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Urged by the thirst of Christ himself, who does not want anyone to be lost, but that all may have abundant life, we want to give what we are receiving and learning from the Church. We want to be witnesses of the fact that we have lost nothing, that, on the contrary, our life has been enriched in every way. We want to be presence of the received gift.

Our communion wants to be a temple where, in adoration, the presence of the living God is kept, where the Spouse is loved with all one’s being, and where continuous prayer, burning day and night,  harbours and embraces the lament, pain, and hope of the world: and where restless vigil is kept for every son of God entrusted to us.

In the middle of so much despair… 








































The thirst of man resounds in the cry of Christ on the Cross: “I thirst” (Jn 19, 28). The thirst of man is only calmed, only finds alleviation and rest in Jesus, only in Jesus!, the thirsty Beggar that encounters the samaritan woman: “If you only knew the gift of God...” (Jn, 10). Christ never comes to take anything away, on the contrary he ardently desires to bestow his creature with the gift of God, to fulfill his creature with a life in plenitude through the gift of his Spirit that introduces us into the communion of Trinitarian love. Christ is the one that is thirsty to quench our thirst; Christ is thirsty that from the inside of the thirsty man springs rivers of living life, overflowing fecundity.
But since neither imposition nor subjugation are true of God, He comes to meet human freedom, inviting it to open to his gift: “If you only knew the gift of God..., you would ask Him, and He would give you...”. His attraction is his Love. His promise, the plan of the Love of God, being a gift, would have been impossible for man to even dream of, but he recognizes it when it is made present.
The Spirit poured out, gift of God, always leads to the personal encounter with Jesus, to the configuration with the Risen Christ, with the Living One, in a communion that surpasses any frontier of space or time, but that affects our particular life and story, our here and our today. The Spirit, at the same time that configures us with Christ, creates communion between the faithful, because He never recreates men as isolated individuals but rather establishing a body, the body of Christ, the Church, that in no way is merely the sum of individuals that share the same ideals or values, but the home encouraged by the Spirit, that perpetuates in time the presence of Christ, the visibility of the Lord.


Our testimony, possibly as your own, is simply that we have been totally captivated by the incomparable gift of being Christians, by the beauty of life of so many Christians that with their way of living, of thinking, of feeling, of acting point to the mistery of Jesus Christ, the most Beautiful of men, that seduces and steals the heart as “our inseparable life”. In the Humanity of Christ obedient and plenified by the gift of the Spirit, the faithful discover their identity, their vocation, their mission and their destiny. The encounter with Jesus Christ gives a complete turn to existence because, when our look is fixed upon Him, He frees us from the egocentric look that dwarfs us and perverts us, because man only walks towards plenitude when he is open to the plan of God and therefore open to walk with men, rediscovered as brothers that are tenderly loved by God.
It is captivating to see the joy of lifes fulfilled by the Holy Spirit. Through them, the desire and decision of living in sanctity arises. In the Church, we have been able to value the beauty of sanctity as plenitude of existence, that impulses us to live postrated and in an attitude of continuous conversion. In the Church, we are allowed to approach the experience of the saints, that is not only something of the past or an itinerary for a few, or a privilege for an elite; sanctity is, on the contrary, the deepest human vocation.
Christian testimony, testimony of an incomparable gift

I cannot conclude my words without expressing my deepest gratitude and love to the Holy Father Benedict XVI, father, pastor, master, succesor of Peter, guarantee of ecclesial communion to live in the permanent novelty of the Gospel that the great ecclesial Tradition has kept with the greatest  care and transmitted from the freshness of the first Christian generations to our days. Thanks to the pastors that, configured to Christ, the Good Shepherd, keep restless vigil for each one in the great fraternity that constitutes the Church extended over the whole world; thanks to all who, from the rich variety of vocations and charismas promoted by the Holy Spirit, make Christ present to us. Allow me as well to show my gratitude to my sisters, the small and precious heritage where God has wanted me to live my consecration: receiving and offering ourselves forgiveness each day, we want nothing but to let ourselves be made by the hands of God, the Son and the Holy Spirit, with his infinite patience.

Thanks to those who make possible for us to confess each day with deeper amazement and gratitude: “I believe in God the Father, who with his omnipotent love created heaven and earth as place of encounter and loving dialogue with men, whom he had destined beforehand to live of and in the communion of Trinitarian  love. I believe in Jesus, the Anointed, his only Son, our Lord, who for our cause was born from the virginal womb of Mary, was baptized, suffered, died, was buried, resurrected, and ascended to heaven, to free us from sin and death and to make us live, as sons, in and of the communion of Trinitarian love. I believe in the Holy Spirit,  Lord and giver of life, that Christ poured out in a new way over men to configure the Church, that, thanks to the communion in the holy sacraments, specially the Eucharist and forgiveness of sins, preludes in our earth and our time the resurrection of the flesh so that, elevated to the hight of God, it may enjoy eternally the communion of Trinitarian  love”.

