Tonight is the inaugural meeting of Witnesses to Hope, so you can imagine my surprise as I read the meditation for today’s Mass found in Magnificat and found these words by Mother Elvira Petrozzi:
Yes, Love generates love, and today there is an immense need of persons able to generate hope in Love . . . [She goes on to describe their work with the poor and destitute.] Daily we live an experience of hope that gives life to those from whom life has been stolen. Because of this, we belive that in the darkest night it is possible to find light again. Even in the darkest sadness, joy can be rekindled. Even in the bitterest loneliness, a friend’s love can pierce a hardened heart. Yes, we want to be witnesses of this hope.We want to announce to this world that the secret of rebirth is to open our hearts to that marvelous Father who waits for each of us as His most precious child. (emphasis added)
It always amazes me how God orchestrates these kinds of things: a reading that probably went to press months ago destined to be read by me today.