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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Novena for November 1st The Day of Universal Sanctification: Closing of the Year of Giaquinta

November 1: Lord, may we recommit ourselves to work as Your instruments in building a world of saints.


Pray “Lord, Grant Us Saints” prayer after praying the intention for the day:
LORD, GRANT US SAINTS

Lord, grant us saints.

Grant us people of God,
people for whom God is everything.
Grant us people
filled with love for you;
people who never look
without seeing you,
never listen
without hearing you.
Grant us people able to rescue the world
from its materialism
by impressing it
with the evidence of your salvation.

Lord, we need saints.

You are the author and the apex of sanctity;
raise saints everywhere - -
among the poor and among the wealthy,
among the untutored and among the learned,
among people of the world
and among those consecrated - -
for the sanctification of the world
through the witness and proclamation of your transcendence.

Help people understand
that holiness is both a gift and a conquest.
Help them understand that to be a Christian
is to be a saint;
for a Christian is a person conformed to God:
a whole, integrated person.

Evoke in people the desire to become
what you have meant them to be,
by walking in integrity
as on a journey toward the dawn,
progressing into the perfect day.
Lord, we need saints because we need salvation.
Lord, grant us saints!


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Friday, October 31, 2014

Novena for November 1st The Day of Universal Sanctification: Closing of the Year of Giaquinta

October 31: Holy Spirit, grant us the awareness that we are members of the Body of Christ, journeying together to holiness.


Pray “Lord, Grant Us Saints” prayer after praying the intention for the day:
http://prosanctity.blogspot.com/2014/10/novena-for-november-1st-day-of.html

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Journeying with the Founder Day #361

Personal holiness does not exist in isolation from the reality of the Mystical Body because each person is essentially a social being. My personal deficiencies affect [not only myself but they affect] the Mystical Body, too, just as my other failures or my holiness—my personal acts—affect the Mystical Body. Thus there are two dimensions for each one of us: the personal dimension of our own holiness—our own relationship with God and our own personal merit, and the social one—the contribution we give to the Mystical Body in a conscious or unconscious way. (Holiness)



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Novena for November 1st The Day of Universal Sanctification: Closing of the Year of Giaquinta

October 30: Lord, give us the right perspective in life that we may understand that we are on a journey in which we are called to follow the Way, so that we may have eternal life.


Pray “Lord, Grant Us Saints” prayer after praying the intention for the day:
prosanctity.blogspot.com/2014/10/novena-for-november-1st-day-of.html

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Journeying with the Founder Day #360

It is not enough to know the world—we need to love it because it isn’t merely the stars, the sun, the moon, or the trees. The world is made up of our brothers and sisters for whom Christ Jesus died on the Cross, to whom He sent us and keeps on sending us as His apostles, and for whom we must have a great love.(Holiness)
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Novena for November 1st The Day of Universal Sanctification Closing of the Year of Giaquinta (Day 6)

October 29: Grant me, and everyone, the gift of wholeness, that I may become what You have made me to be, O Lord.


Pray “Lord, Grant Us Saints” prayer after praying the intention for the day:
http://prosanctity.blogspot.com/2014/10/novena-for-november-1st-day-of.html

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Journeying with the Founder Day #359

The more we bring selfishness, individualism, and our ego into the apostolate, the less space we give the Spirit. We must be instruments of the Spirit; we must give Him space and be aware that the results of any of our undertakings come from Him rather than from our prowess or our technological capabilities or any other means.(Holiness)
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Novena for November 1st The Day of Universal Sanctification Closing of the Year of Giaquinta (Day 5)

October 28: Father, give us the grace to respond to Your love to the maximum, understanding that to follow Christ is a commitment of every moment.

