canning the Scriptures, the modalities of God in the care, custody, guidance, and sanctification of man; emerge. From the day of creation to the vocation of Moses in the desert, the Lord was the one to intervene and put himself in relationship with every single person. This modality occurred with Adam, Eve, the serpent, Cain, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
building himself a golden calf, and continuing with endless grumbling against every prescription the Lord gives wanting him to reach the region of Canaan, the land where milk and honey flow, which he prepared and which he gives them wih a promise made to Abraham.
Father Costantino Di Bruno
"The theology of the body and the theology of love"
Reflections from the discourse of H.H. Benedict XVI meeting organized by the Pontifical Institute John Paul II)
The Holy Father Benedict XVI's visit to the Pontifical Institute on Marriage and the Family has offered a line of work: knowing how to combine the theology of love with the theology of the body to find the unity of the human journey.
journey together towards fullness and as a love that becomes capable of generating life and of generously welcoming the new life that is born" (Speech).
Father Nicola De Luca
THEY PUT WHAT IS GOOD INTO BUCKETS
GIVE YOUR SERVANT AN UNDERSTANDING (1Kings 3,5.7-12)
Solomon is a King of Israel. He sees himself inexperienced, uncertain, almost unable to carry out according to truth and justice this responsibility that rests upon his shoulders. The Lord decides to come to his help, he appears to him in a dream at night and invites him to ask him anything and he would have granted it to him. Solomon asks what he needs to be a true king: "An understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong". The Lord's answer is immediate: "I do as you requested. I give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one to equal you." Who governs the people of God, must always guide them in the name of the Lord, according to his will, his desires. It is necessary to divest himself of his own will and for this it is necessary that he lets hiimself always be guided by the wisdom of God. Wisdom to us must always be a present gift that God must grant from time to time and from circumstance to circumstance, through our uninterrupted prayer.
CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON (Rm 8,28-30)
Jesus Christ is the eternal image of the Father. He is his Only Son, generated by him before all ages. He is also a true human image, because his divine person, in the truth of his flesh, manifested, revealed all the light of his Father who is utmost charity, compassion, piety, holiness, mercy, justice. We were created by God in his image; however, we are not his image because we were not generated by him. In baptism, by the work of the Holy Spirit, generated as true adoptive sons of God, we are made to share in his divine nature and made in accordance with the image of Jesus, who is the true Son of God, true image of the Father. By a sacramental generation we were made true image of God and called to be conformed to the eternal image of the Father that is his only Son. Since we were incorporated in Christ and we became one body with Him, always by Sacrament we are true image of Christ, called to realize it all in our history. It is the image of truth, charity, moral perfection, perfect obedience to the Father, holy mediation.
BOTH THE NEW AND THE OLD (Mt 13,44-52)
This is the wisdom of the scribe who has become disciple of the kingdom of heaven: "Who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old". The will of God is one and there is never a contradiction between what was manifested yesterday and what is manifested today and tomorrow. However, man is not one, he is multiple, unlimited, he crosses the ages and walks towards the advent of a new heaven and new earth. The "scribe" to give every historical man the fullness of the will of God, fullness for him, for his perfect holiness, not absolute fullness. He does not have thee theological or metaphysical man before him, but always a concrete person, the result of a particular history, made up of past, which is lived in a present in a perspective of an eternal future to be reached. The intelligence lies right in giving every concrete person, kneaded with history, interwoven with a weak, fragile, sinful, often ignorant, rebellious, reluctant, unconscious humanity; the will of God on him. For this he must spend more time with God and less with men, in a constant communion in order to ask Him to be the one to show him what to say, how to say it and when. The "scribe" who lives independently from God is only a builder of fleeting, worldly glory.
HIS HEART WAS MOVED WITH PITY FOR THEM
COME TO ME HEEDFULLY, LISTEN (Is 55,1-3)
Man lives a double foolishness: he rejects the invitation on the part of the Lord who offers him free all abundance; he spends all his patrimony for what does not satiate, does not quench the thirst, does not cover, does not give health, does not heal, does not cure. Faced with such a great good and what is more free, why does he persist on running through ways of total impoverishment and above all of death? Man wants the goods, looks for them; however, he does not want the Word. He does not receive them, because God grants them to those who live in the hinges of his Covenant, which is essentially based on listening to His divine will. When one return to the Covenant and one lives in obedience to every Word that comes out of the mouth of God, the Lord always fills to the brim with all good, he gives life. Every gift of God is turned into life by our obedience. It becomes an instrument of death, if welocomed and lived with no loyalty to his Commandments. The separation of divine will and grace, of truth and life in favor of grace and life by excluding divine will and truth, is the great dark evil of our faith. It is the cancer that devours every form of life.
