Ave Maria! Sunday evening, Pope Francis and members of the Vatican Curia gathered for their annual Lenten retreat, March 6-10. Fr. Ermes Ronchi, a member of the Servants of Mary and a noted Italian author, is leading the group in spiritual exercises based on ten questions from the Gospels, which Vatican Radio has provided and I am posting below. As I ponder one question each day, I am reminded of that penetrating verse from the book of Hebrews (4:12): "For the word of God is living and effectual, and more piercing than any two edged sword; and reaching unto the division of the soul and the spirit, of the joints also and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Yikes!
1. “What are you looking for?” (John 1:38)
2. “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)
3. “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?” (Matthew 5:13)
4. “But who do you say that I am?” (Luke 9:20)
5. “Then, turning to the woman, he told Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?’” (Luke 7:44)
6. “How many loaves do you have?” (Mark 6:38, Matthew 15:34)
7. “Straightening up, Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?’” (John 8:10)
8. “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” (John 20:15)
9. “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” (John 21:16)
10. “Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be?’” (Luke 1:34).
Guide me in your truth, and teach me;
for you are the God of my salvation.
I have hoped in you all day long.