Be God’s instruments of healing, like Apostles

As per the narrations of the Acts of the Apostles the preaching of the Gospel does not only rely on words, but on concrete actions that bear witness to the truth of the proclamation. The beggar, in meeting the apostles, does not find money, but the name that saves: Jesus Christ the Nazarene. The apostles look at the beggar and say “look at us”. This is what Jesus does with all of us. Through bad times, in moments of sin, in moments of sadness, Jesus says to us ‘look at me: I am here!’

Self-interest and hypocrisy destroy the Church

Many people say they are close to the Church – as friends of priests or bishops, while they are only looking for their own interest. These are the hypocrisies that destroy the Church.  As opposed to human society, where the tendency is to look after one’s own interests, regardless or even to the detriment of others, the community of believers banishes individualism to foster sharing and solidarity.

True wealth is found in Jesus Christ, not money

The Gospel teaches to not put trust in financial resources, but in “the true wealth” that is a relationship with Jesus Christ. We are indeed – as St. Paul would say – ‘poor, but capable of enriching many; as people who have nothing and instead possess everything.’ Being believers in Jesus makes us all co-responsible for each other. Proximity and unity are the style of believers.

Obeying God is the key to Christian life.

An important aspect of the Christian life is obeying God even when there may be consequences for going against the commands of others. In the Acts of the Apostles, Peter offers a key to the Christian life: ‘To obey God instead of men’ and it is the great Christian response. This means listening to God without reservations, without postponements, without calculations. Adhere to him to become capable of the covenant with him and with those whom we meet on our way.

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Discover the beauty of prayer in adoration

Prayer in adoration of God and service to others spreads the fire of God’s love, changing the world one heart at a time. Church invites everyone to discover the beauty of the prayer of adoration and to exercise it often. Adoration of God in prayer is necessary to allow the fire of love that Jesus brought to the earth to envelop our entire existence.

In times of suffering, know that you are never alone

Jesus passed before us through suffering and death. He was despised, humiliated, beaten, nailed to the cross and brutally killed. God’s response to our pain was closeness, a presence that accompanies us, that does not leave us alone. We look to Him, we entrust our questions to Him, our pain, our anger. Know that you are never alone. Jesus on the cross was not alone. Beneath that scaffold was his mother, Mary. You are not alone because the Christian community is with you and shares your sufferings and your difficulties.

One line quotes

  • There is a dynamism of solidarity that builds the Church as the family of God
  • A life set only on profiting and taking advantage of situations at the expense of others inevitably causes interior death.
  • We have a Mother in Heaven who continues to spread her mantle over us without ever abandoning us.
  • Let us not forget that it is Jesus’ hand that through our own helps others to rise.
  • The sick hold a privileged role in the Church and in the priestly heart of all the faithful. They are the objects of Christian concern.
  • Church is a ‘field hospital’ that cares for sick