Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Friday, April 03, 2015
Good Friday Reflection
Good Friday Reflection
Stations of the Cross: Excerpt from Whispers from the Cross
1st Station- Jesus is condemned
condemnation of Christ was anticipated, and was part, perhaps the
greatest part, of God’s plan for Jesus and for us. Tabor and Calvary.
Transfiguration and Crucifixion. Both woven into the tapestry of the
life of the Blameless One. Jesus was unjustly judged and condemned. When
we share that experience, we must accept it quietly, like Christ.
2nd Station- Jesus accepts his cross
the cross is not a momentary action without consequences. It is a
doorway through which we walk, entering an ongoing experience of Calvary
as one who follows Christ.
3rd Station- Jesus falls the first time
throws us to the ground, whether through our own failures or the
failures of others. This should not discourage us, even though
discouragement accompanies the experience. Sometimes, even in the same
day, following Christ requires a series of decisions to rise and
4th Station- Jesus meets his mother
our pain is increased by the reaction of others to our suffering. This
painful prism of misunderstanding is another facet of the cross and
should be viewed as such. Our Blessed Mother understands our pain
perfectly, and just as she never left her Son, she will never leave us.
5th Station- Simon helps Jesus
resemble Christ when we move to assist another who struggles to manage a
cross and Christ Himself is pleased when we humble ourselves and accept
the help of others.
6th Station- Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
are prompted through charity and mercy to help others. Others are
blessed and consoled. And we take away with us the imprint of God’s
goodness flowing through us, conforming us more completely to Jesus as
He makes His way into the world.
7th Station- Jesus falls the second time
sad disappointment! More pain. Still, the journey remains incomplete.
Must we continue? We rise and return to the cross, to the plan
8th Station- Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem
the women who share the dreadful concern of Mary for the children of
God. Each person is someone’s child and holds the hopes and prayers of a
mother that the world will be gentle and kind. Oh Jesus, give us your
mercy for others.
9th Station- Jesus falls the third time
commitment is to the death. The Collapsed knows only that life remains
and, as such, must be offered until it is exhausted. Up. Onward. God
will sustain. Let the Spirit drive us forward.
10th Station- Jesus is stripped of His garments
sublime is the offering of standing naked before those who hate us and
yet, in some way, less cruel than standing stripped before those who
love us. Oh Jesus, give us the trust to endure all humiliation with
confidence in the ultimate triumph of God’s love.
11th Station- Jesus is nailed to the Cross
and relief. Total commitment leaves less room for question. We ask not
‘if ’ anymore. We ask simply, ‘how’, moment by moment in life’s anguish.
12th Station- Jesus dies on the Cross Perseverance is the jewel of all jewels. Do not doubt the triumph. Do not back away from the course.
13th Station- Jesus
is laid in the arms of His Mother Quiet at last. A grief complete, but
pregnant with joy. Humanity endures total stillness, even while time
awaits the birth of all hope, the triumph of triumphs.
14th Station- Jesus is laid in the tomb The body is reposed and the life is concluded, returned to timelessness once again.
Oh Jesus, help us to
remember that the opportunity to serve you on earth will end. Give us
the grace to be laid to rest after a life of offering, knowing that on
each day we recognized you as our beloved King and lived, to the best of
our ability, our allegiance to the Father. Give us the power of the
Holy Spirit that we may continue to love in every circumstance life
Excerpt from Whispers from the Cross
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