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The Gift of Love

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✞ Holy Thursday Presence of God – O Jesus, grant that I may fathom the immensity of that love which led You to give us the Eucharist. MEDITATION “Having loved His own … He loved them unto the end” (Jn 13:1-15), and in those last intimate hours spent in their midst, He wished to give them the greatest proof of His love. Those were hours of sweet intimacy, but also of most painful anguish. Judas had already set the price... Read More

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, wounded from head to foot. “Why... Read More

299. Son Rise (John 20:1-10)

April 16, 2014 by  
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“So on Sunday we all come together. This is the first day, on which God transformed darkness and matter and made the world; the day on which Jesus Christ our Savior rose from the dead.” - St. Justin Martyr John 20:1-10: It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple,... Read More

The Meek Lamb

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✞ Tuesday of Holy Week Presence of God – O Jesus, give me the grace to penetrate the abyss of sorrow made by sin in Your heart, so full of meekness. MEDITATION …Jeremias 11:18-20 speaks to us as the suffering Savior: “I was as a meek lamb that is carried to be a victim.” This sentence expresses the attitude of Jesus toward the bitterness of His Passion. He knew every one of these sufferings in all their most concrete... Read More

The Supper at Bethany

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✞ Monday of Holy Week Presence of God– O Lord, with Mary of Bethany I wish to pay my humble, devout homage to Your sacred Body before it is disfigured by the Passion. MEDITATION The Gospel for today (Jn 12:1-9) tells us of this impressive scene: “Jesus therefore, six days before the Pasch, came to Bethany … and they made Him a supper there; and Martha served…. Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of right spikenard,... 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 to be borne in triumph today.... Read More

The Seven Sorrows of Mary

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✞ Presence of God – Permit me, O Mary, to remain near the Cross, that I may share with you in the Passion of Jesus. MEDITATION We find in Simeon’s prophecy the first explicit announcement of the part the Blessed Virgin was to have in the Passion of Jesus: “Thy own soul a sword shall pierce” (Lk 2:35). This prophecy was fulfilled on Calvary. “Yes, O Blessed Mother,” says St. Bernard, “a sword has truly pierced your... 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 for our offenses.” Indeed,... Read More

The Daily Cross

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, help me, by the merits of Your Cross, to carry my cross daily. MEDITATION “He that taketh not up his cross, and followeth Me, is not worthy of Me” (Mt 10:38). By these words, the divine Master expressly declares that one of the indispensable conditions for being His disciple is to carry the cross. The word cross, however, should not make us think only of special sufferings, which,... Read More

87. Lord of All, Condemned by All (Matthew 27:11-26)

April 9, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  This is the first of three reflections on the Sunday Gospel reading for Passion (Palm) Sunday is found on site today.  The second and third reflections are also found on site today. “The Church likewise believes that the key, the center and the purpose of the whole of man’s history is to be found in its Lord and Master.” -Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, 10 Matthew 27:11-26: Jesus, then, was... Read More

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