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XII Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

A night of storm and fear on the lake, but Jesus sleeps. Our world, too, is in the midst of a storm, groaning in pain with open veins, and God seems to be sleeping.

No existence escapes absurdity and suffering, but God does not speak, He remains mute.

It is in the night that the great questions arise: Don't you care about us? Why do you sleep? Awaken and come to our aid! The Psalms overflow with this cry, it fills the mouth of Job, prophets and apostles repeat it. Few things are as biblical as this cry to challenge God's silence, few experiences are as human as this fear of dying or living in abandonment.

Why are you so afraid? God is not elsewhere and He does not sleep. He is already here, He is in the arms of men, strong on their oars; He is in the sure grip of the helmsman; He is in the hands that empty the water that floods the boat; in the eyes that scan the shore, in the anxiety that anticipates the light of dawn.

God is present, but in His own way; He wants to save me, but He does so by asking me to put forth all my abilities, all the strength of my heart and intelligence. He does not intervene in my place, but together with me; He does not exempt me from the crossing, but accompanies me in the darkness. God does not guard me from fear, but in fear. God did not save Jesus from the cross, but in the cross.

Our entire existence can be described as a dangerous crossing, a passage to the other shore, that of adult, responsible, good life. A crossing is starting a marriage; a crossing is the future that opens up before the child; a stormy crossing is trying to recompose lacerations, find people, overcome fears, welcome the poor and the foreigners. There is a lot of fear along the crossing, a fear that is also legitimate. But boats were not built to remain safely moored in ports.

I would like the Lord to shout at once to the hurricane: Be quiet; and to the waves: Calm down; and I would like Him to repeat to my anguish: It is gone. I would like to be exempt from the struggle, but instead God answers by calling me to perseverance, multiplying my energy; His answer is as much strength as is needed for the first stroke of the oar. And with each stroke He will renew it.

Don't you care that we die? The answer, without words, is told by gestures: I care about you, I care about your life, you are important.

I care about the sparrows of the sky and you are worth more than many sparrows, I care about the lilies of the field and you are more beautiful than them.

You matter to me so much that I counted the hair on your head and all the fear you carry in your heart. And here I am, making myself a dam and a border to your fear. I am here in the deepest reflection of your tears, as a strong hand on yours, the beginning of a safe harbor.

In the passage of April 16, 1931, Jesus tells Luisa that  courage is of souls resolute to do good. They are imperturbable under any storm; and while they hear the roaring of the thunders and lightnings to the point of trembling, and remain under the pouring rain that pours over them, they use the water to be washed and come out more beautiful; and heedless of the storm, they are more than ever resolute and courageous in not moving from the good they have started. Discouragement is of irresolute souls, which never arrive at accomplishing a good. Courage sets the way, courage puts to flight any storm, courage is the bread of the strong, courage is the warlike one that knows how to win any battle. Therefore, So let us not fear!

And besides, what do we fear? God gave us the Angels for our custody; each of them has the task to guide us through the interminable ways of His Eternal Volition, so that we may requite with our acts, with our love, what the Divine Will did by pronouncing the Fiat in Creation. So, each Angel is entrusted one Fiat and what came out of this Fiat, to call you to requite each of these Fiats, even with the sacrifice of your life

These Angels gather our acts and form with them a crown, and, prostrate, they offer it to the Divinity as requital for what the Divine Will did, so that It may be known and form Its Kingdom upon earth. But this is not all; Jesus Himself is at the head of these Angels, guiding us and watching over us in everything, and forming in us the very acts and that love which is needed so that we may have sufficient love to be able to requite so many great works of the Supreme Volition.

Therefore, Let's not stop! We have much to do - we have to follow Jesus who never stops; we have to follow the Angels, because they want to fulfill their task entrusted to them; we have to fulfill our mission of children of the Divine Will.

don Marco
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