Miles de personas en el mundo han recuperado la alegría y el encanto de la vida.

Talleres de Oración y Vida

Padre Ignacio Larrañaga

Thousands of people have recovered joy and the
enchantment with life.

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Father Ignacio Larrañaga

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The Road from Poverty to Love
Let us begin by displaying two panoramic canvases to the reader that, like brilliant flames, give splendor to all the activities of Jesus, his words and his ideas during this first period: “Jesus went all around Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and curing all kinds of sickness and disease among the people. The news about him spread throughout all of Syria, and the people brought all their sick to him, and all those who suffered: the possessed, the deranged, the paralyzed, and he healed them all. Large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Ten Cities, from Jerusalem, Judea, and from across the Jordan.” (Mt 4:23-25)
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A hymn to joy
Depth, that is the essence. Where there is depth, there is life. Where there is life, there is a human being. And where there is a human being, there is both joy and pain. From the depths, great fountains gush forth, and the higher they reach, the deeper is the subsoil from which they spring. Pain and joy come from the same depths. The depth reached by joy is also reached by pain. As much as one suffers, so does one rejoice, and vice versa. Jesus experienced deep sorrow inasmuch as he had been a wellspring of joy. He was able to free us from pain because he had previously suffered pain and knew it from experience.
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A bird’s-eye view
If we take a bird’s-eye view of the march along the path of life with God, from vocal prayer to more profound communication, we will have the following general outline. In the first stages, God leaves the initiative to the individual, who functions according to the norms of psychology. God’s participation is rare. He leaves it to the individual to find the means and supports, as if the individual were the only carpenter in the house. And although it is true that, in these first stages, divine consolations may abound, prayer appears to be an edifice exclusively supported by human scaffolding.
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The Son, a Picture of His Mother
There exist in the gospels other aspects that are very interesting which serve to help us see in a deductive manner who the Mother was and how she acted. In the first place Jesus is the One Who was sent to manifest the good news by which He lived completely, prior to proclaiming them. In the second place Jesus was that Son Who, as a child, observed and admired in His mother that whole set of human values –– humility, patience, fortitude –– which were later on to be promulgated in the mountains. I say this because every time that Mary appears in the gospels she manifests those characteristics which are put forth in Jesus’ sermon on the mountain: patience, humility, fortitude, peace, meekness and compassion.
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He Who Has Come; He Who Is to Come
After time awoke because of the rumbling of our steps, and after time had reached its zenith, Christ appeared in time, and renouncing the advantages of being God, he subjected himself to all the disadvantages of being man, and once reduced to our stature, he descended even lower to infrahuman levels. Having descended to these abysses, he went much deeper until he touched the final bottom, the dust of nothing, denying his own instinct to live in loving obedience to the Father whose will permitted and disposed that the beloved Son should disappear amid the ruins of catastrophe, submissive and obedient until death, even death on the cross.
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In occasions of failure and defeat, this God showed himself as a liberating God in whom we can absolutely trust because he draws strength from weakness and life from death. God, does not wish the death and failure of humankind. He makes his presence felt especially in the greatest threatening situations as long as humankind hopes against all hope. The power of God is shown in the solidarity of Jesus with people who fail. Jesus did not respond to violence with violence but allowed himself to be insulted beyond limit. In the end, he is the “Failed One” par excellence, the crucified, the stigmatized. Jesus fails before the forces of violence, fear, and falsehood. In the drama of the cross, the omnipotence of a powerless and crucified God, who loves until the end, manifests itself. We clearly know why and how he is moved in his deepest depths by the suffering of the weak and the invalids. The unconditional and victorious presence of God manifests itself in the crucified Jesus Christ, a Jesus full of sweetness even in the midst of catastrophe. The pain of God is the salvation of humankind while the failure of humankind is the victory of God. In other words, it is the power of God in human weakness. “…Being rich he became poor for your sakes, that through his poverty you might be rich” (2 Cor. 8:9); and being strong made himself weak in order to save the weak. The suffering of God arises from his love, humbling himself and in humility taking part in the failure of humankind, proving in this way that man is infinitely much more than his successes and defeats. This man lets go of all fear, conquers freedom, and is capable of solidarity with the failures of all the marginalized of the earth. ¡This is the victory of Jesus Christ on the cross.! Extracted from the book “The forces of decadence” by Fr. Ignacio Larrañaga
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Redeemer of Instincts
We have struggled against the storms. We have walked the paths that cross the desert. We have opened our hands to fill them with stardust. But many of our dreams flew with wings of death. We are reaching the distant port. If we do not pass from emotional love to self-sacrificing love, marriage will surely fail; that everybody loves the lovable and sympathize with the charming, but in order to forgive an offense, I have to die to the instinct for revenge. But then no one dies for pleasure, no one forgives for pleasure. To die to something that is alive does not give enjoyment but pain instead. It is like “giving one’s life” but then no one gives one’s life for pleasure because the primary instinct of the human is to seek what is pleasant and avoid the unpleasant.
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How can we liberate ourselves from those illusions which have given rise to so much personal preoccupation and so much misery in fraternal life? We cannot live in that tension, continually tossed about between the social name and impossible dreams. Neither is inner peace or brotherly love possible in such circumstances. A large portion of our energy is wasted on those preoccupations which only serve fantasy. It is sad to see how a person suffers, how one struggles, how so many swords are forged and spears are broken for the fleeting appearance of a name which, ultimately, is not the truth of the person. The important thing for the majority of us mortals is not that we realize ourselves but that we may be seen as realized. And we are considered realized not because of our effective and objective production but because public opinion considers us to be a winner or a champion. And so, mounted on the colt of deceit, we go galloping ahead, fearful and anxious, about unreal worlds. From the deceit of life, deliver us, Lord!
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To all Guides of the world
we send a special greeting this end of the year. Let us thank God for each day that He allowed us to live, for His permanent presence in our lives, and for each person that he put by our side. With His strength, we will begin the new year by asking Him to allow us handling out our evangelizing mission wherever He sends us, taking His word with joy and mystique. We wish you and your families a year full of peace and health, always hand in hand with Jesus and Mary. ¡¡¡ HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022 !!!
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“Born of a Woman”
For centuries the Church has been repeating those very words, filled with grandeur and majesty, “et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine,” the mystery of the Incarnation. He was made flesh “in” and “of” Mary, the Virgin, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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