Behold the Cross

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.      (John 19:25-30)

About Beckita

Beckita, widow, mother and grandmother, lives in Missoula, Montana. After more than thirty years of service, she retired from two careers: elementary school educator and director of liturgical music ministry in a local parish. Serving the Catholic Church in many capacities since early childhood, she now provides care for a nearly 90 year old priest of Chinese origin and collaborates with him in evangelizing the Chinese people. For more than twenty-five years, she has welcomed words from heaven concerning these sobering times in which we live and, like so many, takes seriously Our Lord and Our Lady’s call to intercede for the return of souls to God. Responding to heaven’s call for prayer, for her, included making pilgrimages to shrines in Europe, Asia and South America. She says these travels, added to her years as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa in the mid-seventies, have expanded her heart to hold dear all peoples of the world. She is a longtime member of TNRS community and when she began reading Charlie’s posts, immediately, she found that his mission and message harmonize well with Church approved private revelation of our times. In September 2015, she accepted an invitation to become part of TNRS Answers Team. As events of the Storm evolved, last fall (2016), she accepted Charlie’s invitation to become managing editor of TNRS should he need to leave the site. With great gratitude to and for Charlie, founder of TNRS, and with great respect and admiration for the lifelong experiences and God-given gifts he brought to bear on his work at this site - she knows we all know he’s irreplaceable – still, she considers it a great privilege to serve the TNRS community.
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  1. Beckita says:

    Behold the Cross on which was hung,
    Life’s very Lord, God’s Darling One,
    Mary’s own babe, so cold and so still,
    Helpless before her on Calvary Hill.

    Nails in his hands, nails in his feet,
    A traitor kiss upon his cheek,
    And his pierced heart, now broken in two,
    LOVE crucified for me and for you.

    Eyes that won’t see, ears that won’t hear,
    Lips that deny the friend once so dear,
    Slowly He turns and captures your eye,
    Then passes on to Calvary to die.

    Behold the Cross of Christ in our midst:
    All those who bear His wounds in their flesh,
    Suffering crimes of mercy and peace,
    Signs of the Kingdom on Calvary Street.

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  2. Mark says:

    Have a Blessed Easter everyone.

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  3. for the sake of ... sorrowful passion says:

    http://www.michaeljournal.org/articles/roman-catholic-church/item/the-holy-mass-of-saint-padre-pio

    Cleonice Morcaldi, one of the spiritual daughters of Padre Pio, asked him several times what he felt and lived in each of his Masses. She wrote carefully each of his answers and thanks to her, we have a unique testimony from the Father himself about his Mass.

    – Father, what is your Mass?

    – A sacred accomplishment of the Passion of Jesus.

    – What should I comprehend in your Holy Mass?

    – All of Calvary.

    – Father, tell me all that you suffer at the Holy Mass.

    Padre Pio consecrating the wine– All what Jesus suffered in his Passion, I inadequately suffer to the extent a human creature can possibly suffer. All of it at no merit of my own and only because of His Goodness.

    – Father, how could we know about your passion?

    – In knowing the Passion of Jesus, you will also know mine.

    – Do you have the agony of death, Father, like Jesus in the Garden?

    – Probably.

    – Does the angel also come to comfort you?

    – Yes.

    – What FIAT do you say?

    – The one of suffering, and always to suffer for the brothers in exile and for His Divine Kingdom.

    – You also said…”and they will shout: Crucify him, crucify him!” Who will shout?

    – The children of men… more precisely the beneficiaries of His death.

    – How was Jesus after being scourged?

    – The prophet says: “He became as a whole sore. He became like a leper”

    – So, you also are like a sore from head to foot?

    – And is not this our glory? If there is no place left for more sores, we will make sores on top of sores.

    St. Padre Pio’s pajamaSt. Padre Pio’s pajama that shows the marks of blood, caused by the sufferings of the scourging of Our Lord.

    – My God, this is too much! You are, dear Father, a real executioner of yourself!

    – Do not be afraid. On the contrary rejoice in it. I do not want the suffering in itself, no, but the fruits it gives me. It praises God and saves our brothers. What else could I wish for?

    – Father. When at night you are scourged, are you alone or does somebody assist you.

    – The Holy Virgin assists me, all of Paradise is present.

    – Jesus has made me feel that you suffer the crown of thorns.

    – Otherwise the immolation would not be complete.

    – What sins did Jesus pay for with the crowning of thorns?

    – For all, especially those regarding thoughts, not excluding the vain and useless ones.

    – Father, do you have the thorns on your forehead or around your head?

    – Around the whole head.