Pray “Lord, Grant Us Saints” prayer after praying the intention for the day:
http://prosanctity.blogspot.com/2014/10/novena-for-november-1st-day-of.html


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Journeying with the Founder Day #358

Today the first, essential condition for holiness is synchronizing oneself with the historic moment. (Holiness)
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #357

The Saint is an answer and word of the Holy Spirit at the same time. God sends a saint to a world that is in need, a world that faces difficult situations that change from one period to the next, that cries, implores, and lifts its prayer to the Almighty. God sends a saint as His answer; more specifically, the saint is the answer of the Spirit to the needs of the current time.(Holiness)
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Novena for November 1st The Day of Universal Sanctification: Closing of the Year of Giaquinta (Day 3)

October 26: Give us the grace of detachment from material goods, from our bad habits, and from our own ways, so that we may give witness to the reality that true happiness is found only through attachment to You and Your will, O Lord.
Pray “Lord, Grant Us Saints” prayer after praying the intention for the day: http://prosanctity.blogspot.com/2014/10/novena-for-november-1st-day-of.html


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Journeying with the Founder Day #356

The Father, Who has called and loved us from eternity, will not abandon us; Christ, Who has redeemed us on the cross loving us unto death, will not abandon us; the Holy Spirit, Who has been diffused in our hearts and was sent to our souls so that we might be instruments of operative love, will certainly not abandon us. (Holiness)
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Novena for November 1st The Day of Universal Sanctification: Closing of the Year of Giaquinta

October 25: Give us the grace to look upon our brothers and sisters—those near us and those far from us—with Your eyes, Jesus, so that we may see You in them and love You in them.


Pray “Lord, Grant Us Saints” prayer after praying the intention for the day.
http://prosanctity.blogspot.com/2014/10/novena-for-november-1st-day-of.html

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Journeying with the Founder Day #355

We must have the courage to die to ourselves. As long as we want to make both the old and the new man live together, the old man will always prevail. We must have a spirit of sacrifice and fidelity. Fidelity is our “Amen” lived continuously throughout our lives. We should have the courage to be a continuous, uninterrupted “Amen.” (Holiness)
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Novena for November 1st, The Day of Universal Sanctification: Closing of the Year of Giaquinta


Day One
Pray “Lord, Grant Us Saints” prayer after praying the intention for the day:


October 24: Grant us the grace to allow You, Lord, to become everything for us in our daily lives.
LORD, GRANT US SAINTS


Lord, grant us saints.

Grant us people of God,
people for whom God is everything.
Grant us people
filled with love for you;
people who never look
without seeing you,
never listen
without hearing you.
Grant us people able to rescue the world
from its materialism
by impressing it
with the evidence of your salvation.

Lord, we need saints.

You are the author and the apex of sanctity;
raise saints everywhere - -
among the poor and among the wealthy,
among the untutored and among the learned,
among people of the world
and among those consecrated - -
for the sanctification of the world
through the witness and proclamation of your transcendence.

Help people understand
that holiness is both a gift and a conquest.
Help them understand that to be a Christian
is to be a saint;
for a Christian is a person conformed to God:
a whole, integrated person.

Evoke in people the desire to become
what you have meant them to be,
by walking in integrity
as on a journey toward the dawn,
progressing into the perfect day.
Lord, we need saints because we need salvation.
Lord, grant us saints!

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Journeying with the Founder Day #354

God calls me moment by moment. Every new day—each moment, in fact—is a new birth of the relationship between me and God Who calls me. (Holiness)
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #353

If the Father loves us with a particular love, He wishes to receive a particular love from us. If we are to respond, a vibrant holiness is required. If Christ loves us with a special love—the Gospel passage says it clearly: “He looked at him deeply”—to make us sharers in redemptive love, certainly He produces such love in the one He calls. If the Holy Spirit has called us with predilection to an operative love, He will accomplish His plan, which is holiness.(Holiness)
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #352

