“If we do not cultivate this
silence, how can we find God?”
Ours is a loud age … ours is a restless age.
We know the landscape well: the raucous media circus that
blurs the line between power politics and viewing pleasure;
the teeming internet jungle of tweets about jeremiads and
jeremiads about tweets; and a digital presence that multiples
itself exponentially, without end. We even internalize it,
drawing it into ourselves in greater doses until we not only
make noise, but are noise, plugged into the agitation
and clamor of the world and unable to watch or click or share
our way out of it.
Robert Cardinal Sarah of Guinea touched on the subject in his
first interview with Nicolas Diat, God or Nothing,
where he concluded that for many of us, the “disturbing” sound
of silence just doesn’t feel like an option. “We ceaselessly
need to hear the noise of the world: today logorrhea is a sort
of imperative, and silence is considered a failure.” The
Power of Silence, another interview with Diat, unpacks
the philosophical and spiritual dimensions of silence,
including our reticence to even begin engaging it.
The interview unfolds with a numbered series of philosophical
fragments, much like the Pensées of the philosopher
Blaise Pascal (whom Sarah quotes). “What will become of our
world if it does not look for intervals of silence?” Sarah
asks. “Interior rest and harmony can flow only from silence.
Without it, life does not exist. The greatest mysteries of the
world are born and unfold in silence.” In silence, where so
many of us see an unsettling absence, Sarah challenges his
readers to discover instead the presence of the greatest
mystery there is, one which, like the gaze of a lover, the
growth of a plant, or the motion of the stars, communicates
itself in and through its own silence. “Nothing will make us
discover God better than his silence inscribed in the center
of our being,” Sarah writes. “If we do not cultivate this
silence, how can we find God?”
The postmodern world cuts itself off from God precisely to the
degree to which its cuts itself off from silence and solitude.
“Without silence,” he writes, “God disappears into the noise.”
But Sarah also makes it clear that cultivating silence is not
just a matter of quieting speech and sounds; it also means
quieting our judgments, passions, and thoughts. In fact, the
path of exterior silence can painfully reveal the depths of
interior noise into which we’ve been plunged – which is
precisely why we tend to avoid it. “With its festive
appearance, noise is a whirlwind that avoids facing itself,”
he writes. “Agitation becomes a tranquilizer, a sedative, a
morphine pump, a sort of reverie, an incoherent dream-world.
But this noise is a dangerous, deceptive medicine, a diabolic
lie that helps man avoid confronting himself in his interior
emptiness. The awakening will necessary be brutal.”
Sarah invokes various beautiful images – a temple, a melody, a
light, and a flame – to capture the glory of silence, but also
invokes more disquieting imagery to capture its power – a
burnt offering, a shadow, a wave, a violent seizure. The
necessary practice of silence means an encounter with God, and
the encounter can take us to “fearsome shores.” But Sarah
encourages us to venture on, discovering the same great peace
and fortitude that so many holy men and women have found in
It would’ve been easy for Sarah to devolve into an indictment
of political, economic, and social powers – and while Sarah is
certainly not silent on their culpability, his focus is more
on revealing and inviting us into the great sources of silence
in the Catholic tradition. He returns to the Old Testament
again and again, but finds the greatest scriptural odes to
silence in the life of the Holy Family. Joseph never utters a
single word in the Gospels; Mary’s words are few – the Gospels
of Mark and Matthew have no mention of her words either – and
her entire life is swallowed up in faithful obedience and
prayerful attentiveness. But it’s in the life of her Son that
silence takes on a whole new meaning. “The whole life of Jesus
is wrapped in silence and mystery,” Sarah writes. “If man
wants to imitate Christ, it is enough for him to observe his
silences. The silence of the crib, the silence of Nazareth,
the silence of the Cross, and the silence of the sealed tomb
are one. The silences of Jesus are silences of poverty,
humility, self-sacrifice, and abasement; it is the bottomless
abyss of his kenosis, his self-emptying.”
For Sarah, who is also the Prefect of the Congregation for
Divine Worship, the Church has to protect and foster this
silence in its prayers, in its sacraments, and in its liturgy.
