May 25, 2017
“And he put all things beneath his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the church,
which is his body,
the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.” (Eph. 22-23)
Happy Feast of the Ascension!
This day leaves curls of nerves in my stomach—to think of the day on which the Father reached toward the earth to wrap his fingers around Jesus, he who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, bringing him back to himself while leaving the earth sucked dry of the immediate concreteness of the Lord. He lived, temporarily, in the memory of his apostles, and it is not until Pentecost that the circle completes, and opens in a new way—the Spirit comes to teach you and me about those things Jesus taught, and to open in them new horizons.
What, then, is this church? The church is the persons baptized into the Trinity, from that first day; it is the people who have awoken before dawn every morning to head to the Mass, and closed each day on their knees with Compline, the Church’s night prayer. (I urge you all to consider praying it nightly; it includes time for an examination of conscience!) Those who have catechized and spoken aloud the name of Jesus, and who have lived with their mind on him at every moment.
Let us, then, not fail in giving life to this Church who has given birth to us and who nourishes us and who is our precious Mother.
"[T.S. Eliot] asked himself, ‘Has the Church failed mankind, or has mankind failed the Church?’ . . . Both, both, because first and foremost it is mankind who failed the Church, because if I need something, I chase after it, if it goes away. No one chased after it . . . The Church began to fail mankind, as I see it, as we see it, because she forgot who Christ was, she did not rely on..., she was ashamed of Christ, of saying who Christ is." – Luigi Giussani
"The faith is not given us in order that we preserve it, but in order that we communicate it. If we don't have the passion to communicate it, we don't preserve it." – Luigi Giussani