Little Flower’s Reflection

Martedi, Febbraio 28, 2017

(Ecclesiasticus 35:2-15; Mark 10.28-31)

 We normally hear people saying “forewarned forearmed.” In simple terms when one get a warning either by witnessing one in front of him falling into a ditch, he get armed with knowledge on where to carry his strides.

The disciples of Jesus after hearing about the danger of wealth how it can cause a rich man, probably owner of a camel, can be thrown out of a banquet where his camel took him while the camel get on the high table. They began stocktaking. Though they are no near the name rich leave alone thieves of taxes and fish, but what is riches anyway?

Richness doesn’t imply only materials and financial wealth. A poor man can be very rich in egoism. You wonder why some immigrants who claim to be poor are becoming naughty even to the host. 

 Like the disciples who abandoned their livelihoods and joined workless class of Jesus, blessed are they for they will be rewarded.

Unfortunately this has not been realised among many Christians who live their daily lives in the rat race for acquisition characteristic of our modern capitalist societies and who believe that what they cannot get by their own efforts they will never come to enjoy.

Yet there are examples. One of the most obvious is religious life where the words of Jesus are lived out. The question is why should only religious have this experience of shared love and shared material goods? There are other communities like L’Arche, founded by Jean Vanier – a saint of our time, where the fit and the handicapped share a life together. There are basic Christian communities or some charismatic groups where families live in a communal style sharing all their resources.

But, by and large, we have to a great extent failed to realise that Christianity is not meant to be a religion where individuals, rich and poor, live individualistic lives and carry out certain ‘religious’ acts to “save their own souls” but that it essentially consists of creating a whole new way by which people relate to each other in mutual love and care. 

Jesus says that in his world the first will be last and the last first. In fact, he is saying that in his world there is no first and no last. Perhaps this can be illustrated by a story:

A rich man was concerned about his future salvation, would he ‘go to heaven’ or not. In order to motivate him, he asked God to be given a preview of heaven and hell. God agreed. God said that they would first pay a visit to hell. When they got there the man was greatly surprised. He was brought into a sumptuous dining room of a large Chinese restaurant all decorated in red and gold. In the centre was a large round table and on it were the most exotic and delicious dishes one could imagine. Around the table were seated the diners. They were the most miserable-looking group one could imagine, all sitting there motionless and in silence just looking at the beautiful food in front of them. The reason for their glumness was that they had been given chopsticks which were three feet long! There was no way they could get any of the food into their mouths. And they were going to sit there like that for eternity. That was hell!

God then brought the man to heaven. Again he was amazed. Because they were in an identical Chinese banqueting room, with the same kind of table and the same wonderful food. But everybody was in the highest spirits. The sound of laughter rang out everywhere. They were really enjoying themselves and the meal. Was this because they had the normal length of chopsticks? No! They also had three-foot chopsticks but here everyone was reaching out food to people on the opposite side of the table. And that was heaven.

It is a very good illustration of today’s Gospel. When everyone serves, everyone is served. When everyone gives, everyone gets. It is a lesson even we Christians seem to find difficult to learn.

Let ask our mother Mary to help us recognise the importance of being the handmaid of the Lord and God’s will will be done on us and through us.

St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us.

Helping your Enemy to finish you!!!

The Eagle and the arrow 


An Eagle was soaring through the air when suddenly it heard the whizz of an Arrow, and felt itself wounded to death. 

Slowly it fluttered down to the earth, with its life-blood pouring out of it.

Looking down upon the Arrow with which it had been pierced, it found that the shaft of the Arrow had been feathered with one of its own plumes.

_”Alas!”_ it cried, as it died. _”We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.”_

《《《《We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction》》》》

Joseph Jacob, The Fables of Aesop: The Eagle and the Arrow, 75. (1884)

Questa è bella!!!


Non preoccupatevi dunque dicendo: “Che cosa mangeremo? Che cosa berremo? Che cosa indosseremo?”. Di tutte queste cose vanno in cerca i pagani. Il Padre vostro celeste, infatti, sa che ne avete bisogno.  

Cercate invece, anzitutto, il regno di Dio e la sua giustizia, e tutte queste cose vi saranno date in aggiunta.


😦 *Cosa succederebbe se trattassimo la Bibbia📗 come  trattiamo il nostro cellulare.📱?*
*Se la tenessimo sempre in mano  👐 o in tasca?*
💼 *Se tornassimo🏃 indietro per essa quando la dimentichiamo?*
😯 *Se la aprissimo 📖 diverse volte al giorno?*
📗 *Se ci sentissimo disperati senza di essa?*
📩 *così come riceviamo messaggi 💌di testo come questo e li leggiamo, leggeremmo anche i messaggi di Dio 💬e li diffonderemmo come si diffondono i messaggi?🎈🎈🎈*
*Non dovremmo preoccuparci per sospensioni del servizio per mancato pagamento🗒, dal momento che Gesù ha già pagato la fattura.*
*Ti sorprenderà  😦sapere che il 99% non invierà questo messaggio 📝 a nessuno!!!*
*Perché hanno tempo ✍ per inviare solo altre cose ma non per augurare🙏 benedizioni.*
*Però Tu sei quel 1%.  Dio 💫 ti  benedica.🙏*
*Io so che lo invierai ai tuoi contatti.*
*Dio non ha WhatsApp*

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*Però è il mio contatto preferito*  

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*Non ha facebook*

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*Però è il mio miglior amico 👬👭👫👯,* 

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*non ha twitter*

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*Però io lo seguo*🏃😁😇

Little Flower’s Reflection

​Monday, February 27, 2017

(Ecclesiasticus 17:24-29; Mark 10:17-27)

As the fish perishes on the dry land, so you perish when you get entangled in the world and wealth. The fish must return to the water – you must return to the solitude.

