lunedì 15 gennaio 2018

Chi comanda in Vaticano?



I lettori che mi seguono con regolarità avranno notato che nei miei articoli raramente parlo dell’esortazione apostolica Amoris laetitia. Il motivo lo spiegai all’inizio del post del 14 aprile 2016. È lo stesso motivo per cui, quando nell’agosto scorso i promotori della Correctio filialis mi chiesero se volevo sottoscrivere il documento, declinai cortesemente l’invito, pensando: chi sono io per correggere il Santo Padre e come posso io giudicare dell’ortodossia del suo insegnamento? Ciò però non mi impedí allora e non mi impedisce oggi di nutrire seri dubbi su Amoris laetitia, né di rilevare l’ambiguità del linguaggio utilizzato, né di denunciare i vizi procedurali che hanno portato alla sua stesura, né di constatare le conseguenze che ha provocato, in particolare la confusione diffusa nella Chiesa e le divisioni tra cardinali, vescovi, sacerdoti e fedeli. Ora poi che una discutibilissima interpretazione dell’esortazione apostolica è stata dichiarata l’unica interpretazione possibile ed elevata al rango di “magistero autentico”, rimango a maggior ragione ammutolito, non perché i miei dubbi si siano dissipati, ma semplicemente perché non so piú che cosa pensare.

sabato 13 gennaio 2018

«Venite et videte»



The feast of the Lord’s Baptism, that we celebrated last Sunday, is, at the same time, the conclusion of Christmastide and the beginning of Ordinary Time. So, today is the second Sunday in Ordinary Time. During this liturgical season, the gospel presents to us the public ministry of Jesus, from his baptism to his passion. On this Sunday, it tells us what happened immediately after the baptism, resorting to some passages from the evangelist John. This gospel, like the first book of the Bible—Genesis—opens with the account of events occurred during a week. What we have heard in today’s gospel happens on the third day of this opening week. 

giovedì 11 gennaio 2018

Un motivo ci deve pur essere



Don Filippo Di Giacomo, sull’ultimo numero del Venerdí di Repubblica (5 gennaio 2018), ci informa del flop del programma di TV2000 Padre nostro, che ha visto la partecipazione niente po’ po’ di meno che del Papa:

domenica 7 gennaio 2018

«Lux vera veniens in mundum»



Yesterday we left Jesus as a little child in Bethlehem; today we find him again thirty years later at the Jordan. After so many years of “hidden life,” with his baptism by John, Jesus begins his public ministry. It is an event full of meanings. We will try to grasp some of them by repeating the intercessions we addressed to Christ himself this morning at Lauds.

sabato 6 gennaio 2018

«Procidentes adoraverunt eum»



What strikes more in today’s gospel is the different attitude of its characters towards Jesus. On the one hand, we see some wise men from the East looking for the king of the Jews. They come from afar; they belong to another people; they profess another religion. Why should they be concerned with the king of an alien and minor people without any connection with them? And yet, after seeing a star, they leave their country towards Judea; they undergo the discomforts of a long journey to pay homage to the king of the Jews and offer him their gifts.

lunedì 1 gennaio 2018

«Sancta Dei Genetrix»


ΜΡ ΘΥ = Μήτηρ Θεοῦ (Mother of God)

Today is the Octave of Christmas: eight days have passed since December 25, when we celebrated the birth of Jesus. The gospel informs us that, on this day, according to the custom of the Jews, the child was circumcised and, in conformity with the directions of the angel, he was named Jesus.

sabato 30 dicembre 2017

«Exspectans consolationem Israel»



The liturgy dedicates the Sunday within the Christmas octave to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. A week ago, reflecting on the mystery of incarnation, we were saying that the Son of God did not become an abstract man, as it were disembodied, sexless, stateless, without a history; on the contrary, he joined a specific people with its own history and culture. But even before joining a people, the Son of God willed to be born and grow up within a human family. Even though the manner of his conception was out of the norm, Jesus had a mother and a father who nourished and brought him up.