eaching is the prophetical aim of Christ Jesus’ mission. He came among us in order to free us from every mistake, falsity, deceit, lie, ambiguity about the right knowledge of God and to lead us into the fullness of the truth which is the perfect, complete, total knowledge of his Father’s will.
His Word becomes will. His will becomes Word. There is a command in Him that all creation executes, fulfils, carries out, performs, operates. The Word is never to any purpose in Him, because it is never said in vain.
Sac. Costantino di Bruno
The story of the witness
CEI – Witnesses of Risen Jesus, hope of the world. Theme of reflection in preparation of the Verona Ecclesial Convention (chap. III)
«The story of hope has a double aim: narrating the meeting of the witness with the Risen and making the desire of Jesus start in whoever sees and listens and in turn decides to become his disciple. This is the form of the Christian announcement…» (Theme of reflection, 10).
In the life of the Church concrete experiences which realise this prophecy of future are not wanting. Among them are surely to be mentioned «the consecrated life, particularly the monastic; the missionary vocation, in particular ad gentes (to the people), the donation in the wedding and the family; the service to the poorest and the care of hardship; the educational accompaniment of the young people and adolescents; the formation of the civil sense and the participation in the social life; the attention to the world of work; the presence in the places of suffering and sickness» (Theme of reflection, n.10).
Sac. Michele Fontana
JESUS BEGAN TO TEACH
HE WILL TELL THEM EVERYTHING I COMMAND HIM (Dt 18,15-20)
God decided to talk to man through man. It is this the prophetic ministry. Only one man listens to the Lord; he lets the people know the words heard, all the people listen to this man; they execute and put into practice what the Lord said. In this work of mediation, to the prophet is required the greatest honesty; which will consist to him in never introducing in God’s Word a word of a man, in never saying his word as a Word said or proffered by God. Unfortunately many are the damages that the non honesty of who carries out this mission creates. At times, often indeed, the instrument thinks he is fused with God’s will. Retaining that his will and God’s will are by now a single thing, that his will is God’s will and the will of God is his will; the mediator deceives himself and the whole world. Whoever fuses himself and merges with God’s Word, let him know that this admonishment by the Lord impends over him: “But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death”.
IN UNDIVIDED DEVOTION TO THE LORD (1Cor 7,32-35)
Every choice requires responsibilities. Whoever chooses to get married, “is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife or her husband— and his interests are divided” On the contrary “an unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs—how he can please the Lord”. The choice either of getting, or not getting married, obliges to a correct behaviour, imposes a holy morality. There is no choice without moral and every moral has its rise in a choice. It often happens instead that we wish a choice without obligations bound by it. In the obligation is our holiness, because the faithfulness to the obligations derived from our choice is our perfect sanctification. If a woman decides not to get married she can. Where does this choice lead her? She “is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit”. But she can also choose to get married. However if she does, she must “be concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband”. Inverting the obligations, freeing yourself of them, is not worthy of a man, because it is not worthy of his faith.
A NEW TEACHING - AND WITH AUTHORITY! (Mc 1,21-28)
Jesus taught with authority, because what he says gets fulfilled, happens, makes itself history, creates a new reality. He talks and the hearts get converted, commands and the bodies are healed; he bids and the unclean spirits go away. His word comforts, heals, soothes, recovers, forgives, illumines, creates hope, opens the hearts to joy, gives a new dimension to the spirit; the minds open to the welcoming of the truth. The authority of Jesus is a creating, freeing, healing power. Not even Moses, the greatest prophet of history with whom God spoke face to face, has ever exercised an authority similar to that of Jesus. Moses always spoke in God’s name. Christ Jesus speaks in his own name. Jesus gives the perfection to the very Law and to the Prophets. He came in order to give conclusive fulfilment to every one of God’s promises. This is the authority of Jesus. The crowd of people see it, experiment it on themselves, witness it, crying it out. The difference is necessary to the truth, to the Word. The difference is the life of the Word. Where there is no difference, where there is levelling and uniformity in the Word that is a sign that the Lord’s Spirit does not act there. The difference makes you catch the truth or falseness of a teaching. Without difference, there is only mortifying uniformity, which does not give life to the truth.