The Cardinal made headlines last
year when he called for a return to “ad orientem”
celebration of Mass (in which the priest faces the same
direction as the congregation), and in The Power of
Silence, doesn’t hesitate to call once more for a
“reform of the reform” of the liturgy, adding that “the future
of the Church is at stake.” He makes a compelling case, and
it’s clear that he’s driven not by any ideological commitment,
but a burning love for the Church and sacred silence, “a small
anticipation of eternity” that can uniquely open a heart to
After a probing discussion of God’s apparent silence in the
face of evil – Diat hammers Sarah with various examples of the
horror unfolding in various parts of the world – the book
closes where it opened: at the Carthusian monastery of the
Grande Chartreuse in France, memorialized in the documentary Into Great Silence. The
Carthusians aren’t presented as a universal standard of
silence, but as exemplars of its vital importance – and Sarah
doesn’t necessarily call his readers to eliminate speech and
action, but on the contrary, to give them greater depth and
breadth by grounding them in that silence.
The Power of Silence is an eminently wise, rich, and
timely piece of writing, one that meets the mind both like a
quiet nighttime meditation and a rousing call to revolution.
Sarah’s voice has the freshness and liveliness of a springtime
of faith, and reflects the ongoing boom of Catholicism in
Africa. It’s a voice that the West desperately needs to hear.
It challenges us to return to the essentials of Christian
life, where our lifeblood isn’t the artificiality, egotism,
and endless chatter of the world, but the wordlessness,
humility, and eternal silence of God.
There we find our happiness, because there we find our
EGYPT — One the second day of his apostolic visit to the land where Christian monasticism first flourished, with spiritual giants such as St. Anthony the Great, St. Paul the Hermit, and St. Mary of Egypt, Pope Francis urged priests and religious to look to the Desert Fathers to fight 7 great temptations.
Addressing clergy, religious and seminarians during a prayer meeting at the Coptic Catholic seminary in Maadi, the Pope thanked priests and consecrated men and women for their witness among “many challenges and often few consolations.”
He encouraged them to be “a positive force” amid many “prophets of destruction and condemnation,” by not succumbing to 7 great temptations in daily life that can lead priests and religious to become “neither fish nor fowl.”
“Resisting these temptations is not easy,” the pope acknowledged, “but it is possible if we are grafted on to Jesus: ‘Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me’ (Jn 15:4).”
“The more we are rooted in Christ, the more we are alive and fruitful! Only in this way can we preserve the wonder and the passion of our first encounter with God, and experience renewed excitement and gratitude in our life with God and in our mission.”
The quality of our consecration depends on the quality of our spiritual life,” he said.
Pope Francis therefore urged priests and religious to “draw upon to the example of Saint Paul the Hermit, Saint Anthony, the holy Desert Fathers, and the countless monks and nuns who by their lives and example opened the gates of heaven to so many of our brothers and sisters.”
“We venerate the Holy Cross, the instrument and sign of our salvation. When we flee the Cross, we flee the resurrection!” he said.
Here are the 7 great temptations Pope Francis proposed:
1. The temptation to let ourselves be led, rather than to lead. The Good Shepherd has the responsibility of guiding the sheep (cf. Jn 10:3-4), of bringing them to fresh pastures and springs of flowing water (cf. Ps 23). He cannot let himself be dragged down by disappointment and pessimism: “What can I do?” He is always full of initiative and creativity, like a spring that flows even in the midst of drought. He always shares the caress of consolation even when he is broken- hearted. He is a father when his children show him gratitude, but especially when they prove ungrateful (cf. Lk 15:11-32). Our faithfulness to the Lord must never depend on human gratitude: “Your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt 6:4, 6, 18).
2. The temptation to complain constantly. It is easy to always complain about others, about the shortcomings of superiors, about the state of the Church and society, about the lack of possibilities. But consecrated persons, though the Spirit’s anointing, are those who turn every obstacle into an opportunity, and not every difficulty into an excuse! The person who is always complaining is really someone who doesn’t want to work. It was for this reason that the Lord said to the pastors: “Lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees” (Heb 12:12; cf. Is 35:3).
