Home / Articles posted byVanessa Crescio

Author: Vanessa Crescio

In Suspense and Incomplete: Having Faith in the Slow Work of God

“Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete” (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, “Patient Trust”). “Why is he doing this to me?” I sobbed. “God do...
Read More

Fruit of the Earth and Work of Human Hands

“Blessed are you, Lord God of all Creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life” (St. Paul Daily Missal, 842). It’s not uncommo...
Read More

Belonging to the Body of Christ

“As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12). St. Paul’s exhortation on unity and diversity as found in 1 Corinthians 12 is a very familiar passag...
Read More

The Invitation to be Co-Creators with God

“The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it” (Genesis 2:15). In our culture, we place a premium on working hard, grinding it out, less rest, and more productivity. The underlying assumpt...
Read More

The Saints Respond to Bullies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on [your] right cheek, turn the other one to him as well” (Matthew 5:38-39). As ...
Read More

December 22: O King of the Nations

O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust (Christian Prayer, 133). We recall that the “O Antiphons” are directly from Sacred Scri...
Read More

December 19: O Root of Jesse

O flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in Worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid (Christian Prayer, 124). Our third...
Read More

December 18: O Lord

O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai Mountain: Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free (Christian Prayer, 121). In the antiphon of the Magnificat at ev...
Read More
Top