God is above all
Not the intellect, but God,
Not the will, but God,
Not the heart, but God,
Not sight, but God,
Not hearing, but God,
Not smell, but God,
Not taste and tongue, but God,
Not breath, but God,
Not touch, but God,
Not air, but God,
Not food and drink, but God,
Not clothing, but God,
Not tranquillity, but God,
Not worldly goods, but God,
Not riches, but God,
Not honour, but God,
Not worldly recognition, but God,
Not dignities, but God,
Not promotions, but God!
God in all and for ever!
Pope’s homily at Mass on World Day of Migrants and Refugees:
This year I wanted to celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees with a Mass that invites and welcomes you especially who are migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Some of you have recently arrived in Italy, others are long-time residents and work here, and still others make up the so-called “second-generation”.
For everyone in this assembly, the Word of God has resonated and today invites us to deepen the special call that the Lord addresses to each one of us. As he did with Samuel (cf 1 Sm 3:3b-10,19), he calls us by name and asks us to honour the fact that each of us has been created a unique and unrepeatable being, each different from the others and each with a singular role in the history of the world. In the Gospel (cf Jn 1:35-42), the two disciples of John ask Jesus, “Where do you live?” (v. 38), implying that the reply to this question would determine their judgment upon the master from Nazareth. The response of Jesus, “Come and see!” (v. 39) opens up to a personal encounter which requires sufficient time to welcome, to know and to acknowledge the other.
The 1st of January opens the New Year that brings promises of happiness, fulfilment of dreams and curiosity: what good will come to us?
Among many events of coming year, the calendar indicates the date of May 16th. This is the day when the 200th Anniversary of Pallotti’s priestly ordination falls. This is also the source of our Pallottine vocation and inspiration for the beginning of several articles to be shared.
On 6 January in the community of the Generalate and Procura General, according to a long and beautiful tradition we celebrated Koleda – a time of common prayer, blessing of the house and blessing of the community. The house is the place, where we are at home. During one of the catechesis (11.10.2017) Pope Francis said: "Jesus is as a house, and we are inside, and from the windows of this house we look at the world. For this reason we do not close in on ourselves, we do not long with melancholy for a supposedly golden past, but we look ever forward, to a future that is not only our handiwork, but that above all is a constant concern of the providence of God".
Two days before Christmas, among the cards on my desk, I chanced upon a fragment of poetry from Alda Merini:
“… And how to get to know your face,
I will explain it to you:
it is enough to see something
that bears your imprint.
And we are full of your imprints,
as if you had passed through every home
leaving invisible signs”.
I would like to share this short text with you because it presents us again, in a nutshell, the entire message of Christmas, including what it affirms regarding human beings and what it requires of them.
And also, it I think that it speaks in a clear way about our life and what is at the centre of our heart.
The New Year (1st January) has been a great blessing to Queen of Peace Province in Tanzania, as Sr. Johnerica Sirilo pronounced her Final Profession and the four second year Novices: Sr. Emanuela Peter Sulle, Sr. Gema Fransis Tarimo, Sr. Pudensiana Melanio Augustino and Sr. Martha Benjamin Felix pronounced their first vows.