Wednesday



Confidence

Wednesday


We have experienced the grace of confidence. And suppose I became in my turn an apostle of confidence ! Today I take time to reassure a person about the future…

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Tuesday


Today, I launch myself and I decide to express gratitude in the office or to a person I meet : « How well dressed you are » « I like your garden a lot » « thanks for your care » « you are really good at this ».

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Monday


During the first week we have experienced the benefits of on the one hand rejecting any negative outlook on oneself and on the other to cultivate positive words about ourselves:and what if we decided to express them to others ?  Activity : [...]

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Week 7


« Wasn’t it like a fire burning in us when he talked to us on the road. » (Luke 24 : 32)  The testimony of Jesus to the two disciples of Emmaus (Luke 24 : 12-35), who lost their hope becomes a transmission of an internal fire, which restores [...]

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Saturday


« God has not come to take away suffering. He has not even come to explain it, but he has come to fill it with his presence ». Paul Claudel. Activity : This evening Christians celebrate the victory of Christ over death and the suffering he bore [...]

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Friday


Activity : Believer or not, I ask for the ability to recognise the signs of the presence of God in the difficult moments of my life. God does not appear as a chariot of fire, but he shows himself concretely and discreetly, through people that I [...]

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Thursday


If I am a believer, I recognise the support of God in my ordeal. Notably the help of Jesus himself in the Sacraments and particularly his presence in the Eucharist, in prayer. In spite of the apparent silent of God, at the moment of the death of [...]

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Wednesday


The exercise which I did yesterday has allowed me to draw something good from the bad. Believer or not, I note that even negative events make me grow. God doesn’t send me ordeals, but « we know that in all things God works for good with those [...]

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Tuesday


An ordeal as such is never a present. Today, in the secret of my still painful heart, I decide to recall an event or a difficult relationship, which I have lived through and which is still a source of anxiety in my life. This may have affected [...]

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Monday


On the path of my ordeals, God puts in my way men and women to support me. Activity : Today, I express my gratitude for all these people who have accompanied me through their talents or friendship (doctors, friends, advisor, therapist…). I can [...]

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Week 6


« The hour has come when the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners » We are entering the great week, Holy week, for Christians. We remember the arrest, trial, passion, death of Jesus and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Is it possible to [...]

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Saturday


I reread the notebook and I resume the exercises of the previous weeks which for me have been times of consolation.

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Friday


Today, I make progress in abandonment by referring a complicated situation to God. I can read the prayer of Charles de Foucauld. « My Father, I abandon myself to you, do with me what you will. Whatever you do with me, I thank you. I am ready for [...]

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Thursday


« What you are is a gift from God for you ; what you do yourself is your gift to God » (Danish Proverb). I recall an effort I have made to remain in gratitudebut without succeeding. « You must always start again and start again with good heart » [...]

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Wednesday


Decision and will are not enough to accomplish good and here, to live fully in gratitude. A third dimension towards freedom is perseverance in the means chosen. Where are we up to in our resolutions ? Today, let us meditate on this text of [...]

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Tuesday


In my life, some events are not linked to my efforts, they are gifts received independently of my will or my work. You could call that chance. Cannot one also think that it is Providence i.e. the work of God ? I make a list of all the benefits [...]

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Monday


Am I willing relying first of all on my own efforts? Or on the contrary am I more in abandonment, trust, waiting, often at the risk of doing nothing ! Will and grace are not to be separated. If I am confident in my own efforts, I can meditate [...]

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Week 5


GRATITUDE, FRUIT OF MY EFFORTS OR GRACE ?  « Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died ! » Martha says to Jesus. The virtue of gratitude of course comes from our will : we choose freely each day to consent to an inner peace, [...]

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Interlude


For the last month,we have been trying to choose gratitude willingly. It is high time for a test ! At what level of gratitude am I ? No guiltiness… « the truth sets us free ! » Level 1 : I live in ingratitude * I am always grumbling and I am [...]

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Saturday


I prepare myself for Sunday whilst meditating on the words of st Claude la Colombière. This priest from Paray le Monial who accompanied st Margaret Mary is presented as the apostle of confidence. With him I do not let worries disturb my inner [...]

