Contrary to most descriptions, a Roman scourging was a vicious affair. It usually killed a person at forty lashes or greater because of blood loss from exposed internal organs. The entire purpose of a public lashing is to scare away people from either supporting the victim’s cause or preventing certain crimes. It should come as no surprise there were very few of Jesus public supporters and apostles at the foot of his cross when he died. That was the entire idea behind a cruxifixction.
So approaching the Shrine, on the southern portico we have this cross at the end. With a single kneeler just begging you to come and pray with and for our Lord in his suffering. A suffering which continues today in this world. Jesus’ persecution continues today with attacks on the people of his church around the world. Jesus’ church on this earth needs our prayers as much now as ever!
So the lonely kneeler begs the question from Jesus: Will you pray for me?
Ash Wendseday a lifetime ago….
Today Lord you make the perfect sacrifice for me a sinner. I know you offer grace freely if I but ask. I know I must accept justice for my sins against my fellow man and your creation. I know my sacrifices here can never be as perfect as your was in antonement for my sins. So I humbly beg for your Devine Mercy, to which I am not entitled but can only receive through your devine will.
I also ask you provide this final gift to the all souls in purgatory…so they can participate in glory of the eternal mass in heaven today.
St. Faustina pray for us!
The commisioning of priests and institution of the Eucharist…two great gifts
The beauty of Holy Thursday never escapes me Last night as even more beautiful because of the lessons taught to me by so many God seeking people over the last year. Lessons from people who past over 1800 years ago, and lessons from those living amongst us now filled my mind, heart and warmed my soul as we heard the liturgy of the word and celebrated the liturgy of the Eucharist
Father Tri, of St Brigid Catholic Church, reminded us the story of each life is what makes the church breathe the world. The story each life brings to the church helps pass on its’s lessons and beauty from generation to generation These stories allow the priesthood of the family to connect with the priesthood of the Church. To make this occur we all must listen, observe and react to the wisdom of God as it works its way into our lives throug everyone around us.
The Holy Eurcharist is the foretaste of heaven, the perfect mana, needed to nourish our souls with the grace to navigate e challenges of a fallen world. When taken in concert with reconciliation it enables us to stay on the path to heaven. It keeps Christ within our very blood…commingling a bit of heaven with our life here on earth..as we go about our day. So when we say take Christ with you wherever you go, if we partake of this holy nurishment we can do exactly that. No other God before or since offered such a gift to mortals. In fact no other God offered to make lowly man part of himself, and join in perfect communion in heaven, for all eternity if we choose to do so.
Pray for our priests that they may lead all souls to heaven. Pray for our priesthood in the family, that each man will be willing to lead their family to the best of their ability to the altar of God. Pray each mother makes their home a place where the stories of old, new and the future will enable The word of God to reach fertile ears and move those souls to Christ. Pray for the religious, that by their concerted life they make offerings the rest of us cannot for the salvation of the world.
So let us begin our Triduum journey, and honor the sacrifices made to bring us all the way to heaven.
Kalen helping bring the gifts forward with our Decon in formation Randy Ortiz
John Paul Tracking along at six months…in 12 months duds.
Amidst the winter illnesses and stresses of life comes one great story…John Paul celebrated six months Friday! He continues to excel in the growth department, weighing in around 19 pounds and long enough to DEMAND twelve month duds. As the bib says, he is heaven sent and on a mission to be 100% cuteness (so others besides the Dad says).
I cannot believe we are so lucky to have John Paul. I cannot believe the love the other children show him, and the care they give him every day. I am so blessed to watch the creation of new hearts open to life and the work required to bring it to fruition. It is a series of observations which through pretenses of materialism into the shredder, because their work for John Paul demonstrates the power of agape love. John Paul detracts nothing from the older kids, and in the big kids work for John Paul they glorify God.
We still need prayers for Mom to get fully healthy, but for just a minute I want to bask in a moment of God’s Glory captured in a digital form. I hope it gives you as much hope and joy as I get when I see it. For if our lives are to be full of toil (or so says Proverbs) seeing a moment of God’s makes the work worth it to survive to see another day.