From Milan, Meditations Go Mobile

MILAN, Italy, MAY 29, 2002 ( The mobile phone rings and a brief sentence for meditation appears on the little screen — a spiritual touch to begin the day.

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The idea was launched by a Milanese priest, Father Paolo Zago, who for the past two years has sent daily SMS messages with short spiritual meditations.

Tuesday´s message was from St. Augustine. It read: «If you are silent, be silent out of love. If you speak, speak out of love.»

On Monday, the message was from Brother Roger, founder of the Taizé Community, who said: «Do not hold on to your worries as you would a branch of thorns.»

On Sunday, the reflection was from Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini: «It is always the time of hope, confidence and love. Everything passes; love remains. We will not be disappointed.»

Currently, the service is sent to some 5,000 people in Italy.

«They are simple but profound thoughts to read and meditate on the street, in the subway, at work, while queuing in the supermarket,» the priest told the Italian newspaper Avvenire.

Meditations published in recent years have been collected in a book in Italian, published by Città Nuova.

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