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Friday


Today, I change my point of view and look at my life from above. Let us read anew these words of Jesus : « « So do not start worrying, saying : « where will my food come from ? » or else : « or my drink ? » or still : « or my clothes ? » (…) Do [...]

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Thursday


According to many researchers in neuroscience, our brain is more able to retain negative events  of our life than numerous positive events. On the contrary, let us opt to work on our way of looking at things, thus marvelling at the beautiful [...]

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Wednesday


Third enemy : fears are numerous in my heart, they are sometimes based on hurt. These fears make us blame ourselves : « don’t be too happy, you don’t know what might befall you tomorrow », « don’t rejoice too quickly, perhaps she will leave you [...]

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Tuesday


Let us struggle against a second enemy : impatience. « When I earn such an amount, when I have moved house, when I have found a soul-mate… I will be happy ! » Sometimes, what we have is not enough for us, things don’t move quickly enough or one [...]

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Monday


Let us fight the new enemies of gratitude and first of all regrets : « if I had had other parents, if I had had an older brother, if I had grown up elsewhere, that would not have happened to me, I would not have reacted in that way ». We have no [...]

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Semaine 4


« Whose sin caused him to be born blind ?He is blind so that God’s power might be seen at work in him » (John 9 : 2-3)  We feel happy and full of enthusiasm when we receive good news. Our gratitude seems natural to us, it overflows ! Then comes [...]

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Saturday


Revision day ! I can share with my fellow traveller the day of this week which has marked me the most.

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Friday


During Lent, Friday is a day of fasting for Christians. And what if I was to deprive myself of something, a meal, an addictive habit which is dear to me ? Each one of them is not bad in itself, but for me, they take away my freedom. I can [...]

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Thursday


Today, at each meal, I take the time to appreciate the food that I am eating : I look at it, I smell it, I taste it, slowly. I taste each mouthful and give thanks as I go along for the people who have shared in the long chain from the earth (or [...]

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Wednesday


The more we are in gratitude, the less vulnerable will be to compulsive behaviour ! Activity: I choose to live the present moment without always thinking what will follow. I become aware of the things and the people that surround me and I [...]

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Tuesday


Welcome my body as a gift from God. The Christian faith affirms the goodness and beauty of the body : God creates man, body and soul ; Jesus took on our flesh ; God offers us his body as food in the Eucharist, we await the resurrection of the [...]

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Monday


Today, I recognise that certain habits which however I enjoy, create in me a dependence and thus thwart my liberty. Without blaming myself, within myself I ask those questions which make me take a step back : to which pleasures am I extremely [...]

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Sunday


Perhaps the  Sunday of rest is no longer familiar to me… This Sunday, I decide not to visit any shop and to enjoy this free time with a walk, meeting somebody, having a good read, or enjoying a fine landscape. If this is difficult in my [...]

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Week 3


« Give me that water, then I will never be thirsty again.» (John 4 : 15)  « I spend therefore I am… » Descartes (credit). This graffiti spotted in the street, may sum up our society : The important thing is « to treat oneself !» Henceforth [...]

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Saturday


Revision day, I note the points which are the easiest for me. I can also revisit my life : O note the times when God protected, consoled, helped, supported, cured me and where I felt his Love… I recall each one of these moments, I am aware of [...]

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Friday


Am I in the habit of complimenting myself ? Praising myself ? Or am I hard on myself ? Do I minimise my successes, my little victories ? Tom Hanks, on his desert island in the film « Cast away », succeeds finally to light a fire and he has a [...]

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Thursday


« What day are we ? Winnie asked Piglet. « We are today, Piglet said. » « It’s my favourite day, Winnie answered. » (Alan Alexander Milne). Today, I cultivate the virtue of gratitude in my family (or in a community!). I draw a tree and stick it [...]

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Wednesday


I reject negative words and I whisper life giving words. The negatives words that we hear about ourselves hurt us, as well as those we say about ourselves ! We nurture our spirit with negative words, like self-flagellation : « I am stupid », « I [...]

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Tuesday


I fight against keeping a negative vision of my personal history. Certain difficult events in my past (bereavements, alcohol or drug dependence, professional setbacks, hurtful sexual experiences…) still have no doubt consequences in my life. But [...]

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Monday


I reject negative words for positive words. My parents, my school friends, work colleagues have perhaps said something negative about me, which has resonated like a definitive condemnation : « you cannot do anything », « you are messy », « you [...]