There is nothing more beautiful and with more authority than the Church, and the youth know it.

Thank you, Jesus Christ; thank you, Mother Church.

Our communion wants to be a home with a Eucaristic heart where the Sacraments are celebrated, where we are invited to the embrace of healing forgiveness and the banquet of the Eucarist, food to advance fearless in the path of holiness; our communion wants to be a warm home where the son that returns injured, let down, repentant, disoriented, or also open to the gift of God, is always expected; shelter where the Good Samaritan keeps giving repose, encouragement and strength to undertake, continue or retake the path of faith.
Our communion wants to be a house that is always open where the faith in Jesus Christ is shared from the personal experience of being rescued and healed, where the word proclaimed and incarnated is shared to help us to overcome the darkness that sometimes impedes the pilgrimage.
Our communion wants to be a testimony of that, despite our weaknesses and falls, the Spirit is capable of uniting, above all differences, the disparate and disperse, to make us a single heart and a single soul; because the Spirit recreates each one in an unique and unrepeatable way, and at the same time inserts us harmoniously in a communion where the you and the I are not understood without being us, thus destroying the bitter solitude and painful emptiness of the heart.
Our communion wants to be bosom where the maternal dimension of the Church is witnessed, where the children of God, wrapped in charity and hope, are alighted, and feel invited to discover the greatness and beauty of human life called to be presence of the Love of Christ here and now.
Our communion wants to live united to the canticle of Mary that proclaims the greatness and fidelity of God, as well as the joy of the creature when it allows itself to be recreated by its Lord.

Full of gratitude

I dare to affirm that sometimes, perhaps too many times, we fall where we don’t want to fall trying to satisfy – long wrong paths, like the prodigal son- the clamor of love, happiness, salvation, communion, plenitude that exists in the depth of man. We are well made, even when we experience the scorching thirst of a life in plenitude; a thirst that, when it is tried to be quenched in mirages, becomes even more ardent, and even more desperate. That thirst, definitively, manifests the clamor of the Spirit in the heart of man, to keep him from resigning with a mediocre life, to make him feel stimulated to embrace life in its fullness.

If you only knew the Gift of God...
The believer’s existence is a path continuosly orientated towards Christ, with an ear open to his Word meditated and made flesh, that allows them to live with startling dignity through both prosperity and adversity, health and illness, in short, all the ups and downs and moments of existence, even the feared old age and death, open to the gift of the Spirit of the Risen Christ that allows them to live the cross not from rebellion and despair but from the fecundity of obedience, trusting the mercy of their Lord that has promised they will live eternally with Him.
The great testimony that steals the heart is seeing in man the work of Christ that is realized and expressed in the communion in which Christians live: they truly love each other and they are willing to give their lives for one another. The communion distinguishes the disciples of Christ and is the most beautiful testimony and the most powerful attraction. In their surroundings, despite being conscious of their weakness, wounded by sin, life and joy thrive; because they incarnate and announce the fecundity of the gift of the Gospel. They are sorry and weep for all that blemishes, clouds or fractures the beauty of ecclesial communion, but they do not turn it into a battering ram against the institution and its pastors, rather it urges them to a renewed conversion and a firmer desire of sanctity, far from the puritan scandal.
In the ecclesial communion that the Spirit of Jesus has made possible, we see the audacity of a liberty that is not thrown back before the overwhelming presence of evil in any of its manifestations or stratagems, rather a liberty always available to embrace and follow the will of God. The believers love truth, they live from it; they conceive sin as a profanation of the sacred dignity of the creature and, therefore, as an offense to God; they avoid violence and selfishness as a negation of love, they do not consent injustice; they flee from envy and ambition, that attempt against communion.
The believers overflow in compassion and forgiveness; they give life that is appreciated and received as a precious gift so it becomes a gift for others and awakes the desire of donation, of loving and serving, because they understand that the glory of man is to persevere and to remain in the service of God, a God that in Jesus Christ, the Son made Servant for love, has come to encounter them: He has embraced them, washed them, served them, fed them, freed them and strengthened them, until making them his presence amongst men, but that does not make them beleive themselves better or superior to others: they simply feel and act as servers of the gift, and this constitutes their joy and their reward.
In the Church, we have seen and we see the diligent and attentive love of men and women that, although they experience their incapacity to reach all the wounds and pain of the world, they spend their lives with fecundity, trusting that the victory of Christ, and not evil, will have the last word in the history of men; but this future hope does not prevent their hands from coming closer to soothe the suffering of the needy, poor, shunned, forgotten, dispaired, disoriented, distressed... in whom they see Christ himself that comes out to meet them.

