Rector's letters

August 2011 - Education of the Heart

August 01, 2011
We must always be certain of the love of God for us. This love is not a utopia, but a reality which must be deeply impressed in our hearts. God is at the center of our souls and there He waits to converse as a friend with us. Let us go beyond our impressions and the illusions conjured up by our imagination. The tenderness of God transcends our senses; it resides in the most intimate part of our being, that which is not affected by our emotions.

June 2011 - Crisis of Paternity

June 02, 2011
The French Revolution attacked the Throne to destroy the Altar. Indeed, the devil knows very well that the supernatural must exist incarnated. And as the supernatural completely escapes his power, he manages to undermine what is natural, bringing down the supernatural as if it were a fragile house of cards.

May 2011 - What Should We Do?

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 2011 - Path to Victory

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 2011 - Assisi? A Hope!

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 2011 - Euphoria without future or...

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 2010 - Veni Domine et Noli Tardare

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 2010 - As Migratory Birds...

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 2010 - Aristotle for Our Times

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 2010 - Consecrated, Let Us Live as Such!

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.