Yesterday we began to get immersed into the spirit of Lent that is characterised by prayers, fasting and alms giving. In fasting and alms giving we learn detachment. Jesus told us that we can not be attached to worldly things anf be attached ti heavenly things.

It is interesting to see some people what they want in life. Some want health; success; freedom; independence; riches, etc.

How many would say this: I want to find meaning in life.

How many would want to know what is their purpose in life.

Or, I want to be the person that I am created to be.

That can be the question for our reflection. What kind of person do I want to be?

Do I want to be a deceitful person, a greedy person, a nasty person, a selfish person, a wicked person?

Or do I want to be a loving person, a generous person, a compassionate and caring person,  a trustworthy and honest person?

Such a question is essentially a question of identity.

Because in answering the question, we begin to ask about who we really are, why we are created, and what is the meaning of our existence.

All those questions point to a turning back to God, which is in essence, a repentance. Returning inside our heart, the seat of God.

As the first reading is clear in saying, to those who repent, God permits return, and He even encourages those who are losing hope. 

We need to remember that amidts all the frustrations if life, losing meaning and hope in life, God is always near us with open arms ready ti come to our aid so long as we trust in him. Putting our trust in the wealth is being fish on dry land.

We may keep all the commandments even the eleventh one but if we do not have love for the poor, they mean nothing. We will not be judged by how much wealth we will carry to heaven upon our death, in any case not even the clothes we wear, but we will be judged by how we were charitable to Jesus who come to us wearing poverty, having no clothes, having ni shelter, having no food or water, been in jail or hospital. That is the Jesus inviting us to be with Him in those unfriendly places so that you follow Him in the king dinner, heavenly banquet.

St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us.

♡♡♡♡♡♡♡AMDG♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

Gesù il mio meglior amico

Questa é bella!!

😦 *Cosa succederebbe se trattassimo la Bibbia📗 come  trattiamo il nostro cellulare.📱?*
*Se la tenessimo sempre in mano  👐 o in tasca?*
💼 *Se tornassimo🏃 indietro per essa quando la dimentichiamo?*
😯 *Se la aprissimo 📖 diverse volte al giorno?*
📗 *Se ci sentissimo disperati senza di essa?*
📩 *così come riceviamo messaggi 💌di testo come questo e li leggiamo, leggeremmo anche i messaggi di Dio 💬e li diffonderemmo come si diffondono i messaggi?🎈🎈🎈*
*Non dovremmo preoccuparci per sospensioni del servizio per mancato pagamento🗒, dal momento che Gesù ha già pagato la fattura.*
*Ti sorprenderà  😦sapere che il 99% non invierà questo messaggio 📝 a nessuno!!!*
*Perché hanno tempo ✍ per inviare solo altre cose ma non per augurare🙏 benedizioni.*
*Però Tu sei quel 1%.  Dio 💫 ti  benedica.🙏*
*Io so che lo invierai ai tuoi contatti.*
*Dio non ha WhatsApp*

           ❤

*Però è il mio contatto preferito*  

            ❤

*Non ha facebook*

             ❤

*Però è il mio miglior amico 👬👭👫👯,* 

              ❤

*non ha twitter*

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*Però io lo seguo*🏃😁😇

Little Flower on those who harm us!

screenshot_2016-10-03-11-09-21-1.pngSt. Therese of Lisieux, Little Flower of Jesus, became sick at her early age but that tuberculosis did not make her angry with everybody around her. As we well know, sick people are easily irritated by even insignificant things. Woe to you when you have to be the one taking care of a sick person. It is ibndeed a cross. But we have something to need to learn from St. Theresa of Lisiseux who lived only 24 years.

We, like her, need to cultivate one of the deepest and most profound ways of living the Christian life, the Little Way, which was rooted in proving her love for Christ and others through small, daily acts of charity. Life at the convent was quite challenging for Therese and often those difficulties came from the nuns, themselves. But instead of retaliation or returning a lack of charity with the same, Therese would pray for these who had hurt her. But she didn’t just say an Our Father or Hail Mary for them (not that there’s anything wrong with that), she made a special request on their behalf, asking God to reward anyone who had hurt her or caused her grief because they had given her a chance to suffer. She considered suffering to be a great gift which she always offered for souls.

Let us pray for those who did hurt us, those who are hurting us and those who will inevitably hurt us in future.

St. Theresa of Lisiseux, please pick for our enemies a red rose from the heavenly garden and send it to them wityh a message of love from us and bfrom our master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen