Music Assistant. Emmanuel Calef. Pianist and vocal coach. Stage Director Assistant. Costumes Assistant. Elisabeth de Sauverzac. Set Design Assistant. Katia Mochenova. Virginie Verrez.
Delia Roubtsova. Michael Fabiano. Michael Todd Simpson. Gabrielle Philiponet. Christian Helmer. Pierre Doyen. Le Remendado. Pierre Grammont. Chorus Master. Mathieu Romano. Ex ; Wis ; Lk Here I am not speaking only about stark situations of martyrdom, but about the daily humiliations of those who keep silent to save their families, who prefer to praise others rather than boast about themselves, or who choose the less welcome tasks, at times even choosing to bear an injustice so as to offer it to the Lord.
This does not mean walking around with eyes lowered, not saying a word and fleeing the company of others. At times, precisely because someone is free of selfishness, he or she can dare to disagree gently, to demand justice or to defend the weak before the powerful, even if it may harm his or her reputation. I am not saying that such humiliation is pleasant, for that would be masochism, but that it is a way of imitating Jesus and growing in union with him. This is incomprehensible on a purely natural level, and the world mocks any such notion. To act in this way presumes a heart set at peace by Christ, freed from the aggressiveness born of overweening egotism.
Far from being timid, morose, acerbic or melancholy, or putting on a dreary face, the saints are joyful and full of good humour. Though completely realistic, they radiate a positive and hopeful spirit. The prophets proclaimed the times of Jesus, in which we now live, as a revelation of joy. Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Christian joy is usually accompanied by a sense of humour. Ill humour is no sign of holiness. Saint Francis of Assisi lived by this; he could be overwhelmed with gratitude before a piece of hard bread, or joyfully praise God simply for the breeze that caressed his face.
Consumerism only bloats the heart. It can offer occasional and passing pleasures, but not joy. These words enable us to go forth and serve with the same courage that the Holy Spirit stirred up in the Apostles, impelling them to proclaim Jesus Christ. The Bible also uses this word to describe the freedom of a life open to God and to others cf.
Acts , , ; 2 Cor ; Eph ; Heb , Yet the Lord calls us to put out into the deep and let down our nets cf. He bids us spend our lives in his service. Clinging to him, we are inspired to put all our charisms at the service of others. Look at Jesus. His deep compassion reached out to others.
It did not make him hesitant, timid or self-conscious, as often happens with us. Quite the opposite. His compassion made him go out actively to preach and to send others on a mission of healing and liberation. Let us acknowledge our weakness, but allow Jesus to lay hold of it and send us too on mission. We are weak, yet we hold a treasure that can enlarge us and make those who receive it better and happier. Boldness and apostolic courage are an essential part of mission.
Rather, this God breaks the law, breaks it because the strong interpretation of the Love Command is the foundation of all other laws Matt. Jesus reveals a God who is different from the ancient gods. But work was not all that arduous, as the virtuous dead could now rely on an army of servants to help them. Ferguson, Everett et al. However, love was vital to the scheme of existence, and the Greeks felt they had to pay homage to it
It is a joyful assurance that leads us to glory in the Gospel we proclaim. Let us remember that closed spaces grow musty and unhealthy. Like the prophet Jonah, we are constantly tempted to flee to a safe haven. It can have many names: individualism, spiritualism, living in a little world, addiction, intransigence, the rejection of new ideas and approaches, dogmatism, nostalgia, pessimism, hiding behind rules and regulations.
We can resist leaving behind a familiar and easy way of doing things. For us, as for him, they can serve to bring us back to the God of tenderness, who invites us to set out ever anew on our journey. God is eternal newness. He impels us constantly to set out anew, to pass beyond what is familiar, to the fringes and beyond. God is not afraid! He is fearless! He is always greater than our plans and schemes.
Unafraid of the fringes, he himself became a fringe cf. Phil ; Jn So if we dare to go to the fringes, we will find him there; indeed, he is already there.
Jesus is already there, in the hearts of our brothers and sisters, in their wounded flesh, in their troubles and in their profound desolation. He is already there. True enough, we need to open the door of our hearts to Jesus, who stands and knocks cf.
Rev Sometimes I wonder, though, if perhaps Jesus is already inside us and knocking on the door for us to let him escape from our stale self-centredness. After the resurrection, when the disciples went forth in all directions, the Lord accompanied them cf. Mk This is what happens as the result of true encounter. Complacency is seductive; it tells us that there is no point in trying to change things, that there is nothing we can do, because this is the way things have always been and yet we always manage to survive. By force of habit we no longer stand up to evil. Yet let us allow the Lord to rouse us from our torpor, to free us from our inertia.
Let us rethink our usual way of doing things; let us open our eyes and ears, and above all our hearts, so as not to be complacent about things as they are, but unsettled by the living and effective word of the risen Lord.
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We are inspired to act by the example of all those priests, religious, and laity who devote themselves to proclamation and to serving others with great fidelity, often at the risk of their lives and certainly at the cost of their comfort. Their testimony reminds us that, more than bureaucrats and functionaries, the Church needs passionate missionaries, enthusiastic about sharing true life. The saints surprise us, they confound us, because by their lives they urge us to abandon a dull and dreary mediocrity.
Let us ask the Lord for the grace not to hesitate when the Spirit calls us to take a step forward. Let us ask for the apostolic courage to share the Gospel with others and to stop trying to make our Christian life a museum of memories. In every situation, may the Holy Spirit cause us to contemplate history in the light of the risen Jesus. When we live apart from others, it is very difficult to fight against concupiscence, the snares and temptations of the devil and the selfishness of the world. Bombarded as we are by so many enticements, we can grow too isolated, lose our sense of reality and inner clarity, and easily succumb.
Growth in holiness is a journey in community, side by side with others. We see this in some holy communities. From time to time, the Church has canonized entire communities that lived the Gospel heroically or offered to God the lives of all their members. We should also remember the more recent witness borne by the Trappists of Tibhirine, Algeria, who prepared as a community for martyrdom.
In many holy marriages too, each spouse becomes a means used by Christ for the sanctification of the other. Living or working alongside others is surely a path of spiritual growth. It also gives rise to authentic and shared mystical experiences. Such was the case with Saints Benedict and Scholastica.
We can also think of the sublime spiritual experience shared by Saint Augustine and his mother, Saint Monica.