WHAT WILL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST? (Rm 8,35.37-39)
Without the historical memory the faith becomes a noble philosophy, one of man’s sublime thoughts on his God, but without no effect in our lives, especially when it is wrapped in tribulation, physical and moral pain. Our faith is an event, a fact, a happening. It is, above all, a gift. It is the gift the Father gave us of his Son Jesus Christ, who, when we were still sinners; came to help us out of the abyss in which we had fallen. The Father is the one that every moment of our lives gives us Jesus Christ as our Redeemer, Savior, Deliverer. From this historical, present, as always truth, nobody ever can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ. Only we can separate us, if we fall from the faith in this gift. Tribulation, anguish, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, sword have this one, single purpose: to make us become aware in the faith that Jesus Christ is our salvation. He is everything for us. The greatest miracle of the Father was the one of keeping Jesus Christ in the highest holiness throughout all the passion.
GIVE THEM SOME FOOD YOURSELVES (Mt 14,13-21)
The mediation of Jesus is unique, unrepeatable, of real incarnation. The eternal Word becomes man and in his flesh he assumes all the miseries of mankind, its hunger and thirst for God, its sin and guilt and all the fruits that sin creates and produces. He takes on to save. He saves by pouring on tired and oppressed humanity the fullness of the grace of the Father. Today Jesus meets a tired, exhausted, hungry crowd, looking for him, because they know that they might receive some salvation from him. The mission of Jesus tomorrow must be entirely of his Apostles. They must also bring, in a different way, not by incarnation, but by participation, all of God and all of men in their bodies with the end of filling them to the brim with the salvation that comes from him. Jesus wants them to be the ones to feed that crowd. However, they were not yet been contituted "mediators." They do not possess all of God by participation, by gift, in their person. They are confused, lost, uncertain, they see themselves ineffective. To feed humanity they must be filled with God, invoke, pray to him so that he reveals himself in his almighty power of salvation. They must also take the little man and present it to the Father, so that He is always the one to transform it into a gift of salvation.
On 29 September 2010, during the national Italian pilgrimage to Lourdes organized by the UNITALSI, the young people of the Apostolic Movement represented in the St. Bernadette Church, the musical "Meditating the Passion", a work written, set to music and directed by the President of the A.M. Mrs. Cettina Marraffa. Over seven thousand people, including bishops, priests, sick people, volunteers, doctors and children, have followed with great emotion the scenes of the sacred representation on the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, in synchrony with the pastoral theme: "Making the sign of the cross with Bernadette". The delegation of the Apostolic Movement was accompanied by the Catanzaro-Squillace Archbishop, Mgr. Antonio Ciliberti, who presided over the Eucharistic celebration and the recitation of the Rosary. The experience of Lourdes will remain forever in the hearts of all people present who visited the places of St. Bernadette, attended the Eucharistic procession, the torch procession; and have seen in the faces of the sick, the suffering, but also their hope for the Virgin Mary .
In the Parish church "Mary Mother of the Church" in S. Ianni of Catanzaro, 25 October 2010, the Metropolitan Catanzaro Squillace Archbishop, H. E. Mgr. Antonio Cilberti, inaugurated the catechesis that, like every year, is offered to all. The theme that guided the catechisis - "Their eyes opened, they recognized and announced him. The Sunday Eucharist and the witness of charity"-; was read in the light of the Gospel of the Lord's Day, in synchrony with the pastoral plan of the Diocese. The bishop wished the people present to "be true apostles of the Gospel." "Charity and the Eucharist" were the main points of the catecheses held during the year by the Central Ecclesiastical Assistant Mgr. Constantine Di Bruno and in the respective seats by the Assistant Priests.
In the same church every Monday, the Inspirer and Founder Mrs. Maria Marino, exhorted all the people present to renew the covenant with God, to carry out the evangelizing mission of the Apostolic Movement, "reminding and announcing the Word of Jesus."
Even the spiritual meetings of the Apostolic Movement, the series of Catechesis on the Commandments and the Eucharistic Adoration animated by the Secular Institute Mary Mother of the Redemption has accompanied weekly the journey of training and prayer of the members and of all those who wished to participate.
This year at the suggestion of young people who live the spirituality of the Apostolic Movement, have been set up meetings to deepen some issues of faith and morality.
The meetings on a monthly basis, supported by the President, were led by Mgr. Constantino Di Bruno, and broadcast live on the web. The themes treated: We and the faith. The family the natural place of affects. Separation and divorce. Sexuality: homosexuality and transsexuality. Abortion and euthanasia. Fertilization and adoption. Life styles and relationships between morality and transgressions: night life, drugs, friendships, internet and social networks.
The musicals, recitals, along with the catechesis, the spiritual meetings, conventions, lectures, the Apostolic Movement’s bymonthly, the www.movimentoapostolico.it website where you can find subsidies to the training; are some among the instruments used by A.M. to transmit the faith. From the month of May 2010 "The Gospel of the Day," has been added a reflection on the Gospel of the daily H. Mass edited by Mgr. Di Bruno. The book is available on the site in a text format and also in audio podcasts.
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COME AND FOLLOW ME ...
You, oh Lord,
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