SO I CAN PREACH THERE ALSO (Mk 1,29-39)
REMEMBER, THAT MY LIFE IS BUT A BREATH (Jb 7,1-4.6-7)
Job is surrounded by a physical sickness. However, he does not know why he is in that suffering, does not know the motivations of his indescribable pains. In this painful situation, he is supported by an intact justice, not polluted by any form of evil. His suffering is neither a punishment for his misdoings, nor a punishment for a sin committed. He has always observed the Law of the Most High and made of charity and love one of the canons of his daily behaviour. If suffering remains a mystery, if it can neither be explained nor turned away from our lives; if it has fallen to a man as a lot without his even being forewarned, if it suddenly falls on a person and this can do nothing to drive it away from him, what is there left to do in order to always remain in the greatest hope? The answer Job offers us is only one: the total, full, undisputed reliance on the Lord. “Remember that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again”. He will not see it through his power. He might see it only through God’s mercy.
I MAKE MYSELF A SLAVE TO EVERYONE (1Cor 9,16-19.22-23)
The Gospel is freedom from every human scheme of understanding and actuating it; it is also a journey towards the entirety of the truth to which the Lord’s Spirit leads. If the Gospel is all this, can there ever be a man who may think that the only Word, the only truth, the only faith may be incarnated in a single way, a single form, a single mentality, in a single thought, a single religious structure? If the Gospel is freedom, because God’s Word is freedom, then also the man that announces it must respect it in its full freedom. But in order to do this he must also be a free man. Saint Paul understood this freedom that is given off by the Gospel and presented himself with the evangelical freedom before every man, without ever sinking in those little or big slaveries that want the form of one to be good for another and the understanding of one to become understanding for another or for everybody. As a free man, he does not tie the Gospel to any form, to any man and this way he can give it all to every man, in the concrete, personal form in which man lives.
LET US GO SOMEWHERE ELSE—TO THE NEARBY VILLAGES (Mk 1,29-39)
Jesus is always from the Father. This is his truth, his history, his mission, his work, his journey, his way. Nothing that is in him comes from him. Whatever is in him comes from the Father, even the smallest daily gestures. If he is from the Father, he can neither be from himself, nor much less from the creature. Jesus is not even from the mercy dictated by the will of men, because he must also live mercy, piety, charity, every other virtue always as obedience towards the Father. Today Jesus is begged to stay, this way he can manifest all his mercy to those people that had come to visit him who are in soul, spirit, body need. But Jesus cannot be commanded by the needs of the people. Jesus has one only obedience to carry out: the will of his Father. His Father wants him to go elsewhere and it is elsewhere that he must go, because it is there that the man to be saved, the man to whom announce the Kingdom of God and his real justice await him. It is this the mystery of Christ: always from the Father, never from man, not even from his invocation of mercy and piety. Christ Jesus must go elsewhere, where the Father sends him, because it is there that there is need of manifesting God’s mercy.
Life of the Apostolic Movement
Thanks to the “yes” of Mrs. Maria Marino, inspirer and founder of the Apostolic Movement, the life of many persons changed and so did ours.
The Apostolic Movement: journey of spiritual growth and formation in the word of God, with the charisma and mission of announcement and remembrance of the Gospel, originated from that yes.
Thanks to the exhortation words of Mrs. Maria Marino we understood that the Lord calls everybody: he calls young people, adults, children, elders, in order to spread the Truth, the Gospel everywhere… and we who have met Jesus must let him be known by the others; it is our duty. That is how we found the strength to bring the Apostolic Movement also to Turin, where we live and where, for several years, we have been operating in the parishes we belong.
We started in the “Madonna delle Rose” parish, thanks to the welcome of the parish priest F. Giovanni Augusto Allocco, who allowed us to become a part of the community by bringing the charisma of the Apostolic Movement and by putting at disposal our small talents in the children catechism, liturgical animation and pre-matrimonial courses.
As time went by, thanks to the help of the priests, that periodically come from the central seat; and to the spirituality meetings in which the exhortation words by Mrs. Maria Marino are read and meditated, the number of adherents and sympathisers of the Movement has gone up; and, therefore, we are present and operate in more parishes. The exhortation words of the Inspirer enter the heart of who listens to them, making them mature the conversion to the faith.
September 2003, we have been nominated members of the Pastoral Equipe n.18 of the Turin Dioceses and, specifically, appointees of the Family Commission, of which another couple of wedded collaborators of the Turin Apostolic Movement is also a part.
We meet periodically for a faith confrontation with the other adherents of the Apostolic Movement that operate in the Northern Italy dioceses. The fact of meeting so many persons with whom to share moments of serenity, formation, communion, prayer united by the love for Jesus and the work of the Apostolic Movement, fills our hearts with joy.
Lord Jesus, we thank you for the Apostolic Movement; arrange for our feet to be your feet, our hands your hands, our mouth your mouth, so that we may always operate as your instruments according to your will.
May the Virgin Mary, Redemption Mother, the Angels and Saints support and illumine us in this journey of faith and mission.
Rosaria and Antonio Santoro
A voice called you.
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