3. The temptation to gossip and envy. It is a great danger when consecrated persons, instead of helping the little ones to grow and to rejoice in the successes of their brothers and sisters, allow themselves to be dominated by envy and to hurt others through gossip. When, instead of striving to grow, they start to destroy those who are growing; instead of following their good example, they judge them and belittle their value. Envy is a cancer that destroys the body in no time: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Mk 3:24-25). In fact, “through the devil’s envy death entered the world” (Wis 2:24). Gossip is its means and its weapon.
4. The temptation to compare ourselves to others. Enrichment is found in the diversity and uniqueness of each one of us. Comparing ourselves with those better off often leads to grudges; comparing ourselves with those worse off often leads to pride and laziness. Those who are always comparing themselves with others end up paralyzed. May we learn from Saints Peter and Paul to experience the diversity of qualities, charisms and opinions through willingness to listen and docility to the Holy Spirit.
5. The temptation to become like Pharaoh, that is to harden our hearts and close them off to the Lord and our brothers and sisters. Here the temptation is to think that we are better than others, and to lord it over them out of pride; to presume to be served rather than to serve. It is a temptation that, from the very beginning, was present among the disciples, who – as the Gospel tells us – “on the way argued with one another who was the greatest” (Mk 9:34). The antidote to this poison is: “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mk 9:35).
6. The temptation to individualism. As a well-known Egyptian saying goes: “Me, and after me, the flood!” This is the temptation of selfish people: along the way, they lose sight of the goal and, rather than think of others, they are unashamed to think only of themselves, or even worse, to justify themselves. The Church is the community of the faithful, the Body of Christ, where the salvation of one member is linked to the holiness of all (cf. 1 Cor 12:12-27; Lumen Gentium, 7.) An individualist is a cause of scandal and of conflict.
7. The temptation to keep walking without direction or destination. Consecrated men and women can lose their identity and begin to be “neither fish nor fowl.” They can live with a heart between God and worldliness. They can forget their first love (cf. Rev 2:4). Indeed, when they lose clear and solid identity, consecrated men and women end up walking aimlessly; instead of leading others, they scatter them. Your identity as sons and daughters of the Church is to be Copts – rooted in your noble and ancient origins – and to be Catholics – part of the one and universal Church: like a tree that, the more deeply rooted it is in the earth, the higher it reaches to the heavens!
Pope Francis concluded his meeting with priests and religious, saying: “May the Holy Family protect and bless all of you, your country and its entire people. You are always in my heart and in my prayers. Take heart and keep moving forward with the help of the Holy Spirit! “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice in him!” And please, don’t forget to pray for me!” 8:04:02 PM
Une quinzaine de soeurs bénédictines vivent, travaillent et prient à Martigné-Briand, non loin d´Angers, dans un ancien corps de ferme magnifiquement rénové. Une confiturerie et l´hôtellerie constituent leur principal gagne-pain. Leur charisme ? L´ouverture aux autres, aspect très important pour la fondatrice de l´ordre de Ste Bathilde, auxquelles elles appartiennent, une vie intérieure forte, une vraie simplicité et un véritable esprit de liberté ...
The following interview with Robert Cardinal Sarah appeared in the October 2016 issue of the French newspaper La Nef; it was given on the occasion of the publication of his new book La Force du silence (The Strength of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise).The interview appears exclusively here in English by kind permission of Cardinal Sarah. The translation is by Michael J. Miller, who translated Cardinal Sarah's 2015 book God or Nothing (Ignatius Press). 10:05:36 AM
Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ, born in Regensburg, Germany in 1966, is a member of the Society of Jesus, currently serving as Academic Vice Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Fr. Zollner, a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist is professor in the Gregorian University’s Institute of Psychology. He is also Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion of the University of Durham (England) and serves as President of the “Centre for Child Protection” at the Gregorian. He is also a Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Over the past decade, Fr. Zollner has become an articulate, leading, sought after expert and prolific author in the area of the Safeguarding of Minors and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention as well as in the area of Spirituality of Priesthood and Consecrated Life. He has visited over 35 countries and addressed the ecclesial leadership of each country on these topics.
