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Commentary on the Readings of Fifth Sunday of Lent – March 29

Commentary on the Readings of Fifth Sunday of Lent – March 29

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The Bible has preserved the memory of their disorientation and concerns to remind us how dense was the darkness of the tomb, before the light of Easter shine on the world. To internalize the message, we repeat:
“Although I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you, O Lord of life, are beside me.”

Annunciation of the Lord – March 25, 2020

Annunciation of the Lord – March 25, 2020

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

We are in spring, the vegetation awakens and life resumes after the rigors of winter. To the believer, the appearance of new shoots can only recall, in a spontaneous and immediate way, the true spring, the blessed day when, with the incarnation of the Son of God, the new world began. 

Commentary to the 4th Sunday of Lent – March 22

Commentary to the 4th Sunday of Lent – March 22

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

“The true light that enlightens everyone came into the world” (Jn 1:9). Christ came to dispel our darkness, to illuminate our nights, to usher in the family of the “children of light and children of the day” (1 Thes 5:5).

“La Civiltà Cattolica”: A review on the Vision of Pope Francis

“La Civiltà Cattolica”: A review on the Vision of Pope Francis

by: Antonio Spadaro, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

La Civiltà Cattolica was founded in the mid-nineteenth century but only since last February has it been available in English. The following is a speech about the publication’s purpose given by editor-in-chief Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, at a meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines in the city of Cebu.

Commentary to third sunday of lent – March 15, 2020

Commentary to third sunday of lent – March 15, 2020

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

We believe that there was a meeting of Jesus with a Samaritan woman, but the fact was then redacted with the language, images, and biblical references with which he wanted to convey a theological message. “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and let the one who believes in me drink” (Jn 7:38). He is the source of pure water that quenches all thirst.

Church and State on a collision course in Spain

Church and State on a collision course in Spain

by: Xavier Le Normand - La Croix International in Church News,

Cardinal Juan José Omella of Barcelona, considered one of Pope Francis' strongest allies among European bishops, has been elected president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE). His election comes at a crucial moment in Church-State relations in Spain.

Commentary on the Readings Second sunday of lent – March 8, 2020

Commentary on the Readings Second sunday of lent – March 8, 2020

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

This passage is sometimes interpreted as a brief preview of the experience of paradise, granted by Jesus to a group of friends, to prepare them to endure the ordeal of his passion and death. One should always be very cautious when approaching a gospel text because of that which, at first glance, seems to be a chronicle of facts, but at closer look, often reveals itself as a text of theology drawn up according to the canons of biblical language. The account of the Transfiguration of Jesus reported almost identically by Mark and Luke is an example.

Commentary on the Readings First Sunday of lent - Year A

Commentary on the Readings First Sunday of lent - Year A

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The Bible invites us to consider the temptation in an original way: as an opportunity to assess the soundness of a person’s choices, an opportunity for growth. In temptation, the risk of making mistakes is also inherent. This danger is inevitable if one wants to mature, to become“experts,” “adepts.” These terms, in fact, do not mean other than “being tempted,” subjected to a test, an “exam.”

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for LENT 2020

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for LENT 2020

by: Pope Francis - Vatican News in Spirituality,

Putting the paschal mystery at the centre of our lives means feeling compassion towards the wounds of the crucified Christ present in the many innocent victims of wars, in attacks on life, from that of the unborn to that of the elderly, and various forms of violence. They are likewise present in environmental disasters, the unequal distribution of the earth’s goods, human trafficking in all its forms, and the unbridled thirst for profit, which is a form of idolatry.

Commentary on the Readings 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 23, 2020 – Year A

Commentary on the Readings 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 23, 2020 – Year A

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Unlike the Jewish moral, the Christian proposes an unattainable goal: the perfection of the Father who is in heaven (Mt 5:48). On the road to life, the accurate and detailed signpost of the Torah, with its well-defined commandments, remains behind. In front, it opens up the endless horizon of the perfection of the Father and the way toward him is to be invented.