    – Father, how many thorns does your crown have…Thirty?

    – Ah…yes!

    – Father, I think that your crown does not have 30, but 300 thorns.

    – You get impressed because of a zero! Anyway, is not thirty contained in three hundred?

    – Father, is it true that you suffer the torment of the crowning of thorns during the Holy Mass?

    – And you doubt it?

    – During the whole Mass?

    – And also before and after it. The crown is never taken away.

    Padre Pio encenseSt. Padre Pio, Mystic, Confessor and Stigmatic.

    He said: “Pray, hope and do not worry. Worries are useless. God is Merciful and will listen to your prayer…”

    – Father, do you also suffer what Jesus suffered during the Way of the Cross?

    – Yes. But I wish to do so, in order to arrive at the point of suffering to which the Divine Master arrived.

    – Who are your Simon of Cyrene and Veronica?

    – Jesus Himself.

    – Father, at the Divine Sacrifice, do you take our iniquities on yourself?

    – It is impossible to do it differently, as it is part of the Divine Sacrifice.

    – So, does the Lord consider you a sinner?

    – I do not know. But I am afraid to be so.

    – I have seen you trembling when going up the stairs to the altar. Why? Was it because of what you were going to suffer?

    – No, not because of what I am supposed to suffer, but because of what I should offer.

    – Father, what time during the day do you suffer the most?

    Padre Pio painting– During the celebration of the Holy Mass.

    – Father, do you also suffer during the day what Jesus allows you to suffer during the Holy Mass?

    – I would not feel well! How could I work? How could I do my ministry?

    – At which part of the Divine Sacrifice do you suffer the most?

    – From the Consecration to the Communion.

    – At which moment of the Mass do you suffer the scourging?

    – From the beginning to the end, but more intensely after the Consecration.

    – Father, why do you almost always cry when you read the Gospel in the Holy Mass?

    – And do you find it little thing that a God talks to His creatures, and they react against Him? That he is injured constantly by their ingratitude and incredulity?

    Eucharistic liturgy and concluding ceremonies

    The second part of the Mass finds in Padre Pio a liturgist of high class.

    Through this singular minister, the Crucified Christ of Golgotha can make happen again the actual, visible and physical incommensurable tragedy of Calvary in a way that a creature is able to do so who is made an efficacious sign of Christ.

    In the history of the Sacramental Sign, the stigmatic of Gargano is the only minister, up to this moment, whose flesh also has revealed the Crucified of Golgotha in such a way. In all the centuries in the history of the Church there is no similar case.

    – Father, is your Mass a bloody Sacrifice?

    – Heretic!

    – No. What I want to say that is that the Eucharistic Sacrifice of Jesus is bloodless but your participation in the Passion is bloody. Am I wrong?

    – Well… now you are right. Taking it as a personal matter, you might be right.

    – Who washes off his own blood during the Mass?

    – Nobody.

    Padre Pio consecrating the HostThe offertory was another moment that immobilized Padre Pio. It was the outstanding part of his Mass.

    The Father, with his face full of tears, used to remain immobile, as if transfixed by a mysterious force, his eyes affectionately resting on the crucifix at the altar. He remained still for some minutes, holding the bread and wine in his hands.

    – Why do you weep over the offertory?

    – Do you want to worm the secret out of me? Well then, it’s the moment when the soul becomes detached from all that is profane.

    The Lord used to pull his servant apart to such an extent that it caused him to be insensitive to every profane distraction that occurred.

    – Father, the people make noises during the Mass…

    – Well, if you would have been at the Calvary, where you heard screams, blasphemies, loud clamor, and threats… that was really an uproar.

    – Do you not become distracted because of noises at the church?

    – No, absolutely not.

    This did not mean that Padre Pio was completely detached from those who were around him participating at the Mass. The total and intimate union with God that Padre Pio had, the moment that his soul was separated from all that was profane, gave to Padre Pio the superhuman possibility of feeling each soul, one by one; all that surrounded the altar.

    – Father, are all the souls that attend to your Holy Mass present in your spirit?

    – I see all my children who come to the altar, as if in a mirror.

    Padre Pio’s StigmatasPadre Pio used to lie down on the Cross of Jesus to consummate the Divine Sacrifice, while carrying all of his children in his heart. The love with which he disposed himself to be immolated was reflected on Padre Pio’s trembling face.

    The stigmatic from Gargano, amidst tears and sobs, suffering indescribable torment, actualized the Divine Tragedy of Calvary during the Consecration in such a vivid way that the atrocious torment of Jesus Crucified was translucent in his grievously wounded flesh.