«Comme il serait beau si toutes les confessions religieuses disaient: ”Tuer au nom de Dieu est satanique!”» A quelques jours de la rencontre d’Assise où, trente ans après Jean-Paul II, il retrouvera mardi des responsables de toutes les religions pour parler de paix, le pape François a tenu, mercredi 14 septembre dans son homélie à la chapelle de la Maison Sainte-Marthe, des mots particulièrement durs pour condamner la violence religieuse.
«Tuer au nom de Dieu est satanique», a-t-il répété devant une assistance toute particulière: 80 fidèles du diocèse de Rouen en pèlerinage à Rome, dont deux sœurs et un neveu du P. Jacques Hamel, le prêtre français assassiné par deux jeunes islamistes le 26 juillet dans son église de Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray (Seine-Maritime). 5:55:38 PM
“The longer we remain without confessing, the worse it is for us, the more entangled we become in the bonds of sin, and therefore the more difficult it is to give an account.”
“He who is accustomed to give account of his life at confession here will not fear to give an answer at the terrible judgment-seat of Christ. It is for this purpose that the mild tribunal of penitence was here initiated, in order that we, being cleansed and amended through penitence here below, may give an answer without shame at the terrible judgment-seat of Christ.”
St John of Kronstadt
My Life in Christ: Part II, Holy Trinity Monastery pg.280 10:04:49 AM
Francis mandates wide changes for contemplative women religious, requests revision of all constitutions Francis mandates wide changes for contemplative women religious, requests revision of all constitutions
In a new apostolic constitution titled Vultum Dei Quaerere (“Seek the Face of God”) and addressed to Catholic women religious in contemplative communities, the Pope calls for changes to be implemented in 12 diverse areas from prayer life to work habits. Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo says contemplative men’s communities have not been considered in such a manner by the Pope and that the document replaces the 1999 instruction Verbi sponsa
Nuns during a moment of prayer.
Pope Francis has issued a new wide-ranging set of guidelines for how the tens of thousands of Catholic women religious living in contemplative communities around the world should regulate their lifestyles, calling on them to implement changes in 12 diverse areas from prayer life to work habits.
The Pontiff has also mandated that each of the global communities of contemplative women religious will need to adapt their various governing constitutions or rules to the new changes and send new versions of their documents to the Vatican for approval.
Francis makes the changes in a new apostolic constitution released Friday titled Vultum Dei Quaerere (“Seek the Face of God.”) The document is addressed only to Catholic women religious in contemplative communities, such as those that live in cloisters or whose lives are marked by a lifestyle devoted mainly to prayer instead of evangelical outreach or work.
While the Pontiff uses the new document to issue effusive praise for such women -- especially lauding their ability to serve as an example of stability in a contemporary world often marked by temporary commitments -- he also calls for them to begin to institute changes particularly in their prayer lives.
In one example, the Pope mandates that all contemplative women religious communities should practice Eucharistic adoration. He also stresses the use of Lectio divina, the traditional Benedictine practice of scripture reading, meditation, and prayer.
Addressing his reason for writing to the women with the new norms at this time, Francis states: “In these past decades, we have seen rapid historical changes that call for dialogue. At the same time, the foundational values of contemplative life need to be maintained.”
“Through these values -- silence, attentive listening, the call to an interior life, stability -- contemplative life can and must challenge the contemporary mindset,” the pope continues.
The Pontiff then calls on the women worldwide to implement changes after reflecting upon 12 aspects of the monastic tradition: Formation, prayer, the word of God, the sacraments of the Eucharist and reconciliation, fraternal life in community, autonomy, federations, the cloister, work, silence, the communications media and asceticism.
The Pope ends the document with 14 articles establishing new canonical norms for how contemplative women religious should live, saying he is setting aside any canons from the Code of Canon Law that “directly contradict any article of the present Constitution.”
