Li tkun Nisrani mhuwiex ir-riżultat ta 'għażla etika jew idea għolja,
iżda l-laqgħa ma 'avveniment, persuna,
li tagħti lill-ħajja orizzont ġdid u direzzjoni deċiżiva.
—PAPA BENEDIKTU XVI; Ittra Enċiklika: Deus Caritas Est, "Alla hu Imħabba"; 1
JIEN benniena Kattolika. Kien hemm bosta mumenti ewlenin li approfondew il-fidi tiegħi matul l-aħħar ħames deċennji. Imma dawk li pproduċew tama kienu meta jien personalment iltqajt mal-preżenza u l-qawwa ta 'Ġesù. Dan, imbagħad, wassalni biex inħobb lilu u lil oħrajn iktar. Ħafna drabi, dawk il-laqgħat ġraw meta jien avviċinajt lill-Mulej bħala ruħ miksura, għax kif jgħid is-Salmista:
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and humbled heart, O God, you will not despise. (Psalms 51:17)
God hears the cry of the poor, yes… but He reveals Himself to them when their cry is borne out of humility, that is, genuine faith.
He is found by those who do not test him, and manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him. (Wisdom of Solomon 1:2)
Il-fidi min-natura speċifika tagħha hija laqgħa ma ’Alla l-ħaj. —PAPA BENEDIKTU XVI; Ittra Enċiklika: Deus Caritas Est, "Alla hu Imħabba"; 28
It is this manifestation of Jesus’ love and power that “gives life a new horizon”, a horizon of tama.
Far too many Catholics have grown up going to Sunday Mass without hearing that they need to personally open their hearts to Jesus… and so, they eventually grew up without the Mass altogether. That’s probably because their priests were never taught this fundamental truth in the seminary either.
Kif tafu sew mhix kwistjoni li sempliċement tgħaddi duttrina, iżda pjuttost laqgħa personali u profonda mas-Salvatur. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Commissioning Families, Neo-Catechumenal Way. 1991
I say “fundamental” because it is a teaching of the Catholic Church:
"Kbir huwa l-misteru tal-fidi!" Il-Knisja tistqarr dan il-misteru fil-Kredu tal-Appostli u tiċċelebrah fil-liturġija sagramentali, sabiex il-ħajja tal-fidili tkun konformi ma ’Kristu fl-Ispirtu s-Santu għall-glorja ta’ Alla l-Missier. Dan il-misteru, allura, jeħtieġ li l-fidili jemmnu fih, li jiċċelebrawh, u li jgħixu minnu f’relazzjoni vitali u personali ma ’l-Alla ħaj u veru. -Katekiżmu tal-Knisja Kattolika (KDK), 2558
In the opening chapter of Luke, the first rays of dawn broke the bleak horizon of humanity when the Angel Gabriel said:
…you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins… they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” (Matt 1:21-23)
God is not far away. He is maghna. And the reason for His coming is not to punish but deliver us from our sin.
"Il-Mulej huwa qrib". Din hija r-raġuni għall-ferħ tagħna. —PAPA BENEDIKTU XVI, 14 ta ’Diċembru, 2008, il-Belt tal-Vatikan
But you won’t experience this joy, this hope for freedom from the slavery of sin, unless you unlock it with the key of faith. So here is another fundamental truth that must form the very foundation of your faith; it is the rock on which your entire spiritual life must be built: Alla huwa mħabba.
I did not say “God is loving.” No, He IS love. His very essence is love. As such—now understand this, dear reader—your behaviour does not affect His love for you. In fact, there is no sin in the world, no matter how great, that can separate you from the love of God. This is what St. Paul proclaimed!
What will separate us from the love of Christ… I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (cf. Rom 8:35-39)
So can you go on sinning? Of course not, because grave sin jista separate you from His preżenza, and eternally at that. But not His love. I believe it was St. Catherine of Siena who once said that the love of God reaches even to the gates of Hell, but there, it is refused. What I’m saying is that the whisper in your ear telling you that you are not loved by God is a flat out lie. In fact, it was precisely when the world was filled with lust, murder, hatred, greed, and every seed of destruction that Jesus came to us.
Alla juri l-imħabba tiegħu għalina billi waqt li konna għadna midinbin Kristu miet għalina. (Rum 5: 8)
This is hope’s dawn in the heart of the one who can accept it. And today, in this “time of mercy” that is running out on our world, He is pleading for us to believe it:
Write this for the benefit of distressed souls: when a soul sees and realizes the gravity of its sins, when the whole abyss of the misery into which it immersed itself is displayed before its eyes, let it not despair, but with trust let it throw itself into the arms of My mercy, as a child into the arms of its beloved mother. These souls have a right of priority to My compassionate Heart, they have first access to My mercy. Tell them that no soul that has called upon My mercy has been disappointed or brought to shame. I delight particularly in a soul which has placed its trust in My goodness… Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet… -Ġesù lil Santa Fawstina, Ħniena Divina f'Reħi, Djarju, n. 541, 699
There are other things I could have written about hope today, but if you don’t verament believe this fundamental truth—that God the Father loves you right now, in the broken state you may be and that He desires your happiness—then you will be like a boat tossed about by the wind of every temptation and trial. For this hope in God’s love is our anchor. A humble and true faith says, “Jesus I surrender to you. You take care of everything!” And when we pray this from the heart, from our guts, so to speak, then Jesus will enter our lives and truly work miracles of mercy. Those miracles, in turn, will plant the seed of hope where once sadness grew.
“Hope,” says the Catechism, “is the sure and steadfast anchor of the soul… that enters… where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf.” cf. Katekiżmu tal-Knisja Kattolika, n. 1820; cf. Hey 6:19-20
Waslet is-siegħa meta l-messaġġ tal-Ħniena Divina kapaċi jimla l-qlub bit-tama u jsir ix-xrara ta ’ċiviltà ġdida: iċ-ċiviltà tal-imħabba. —PAPA JOHN PAUL II, Omelija, Krakovja, il-Polonja, it-18 ta ’Awwissu, 2002; vatikan.va
Alla jħobb lill-irġiel u n-nisa kollha fid-dinja u jagħtihom it-tama ta 'era ġdida, era ta' paċi. L-imħabba tiegħu, żvelata għal kollox fl-Iben Inkarnat, hija l-pedament tal-paċi universali. —POP JOHN PAUL II, Messaġġ tal-Papa Ġwanni Pawlu II għaċ-Ċelebrazzjoni tal-Jum Dinji tal-Paċi, l-1 ta 'Jannar 2000
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|cf. Katekiżmu tal-Knisja Kattolika, n. 1820; cf. Hey 6:19-20