9 July 2019
By Stefania Caterina and Fr Tomislav Vlašić
Father Tomislav: Dearest Brothers and Sisters; the theme of today’s reflection is “Stand up and root yourselves in the Living God”.
You certainly wonder: “What is the ‘Church of Jesus Christ of the Universe alive on Earth’? How do we have to behave and organise ourselves?” We will continue to develop these questions in order to understand what the Lord wants from His Church on Earth.
On 11 July we celebrate the Feast of St. Benedict, the Patron Saint of Europe. We will celebrate this feast in a special way. We receive a lot of news of turmoil in Europe, in Italy, etc.; there are many different ways of thinking; it is a war between the spirits and we are enclosed in this war. Christians are at risk of approaching one side or the other while both are unstable. But what happens, actually, at the Feast of the Patron of Europe? Heaven, especially all saints, all righteous of Europe and all martyrs become active, and we are involved in a dynamic of holiness emerging all over Europe.
What did the European saints have in particular? They were rooted in God and had received the Spirit of God. They transformed difficulties, moments of darkness and hostility in opportunities to evangelise. They succeeded in forming a European continent with a Christian culture. We must return to this spirit; God will awake it all over Europe, however, the children of God must participate in His action. Then we will begin to live as the Church of Jesus Christ of the whole universe, which will connect us to the source that can respond to the questions and the problems of the people. Continue reading