Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I used a phrase from the Pope's Angelus Address of yesterday for the title of this thread. How lovely it is! He was referring to Our Blessed Mother as an example of one who gives us the model for integrating both Gospel images: Mary of Bethany sitting and listening at Jesus' feet, and her sister Martha serving Him. An excerpt from the Pope's words:
...In our Christian life too prayer and action are always profoundly united. Prayer that does not lead to concrete action toward a brother who is poor, sick, in need of help, the brother in difficulty, is a sterile and incomplete prayer. But, in the same way, when in ecclesial service we are only concerned with doing, we give greater weight to things, functions, structures, and we forget the centrality of Christ; we do not set aside time for dialogue with him in prayer, we are in risk of serving ourselves and not God present in our needy brother. St. Benedict took up the way of life that he summed up for his monks in 2 words: “ora et labora,” pray and work. It is from contemplation, from a strong relationship of friendship with the Lord that there is borne in us the capacity to live and bear God’s love, his mercy, his tenderness to others. It is also our work with our needy brother, our labor of charity in works of mercy, that brings us to the Lord because we see the Lord in our needy brother and sister.
Let us ask the Virgin Mary, the Mother of listening and service – who teaches us to meditate on the Word of her Son in our heart – to pray with fidelity, to be always more concretely attentive to the needs of our brothers...
Full text can be read [HERE]("http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/on-contemplating-the-word-of-god?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch")