11th day of Lent

They will look on the one whom they have pierced.

Dear children! Today I invite you to offer your crosses and suffering for my intentions. Little children, I am your mother and I wish to help you by seeking for you the grace from God. Little children, offer your sufferings as a gift to God so they become a most beautiful flower of joy. That is why, little children, pray that you may understand that suffering can become joy and the cross the way of joy. Thank you for having for responded to my call. September 25, 1996

If we kiss the crucifix, we shall discover him who suffered like us and for us. That kissing can, sometimes, more easily be done when words seem empty and meaningless. It is a way of saying “Into thy hands I commend my spirit” and often it is the best way, the only way. Releif from pain and sorrow may not be immediate; indeed we may be called to walk further carrying our cross, but the yoke will be sweeter and the burden lighter. Of course we cannot, and must not, rejoice in pain. That would do violence to our instincts and to our natures. We are not made for pain; we are made for happiness. But in recoiling from the cross, as is natural, we can yet rejoice in the carrying of it, but it must be for his sake. He is in us and we in him. (Cardinal Basil Hume)

Lent in Action… THE GREATEST SACRIFICE

Give witness by your life. Sacrifice your lives for the salvation of the world. February 25, 1988

Simon Peter said, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “where I am going you cannot follow me now; you will follow me later.” Peter said to him, “Why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” “Lay down your life for me?” answered Jesus. “I tell you most solemnly, before the cock crows you will have disowned me three times.” John 13 : 36-38

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