Wednesday, September 29, 2021

THE OPENING OF FATHER’S CAUSE

On Saturday 25 September at 4 p.m., in the Florentine basilica of SS. Annunziata, the entire Community, in deep communion with the Florentine Church, will experience the grace of the opening of the Cause for the beatification of our Father and Founder. An intensely awaited moment for years, it has seen us engaged in constant and confident daily prayer. The celebration of this important public ecclesiastical event, which therefore involves the participation of the faithful, will include the singing of Vespers in the memory of St Sergius of Radonež, presided over by the Archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Betori, the first Session of the Inquest aimed at the oaths of all the Officials of the cause who undertake to faithfully fulfil their office and to maintain the secrecy of office.

The members of the Historical Commission, appointed by the Archbishop, who will have the task of studying all the as yet unpublished writings of our Father, as well as each and every historical document relating in any way to his history, will also be involved in this solemn and hope-filled moment. From that moment we will be able to call our Father “Servant of God”. and to invoke his intercession there will be a single prayer formula, proposed by the Postulation and approved by the Archbishop.

This prayer will be distributed to everyone, and it will be our task to spread it as widely as possible outside our religious Family. If we have prayed so much during these years of preparation of the Cause, we shall pray even more during the proceedings, which will see many witnesses giving their sworn testimony before the Tribunal and, at the same time, the members of the Historical Commission digging deeply into the material collected and kept in the Archives at Settignano.

We already feel that we are accompanied by Fr Divo himself and by the many brothers and sisters of the Community, who have already completed their earthly journey and can only support us with their closeness in prayer and in the religious commitment that is asked of us all by such a great grace.


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Ordination to the priesthood

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The brother of common life Charbel ordained a priest on Saturday, July 3, at the Madonna del Sasso.

We are happy that a brother of the Community is ordained a priest in the Shrine that we now consider “ours”. We join him in prayer for this great gift that the whole community receives.

The next day, Sunday, July 4, always at the Shrine of the Madonna del Sasso, he celebrated the first solemn Holy Mass.

Thanksgiving from Fr. Charbel

4 July first Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Charbel

Thank you brothers and sisters in the Community, and all those who receive our Newsletter, for praying for me during the preparations for my priestly ordination. It was good to stay for a while at the hermitage of the Holy Trinity at La Fornace to devote myself more to prayer and recollection before the big day. Fr Benedetto made himself available to accompany me in this mini-retreat. The text we meditated on was one of Fr Barsotti’s books on priesthood. It was beautiful.

4 July first Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Charbel

I must confess that I have not got over the emotion, the amazement caused by the great joy of priesthood, even though four days have passed. In any case, as many have said, it takes a lifetime to perceive and contemplate the mystery of having been chosen to serve the Lord in the Church as a monk and priest.

Not being able to answer the various messages by telephone or e-mail, and being on the eve of my departure for Benin together with Fr Benedetto and Sr Marie Madeleine, I would like to say a profound thank you for your affection, for your gifts and offerings, for your presence but above all for your prayers.

I implore on all of you the graces and blessings of the Lord.

I hope to see you again sooner or later when I return from Benin…

4 July first Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Charbel

Photo of Saturday, July 3, 2021 Priestly Ordination Fr. Charbel

3 luglio 2021 video dell’ Ordinazione Sacerdotale di fr. Charbel

Who is don Divo Barsotti? [Sub Eng]

Video of 2013. In 10 minutes an effective presentation by Don Divo Barsotti, the man, the priest, the mystic and his most precious legacy: the Community of the Sons of God.

Humble reality (1966)

Dear friends,
what we have to meditate today is the promise the whole liturgy gives us of a new forgiveness that will renew all of life, and in our case will renew our Com-munity. The Community needs rejuvenating.

We must acknowledge not only our private faults but also our faults in relation to our sisters and brothers, to the entire Community. We are in fact responsible for each other. Only Cain said he was not his brother’s keeper. Many of our sisters are extremely old; but it is sad to see them not being replaced by younger women. Does the Community have to get older before it gets younger? Nobody seems very interested in our cultural activities. It may be my fault, but on the other hand it may be yours.

No more attempts have been made lately to find aspirants in the various categories (widows, old women for the First Level), as though we had no more respon-sibility for those souls.

If a sister leaves us, perhaps we should all feel re-sponsible. We are far too prone to engage in useless criticism, instead of trying to help to make things bet-ter. Perhaps it is the fault of the superiors, who do not sufficiently challenge the souls in their charge.

Let us not forget that one cannot achieve individual perfection without concern for others. A soul which practised all the virtues would still be damned if it had not the love which is Christianity’s first requirement. We are involved with everyone else and we cannot avoid it. We may feel good because it seems to us that our spiritual life has found a bed in which to rest, but it is a bed of death. We are forgetting the other souls who also desire sanctity. We pay no heed to the real Com-munity. Yet we should love it, and all the souls that belong to it.

This involvement with others requires sacrifice: peo-ple near us seem worse than those far away, but God has put them near us so that their deficiencies may be reason for loving them more and making sacrifices for their sake.

We must do everything possible to get back on the road, with trust in God: trust is not presumption, pro-vided we recognise our failings. The pre-condition for divine forgiveness, and for renewal of our interior life, is confession of our sins.

Let us try to be simple, concrete and straightforward, speaking of ourselves as we are: imperfect, and with precise responsibilities towards our religious institute.

How we must all feel responsible that the Commu-nity should live! The life of the Community conditions our interior life; our response to the Lord is inseparable from our commitment to serve the Community, even before our consecration.

Now we are at the beginning of Lent I want to wake the Community up, and convey a sense of urgency to you.

We must in all humility be committed, practical, realistic! The more we dream of great things, the more responsible we are for the withering of the little seeds of life within the Community. We risk disappointing those souls who are asking us for something: a gift of patience, love, attention.

It is such a beautiful thing that the Lord is asking from us. And it is so necessary for the Church that here, and nowhere else, each soul, in the state to which it has been called, should truly live this recognition of the primacy of God, should be especially committed to the gift of love.

Lenten Ember days, 1966