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Did the Virgin Mary
really die?


The very first question that arises staring at an ancient Byzantine icon of the Dormition representing the Virgin Mary’s body laying on a bed and Her figure raising above it, it’s if this picture, painted by a Mount Athos monk, indented to represent, with such a little convincing patterns, only Her Soul or Her entire Body as well. A religious inexperienced viewer would have his attention attracted by the abstract symbolism, while the pious viewer looking for cheap experiences would be contradicted by the archaic verism of the Virgin laying on a bed on the verge on expiring, like an ordinary woman.

 

AS VIAS DO ESPIRITO

PARÁBOLA DO RICO E DO POBRE.



PARÁBOLA DO RICO E DO POBRE.

É uma parábola pintada com cores vivas.  O rico se veste de purpura e de linho e banqueteava todos os dias, era uum epulião: o pobre, postado à sua porta, coberto de feridas, esperando que alguém lhe desse alguma sobra de comida e até os cães vinham lamber suas feridas. Entretanto o quadro muda.  Na outra vida, o pobre entra para a intimidade do seio de Abraão, enquanto o rico é entregue aos tormentos do inferno, naturalmente porque tinha feito maú uso do dinheiro, enquanto o pobre, na sua pobreza, não tinha perdido a confiança em Deus.


THE WAYS OF THE SPIRIT

The Holy Family of Nazareth

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The Holy Family
of Nazareth

The liturgical proposals are mainly imitative. The Holy Family is the classical model offered and apparently an ordinary family: a worker, a humble woman and a child. They lived in a poor house, dug in the stone of the hill, mixed with the many others - leaned one on another - that shaped the little village of Nazareth. The worker, whose name was Joseph, was a carpenter of the village. Those who saw him working night and day, or those who met him in the street, bent under the weight of a board, could never be able to guess that he had frequent conversations with Angels and that he was in charge of the biggest matter in the human history: the Saviour.
 
 

LOS CAMINOS DEL ESPIRITU

Madre del Silencio y de la Humildad,

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Madre del Silencio y de la Humildad,
Tú vives perdida y encontrada
en el mar sin fondo del misterio del Señor.
Eres disponibilidad y receptividad.
Eres fecundidad y plenitud.
Eres atención y solicitud por los hermanos.
Estás vestida de fortaleza.


WEGE DES GEISTES

¡Madre, ayuda nuestra fe!

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¡Madre, ayuda nuestra fe!
Abre nuestro oído a la Palabra,
para que reconozcamos la voz de Dios y su llamada.
Aviva en nosotros el deseo de seguir sus pasos,
 saliendo de nuestra tierra y confiando en su promesa.
Ayúdanos a dejarnos tocar por su amor,
 para que podamos tocarlo en la fe.


Preghiere

Preghiera di san Bernardo


Preghiera a san Bernardo

Vergine madre, figlia del tuo Figlio,

umile ed alta più che creatura,
termine fisso d’eterno consiglio.

Tu se’ colei che l’umana natura

nobilitasti sì, che il suo Fattore
non disdegnò di farsi sua fattura.

Nel ventre tuo si raccese l’amore

per lo cui caldo nell’eterna pace
così è germinato questo fiore.