“Doctor of Divine Love”

The 20-year-old Francis found peace in the radical and liberating love of God: “‘loving him without asking anything in return and trusting in divine love; no longer asking what will God do with me: I simply love him, independently of all that he gives me or does not give me. Thus, I find peace’ and the question of predestination – which was being discussed at that time – was resolved, because he no longer sought what he might receive from God; he simply loved God and abandoned himself to his goodness. And this was to be the secret of his life which would shine out in his main work: the The Treatise on the Love of God.”

Pope hearing confession

Priest: servant or boss?

It will therefore be necessary, on the one hand, to restore and use the historic confessionals in continuity with tradition; on the other hand, the creation of new confessionals, which are not only functional and comfortable like any other place of welcome, but have the shape and signs of a sacred place, which arouses prayer, promotes silence, allows the penitential gesture of placing oneself on their knees and allows them to celebrate the sacrament in a way that conforms to liturgical norms. 

Rub al Khali desert

The inner place

The desert is not necessarily a solitary place far away from our bustling cities. It’s the inner place you can discover daily in your inner self, when you get out of your “highs and lows” and honestly open-up to God in your naked truth. There God will meet you, and show you the way to live your work, your relationships, your consuming routine with a deeper meaning, “immersed” in His Mercy and with a spirit of service. This is the baptism we may need this Advent.

Intercessors and models of Christian life

The expression “communion of saints” indicates the participation of all the members of the Church in the faith, sacraments, charisms and other spiritual gifts. About this mystic communion St Josemaría Escrivá said “live a special Communion of Saints: and, in the moments of interior struggle just as in the hours of professional work, each of you will feel the joy and the strength of not being alone.”