Without a doubt holiness is a profoundly demanding commitment; it must bring the balance of love to the Mystical Body. This commitment must make us “experts” in love through a vocation in which we burn with love for the Lord and for our brothers and sisters, rather than being lifeless and dull. The renunciations that bind us to the life of consecration are made voluntarily in order to give ourselves more completely and more radically to this love toward God and others or, if we prefer, to this love towards others and God, in our desire to present ourselves to God with love for Him and others. The consecrated person renounces out of love. (Holiness)


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #351

The journey of holiness toward the Father must be actualized with a double engine: Christ-Spirit and our efforts that manifest our collaboration. (Holiness)
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #350

The invisible world of God is what really matters because at a pre-established time, unknown to us, the Lord allows the invisible world of love that He has built inside of us to explode. Suddenly we are aware of being at a level of maturity never before supposed, the result of many years of efforts that were not always followed by perceptible success. Then suddenly the underground river of God’s love and grace that was at work in us erupts. (Holiness)
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #349

It is possible to reach holiness only through the action of the Father Who draws me to Himself; of Christ the Lord, the Word, Who is the way, the truth and the life; and of the Holy Spirit the Sanctifier. However, the human part must be added to this, because without our personal collaboration, holiness cannot be reached. The Gospel expresses it clearly: whoever wants to come after Me must deny himself, take up the cross every day and follow Me (Mt. 16:24). (Holiness)
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #348

We need to see what virtues God wants from us on a natural level and on a revealed level. We find them in God in the Old Testament – patience, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, the sense of paternity or fatherhood, etc. – and in Christ – meekness, sweetness, "Learn from Me because I am meek and humble of heart" (Mt 11:29), the sense of paternity and maternity, poverty (in the cave and on the Cross), friendship, compassion, the ability to suffer with others, love for the little ones and the sick, unconditional self-giving, the spirit of sacrifice. (Holiness) 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #347

God is mine and exclusively mine: the Lord thinks of me, He loves me, He takes care of me, He directs me, He accompanies me, and one day He will reward me. Such personal love comes to us through the Sacrament of Baptism that has in itself all the potential of tomorrow and that can thus be defined as the great powder keg of holiness. (Holiness)
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Journeying with the FOunder Day #346

At the moment God calls me, He justifies me; at the moment of my Baptism, He inscribes my spiritual genetic code within me. Therefore the plan of conformation to Christ is a personal plan, not something that is acquired by chance, but that each one brings already written in the soul from the moment of Baptism when God puts in my soul what my abilities and capabilities for tomorrow will be. (Holiness)
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #345

All our life is studded with the presence of Christ and the help that He gives us through His sacraments. It is Christ, present in us through His sacraments, Who creates and realizes the plan of holiness; the Holy One sanctifies us through the sacraments in every moment of life. (Holiness)
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #344

Jesus has not called us to sadness. Christ, who has the beatific vision and therefore has the fullness of joy, calls us to joy. “The exaltation of Christ be with you,” and may your joy be full! (Holiness)


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #343

Without the Lord Jesus we can do nothing; the more we are united to Jesus Christ, the more fruit we will bear. The less united we are to Christ, the less fruit we will produce. When we do not bear fruit, it means that we are not with Christ Jesus. (Holiness)
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #342

Christ is the mediator, the builder of a bridge to the Father, “pontem facit, “He who builds the bridge,” the “Pontifex.” Through Christ, mediator and pontiff, we reach the Trinity, the Father, the Spirit, and therefore we reach the Church. This is not a meaningless moral and spiritual insertion, but real and vital as expressed in the fifteenth chapter of John’s Gospel. “I am the true vine and my Father is the vine grower. Every branch that does not bear fruit, He removes, and the branch that produces fruit He prunes so it produces more fruit.” (Holiness)
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #341

It is important to be familiar with the saints, our brothers and sisters who have walked the same roads before us, who have traveled in situations like ours and were able to become holy, perhaps in a hidden life of simplicity, without grand things, without even being noticed. (Holiness)
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #340

