Monday, April 03, 2006

Father Alberione Monday

Stephen Crane lived a short life, from 1871-1900. Fr. Alberione lived a long life, 1884-1971.

Stephen Crane was 13 years old when Fr. Alberione was born. Fr. Alberione did not write poetry. But what he did write, more dense and less inviting than Crane's pithy word play, awakens in me a world of enchantment and hidden beauty in ordinary daily life as achingly joyful as any intimations a poet can give .
Above all, Jesus is the interior Master. What does this mean? It means that his work of teaching does not limit itself to the ear, but penetrates within. He created our mind, our will, our heart, and he enlightens us, because Jesus is the light which gives light to every man who comes into this world (cf. Jn. 1:9).

Perhaps we have rarely given consideration to the profound meaning of this expression: the Word is the light and the light is life (cf. Jn. 1:4); and all was made through him (cf. Jn. 1:3). When speaking of Christ Light, what is meant is the possibility of knowing. We can know things because Christ renders them luminous and he enlightens us interiorly. He gives us the cognitive power. He increases it, vivifies it, and renders it more penetrating, so that every thought will become an illumination of the Divine Master (HM III, 1947, Jan. retreat).
In the morning, therefore, let us place ourselves at Jesus’ feet and say to him: You are the Way, I want to walk in your footsteps and imitate your example. You are the Truth: enlighten me! You are Life: give me grace! (ER I 132)

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