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The Value of Suffering

The Value of Suffering   Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, teach me the Science of the Cross; make me understand the value of suffering. MEDITATION The Passion of Jesus teaches us in a concrete way that in the Christian life we must be able to accept suffering for the love of God. This is a hard, repugnant lesson for our nature, which prefers pleasure and happiness; however, it comes from Jesus, the Teacher of truth... Read More

Raise the Crucifix to Strike Holy Terror in the Antagonist

Raise the Crucifix to Strike Holy Terror in the Antagonist But…Jesus isn’t on the cross anymore! “Jesus isn’t on the cross anymore! The cross is empty!” So what’s the deal with crucifix-wielding Catholics? Don’t they know we worship a risen Savior? St. Paul says that “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (cf 1 Corinthians 15:14). Without the Resurrection, there is... Read More

Contemplating the Lord’s Passion

Contemplating the Lord’s Passion* True reverence for the Lord’s passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognizing in him our own humanity. The earth — our earthly nature — should tremble at the suffering of its Redeemer. The rocks — the hearts of unbelievers — should burst asunder. The dead, imprisoned in the tombs of their mortality, should come forth, the massive stones now ripped apart.... Read More

The Perfection of Brotherly Love

The Perfection of Brotherly Love The perfection of brotherly love lies in the love of one’s enemies. We can find no greater inspiration for this than grateful remembrance of the wonderful patience of Christ. He who is more fair than all the sons of men offered his fair face to be spat upon by sinful men; he allowed those eyes that rule the universe to be blindfolded by wicked men; he bared his back to the scourges; he submitted... Read More

Passion Sunday

Passion Sunday   Today we begin the celebration of Holy Week.  We will journey spiritually with Jesus and walk along with Him from His entry into Jerusalem through the mystery of His Passion and Death and, ultimately, to His glorious Resurrection.  If we die with Him we shall also live with Him (cf Romans 6:8). The blessed sacramental palms we receive help focus our attention on this journey. Besides also being referred... Read More

Palm (Passion) Sunday: 9 Things to Know and Share

March 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, Passiontide

Palm (Passion) Sunday: 9 Things to Know and Share* Why is Jesus' entry into Jerusalem so important? What's going on here?   Palm Sunday–or is it Passion Sunday?–marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day commemorates not one but two very significant events in the life of Christ. Here are 9 things you need to know: 1. What is this day called? The day is called both “Palm Sunday” and “Passion Sunday.” The... Read More

Jesus Persecuted — Passiontide

Jesus Persecuted 5th Sunday of Lent (Passiontide) Presence of God – O Jesus, help me to enter into the mystery of Your Passion; deign to associate me with it, so that I may participate in Your Resurrection. MEDITATION [Traditionally] … Passiontide begins [today], a time especially consecrated to the remembrance and loving contemplation of the sorrows of Jesus. The veiled crucifix and statues, the absence of the Gloria... Read More

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