The saints are the wealth of the Church. They shape the history of the Church because a saint, moved by the Holy Spirit, is humanity’s prayer to God, and at the same time is the answer of the Holy Spirit to humanity. (Holiness)


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #339

Love, sacrifice, and prayer for priests are part of the economy of love in the Mystical Body. If I am a saint, I have a greater capacity to intercede for others, and if I am not a saint, something is lacking in the Body of Christ: my merits, my holiness, my participation in the passion of Christ spoken of by St. Paul. “In my body I complete what is lacking in the passion of Christ on behalf of His body, that is, the Church” (Col 1:24). (Holiness)
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #338

The harmony of faith produces love that understands, forgives, and knows how to help. (Holiness)
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #337

The Magisterium of the Church is another “means of holiness” because who of us can trust himself so much as to be certain about truth or error? We see the many changes we ourselves undertook in the past, how much ignorance there is in the world about the faith, and how many terrible deficiencies! How can we venture into the ocean of God’s mind or think that we understand Revelation perfectly when we see that many very intelligent people, some geniuses even, have failed down through the centuries?  Thus we need an attitude of humility toward the Magisterium. (Holiness)
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #336

I become a child of the Father, a brother of Christ, God’s heir, a co-heir with Christ, and therefore I acquire the right to turn to God, in a way like Christ, and to call Him ‘Abba’, sweet Father.  Here is what grace is: a created reality that comes from the Heart of God. The Father gives grace because Christ has gained it for us by dying on the cross, and the Holy Spirit gives it concretely to our souls in order to transform us in Christ.  For this reason we speak of sanctifying grace because it sanctifies us or sets us apart for the holiness of God; makes us similar to Him, detached from evil and sin; and, therefore, gives us moral holiness. (Holiness)
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #335

Do we love Scripture? Do we deepen our love for it? What part does it have in our lives? We must remember that Scripture has a sacramental strength in the sense that the Word of God, in and of itself, is operative in the soul; it is, thus, a bearer of grace. The Gospel that we proclaim, the other Mass readings, and the Psalms that we recite in the Liturgy of the Hours are realities full of grace. They bring grace to the soul if it [the soul] is open to that grace, to its light, and to the interior impulses that, at times, can be intuitions, sometimes intuitions of sweetness, but that are always actual graces reaching us through Scripture. (Holiness)


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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #334

The Church is Christ living in time. In the Church Christ has deposited all the riches of His Heart, so outside the Church these riches are found only in reduced form, or they are not found at all. The Church could be called the great reservoir of the love of God, the treasury of His Heart, containing the wealth of wisdom and science which constitute the means for holiness, which is the fullness of love. (Holiness)
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #333

The plan of holiness, brought about by Jesus through His message and example, has been given completely to the Church so that the Church could realize or actualize it. The Church, however, is not an abstract entity. This is the Church of which Jesus said, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Mt 16:18)—that is, the hierarchical Church (Pope, Apostles, bishops, priests) and then all the people of God. Therefore the plan of holiness begun by Jesus must be continued by the Church—all of us, the hierarchy and all of us. (Holiness)
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #332

In His final moment on the cross, Jesus says, “Father, into Your hands I commend my spirit” (Lk 2:46), teaching us to abandon ourselves to the Father and to love our neighbor.


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #331

Jesus served others without considering it or them a burden. The defining ultimate gesture—the washing of the feet—is exceptional as a gesture, but it is certainly not exceptional as an expression of His inner life. Christ was and continues to be the Servant of the Father, that is, He who is completely given and available to the Father for His brothers. Therefore He is the servant of His brothers, too, because He is completely given and available to them. This is true of every brother because when Jesus washed the Apostles’ feet, Judas was there. (Holiness)
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #330

Surely Christ repeated the Shemà uninterruptedly to His Father, praying that prayer of holiness throughout each day. It is a prayer of holiness because loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, spirit, and strength means longing for holiness, and anyone who does so is really a saint. . . The prayer of Christ makes us confront our own prayer—how much time do we give to it; what type is it; and what is its intensity? (Holiness)
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #329

