Saturday, March 31, 2018

The celebration of the Passion of Jesus Christ

I was witnessing yesterday  a celebration after a long period.....as a child I grew up witnessing the celebration of the Passion of the Lord in my parish....where three days were full of spiritual activity...the schools closed and we had only to attend the celebrations...the liturgy was special....we would await for the Good Friday to see and participate in the procession .....the statutes of Mother Mary, Jesus and Veronica.....taken in procession.....then the crucifixion of the Lord....then taking the Body of Jesus down....only the elders were responsible.....they would manage the whole program....it was memorable....a big lesson in Faith and spirituality....
 The enactment brought back all sweet memories to my mind.....the scenes were moving...moisturizing my eyes and the others too....the singing was spiritually moving...


 The Via Crucis.....through the Town.....big number of faithful turned out.....


 Carrying in procession the statutes of Jesus and sorrowful Mother Mary...







Friday, March 30, 2018

Visit to the Museum of Padre Pio

The photos which you see are all taken from the Museum dedicated to Padre Pio....In Pietrelcina we know he was born, ordained and received the stigmata.....there are many things and places connected to his life....it was good experience for me to visit and spend time in prayer in these places....one of the places which I liked is the museum....well maintained and many things of Padre Pio are displayed...it brings to your mind and heart the life of Padre Pio and encourages us to live the life of simplicity and poverty...man of prayer inviting us to walk in the footsteps of the Master...












Personal Retreat with the Lord ends......

Five days of silence and reading, meditation and reflection here in Pietrlecina was a luxury for me...the silence in the friary....the lovely atmosphere in the village....the few pilgrims who come now since it is not the season...

 Br. Francis Kolli.....is under the fraternal collaboration ...he is from Mary Matha Province Andhrapradesh India....He is slowly integrating in the fraternity....helping for the confession....he is happing doing what he likes to do ....hearing confessions....he is getting popular here with old people....


 The parish priest Br. Giuseppe before the celebration of Maundy Thursday.....

 The Church of Padre Pio and the chapel where he received the stigmata.....





 seeking his blessings ....

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Essence of Holiness!!!!!!!!

A considerable amount of prejudices concerning the extraordinary life of the saints can be eliminated thanks to an exact understanding of that which is the nature of grace. Many people make the holiness coincide with the ability to perform miracles and other gestures that inspire wonder; they are a person if he is able to drive out demons, cure illness, read in thought or perform some other spectacular feats. The holiness, however, is not nothing of all this. A saint is not necessarily a "miracle worker". It is true that there were saints, such as St. Martin of Porres, who knew how to speak to animals or others, like Saint Anthony of Padua, who, according to what was handed down, had the gift of bi-location. These gifts, however, are completely charismatic and go beyond human power: it is God himself who performs these miracles by using certain creatures.

 Extraordinary gifts, such as the ability to be in two places at the same time, to drive out demons, to foresee future events and so on, are secondary to holiness as such. God gives them freely to some people, not so much to make clear their holiness as to induce good Believers, in the gospel of Matthew Jesus says: many will tell me that day: Lord we have not prophesied in your name? In your name we have not cast out demons and we have not made many prodigy in your name? So, I told them: I've never met you. Go away from me, operators of iniquity The words of Jesus want to mean that even evil people sometimes receive the gift of prophecy or the power to drive out demons, but this does not necessarily make them pleases to God. In holiness, there is indeed something more important than the power to perform miracles. : it is living divine life through grace.

 What exactly is sanctifying grace? The catechism of the Catholic Church defines it as a habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to make it possible to live with God and to act for his own. It is the gratuitous help that God, without taking care of our merits, gives us because we respond to his invitation to become children of God, sons, and adopted daughters, partakers of the divine nature and eternal life. In other words, grace is a participation in the life life of God himself.
 From this perspective, grace is not simply something that gives the right to eternal life. It is rather something that perfects and elevates our nature without destroying it. Sanctifying grace allows us to live not just the natural life, but the life of God himself.
We do not know what grace is actually because we do not have a direct knowledge of the essence and life of God, of which grace is participation. What we know is that grace is the beginning of the eternal way in us, the seed of divine life planted in our soul. This life of grace, belonging to the supernatural order, is that of men or angels. This is why St. Thomas does not hesitate to say: the good of the grace of one is greater than the good of the nature of the whole universe.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Adversaries and Enemies of Holy and Spiritual persons!!!!!


to speak of mysticism today means to face adverse criticism. anyone who deals with this topic, in fact, runs the risk of being presumed to want to talk about a mysterious knowledge or experience that belongs, strictly speaking, only to the saints; or he risks being suspected of inscribing occult doctrines which find no place in a world illuminated by knowledge. in the same way, those who often go to church or participate in spiritual exercises that aim at the perfection of their spiritual life, are subject to misunderstanding; His friends may end up accusing him of fanaticism and his tendency to loneliness and repatriation may lead him to flee their company.




one of the reasons many feel dislike for those living an intense spiritual life is a certain ignorance or prejudice about the nature of holiness. some, in fact, identify it with extraordinary supernatural phenomena that god sometimes grants to the saints, such as private revelations, stigmata, levitation, effluvi of light and perfume and the like. These phenomena are strictly gratuitous gifts, which, usually, can not be obtained only by virtue of one's personal efforts. So, when people hear that someone is struggling to be a saint or mystic, he thinks he wants only to receive these extraordinary gifts: then ends up to do with mockery, seeing in this a form of vanity. 

One of the reasons why many feel aversion to those who live an intense spiritual life is a certain ignorance or prejudice concerning the nature of holiness. some, in fact, identify it with extraordinary supernatural phenomena that god sometimes grants to the saints, such as private revelations, stigmata, levitation, effluvi of light and perfume and the like. These phenomena are strictly gratuitous gifts, which, usually, can not be obtained only by virtue of one's personal efforts. So, when people hear that someone is struggling to be a saint or mystic, he thinks he wants only to receive these extraordinary gifts: then ends up to do with mockery, seeing in this a form of vanity.

Another reason that underlies the aversion that some feel toward the devout life is skepticism, typical of the educated and intelligent people, those who are full of experience of the things of the world, but totally lacking in the spirituality that allows to recognize the work of God in some privileged souls: the skeptics quickly liquidate categorizing mystical experiences as simply because their assured, devoted very little time to avvendo preghierea, have never had such experiences. St. John of the Cross compares them rightly to the scribes and fariseri, whom the gentleman accused not only of not having embraced the life of prayers, but also of hindering those who wished to do so. "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, who shut the kingdom of heaven before men; in fact, you do not enter and hold back those who would like to enter it