Among the most direct changes are orders that every contemplative community:
Review its prayer life “to see if it is centered on the Lord” and “set aside appropriate times for Eucharistic adoration, also inviting the faithful of the local Church to take part;”
Be a part of some sort of federation with other communities, unless obtaining Vatican permission to not do so;
Request Vatican approval “whenever a different form of cloister from the present one is called for;”
Disallow "recruitment of candidates from other countries solely for the sake of ensuring the survival of a monastery," stating it should be "absolutely avoided;
"Wait for further instruction from the Vatican’s congregation for religious life on how to implement changes in the 12 specified areas of life and “once they have been adapted to the new regulations, the articles of the constitutions or rules of individual institutes are to be submitted for approval by the Holy See.”
Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said at a press conference presenting the new document Friday that his office would now be working on drafting a new instruction to specify how communities are to make the changes in their lifestyles.
The new document will replace the congregation’s 1999 instruction Verbi sponsa and will regulate the “formation, autonomy and seclusion” of contemplative communities, Rodriguez said.
The archbishop also said that contemplative men’s communities had not been considered in such a manner by the Pope or the religious congregation at the moment, adding that the types of religious life lived by Catholic men and women are different.
Francis begins his news document with praise for the contemplative communities, stating: “The Church greatly esteems your life of complete self-giving.”
“The Church counts on your prayers and on your self-sacrifice to bring today’s men and women to the good news of the Gospel,” the pope states. “The Church needs you!”
“The world needs you every bit as much as a sailor on the high seas needs a beacon to guide him to a safe haven,” he continues. “Be beacons to those near to you and, above all, to those far away. Be torches to guide men and women along their journey through the dark night of time.”
The pontiff then addresses each of the 12 aspects the communities are to reflect on in order, focusing especially on formation for younger nuns and the role of prayer in the nuns' daily lives.
On formation, Francis states that communities “need to pay great attention to vocational and spiritual discernment, without yielding to the temptation to think in terms of numbers and efficiency.”
For prayer, the Pope uses an evocative image of Moses raising his arms in prayer to God to implore help for his people.
“It strikes me that this is a most eloquent image of the power and efficacy of your own prayer on behalf of all humanity and the Church, especially of the vulnerable and those in need,” states the pontiff. “Now, as then, we can conclude that the fate of humanity is decided by the prayerful hearts and uplifted hands of contemplative women.”
Francis then asks the contemplative communities to see their cloisters or convents as places to show the wider world how people can live together in community and fellowship.
“You who have embraced the monastic life must never forget that today’s men and women expect you to bear witness to an authentic fraternal communion that, in a society marked by divisions and inequality, clearly demonstrates that life in common is both possible and fulfilling, despite differences of age, education and even culture,” states the Pope.
“Your communities ought to be credible signs that these differences, far from being an obstacle to fraternal life, actually enrich it,” he continues. “Remember that unity and communion are not the same as uniformity, and are nourished by dialogue, sharing, mutual assistance and profound compassion, especially towards the most frail and needy.”
But Francis also warns the contemplatives from becoming too isolated in their own autonomy from others.
“Autonomy favors the stability of life and internal unity of each community, ensuring the best conditions for contemplation,” states the Pope. “But autonomy ought not to mean independence or isolation, especially from the other monasteries of the same Order or the same charismatic family.”
“Take care to avoid ‘the disease of self-absorption’ and to preserve the value of communion between different monasteries as a path of openness towards the future and a means of updating and giving expression to the enduring and codified values of your autonomy,” he exhorts.
Francis ends that portion of the document with a call for the contemplatives “to be beacons of light for the journey of the men and women of our time.”
“This should be your prophetic witness,” states the Pontiff. “You have chosen not to flee the world out of fear, as some might think, but to remain in the world, while not being of the world.”
Citing the Second Vatican Council document Gaudium et spes, he continues: “Although you live apart from the world, through the signs of your belonging to Christ, you tirelessly intercede for mankind, presenting to the Lord its fears and hopes, its joys and sufferings.”
Concluding with a citation of his own apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, the Pope calls on the contemplatives to “hear the cry of your brothers and sisters who are victims of the throwaway culture” and to “practice the art of listening ‘which is more than simply hearing.’”
[Joshua J. McElwee is Vatican Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.] 10:26:24 AM
“If anyone wants to go to confession, I’m available before Mass!”
