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Christmas message

Tuesday, December 20, Br Rui Lopes op has recorded a Christmas message (italian, french, spanish – Sorry for background noise but the recording was done in the hospital) from the St John the Baptist Hospital in Rome where is continuing his post-operative therapy.

Fr Rui Lopes thanked everyone for the good wishes and prayers and wishes all you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Here’s the translation into english

My dear brothers and sisters,

It is a great pleasure to send you this Christmas message in which I would like to share with you three thoughts that are important for me as we prepare for Christmas. I believe they will be important for you too.

The first, close to my own situation, is about St Joseph. This saint has greatly helped me in preparation for Christmas because St Joseph is the man of silence. The revelation that was made to him in a dream is one in which silence is the first and the last word.
In this silence things may be seen in their greatest depth. Sometimes we may experience Christmas too superficially, and St Joseph, accepting the Word of God, in a dream, which means in meditation, in the silence of night and in prayer, is the example for us all of how we should prepare for Christmas: in the depths of our hearts that accept the Word of the Lord, that accept his call and answer it very generously.

The second thought I want to share with you is that in two days’ time (today is 20 December), we will celebrate the anniversary of the Order, the Pope’s confirmation to that small group of preachers from Toulouse. It is a very simple text, but it helps us to understand how St Dominic’s prudence is there in the final drafting of the document given to those friars by the pope. Everything had been prepared in order to obtain the conditions necessary for preaching. St Dominic allows us to understand that prudence is the fundamental, primary virtue, in the sense that it helps us understand that preaching comes out of stabilised conditions. In his work, with this prudence of his, St Dominic prepared everything we needed for preaching.
Perhaps in our lives and in the lives of our fraternities, we need to rethink the conditions that prepare us for preaching, how the fraternities help this and what conditions make it possible to pray, to study, to live fraternally, to respect the Rule in the elections, in the Councils and so on – all those things that we don’t consider important but which are important if our preaching is to have the right foundation according to the Dominican heart.

The third point I wan t to share with you is attention to the message of the Holy Father for the first day of the year, the World Day of Peace. The subject is “non-violence”. Pope Francis recalls the many non-violent witnesses who changed the history of the Church and the World, but he also invites us to think about how non-violence arises and takes root in our own homes, in our fraternities, in our communities. Non-violence is a challenge that we must all accept to renew the World. Non-violence is born from our hearts.

 

To all of you, I wish a Holy Christmas.

 

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Tuesday, December 20, Br Rui Lopes op has recorded a Christmas message (italian, french, spanish - Sorry for background noise but the recording was done in the hospital) from the St John the Baptist Hospital in Rome where is continuing his post-operative therapy. Fr Rui Lopes thanked everyone for the...
Tuesday, December 20, Br Rui Lopes op has recorded a Christmas message (<a href="https://cortiledicaifa.blogspot.it/2016/12/m.html" target="_blank">italian</a>, <a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/slider/christmas-messagge-br-rui-lopes/" target="_blank">french</a>, <a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/slider/mensaje-de-navidad-2016/" target="_blank">spanish</a> - Sorry for background noise but the recording was done in the hospital) from the St John the Baptist Hospital in Rome where is continuing his post-operative therapy. Fr Rui Lopes thanked everyone for the good wishes and prayers and wishes all you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here's the translation into english <em>My dear brothers and sisters,</em> <em>It is a great pleasure to send you this Christmas message in which I would like to share with you three thoughts that are important for me as we prepare for Christmas. I believe they will be important for you too.</em> <em>The first, close to my own situation, is about St Joseph. This saint has greatly helped me in preparation for Christmas because St Joseph is the man of silence. The revelation that was made to him in a dream is one in which silence is the first and the last word. </em><em>In this silence things may be seen in their greatest depth. Sometimes we may experience Christmas too superficially, and St Joseph, accepting the Word of God, in a dream, which means in meditation, in the silence of night and in prayer, is the example for us all of how we should prepare for Christmas: in the depths of our hearts that accept the Word of the Lord, that accept his call and answer it very generously.</em> <em>The second thought I want to share with you is that in two days’ time (today is 20 December), we will celebrate the anniversary of the Order, the Pope’s confirmation to that small group of preachers from Toulouse. It is a very simple text, but it helps us to understand how St Dominic’s prudence is there in the final drafting of the document given to those friars by the pope. Everything had been prepared in order to obtain the conditions necessary for preaching. St Dominic allows us to understand that prudence is the fundamental, primary virtue, in the sense that it helps us understand that preaching comes out of stabilised conditions. In his work, with this prudence of his, St Dominic prepared everything we needed for preaching. </em> <em> Perhaps in our lives and in the lives of our fraternities, we need to rethink the conditions that prepare us for preaching, how the fraternities help this and what conditions make it possible to pray, to study, to live fraternally, to respect the Rule in the elections, in the Councils and so on – all those things that we don’t consider important but which are important if our preaching is to have the right foundation according to the Dominican heart.</em> <em>The third point I wan t to share with you is attention to the message of the Holy Father for the first day of the year, the World Day of Peace. The subject is “non-violence”. Pope Francis recalls the many non-violent witnesses who changed the history of the Church and the World, but he also invites us to think about how non-violence arises and takes root in our own homes, in our fraternities, in our communities. Non-violence is a challenge that we must all accept to renew the World. Non-violence is born from our hearts.</em> <em> </em> <em>To all of you, I wish a Holy Christmas.</em>  

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