Jesus never worked miracles for Himself, (refusing to change stones into bread, for example, despite the apocrypha’s assertion), but for others, yes; He gives Himself completely, unconditionally. Thus we are called to give ourselves completely and unconditionally, too. We are called to be people of the “yes,” without reservation and without personal times of “untouchability.” (Holiness)


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #345

At the moment God calls me, He justifies me; at the moment of my Baptism, He inscribes my spiritual genetic code within me. Therefore the plan of conformation to Christ is a personal plan, not something that is acquired by chance, but that each one brings already written in the soul from the moment of Baptism when God puts in my soul what my abilities and capabilities for tomorrow will be. (Holiness)
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Journeying with the Founder Day #338

The harmony of faith produces love that understands, forgives, and knows how to help. (Holiness)
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Journeying with the Founder Day #328

We have to learn every virtue from Christ but, most especially, His unconditional self-giving. Jesus gave Himself up to the end; He gave all. He keeps nothing back, nothing for Himself, even letting His time be consumed by His speaking. His time! Jesus has no time for Himself, so we could say that He is a man without time and without space. (Holiness)
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #327

When we want to verify ourselves, it is sufficient to look to the Gospels to see the life of Christ and to ask ourselves: do my humility, charity, and generosity live up to that of Jesus? We look to Christ’s humble, poor, and self-giving life in order to understand how we should be. (Holiness)
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #326

Christ is holy because He is the incarnate Word of God. Without a doubt we owe to the man Jesus our unconditional love, loving not only with our wills but with our emotions. We must remember that He is not simply a man but also God. He is God Who is incarnate; God Who takes a human form. Thus in Jesus there are two natures [human and divine] but only one Person, the divine Word. Jesus, therefore, is holy because He is the Incarnate Word of God and because He was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit. He has these two aspects, and both are essential even though the original aspect [His divinity] brings us into the realm of infinity and of absolute transcendence. (Holiness)


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #325

Holiness is not something that is bestowed externally, that is, simply by a word from God, nor is it something that comes from our own internal efforts. Holiness is a reality that is born through the work of the Holy Spirit. Thus we must give the Holy Spirit space throughout our spiritual life because it is He alone Who forms holiness in us, or more precisely, Who forms in us the face of Christ. (Holiness)


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #353

God calls me moment by moment. Every new day—each moment, in fact—is a new birth of the relationship between me and God Who calls me. (Holiness)
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Journeying with the Founder Day #324

As sanctifying grace is the beginning of holiness, which is precisely grace developed to the maximum, so Christian brotherhood is the beginning of that spiritual fraternity which is brotherhood developed to the maximum. As we can and must speak about holiness, so we can and must speak of spiritual brotherhood. (The Revolution of the Samaritans
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #323

Christ lived love, He paid for His doctrine of love with His death, and as a testament, He left us the great principle of social love: by this they will know that you are my disciples (John 13:35). This love can and must be social, but on the condition that it must also be Christological in nature and orientation (Love one another as I have loved you: John 13:34), and Trinitarian (I in them and You in Me: John 17:23). (The Revolution of the Samaritans) 


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #322

We, too, are pilgrims journeying toward eternity, toward the Father who has given us the triple, universal vocation: to be saved, to be part of the Church, and to be holy. We are brothers and sisters not only because we came from the Father, but also because all of us must return to His love. And it is on such a communal return to Him that a broader and almost boundless relationship of the fraternal tie of “pietas” is based. We must treat each other, help each other, love each other as brothers and sisters who together strive to reach the love of the Father. If this must be the interior standard of spiritual life, why should it not be also for social life? (The Revolution of the Samaritans
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #321

