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The Man of Sorrows

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✞ Wednesday of Holy Week Presence of God – O suffering Jesus, grant that I may read in Your Passion Your love for me. MEDITATION [Two passages from the prophet Isaiah contain lessons] (62:11 – 63:1-7; 53:1-12) which describe in a very impressive way the figure of Jesus, the Man of Sorrows. It is the suffering Christ who presents Himself to us, covered with the shining purple of His Blood,... Read More

The Triumph of Jesus

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, I want to follow You in Your triumph, so that I may follow You later to Calvary. MEDITATION Holy Week begins with the description of the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His Passion. Jesus, who had always been opposed to any public manifestation and who had fled when the people wanted to make Him their king (cf. Jn 6:15), allows Himself... Read More

A Holy Week Meditation

April 10, 2014 by  
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A prayerful reading of the Gospels readings on Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week will aid to deepen our contemplation of the Passion of Christ. The Church in her wisdom has provided these Gospel passages to prepare us to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. A close, contemplative reading of each of the three Gospel passages leading up to the Sacred Triduum will focus us on the Word Incarnate “pierced... Read More

Free Sacrifice of Liberty

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, divine Lamb, immolated voluntarily for the glory of the Father, make me understand the great value of voluntary immolation. MEDITATION The vow of obedience has been excellently defined as the “free immolation of liberty” (Pius XII, Allocution to the Congregation for Religious, Dec., 1950). This definition stresses the idea of the freedom of our immolation. It involves... Read More

273. God’s Timing (John 11:1-16)

April 2, 2014 by  
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“Rather, my dear brothers, let us be ready for all that God’s will may bring, with an undivided heart, firm faith, and rugged strength.”  -St. Cyprian John 11:1-16: There was a man named Lazarus who lived in the village of Bethany with the two sisters, Mary and Martha, and he was ill. It was the same Mary, the sister of the sick man Lazarus, who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his... Read More

274. The Force of Faith–the Power of Love (John 11:17-44)

April 2, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  This is part two of this coming Sunday’s gospel reading.  The first part of the reading (John 11:1-16) is also posted on site today here. “Since Christ is our peace, we shall be living up to the name of Christian if we let Christ be seen in our lives by letting peace reign in our hearts.”  -St. Gregory of Nyssa John 11:17-44: On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus... Read More

268. A Blind Man Sees (John 9:1-17)

March 26, 2014 by  
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“Let us carry bravely the shield of faith, so that with its protection we may be able to parry whatever the enemy hurls at us.” -St. Cyprian John 9:1-17: As he went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?’ ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered ‘he was born blind... Read More

269. The Seeing Go Blind (John 9:18-41)

March 26, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  This is the reflection on the second part of this coming Sunday’s Gospel reading (John 9:1-41).  Father Bartunek’s reflection on the first part of this reading (John 9:1-17) has also been posted on site today here. “God is watching us as we battle and fight in the combat of the faith. His angels are watching us, and so is Christ.”  -St. Cyprian John 9:18-41:... Read More

Humiliations

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, humbled to abjection for me, teach me to humble myself for love of You. MEDITATION Many souls would like to be humble, but few desire humiliation; many ask God to make them humble and fervently pray for this, but very few want to be humiliated. Yet it is impossible to gain humility without humiliations; for just as studying is the way to acquire knowledge, so it is... Read More

249. Quenching Christ’s Thirst (John 4:1-30)

March 19, 2014 by  
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“To show that he was not different from us, he undertook hard work, he went hungry and thirsty, he took rest and sleep, he did not shirk suffering, he revealed the Resurrection.” -St. Hippolytus John 4:1-30: When Jesus heard that the Pharisees had found out that he was making and baptizing more disciples than John – though in fact it was his disciples who baptized, not Jesus himself – he left... Read More

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