May 02, 2011
What should we do…? Recollect ourselves. Concentrate on doing well whatever we do. Focus our will in spite of the demands of our passions. Learn how to live in the presence of God, not yielding to the inclinations of the passions, but according to virtue. Learn how to live according to a rule of conduct that directs, protects and produces fruits – a rule that leads us to joy, to a great joy that nothing and nobody can take away from us.
April 02, 2011
The Christian sings his victory, won through Christ and the virtue of His Most Precious Blood. Even when he seems to have failed in the eyes of men, he rises up even stronger. Failures do not render sterile the progress of his soul, but rather engrave in it the Cross and give him an understanding of the mystery of the love of God incarnated in humble souls.
March 01, 2011
“I do not know this Man!” The die is cast, the denial is complete.
With forceful imprecations and oaths, St. Peter repudiated his Master. The voice of a maidservant and the sarcastic remarks of those who surrounded him were enough to overcome the still too human love that Peter had for Jesus. Three times he renewed his repudiation, and when he finally met the eyes of Christ, his blood ran cold. Far away, the cock crowed. Peter remembered then the words of his Master, and went away, crying bitterly, repentant and converted.
January 01, 2011
To be accustomed to evil is even more terrible than evil itself; such a habit leaves us indifferent, unmoved by the sad spectacle of a multitude of people abandoning themselves to their basest instincts. Thus overcome by a mortal torpor, we become unable to react with indignation at the attacks regularly perpetrated against the honor of God. Our shameful silence reveals the lethargy of our souls, insidiously led into an infamous complicity.
December 01, 2010
How could our souls fail to be elevated by the liturgical texts of this season of Advent, so beautiful and so full of hope? The musical melodies so particular to this time of expectation have, moreover, the gift of appeasing our souls by inviting them to raise their desires beyond the purely natural realities to beseech the Savior, our divine Bridegroom, the only object of our most noble yearnings, to come without delay.
November 01, 2010
When the migratory birds flutter excitedly against the blue depths of a spring sky, their return inspiring in us thoughts of other, distant skies, or suddenly depart, prompted by the fading light of the autumn sun and the first assaults of the winter chills, those birds – beautiful as they are – are simply following their instincts.
October 01, 2010
In many of his writings, Aristotle lucidly explains that man is a rational and social animal. The animal side of our nature is so obviously – and strongly! – present in our lives that there is no need to linger on it. The facts speak by themselves and that’s enough for our purpose.
September 01, 2010
Man is a creature of habits – he is able to act thanks to the habits he has acquired. This is the reason why we must be concerned with the acquisition of good habits in order to live virtuously, because we know, by daily experience, how difficult it is to acquire virtue and how easy it is, under empty pretexts, to fall into vice.
August 01, 2010
Modernity is characterized by a rupture between morals and life. The reason is simple: modern morality is a morality of obligation that is not based upon reality. It is a simple practical result - and although it is of Protestant origin, it has now spread to the four corners of the world.
July 01, 2010
We must approach nobility with respect and defend it against all the caricatures which try to ridicule it, leading souls into a disastrous illusion. As it happens with all higher truths, nobility is subjected to a campaign of denigration so that, making of it a universal object of contempt, nobody would be encouraged to make the effort of abandoning his own turpitude and trying to rise to the heights where this truth invites him to be. Moreover, as this vile attempt is not enough and, in spite of everything, the truth still stands, the satanic cunning consists in creating an illusion so close to reality that it deceives the intelligence. Let us repeat it: there is nothing more harmful than an illusion. This mockery deeply vitiates the intelligence, making it believe that it is nourished by the truth. In fact, these illusions do nothing but inoculate a deadly poison, because error is never as frightening as when it disguises itself under the appearances of truth.