    – Father, why do you suffer so much at the Consecration?

    – You are too cruel!

    With these words Padre Pio eluded the answer. A new attack was foreseeable.

    – Father, why you suffer so much during the Consecration?

    – Because it is at that very moment when a new, awesome and wonderful annihilation and creation happens.

    In a brief and concise phrase Padre Pio now says something else. The most exceptional miracle of the Eucharistic conversion is affirmed with assertive clarity. But he says nothing about his sufferings at the altar in the moment of transubstantiation. Padre Pio hides his intimate and secret participation to the new and admirable destruction and creation from view.

    It was not only an evasive answer, because he meant to say many things. The query had not been replied to, and so it was necessary to wait for the propitious occasion to reiterate the question to obtain a more complete answer.

    – Why do you suffer so much during the Consecration?

    – Revealing the secrets of the Supreme King is desecrating them. You ask me why I suffer. I would like to shed not a few tears but abundant tears. Are you not conscious of the tremendous mystery? God, Victim of our sins! And we are His executioners!

    The awesome mystery of the Consecration contains the last hours that Christ spent on the Cross. The crucified of Gargano now relives at the altar, one after the other, each of the last moments of the Crucified of Golgotha. Let us keep in mind what the Gospel says about Jesus. Especially at the introduction of the Crucifixion.

    – Father, do you suffer the bitterness of gall?

    – Yes, very often.

    After tasting the gall the most patient son of Saint Francis speaks of his crucifixion at the altar.

    – Father, how do you remain upright at the altar?

    – The way Jesus used to hold himself on the Cross.

    – Do you mean that you are at the altar hanging from the Cross, the way Jesus did at Calvary?

    – And you ask me?

    – How can you keep yourself upright?

    – The way Jesus kept Himself upright at Calvary.

    Regarding the Crucifixion he is asked:

    – Did the executioners turn the Cross around to clinch the nails?

    – Naturally!

    – Do they also clinch the nails for you?

    – I think so!

    – Do they also turn around your cross?

    – Yes, but do not be afraid.

    The Divine Master, sitting as King on the Divine Throne of His Cross pronounced His last words as a solemn testament of His Merciful Love for us, under the presence of Heaven and Earth.

    – Father, do you also speak during Holy Mass the “seven words” that Jesus stated on the Cross?

    – Yes, although unworthily, I also speak them.

    – And to whom do you say: Woman, there is your Son?

    – I tell her: Here are the children of your Son.

    – Do you suffer the thirst and rejection Jesus suffered?

    – Yes.

    – When do you experience thirst and rejection?

    – After the Consecration.

    – Until when do you suffer thirst and rejection?

    – Normally up to the Communion.

    – Did the Crucified Jesus have His innermost Being consummated?

    – You should rather say burnt.

    – For what did the Crucified Jesus thirst?

    – For God’s Kingdom.

    Padre Pio’s soul burned with the same thirst. Those were extremely dry hours.

    Padre Pios`s burning heart did not receive even a drop of consolation.

    – You told me you were ashamed of pronouncing this phrase: “I looked for someone to comfort me, but found none.” Why?

    – Because our suffering is insignificant compared to the real suffering Jesus experienced.

    – In front of whom do you feel ashamed?

    – In front of God and in front of my conscience.

    – Don’t the angels of God console you at the altar where you immolate yourself?

    – Well, I do not feel them.

    – If your spirit does not receive any comfort during the Divine Sacrifice and if you suffer the complete abandonment as Jesus did, then our presence there is useless.

    – The usefulness is for you. If it were the way you say, it could be said that the presence of the Sorrowful Virgin, St. John and the pious women close to the feet of the dying Jesus was useless.

    The loving heart torn by the sight of such cruel abandonment, would have liked not to remain passive, but to share such atrocious pain.

    – Father, why do not share with us a bit of your Passion?

    – The Spouse’s pledge is not given to anybody.

    – Tell me what could I do to alleviate your Calvary?

    – Alleviate? …say rather to make it harder. We must suffer!

    – It is painful to attend your martyrdom being unable to help you!

    – Also the Sorrowful Mother attended. There is no doubt that it was a consolation for our Divine Master to have His Mother who, instead of being indifferent, accompanied Him in His pain.

    – What did the Virgin do at the feet of the Crucified Jesus?

    – She suffered watching her Son suffer. She offered to the Eternal Father her pain and the sufferings of Jesus for our salvation.

    It is not surprising that suffering such martyrdom, through becoming completely in possession of the victim, to find more pleasure, concentrates on two highly significant points in the person of Padre Pio.