We are brothers because we are sons of the same God whom we invoke “Our Father,” we are redeemed by the great Brother, Jesus Christ, and we are all called, personally and collectively, to give a response of total love to the Father and to Christ. Our brotherhood does not stand only on the physical blood-relationship that flows from the first man …but also on the uniqueness of the grace of Christ that unites us with a divine spiritual blood. (The Revolution of the Samaritans
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #320

It is evident that we must not only reach the simple “animation” of the world but instead push ourselves toward the “sacralization” of social realities. (The Revolution of the Samaritans
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #319

There are profound ties between evangelization and human advancement; however, it would be wrong to reduce the freedom promoted by the Church to purely temporal dimensions. The liberation proclaimed by evangelization must aim at the whole man, and it cannot substitute the announcement of the kingdom for the proclamation of human freedom. It is important and urgent to build more humane structures, but all this would serve little if there is not conversion of heart. Moreover, the Church cannot accept a liberation that comes from violence. (The Revolution of the Samaritans)  
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #347

We need to see what virtues God wants from us on a natural level and on a revealed level. We find them in God in the Old Testament – patience, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, the sense of paternity or fatherhood, etc. – and in Christ – meekness, sweetness, "Learn from Me because I am meek and humble of heart" (Mt 11:29), the sense of paternity and maternity, poverty (in the cave and on the Cross), friendship, compassion, the ability to suffer with others, love for the little ones and the sick, unconditional self-giving, the spirit of sacrifice. (Holiness) 
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Journeying with the Founder Day #318

The Word chose to be born poor and in a modest social situation, but not in order to confer spiritual privilege upon a social class nor to teach an unnatural pauperism. He preferred such a life to help us overcome selfishness, ambition, a yearning greed for riches, and pride, and to present to humanity the Ideal Man, who with his fraternal love and his altruism, is able to create a different and better world, a world of brothers and friends. (The Revolution of the Samaritans



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #317

Man—and this is the bottom line of the Magnificat—has to enter into a state of humility, that is, of knowledge of God-All, and experience his own nothingness. At the moment in which man enters into this experience of nothingness, he exalts the experience of the God-All, and God can act tranquilly in his soul, without the danger that man might become proud and attribute to himself the effect of God’s work. Thus God is exalted when He has "free rein" with man because it is through man’s nothingness that He can act completely freely, performing great things. (The New Man)
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #316

Above all let us be focused on forming around us (here is our specific point) well-leavened   dough, new dough capable of becoming leaven. Let us leaven people. Let us leaven people so that they may become leavened dough; this must be our job, I would say our ambition. And to do this we must have the courage of the truth, the entire truth that we cannot and must not sugarcoat to make it sweeter or more palatable. (The New Man)
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #315

The mother of God—Christ’s Mother—stood at the foot of the Cross waiting for the death that would free humanity and, therefore, each one of us. In that moment the Madonna becomes “the woman who wails aloud in pain as she labored to give birth” (Revelation 12:2). It is in suffering that Mary generates us under the Cross; it is there that her Motherhood of co-redemption is fulfilled.


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #314

From the height of the Cross, Jesus let resonate for His own and for the entire world His “I thirst,” which did not express His need for water but His passion for souls. For souls He suffered along the way of Calvary, bearing afterwards the agonizing torment of the crucifixion. For souls He would give His life; to them He addresses a heartfelt plea to not forget His gift of love, His immense, infinite Self-giving love without measure. Christ, who could have redeemed us with only a drop of His adorable blood, gives all, even unto the shame of death on a Cross, because He longs for us to love Him in return. It is the fire of love that burns in His soul and that He wants burning in our hearts. (Racemi)


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #313

We must say that Christ, the New Man, really presented Himself among us; He lived with us in our midst as an agonizing man, as a man who fights. And consequently the life of the Church, of the society of new men, cannot but be marked by this agony, in the past, today, and tomorrow. (The New Man)
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #312