I was in Nicaragua traveling up to Guatemala when I heard this rushed invitation yelled in Spanish from a church sanctuary... 10:18:55 AM
Samedi le 9 juillet 2016
John Cassian - on Contemplation'You will note that the Lord establishes as the prime good contemplation, that is the gaze turned in the direction of the things of God. Hence we say that the other virtues, however useful and good we may say they are, must nevertheless be put on a secondary level, since they are all practiced for the sake of this one. "You are full of worry and are upset over many things when actually it should be over a few or even one." In saying this the Lord locates the primary good not in activity, however praiseworthy, however abundantly fruitful, but in the truly simple and unified contemplation of Himself.' St. John Cassian 9:42:07 AM
Our current approach to marriage preparation is failing catastrophically
The Pope’s recent comments on marriage, which have raised a few eyebrows, do at least contain one statement with which I wholeheartedly agree. It is this: “Marriage is the most difficult area of pastoral work.”
By the time the engaged couple present themselves, saying they want to get married in Church, it is already too late to start preparation. Preparation for marriage needs to start before the couple have met; it needs to start in childhood, or even, to be on the safe side, at birth. After all, whom you marry is the most important decision you will ever make.
Young children need to be educated in such a way that, when they grow up, they will make good choices of future spouses. They need to be educated to spot moral worth in other people, and to have a reasoned, balanced and healthy appreciation of sexuality and a proper understanding of what marriage is about, and, in particular, that it is designed for the raising of children. 9:28:46 AM
En complément au Chapelet de la Miséricorde Divine; le Rosaire de notre Confiance en Jésus, c'est notre Rosaire habituel, mais auquel à la fin de chaque Je vous Salue Marie…, nous ajouterons toujours les paroles : " Jésus j'ai confiance en toi " en union filiale avec Marie qui intercède alors pour nous... 10:17:40 AM
'Very few men can accurately recognize all their own faults; indeed,
only those can do this whose intellect is never torn away from the
remembrance of God. Our bodily eyes, when healthy, can see everything,
even gnats and mosquitoes flying about in the air; but when they are
clouded by some discharge, they see large objects only indistinctly and
small things not at all. Similarly if the soul, through attentiveness,
reduces the blindness caused by the love of this world, it will
consider its slightest faults to be very grave and will continually
shed tears with deep thankfulness. For it is written, "The righteous
shall give thanks unto Thy name" (Ps. 140:13). But if the soul persists
in its worldly disposition, even though it commits a murder or some
other act deserving severe punishment, it takes little notice; and it is
quite unable to discern its other faults, often considering them to be
signs of progress, and in its wretchedness it is not ashamed to defend
La prochaine Marche du pardon Nord-Sud de Montréal se tiendra le Vendredi Saint 25 mars 2016, à compter de 07:30 le matin et débutera à la Cathédrale St-Maron, 1001, boulevard Henri-Bourassa Est, Montréal, H2C 1G3, tout près de la station de métro Henri-Bourassa (ligne orange).
Dépliant informatif (2016). Le parcours et l’horaire sont en ligne, ainsi qu’un texte de réflexion du Pape François à l’occasion de l’Année de la Miséricorde. Consultation et téléchargement possibles (feuille 8 1/2-11) en cliquant
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Cette neuvaine s'effectue du Vendredi Saint au Dimanche de la Miséricorde (dimanche suivant Pâques). Elle a été demandée par Jésus à Soeur Faustine. On peut la dire en tout temps.
Le Chapelet de la Miséricorde Divine
Le 14 septembre 1935, Soeur Faustine entend les mots suivants : " Dis toujours le chapelet que je t'ai appris. Celui qui le dit fera l'expérience de ma Miséricorde, sa vie durant, et surtout à l'heure de sa mort."
Au début : Notre Père... Je vous salue Marie... Je crois en Dieu...