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Week 2


 « He is happy that we are here » Peter says (Matthew 17 : 4) In Genesis, God marvels before man : « God saw that it was very good… » (Genesis 1 : 31) « You are precious to me and I love you and give you honour » (Isaiah 43 : 4) From our [...]

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Saturday


Have you noticed to what extent our worst difficulties with time become our funniest stories ! Learning to laugh at difficult events is a powerful means of remaining in gratitude. Often we need time before we can manage to laugh at them. [...]

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Friday


I alter the vocabulary I use when facing an irritation . I train myself to use a positive vocabulary in all situations to maintain an internal state of gratitude. Instead of : oh, s***, another problem, I attract trouble…, it always [...]

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Thursday


Today I may have three meals in the day. Before each one, I take a little while to consider what I am about to eat, I enjoy each mouthful, I taste the ingredients and give thanks for having something to eat. As a Christian, I may recite one Our [...]

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Wednesday


I renew my way of looking at my daily journey to work, dropping off my children at school or going to an appointment. This moment also is part of my life, it is not only a must go passage from point A to  point B ! I contemplate in a whole new [...]

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Tuesday


It is Tuesday, I give thanks ! I open my eyes on the people who surround me, my partner, my children, my work colleagues, those who use the same means of public transport as myself, the shop keepers I go to. I practise  saying thank you, with a [...]

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Monday


I get up this morning probably to go to work. In what inner state am I in when I wake up ? Stress ? Anguish ? Enthusiasm ? Lack of energy ? If I cannot control the first thought I have on waking up, I may choose the second one ! Activity : I [...]

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Week 1 : The transforming power of gratitude


« Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert ! » (Matthew 4 : 1) The first week of lent is always a week when we meditate on Jesus for 40 days in the desert. This week, let us take a step whilst discovering that the virtue of gratitude can be [...]

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Saturday : joy


Today it is revision time. I appreciate the satisfaction to have started a journey, which, I am convinced , will be beneficial for me, my family and for the whole world. Activity : I take time to listen to music that brings me joy, either [...]

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Friday


Today, I take five minutes. I sit down comfortably, I breathe in deeply, slowly , I listen to calming music if it helps me to get into the exercise. 1- Recognise : I remember a very beautiful moment in my life. This first moment of gratitude can [...]

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Thursday


« The fire is fed with the wood one puts on it, and love by the actions we undertake » (Theresa of Avila). In order to create a habit of gratitude in my life, I must « practise », a bit like for a sportsman in training, who repeats movements [...]

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Wednesday


To start with, I look for a small note book, either from the bottom of a drawer or from my favourite bookshop, in which I will be able to note my remarks everyday, of what I wish to remember, and thanks to which, in 40 days, I will be able to [...]

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Shrove Tuesday


The day I chose to pass from « gross-attitude » to gratitude. Feast day ! I invite my fellow traveller to share pancakes ; no need for excess : let us enjoy together the joy of a simple and deeply friendly time. Activity: :and what if we started [...]

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Preparatory week


« Give thanks in all circumstances» (1 Thessalonicians 5 : 18) This week prepares us for the transforming adventure you have set yourself to live.As for last year, we suggest you choose an fellow traveller on the lenten journey in order to share [...]

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Day 9 : Apostle


Peter and John went up to the Temple to pray (…), there was a man who had been lame all of his life. Everyday he was carried to the gate of the Temple to beg for money (…). Seeing Peter and John (…), he begged them to give him something. They [...]

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Day 8 : New call


Peter said to him, « Lord, you know everything ; you know that I love you ! » Jesus said to him, « Take care of my sheep. I am telling you the truth : when you were young, you used to get ready and go anywhere you wanted to ; but when you are [...]

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Day 7 : weakness and mercy


And about an hour later, another man insisted strongly, « There isn’t any doubt that this man was with Jesus, because he is also a Galilean ! » But Peter answered, « Man, I don’t know what you are talking about ! » At once, while he was still [...]

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Day 6 : humility and service


He came to Simon Peter who said to him, « Are you going to wash my feet Lord ? » Jesus answered him, « you do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later. » Peter declared, « never at anytime will you wash my feet ! » « If [...]

