Saturday, 31 March 2007

4° Station -- Jesus meets His Mother

The Hands of Comfort

Most Holy Mother, for your love, I offer to remain in this harsh jail (Auschwitz), even if the others will be granted to return home. I will remain here, forgotten and contempted, to suffer for you. I offer particularly to you, O Mary, so as to meet death in this camp among hostile and difference men.
(Massimilian Kolbe)
The Silence
It is hard to be him to assist to the agony of a baby of it, of a friend, of a dear person. It is difficult even to say the correct thing and we don't often know even thing to say. We would like that the people to us dear they didn't have to bring the weight of their cross.The love is totally vulnerability, completely without defenses, open to anything happens. Bitter it is to allow the people to do what God he/she asks them, to any cost. All of this that we can do is to be present, to console her, to sustain her to offer them our respect. These moments are sacred.
(Rina Risitano, fsp)

Friday, 30 March 2007

3° Stazione -- Jesus Falls the First Time

The Hands of Benediction

More than a history of meetings, the Way of the Cross is a succession of falls. In the meetings, there is now the Mother, Veronica, the pious women: in the falls, there are all of us. It seems that the Lord has intended to give us appointment "on the ground" where the meeting is easier and bring about common fragility. The fallen one is not a deserter but one "that comes less than the street": and Jesus attends him, lowered himself under the cross, because no one feels alone in times of darkness.
(cf. d. Primo Mazzolari)

Friday, 23 March 2007

2° Station--Jesus Carries the Cross

Hand of Love

"Whoever wish to follow me must deny himself, take up his cross every day and follow me." To give life to others, one need to give up something of ones own life. "No one has greater love than to give ones life for his brothers". Many christians are disposed to give their life for Him. They follow Jesus on the way of the cross. Accused and offended like Him, they gave their lives so that the poor will have life and have it to the fullest.
(cf. Mons. Oscar Romero)

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

1° Station of the Cross

Reflection from Mother Teresa:

Jesus is condemned to death. It is important that each one of us succeeds in looking at this and take up upon oneself his/her cross. We need to accompany Christ all along His ascent to Calvary, if we want to arrive together with Him on top of the mountain. It is really for this motive that Jesus, before dying, gave us the gift of His Body and Blood so that we could find the strength to take up our cross and follow His journey step by step.
(Mother Teresa, Via Crucis--Le Mie Mani Ferite)

Sunday, 11 March 2007

Scavi Tour

It has been 3 weeks since I last posted. Chinese New Year has long gone, the Lenten season is already half-way towards Easter. Well, I have been doing a bit of everything here and there. What is most interesting? If you can remember my posting last year about my adventure in San Pietro, well, my dream came true when I was invited to join our sisters from the Charism Course to make the Scavi Tour.

"Scavi" means excavation. We were given a brief history of the building of St. Peter Basillica and its developments since the year 300s when the Emperor Constantine christianized Rome after he won the battle. Through the years, it developed into its present day form. However, it was in 1939, after the death of Pope Pius XI that excavation began. The late pope had willed to be buried on the grotto level, but by the time of his death, there weren't enough space. So the people decided to lower the ground. It was during this process that they found that there were tombs below. With the permission of the new Pope, Pius XII, excavation began. To keep the story short, they finally found the bones of St. Peter, confirmed that he was buried below. Is it true how Jesus said to Peter: You are Peter and upon this rock I shall build my Church."

It was really a neat experience. For those of you who have a chance to come to Rome, this will be one of the tour worth considering. However, I think the tour has to be booked in advance.