Holy Saturday evening prayer

On this Saturday afternoon, when I feel loneliness, in which I do not see or feel your presence, I prepare myself to receive you, opening my whole being to your presence. method_cp_eng-2016-06_0     Holy Saturday: guided meditation After a time of centering prayer, we realize that it is not easy. What matters, as it happens with faith, is to know that we cannot control what the Spirit is doing in us and in the world, when we connect in a conscious way and with an open heart. Now, from this sacred interior space, we enter the garden, where the … Continue reading Holy Saturday evening prayer

Holy Saturday

The English language has two terms which seem to have the same meaning:” loneliness” and “solitude”. Both translate into “being alone”; yet, depending upon the context, it is more than just this. Loneliness means “feeling lonely”; solitude is a loneliness sought, desired, almost an achievement for a serious spirituality. Both imply silence, probably, and the absence of people… however, the context says it all. It might be a mistake to approach today as only a day to face our fears of death, disease or pain, or to unwanted loneliness. Today, Holy Saturday, may or may not include the above. The … Continue reading Holy Saturday

Good Friday: night prayer

Isaiah: 52,13–53,12 See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him–so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals- so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate. Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For he grew up … Continue reading Good Friday: night prayer

Good Friday: evening prayer

  Photo by Rodolfo Clix in Pexels Today, we begin our prayer without music. We are not going to provoke feelings, neither are we going to drive them away. The situation in which we still find ourselves today, due to the coronavirus affect us: we see so much pain for the death toll and by quick deaths, so much loneliness, makes us tune into the death of Jesus: nonsense, absolute loneliness … Let´s spend a while, (about 20 minutes) practicing “centering prayer”, a prayer in which I open myself to God and acknowledge His presence. Through a word, that I … Continue reading Good Friday: evening prayer

Unconditional love

  It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. (Jn 13,1). This initial phrase introduces the whole Passion and Death of Jesus. Jesus´ time has arrived, and he comes to it consciously, not led by circumstances but   with all the consequences. HIS GOAL IS TO SHOW UNCONDITIONAL LOVE; that is the kind of love to which we aspire in our relationships with others, no matter their nature This unconditional love which … Continue reading Unconditional love

Passion for life

  The Passion of Jesus as “suffering” is described in the gospel in just a few chapters preceded by his passion for his Abba, for his people, for every human being and for life. Jesus is a passionate person who does not measure efforts, words, gestures, confrontations, weariness, to express with all his being the passion of his life: to return to each human being his/her deepest identity. Hierin Jesus invites each of us to acknowledge oneself as a child of God and what that entails. Why “return”? Because that identity is taken away from us many times in the … Continue reading Passion for life

Holy Thursday: Getsemaní prayer

We begin this prayer with Jesus and his request: stay with me and pray, do not fall sleep … do not let yourself be overcome by tiredness and fear. Do not leave me alone in this moment of profound loneliness. Tonight we join so many people alone in their homes, in hospitals, afraid of dying in the most tremendous loneliness, without family or friends to be able to touch them … We want to stay awake, so that we may not be overcome by the mediocrity of seeking our own comfort and the comfort of our own only.   We … Continue reading Holy Thursday: Getsemaní prayer

Holy Thursday: evening prayer

We begin this evening prayer with this song, that gives us the confidence that God´s love surpasses everything   This beautiful jug contains “your perfume”, which is the gift of your life; a gift for yourself and the gift that you are for others; tonight we are invited to share it. Jesus shares with us his body, his blood, his whole life … and invites us to share with everyone; to become ONE with the entire Cosmos. We invite you to pray with this Eucharistic prayer of the Cosmos, which opens us to our greatness and to our smallness, at … Continue reading Holy Thursday: evening prayer

HOLY WEEK: FOLLOWING THE TRACE OF THE PERFUME: HOLY THURSDAY

Brief introduction: This is a time to recover the mystique of the senses; to step down to our heart and penetrate into the sacredness of everything. This is the thrust of meditation and reflection in a different way. This is an appropriate time to return home, within, rooted in what sustains us, tall and strong, without fear, confident of our identity, in touch with our hearth. We need it. The indigenous peoples teach us “the mystique of nature”. It is the type of mystique that guides our consciousness towards an attitude of reverence for the earth, for the Planet, and … Continue reading HOLY WEEK: FOLLOWING THE TRACE OF THE PERFUME: HOLY THURSDAY