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Day 5 : Perseverance


… Many of his followers heard this and said, « This teaching is too hard. Who can listen to it ? »… Because of this, many of Jesus’ followers turned back and would not go with him anymore. So he asked the twelve disciples, « and you – would you [...]

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Day 4 : Carrying one’s cross


 « What about you ? » he asked them. « Who do you say I am ? » Peter answered, «  You are the Messiah. » (…) « If anyone wants to come with me », He told them, « he must forget self, carry his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his [...]

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Day 3 : To be and to love


 Then Jesus went up a hill and called to himself the  men He wanted. They came to Him, and He chose twelve, whom He named apostles. « I have chosen you to be with me, » he told them. I will also send you out to preach, and you will have [...]

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DAY 2 : Amazement


When Simon Peter saw what had happened, he fell on his knees before Jesus and said, « Go away from me ? Lord ! I am a sinful man ! » He and the others were all amazed at  the large number of fish they had caught ; the same was true of Simon’s [...]

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Day 1 : Look


One of them was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. At once he found his brother Simon and told him : « We have found the Messiah » – (this word means « Christ »). Then he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said : «Your name is   [...]

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Anna Church

Christ will make his Home in your hearts


« For this reason, I fall on my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its true name. I ask God from the wealth of his Glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your innerself, and I pray [...]

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Jeremy Bishop

The throne of God


« The angel also showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, and coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb. On each side of the river was the tree of life, which bears fruit twelve times a year, once each month ; and [...]

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Come whoever is thirsty


«The Spirit and the Bride say : « Come ! ». Everyone who hears this must also say « Come ! ».Come whoever is thirsty, accept the Water of Life as a gift, whoever wants it… Amen, come Lord Jesus ! » (Apocalypse 22). The beloved woman of the Song [...]

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I stand at the door


« Listen, I stand at the door and knock ; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them and they will eat with me.  To those who win the victory, I will give the right to sit beside me on my throne, just as I have [...]

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Erik-jan-leusink

I am the Good Shepherd


« I am the Gate for the sheep. Whoever comes in by me will be saved ; they will come in and go out and find pasture. I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness. I am the Good Shepherd who is willing to die for the [...]

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Who then can separate us from the love of Christ ?


« Who then can separate us from the love of Christ ?… I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love : neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world [...]

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Gentle and humble in spirit


« Come to me all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit ; and you will find rest. » (Matthew 11)  It is the only place [...]

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Epiphany


« …Our God is merciful. He will cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on us and to shine from Heaven on all those who live in the dark shadow of death, to guide our steps into the path of peace. » (Luke 1. Prophecy of Zechariah, the [...]

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Adoration


« Peter turned round and saw behind him that other disciple, whom Jesus loved – the one who had leaned close to Jesus at the meal and had asked « Lord, who is going to betray You ? » When Peter saw Him, he asked Jesus « Lord, what about this [...]

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My Lord and my God


« A week later the disciples were together again indoors and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked but Jesus came and stood among them and said « Peace be with you ». Then he said to Thomas « Put your finger here, and look at my hands, [...]

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Peace be with you.


« It was late that Sunday evening and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. « Peace be with you », he said. After saying this he showed [...]

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For this new year


On the last and most important day of the Festival, Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, « whoever is thirsty, should come to me, and whoever believes in me should drink. As the Scripture says : streams of life-giving water will pour out [...]

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God will wipe away every tear


«He who sits on the throne will protect them with his presence. Never again will they hunger or thirst ; neither sun nor any scorching heat will burn them, because the Lamb, who is in the centre of the Throne, will be their Shepherd, and he will [...]

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Living water


« « Whoever drinks the water that I’ll give him will never be thirsty again ; the water that I will give him will become in him a spring, which will give him eternal life. » » (John 4 ; words of Jesus to the Samaritan woman). We welcome these [...]

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The beatings of the heart


« We write to you about the Word of Life, which has existed from the very beginning. We have heard it, and we have seen it with our own eyes ; yes, we have seen it, and our hands have touched it. When this life became visible, we saw it, so we [...]

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Grace and peace be yours


« Grace and peace be yours from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first to be raised from death and who is also the ruler of the kings of the worlds. He loves us and by his sacrificial death, he has freed us from our sins, and made us a [...]