Christ in his Church has won our heart 
Christ in his Church has won our heart, because in her we have not found a God that is a rival of our happiness, of our plenitude, but the God of Jesus Christ, guarantor of reason, freedom, goodness, truth, beauty, and life of man, because “the glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God” (Saint Irenaeus).
In the Church, land of the living, we have experienced the love and tenderness of God. Christ, our Good Samaritan, has not passed by before us, but rather He has had compassion of our wounds, He has lowered Himself to lift us up and rescue us, and exactly as we were He has carried us, He has poured healing oil on us, and He has confided us to the care and guide of the Spirit in the Church. We have experienced the feast of salvation given for the disoriented son that returned to the warmth and light of his home.
Whoever has known the thirst of Christ for his life becomes wounded by his thirst, and burned by the desire that everyone knows the gift of God, is willing to allow his life to fully become a gift and donation that soothes the thirst of his brothers; far from offering vinegar before the cry of the Crucified, he ardently desires that the wish that Jesus expressed to his Father before his Passion, be fulfilled: “May they all be one in us, Father, so that the world may believe it was You who sent me” (Jn 17, 21). The communion configures our existence and becomes testimony and mission.
In the Church, home of the Spirit, we have been pierced by the cry of Christ: “I thirst”, that keeps resounding today in a thousand different ways all around the earth, because man thirsts for the gift of God, though he may ignore or even reject it.

Urged by the thirst of Christ

The belivers, with the beauty and dignity of their lives, are joyful witnesses of the Risen Jesus. They live by the Spirit of Christ and in Christ, because they nourish their life on the table of the Lord, where each day they can witness the miracle of the Eucarist, and where the Body given and the Blood shed are offered in an embrace of union that permits them to become one flesh with the Risen Body of Christ and one body with their brothers and sisters.

Sanctity is the deepest human vocation
Testimony of Mother Veronica
for the New Evangelization, in the Hall Paul VI
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Artículo de la Madre Verónica publicado en “Alfa y Omega” con motivo de la JMJ

Artículo de la Madre Verónica publicado en la revista “Vida religiosa”

   Thirst manifests the cry of the Spirit in the heart of man

With a Eucaristic heart they offer and make fruitful all spaces and all moments of life, not as a human conquest, but as fruit of the recieved gift. They live from the gift that never stops being future promise and present task at the same time, postrated adoration and diligent work, conscious that history is the time that God takes to make his creature until He has lead it to the plenitude wanted by God, and already manifested in the glorified Humanity of Christ.

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Artículo de la Madre Verónica publicado en “Alfa y Omega” con motivo de la JMJ

Artículo de la Madre Verónica publicado en la revista “Vida religiosa”

Rome, 2011
october 15 th

“But, what are you saying? Either you live out of reality without touching the ground or, if the happiness I see and what you say is true, I cannot hide my illness: my illness is that I don’t know the Lord”. I heard this phrase not long ago made by a young girl in one of the encounters we have in our parlours, where we share the faith with simplicity with those who come to our house. And that girl continued: “I think that despair seized me because I tried to defend myself from Christianism, conceiving being a Christian as an obstacle to obtain happiness, as if God were an enemy at the door that came to limit my freedom and to undo my plans”. In these words the experience of many others is summed up, even ourselves.

It is not sadness because of what you have –sometimes a lot-, however legitimate and honest it may be, but the sadness of what you don’t have, of what you desire but cannot give yourself, and perhaps you are unable even to express. This desire carries the certainty that it is not worth while living for less than what we have an intuition of being true, or that we waste our life when we renounce to understand ourselves in the plan with wich God wants to fulfill us. The heart suffers opression when we silence the deepest clamor of our being, and then we endure the passing of time in the least uncomfortable or, if possible, most leisurly way possible; in any case, we suffer when we despair of becoming men in the plenitude for wich we were created.

We say we have panic of suffering and of death. But, are we not afraid to live, because we have not found the meaning of life or its value, and so we are unable to face the daily happenings?

It is impossible to forget the impact I felt at my seventeen years when I saw, literally, a human carpet of young people wasted on the ground, disorientated, depersonalized. My reflexion was this: “Lord, have You created us for this? No, no, I am sure this cannot be!” I surprised myself by speaking with Him, because undoubtedly He was there; the Creator can never abandon the work of his Hands. That image determined my life; no one had to convince me that mankind, if it doesn’t live embracing God and his will, is disoriented, walks blindly, and cannot discover who he is, or where he goes, or with whom he can truly advance.

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