Christ comes, but He comes as an agonizing Christ who must fight. And precisely this will show us what must be characteristic of the new man: an agonizing man, a man of combat, a man who does not have an easy road, a comfortable journey. We find the agony of Christ expressed, even before Gethsemane, along His whole journey. (The New Man)
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #311

It is certain that the action of the invisible Holy Spirit is real and continuous. As Christ is encircled by this light and by this constant, luminous cloud—the Holy Spirit present in the life and the soul of Christ—so also are we. As long as we are in a state of grace, this reality of the indwelling of the Spirit, that then bursts forth in our life and our activities, is constant. As long as we are in a state of grace, the Holy Spirit never departs from us, and He forms the new man in us. (The New Man)


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #310

The chosen people of the Old Testament are born by an initial act of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit Who acts in the Patriarchs (who are the forefathers of the chosen people) and Who then globally assists the chosen people while not generating the members of the chosen people, because they are born by natural birth. In the new Church the Holy Spirit is not only present in the chosen people in the Church, but He Himself generates the new members of the chosen people: we are—maybe this is a somewhat strong expression, but try to understand it—we are the work of the Holy Spirit, we are generated by the Holy Spirit, we are children of the Holy Spirit. (The New Man)
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #309

Jesus does not give any explanation, He speaks only of the mysterious presence of the Spirit—we know neither where He comes from nor where He leads. We only know that He is a mysterious presence. He is like the wind that you can hear without knowing where it comes from or where it leads; because the Holy Spirit takes possession of our souls and our only duty is to close our eyes in faith and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, I would say that we must carry out this great act of faith in the Holy Spirit in the decisive moments of choice. (The New Man)
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #308

What can we ask from Mary? Everything, because we are in need of many things and she, who is our Mother, understands us. Above all we are to ask of her one thing: that she gives us the grace to enter into the mysterious world of love, which we can only sense through experience. Let us ask the Madonna, for ourselves and for the others, for those who are close and those who are far, that we may enter into this mysterious world of love: the world of Jesus, the world of Spirit, the world of the Eucharist. (Marvelous Things Are Said of You.)


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #307

Regarding the Church, I ask you to love much, to pray even more, and to refrain from judging. Why? Because none of us can know what the Holy Spirit is achieving. (The New Man)
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #306

The Church is born from the Holy Spirit; the Church is redeemed in a certain way by the blood of Christ. According to the interpretation of the Fathers of the Church, from the Heart of Christ, pierced by a lance, the foundational sacraments of the Church are born, that is, the water of Baptism and the blood of the Eucharist. (The New Man)
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #305

How has this mystery of the conception of the eternal, uncreated Word of God in the womb of Our Lady taken place? How did she become Mother? What was the constant assistance of the Spirit throughout the whole period in which the Madonna carried in her womb the eternal Word of God? All this is not ours to know; before this mystery let us be content to kneel down and to adore, without pretending to go beyond because they are the most sacred, highest, and most delicate mysteries we find in our faith. And let us not be ashamed to say that we do not understand the mystery, because if we knew the mystery, it would not be a mystery. We only know that Christ was born of the Blessed Mother by the work of the Holy Spirit. (The New Man)
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #304

The Church is a new reality on pilgrimage that can intone the psalm of Exodus; it is a Church that in some way suffers, it is a Church that yearns toward, it is a Church in procession toward the final goal, toward the eschaton, that will be reached only after time; it is a Church that is journeying toward the Omega point that is Christ. (The New Man)


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #303

The Servant of Yahweh, in washing the feet of the Apostles, bent over to teach us service. Service is newness and is characteristic of the Church and of the new man. (The New Man)
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #302

We are born, we grow, and we work as new men in the Church through the sacraments. The sacraments on one side build a new man in us; on the other side they make us builders of new men. Therefore we are faced with a double examination: how much have we let ourselves be built as new men through the sacraments, and how much have we ourselves, through the sacraments, been builders of new men, sowing newness around us? (The New Man)
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