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The Holy Scripture


« The one who saw this happen has spoken of it, so that you also may believe. What he said is true. This was done to make the Scriptures come true. » (John 19).  On this feast of st John the Evangelist, we join he who was called « the disciple [...]

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He became like a human


«The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had : He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took [...]

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The incarnation


“The Word became human being and full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw His glory, which He received as the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1)  The incarnation ! The open Heart of flesh of Jesus is the most [...]

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I drew them to me with affection


“Yet I was the One who taught Israel to walk. I took my people up in arms, but they did not acknowledge that I took care of them ! I drew them to me with affection and love. I picked them up and held them to my cheek, I bend down to them and fed [...]

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Hope and salvation of the nations


“Ô Emmanuel, our Lawgiver and our King, our hope and salvation of the nations, come, Lord, come and save us !”  Old Simeon welcomed the little child Jesus in his arms and announced him as the “light to reveal to the nations” (Luke 2). This child [...]

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The heavenly Jerusalem


“Ô King of the universe, ô  Desired one of the nations, the corner stone which joins the one and the other wall, strength of the man made from soil, come, Lord, come and save us !”  This invocation is very rich with scriptural verses. The [...]

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Rising Sun


“Ô rising Sun, splendor of justice and eternal light, enlighten those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, come, Lord, come and save us !”  The father of John the Baptist, Zechariah, sings in his thanksgiving cantique (Luke 1) this “He [...]

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Tear the captives away from the darkness


“Ô Key of David, ô Sceptre of Israel, you open it, and none will close it, you close it, and none will open it: tear the captives away from the darkness, come, Lord, come to save us !”  During the closing ceremony of the great jubilee of the [...]

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Deliver us


“Ô Rod of Jesse, standard raised before the nations, kings are silent before You, whilst people call on You : deliver us, delay no longer, come, Lord, come to save us !” King David is the best known of the ancestors of Jesus, and he is often [...]

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A furnace which never burns out


“Ö Head of your people of Israel, you reveal yourself to Moses in the burning bush and you give him the commandments on the mountain, deliver us through the strength of your arm, come, Lord, come and save us !” “The Heart of Jesus is a furnace [...]

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Come to save us


From Today, we are entering the period of preparation for Christmas, where the liturgy has us sing the “great Ô Antiphons”. We suggest presenting these Antiphons day by day, followed by a meditation which links them to the mystery of the Heart [...]

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People will burn like straw


“The Lord Almighty says “the day is coming when all proud and evil people will burn like straw. On that day, they will  burn up and there will be nothing left on them, but for you who obey me, my saving power will rise on you like the sun and [...]

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Lord will be King


“When that time comes”, says the Lord Almighty, “a fountain will be opened to purify the descendants of David and the people of Jerusalem from their sin and idolatry… When the day comes, fresh water will flow from Jerusalem, half of it to the [...]

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They will mourn


“I will fill the descendants of David and the other people of Jerusalem with the spirit of mercy and the spirit of prayer. They will look at the One whom they stabbed to death and they will mourn for Him like those who mourn for an only child ; [...]

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Fresh fruit


“On each bank of the stream, all kinds of trees will grow to provide food. Their leaves will never wither and they will never stop bearing fruit. They will have fresh fruit every month, because they are watered by the stream that comes from the [...]

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Abundant life


“Then the man took me back to the bank of the river, and when I got there, I saw that there were many trees on each bank. He said to me, “this water flows through the land to the east and down into the Jordan valley and to the Dead Sea.” When it [...]

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A huge river


“Water was coming out from under the entrance of the Temple towards the East… It was flowing down from under the right side of the Temple passed the south side of the Altar… Here the water was flowing from the south side. With his measuring rod, [...]

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I will give you a new heart


“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and make you clean from all your idols and everything else that has defiled you. I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart. I [...]

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Under the shadow of Your wings


“We find protection under the shadow of Your wings. We feast on the abundant food You provide, You let us drink from the river of goodness. You are the source of all life…” (Psalms 36)  Contemplating the open Heart of Jesus, and the water [...]

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Into the desert


  Sunday, December 8th (the usual date of the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception) “(My wife) I am going to take her into the desert again ; there I will win her back with words of love. There I will give back her vineyards… She will [...]

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I will make a new covenant


“The Lord says , “the time is coming when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors… although I was like a Master to them, they did [...]

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