Monday, March 10, 2008

[MaryVitamin] Stations of the Cross with Mary XI

Mary Vitamin for March l0th

Topic: The Eleventh Station – Jesus is nailed to the Cross
Fr. Faber
"It is her place to console, not to be consoled. Her Son came to minister, not to be ministered to. She must participate in the same sublime office."
Father Faber,  At the Foot of the Cross, (Tan Books: 1978), 217.

Resolution (comes first today):
Please help me Mother Mary to stand with your courage, to meditate on the Passion of your Son. Do not let me run from the horror and the violence of that Good Friday. Let me pray and not faint so that my heart may be opened further to withstand my own trials by coming into contact with the Divine suffering.

Fr. Faber
"The Right Hand is nailed to the Cross. The Left will not reach. Either they have miscalculated in the hole they have drilled to facilitate the passage of the nail, or else the body has contracted through agony. Fearful was the scene which now ensued, as the saints describe it to us in their revelations. The executioners pulled the left arm with all their force; still it would not reach. They knelt against His ribs, which were distinctly heard to crack, though not to break, beneath the violent pressure, and dislocating His arm, they succeeded in stretching the Hand to the place. Not more than a gentle sigh could be wrung from Jesus, and the sweet expression in His eyes dwelt there still."
Father Faber,  At the Foot of the Cross, (Tan Books: 1978)

Marian Vow:
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
"Prostrating myself at the foot of my Crucifix I said: 'How happy should I be, O my loving Savior, if Thou wouldst imprint on me the likeness of Thy sufferings. 'To which he replied: "This is what I intend to do, provided thou dost not resist Me and on thy side dost contribute thereto."
The Thoughts and Saying of Saint Margaret Mary, (Tan Books: 1986)

I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.