Sur les grains du Notre Père, on récite les paroles suivantes :
V. Père éternel je t'offre le Corps et le Sang, l'Âme et la Divinité de ton Fils Bien-Aimé, Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ;
R. En réparation de nos péchés et de ceux du monde entier.
Sur les grains du "Je vous salue Marie", on récite les paroles suivantes :
V. Par sa douloureuse Passion,
R. Sois miséricordieux pour nous et pour le monde entier.
Pour conclure, on dit trois fois :
V. Dieu Saint, Dieu Fort, Dieu Éternel,
R. Prends pitié de nous et du monde entier.
In the context of the Year of the Consecrated Life, the award-winning French daily "La Croix" a rare interview with the General Prior of the Grande Chartreuse, the mother-house of the Carthusian Order. Translation -
"This was from me" is a famous letter written by saint Seraphim of Vyritsa that he sent to his spiritual child, a bishop who was in a Soviet prison at that time; this homily "This was from me" is written as a consolation and counsel to the bishop to let him know that God the Creator addresses to the soul of man.
Text of the letter
Have you ever thought that everything that concerns you, concerns Me, also? You are precious in my eyes and I love you; for this reason, it is a special joy for Me to train you. When temptations and the opponent [the Evil One] come upon you like a river, I want you to know that This was from Me.
I want you to know that your weakness has need of My strength, and your safety lies in allowing Me to protect you. I want you to know that when you are in difficult conditions, among people who do not understand you, and cast you away, This was from Me.
I am your God, the circumstances of your life are in My hands; you did not end up in your position by chance; this is precisely the position I have appointed for you. Weren't you asking Me to teach you humility? And there - I placed you precisely in the "school" where they teach this lesson. Your environment, and those who are around you, are performing My will. Do you have financial difficulties and can just barely survive? Know that This was from Me.
I want you to know that I dispose of your money, so take refuge in Me and depend upon Me. I want you to know that My storehouses are inexhaustible, and I am faithful in My promises. Let it never happen that they tell you in your need, "Do not believe in your Lord and God." Have you ever spent the night in suffering? Are you separated from your relatives, from those you love? I allowed this that you would turn to Me, and in Me find consolation and comfort. Did your friend or someone to whom you opened your heart, deceive you? This was from Me.
I allowed this frustration to touch you so that you would learn that your best friend is the Lord. I want you to bring everything to Me and tell Me everything. Did someone slander you? Leave it to Me; be attached to Me so that you can hide from the "contradiction of the nations." I will make your righteousness shine like light and your life like midday noon. Your plans were destroyed? Your soul yielded and you are exhausted? This was from Me.
You made plans and have your own goals; you brought them to Me to bless them. But I want you to leave it all to Me, to direct and guide the circumstances of your life by My hand, because you are the orphan, not the protagonist. Unexpected failures found you and despair overcame your heart, but know That this was from Me.
With tiredness and anxiety I am testing how strong your faith is in My promises and your boldness in prayer for your relatives. Why is it not you who entrusted their cares to My providential love? You must leave them to the protection of My All Pure Mother. Serious illness found you, which may be healed or may be incurable, and has nailed you to your bed. This was from Me.
Because I want you to know Me more deeply, through physical ailment, do not murmur against this trial I have sent you. And do not try to understand My plans for the salvation of people's souls, but unmurmuringly and humbly bow your head before My goodness. You were dreaming about doing something special for Me and, instead of doing it, you fell into a bed of pain. This was from Me.
Because then you were sunk in your own works and plans and I wouldn't have been able to draw your thoughts to Me. But I want to teach you the most deep thoughts and My lessons, so that you may serve Me. I want to teach you that you are nothing without Me. Some of my best children are those who, cut off from an active life, learn to use the weapon of ceaseless prayer. You were called unexpectedly to undertake a difficult and responsible position, supported by Me. I have given you these difficulties and as the Lord God I will bless all your works, in all your paths. In everything I, your Lord, will be your guide and teacher. Remember always that every difficulty you come across, every offensive word, every slander and criticism, every obstacle to your works, which could cause frustration and disappointment, This is from Me.
Know and remember always, no matter where you are, That whatsoever hurts will be dulled as soon as you learn In all things, to look at Me. Everything has been sent to you by Me, for the perfection of your soul. All these things were from Me. 10:09:46 AM