When I was a child I used to watch the stars, dreaming with open eyes big things, getting emotional in front of thousands of stars as if they were close to me. These days, returning from the apostolate, on the way to the novitiate, I stopped and I raised my head. Wonderful!! In the dark of the night, the sky glowed with a light show: thousand of stars, big and small, were forming a gorgeous design. Who has not stopped, at least once, if only for a moment, to look at this splendor ?! The starry sky makes us feel a deep desire, an ardent longing to return to God and be at the home of the Father.
The Lent that has just begun is nothing but a return to the desire for God, a nostalgic search of his face from the bottom of our heart. For this we set in motion, holding the banner of the cross, focusing on our Lord in order to learn and develop a triple relationship.
A right relationship with ourselves, giving space to fasting from our inordinate affections to let the primacy of God, his look of mercy and love, win inside us.
A true relationship with the Father in the silence of prayer, enjoying God through every thought, word and daily act, feeling his sons and beloved disciples, like John under the cross. And so experiencing every day a merciful relationship with our neighbors, giving as alms our time, our availability and – with great joy and generosity – ourselves.
Lent is the opportunity to feel in need of God, and to have always before us the nostalgia of watching the spectacle of the sky with the unquenchable hope that the True Sun will rise in the morning.