical and it is but in a different way than what I imagined. Most of us when we hear the word Jerusalem think, “The land of Jesus”. And even the movies that we watched as children just show this one aspect. Forgetting that in this small space of land there coexist besides different cultures and the three great religions, many other forms of faith and equally those who do not believe at all but choose this land as their home. Of course, this makes the experience of this Lenten season much more unique. The novices and Juliana decided to start our Lenten purposes by participating in …

Ruah…

I write a brief preamble of the essence of the psalms. Breath! I say this because breathing is life is the breath of divine on its creation, and I think psalms are like songs prayed. They represent human states of mind like repentance, thanksgiving, adoration, hope, joys, judgment … all of these states of mind in tune with the sacred. There are 150 beautiful Psalms in he Biblical collection. There is an invaluable wealth of knowledge, fellowship, revelation, and growth in God that we cannot calculate. I loved the explanations given by the teachers and the visits to various relevant sites were amazing and full of stories. Stories already told by the Bible, by writers, by cultures … but here in Israel history can also be read in nature: in the silence of the rocks, in the noise of the waves, in the wind, the song of the birds … Nature, glorifies God and sing of glory. Fragments of records are left in time as signs of the visible and invisible God. The atmosphere is inspiring, …

Christmas 2018

“For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” Luke 2, 11 As Christians who live in a time where everything outside has often more transcendence than the inside we must not celebrate a date where material gifts are simply exchanged, but commemorate this with the birth of Christ. This is where our salvation story really begins. But what does the presence of Our Savior mean? Christmas is the mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God. The birth of Jesus is the encounter of humankind with love, a free and eternal gift from our Creator. We celebrate that we are not lost but that God in the simplicity of the everyday becomes one of us and is with us. It is important to celebrate with the family. Or like us, who are far from ours, seek to share with those we chose as our family: the table, the traditions of our countries and music among other things and for the wonderful gift we …