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Excerpts from Don Luigi Giussani a year after his death

Oh Madonna, you are the safety of our hope!



by Luigi Giussani


Madonna dei pellegrini, Caravaggio, st. Augustine, Rome.

Madonna dei pellegrini, Caravaggio, st. Augustine, Rome.

Prayer

Man’s freedom, which the Mystery always involves, has prayer as its supreme, unassailable expressive form. This is why freedom, according to the whole of its true nature, posits itself as an entreaty

Giussani’s last meeting with John Paul II, Saint Peter’s Square, 30 May 1998

Giussani’s last meeting with John Paul II, Saint Peter’s Square, 30 May 1998

That precious text of the Ambrosian Liturgy concludes with these words: “Domine Deus, custodi hanc voluntatem cordis eorum”–“Lord God, keep secure this attitude of their heart” (Offertory Prayer).
Infidelity always arises in our hearts, even before things that are most beautiful and true, the which, before God’s humanity and man’s original simplicity, man can fall short of out of weakness and worldly preconception, like Judas and Peter. Even this personal experience of infidelity that always happens, revealing the imperfection of every human action, stimulates the continuous memory of Christ.
The desperate cry of Pastor Brand in Ibsen’s play of the same name, “Answer me, O God, in the hour in which death is swallowing me up: so is the whole of man’s will not enough to achieve even a part of salvation?” (H. Ibsen, Brand, Penguin Classics, London, 1997), is answered by the humble positivity of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus who writes, “When I am charitable it is only Jesus who is acting in me” (St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Story of a Soul. Autobiography).
All this means that man’s freedom, which the Mystery always involves, has prayer as its supreme, unassailable expressive form. This is why freedom, according to the whole of its true nature, posits itself as an entreaty to adhere to Being, and therefore to Christ. Even in man’s incapacity, in man’s great weakness, affection for Christ is destined to last.
In this sense, Christ, Light and Strength for every one of His followers, is the adequate reflection of that word with which the Mystery appears in its ultimate relationship with the creature, as mercy: Dives in Misericordia. The mystery of mercy shatters any image of complacency or despair; even the feeling of forgiveness lies within this mystery of Christ.
This is the ultimate embrace of Mystery, against which man–even the most distant, the most perverse or the most obscured, the most shadowy–cannot oppose anything, can make no objection. He can abandon it, but in so doing he abandons himself and his own good. The Mystery as mercy remains the last word even on all the awful possibilities of history.
For this reason, existence expresses itself, as ultimate ideal, in begging. The real protagonist of history is the beggar: Christ who begs for man’s heart, and man’s heart that begs for Christ.


Words pronounced before John Paul II, Rome, SaintPeter’s Square, 30 May 1998


The Holy Rosary

For centuries the Christian people has been blessed and confirmed in its reaching out to salvation,
I believe, especially by one thing: the Holy Rosary

Saint Teresa of Lisieux

Saint Teresa of Lisieux

«Quos redemisti, tu conserva, Christe”: those you have redeemed, – those you have wanted, planned for yourself – save them, keep them from harm, Christ. Save them in whatever circumstances you have them live. It is with assurance that we cry out our thankfulness to God.
“Keep from harm those you have redeemed, Christ”. Those you have called. Every one of us has been called, touched by the finger of the Lord, kindled by the flame in His Heart.
The response to this election lies wholly in the prayer we are capable of. Our response is a prayer, not a special ability; it is only the impetus of prayer.
We are about to begin the month of May. For centuries the Christian people has been blessed and confirmed in its reaching out to salvation, I believe, especially by one thing: the Holy Rosary. The Rosary is like the synthesis of all that the Christian people is able to think and say to Christ. The synthesis of the whole program of the world’s redemption, of the dignity to acknowledge, of a charity to live, in the victory over death in the Crucifixion, not in the Crucifixion, but in the Resurrection. Because we are saved by the Resurrection.
The use of the Holy Rosary, the meditation on what it proposes, the Mystery that reveals itself in it is the assurance of what the Mother of Jesus can do for our lfe, does for our life».

From Avvenire, 30 April 2000



The gamble

Thus, for every day in life, the Christian people will have in its hands the gamble of God’s power in time, and Our Lady’s prayer that is to be realized in every situation

Andreotti and Don Giussani

Andreotti and Don Giussani

«A new Being is coming into the world, the world of the true God. In the whole profile of the world, a new Being blossomed in that place. Everything comes from Him, but here the novelty of a life predominates… Here it is the inkling of something new that warms the heart, and tends to make everything concrete. And that is why it arouses great devotion. As divine grace, at the appointed time, the Son of God became a child in human history, he took upon Himself the rules and the formulas of an existence. In the recollection and in memory of that Fact, the witness of the Son of God emerges more and more powerful, and the impotence of evil becomes the figure dominating the whole of history. And the people of Yahweh rises up to invest the world. Thus, for every day in life, the Christian people will have in its hands the gamble of God’s power in time, and Our Lady’s prayer that is to be realized in every situation».

Testimony received and transmitted by Tg2 , 24 December


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