Friday, April 2, 2010

a really good friday.

"We are going to commemorate the Passion of our Savior; let us strive to prepare ourselves for it by great purity of heart...We shall see Him, during this coming Holy Week, on the tree of the Cross, consumed for Love of us...opening His Heart to place us therein."

~St. Jane Francis Chantal

"But if we are convinced and have come to experience that without Christ life lacks something, that something real – indeed, the most real thing of all – is missing, we must also be convinced that we do no injustice to anyone if we present Christ to them and thus grant them the opportunity of finding their truest and most authentic selves, the joy of finding life. Indeed, we must do this. It is our duty to offer everyone this possibility of attaining eternal life."

~Pope Benedict XVI, in his homily on Saturday, March 21,2009, in the church of St. Paul in Luanda, Africa

My prayer for you today is that we may be so convinced of His real, human suffering that we cannot help but present this truth to ALL those we encounter. God forgive me for consistently forgetting the cross and perpetually putting myself first. My only hope of redemption is in You and Your perfect sacrifice.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I know, of course, that you meant to say "that we cannot help but present this truth to ALL", and it is a beautiful thought. I think of the old analogy of unsaved people being compared to people trapped in a burning building - and some may consider this to be a bit dramatic - but not really, when you think about it. It is, in fact, incalculably more serious to lose your soul to an eternal fire than your temporal body to an earthly flame. May we all be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading in sharing Christ with those around us who are trapped in that building...