Not seeing can be believing if we know how to look … Wednesday, June 12

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension. “And was taken up into heaven, and sits  at the right hand of God.” Mark 16:19.

      Dear brothers and sisters, the Ascension does not indicate the absence of Jesus, but tells us that He is alive among us in a new way; He is no longer in a definite place in the world as He was before the Ascension; He is now in the lordship of God, present in all space and time, next to each of us. We are never alone in our lives: We have this advocate who waits for us, we are never alone, ​​the Crucified and Risen Lord guides us, and with us there are many brothers and sisters who in silence and obscurity, in their family life and work, in their problems and difficulties, their joys and hopes, live their faith every day and, together with us, bring to the world the lordship of God’s love.  ~ Pope Francis, April 17, 2013 Audience.
      When we think of the Ascension we think of the leaving. We ought rather to concentrate on the coming. Christ is the Light of the world. God doesn’t mean for this Light to be hidden, and when Jesus ascended He became if anything all the more visible. How? Because we no longer think of Him as being in just one place. Because we know He is everywhere assessable we look for Him and find Him in all places, in every corner of the world, in every corner of our lives. If we’re willing we can find Him in every corner of our hearts. We also have a tendency to remember that the Ascension is a kind of prelude to the Second Coming. So we look for Him all the more, and the more we look the more we see of Him. We see Him in the works of a Mother Teresa, in the words of a Pope Francis, in the eyes of a child where the joy blooms when they hold a kitten for the first time. Jesus Ascended, but He never left. For folks who think He did, well, maybe they just need to look a little closer to home.
      Today …

Bl. Lorenzo Salvi

Bl. Lorenzo Salvi

Lorenzo Salvi di Mazzeria was born at Rome on October 30, 1782. He studied for the priesthood at Jesuit-run the Collegio Romano in Rome; his classmates included the future Pope Gregory XVI. He was greatly impressed by the preaching and zeal of Saint Vincent Strambi and soon followed him into the Passionist Congregation. He became a novice at Monte Argentario in 1801, the first monastery of the Passionists. He received the religious name Lorenzo Maria of Saint Francis Xavier and professed his vows on 20 November 1802, being ordained priest on 29 December 1805. The anti-clerical laws of Napoleon saw the Passionist house suppressed and its members dispersed. When at last Lorenzo was able to return to Passionist life he preached missions and encouraged devotion to the Passion of Christ, these two things being the hallmarks of the Passionist life. He was devoted to the Infant Jesus and often wrote about and preached on the wonders of the Incarnation, and ever since he has been depicted in religious art with a picture of the Child Jesus. He was made Rector of the Passionist mother house in Rome, SS John and Paul, but spent much of his time preaching missions. His Vice-Rector was Blessed Dominic Barberi. He died at Capranica, Viterbo, Italy of natural causes. Doesn’t sound like this saint lost sight of Jesus, does it?

Think … There is more to vision than natural sight.

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