    – On posing this question I am not compelled by curiosity. Which one is the wound that hurts the most?

    – The head and the heart.

    Padre Pio’s communionCommunion was the summit of Padre Pio`s Mass, the supreme moment of Jesus` Passion.

    Bent towards the altar, holding the chalice in his hands tightly and with the Lord in his heart, the seraphim of Pietricina, completely enraptured, remained for a long time with Jesus, without being conscious of the time.

    The Father was asked:

    – What is the Sacred Communion?

    – It is interior and exterior Mercy. A total Embrace. Do not stop begging Jesus to make Himself sensibly noticed.

    – Where does Jesus kiss you?

    – He kisses me all over.

    – When Jesus comes, does he visit only the soul?

    – The entire being.

    – What does Jesus do at Communion?

    – He delights in His creatures.

    – Is Communion an incorporation?

    – It is a fusion. Like two candles that fuse together and cannot be distinguished one from the other.

    – When you join Jesus in Holy Communion, what should we request the Lord for you?

    – To let me be another Jesus, all Jesus, always Jesus.

    – You gave me to understand that though the Sacred Species are not consumed in you, through your veins flow the blood of Jesus. Are you a living monstrance?

    – You say so!

    Jesus, while visiting the entire being of Padre Pio, in fusing with Him in such a wonderful way, He allowed the crucified of Gargano to savor with delight the mystery of His Death, (in the same way He delighted at Calvary, when He sealed the Sacrifice offered to the Eternal Father).

    In between accents of great fondness and affectionate love and sorrow, Padre Pio consumed within himself Jesus` sacrifice as well.

    – Father, why do you cry when you receive Holy Communion?

    – If the Church, when referring to the Incarnation, exclaims: “You did not disdain the bosom of the Virgin.” What can we say about ourselves, we as miserable…!

    – Do you also suffer during Communion?

    – It is the culminating point.

    – Do your sufferings continue after Communion?

    – Yes, but they are sufferings of love.

    – In this union, aren’t you consoled by Jesus?

    – Yes, but without leaving the Cross! In that supreme instant a last glance is given.

    – Where did the dying Jesus look in His last gaze?

    – Towards His Holy Mother.

    – And you, where do you turn to?

    – Towards my exiled brothers.

    “And bowing His head, He gave up His Spirit,” writes Saint John about the death of Jesus. It could not have happened otherwise to the crucified of Gargano when he was at the altar.

    – Do you also die at the Holy Mass?

    – Mystically, at Holy Communion.

    – What produces this death in you, is this vehemence for love or for pain?

    – Both, but especially for love.

    – If you die during Holy Communion, do you stop being at the altar?

    – Why? Jesus remained at Calvary when He was dead.

    – Father, you told me that at Communion the victim dies. Are you placed in the arms of the Virgin?

    – In the arms of Saint Francis.

    A pious heart considered the idea that the Sweet Jesus has finally found a soul where to rest with pleasure. This very humble son of St. Francis did not have the same opinion.

    – Father, does Jesus take His arms off the Cross to rest on you?

    – It is me who rests on Him.

    – How much do you love Jesus?

    – My desire of loving Him is infinite! But in practice… Poor me! I would be at zero and I am ashamed.

    – How will our meeting with Jesus in Heaven be?

    – Oh!… The Eucharistic could give us an idea.

    Such was Padre Pio`s Mass, and not only men attended it:

    – Does the Most Blessed Virgin Mary attend your Mass?

    – Do you think the Mother is not interested in Her Son?

    – Do angels attend your Mass?

    – In legions!

    – What do they do?

    – Adore and praise.

    – Father, who is closest to your altar?

    – All of Paradise.

    The Holy Mass was over, but in the heart of the stigmatic from Gargano the desire for a continued crucifixion at the altar was not extinguished.

    – Would you like to celebrate more than one Mass a day?

    – If it depended on me I would never leave the altar.

    As the exceptional liturgist could not always stay crucified to the altar, he converted his own person into an altar, trying to make the Passion of Christ always visible.

    – You told me you carried the altar with you…

    – Yes, to accomplish what the Apostle said: “Taking with me the mortification of Jesus, I am nailed to the Cross”, I punish my body and I convert it into a slave.

    – So, I am right when saying that Jesus Crucified walks among us! You suffer continually the whole Passion of Jesus!

    – Yes, due to His Goodness and Mercy, as much as a human creature is able to.

    – How can you work with so much pain?

    – I find my rest on the Cross.

    Padre Pio asked God: “Make an altar out of me for your Cross” and his pleading was heard, maybe because this request was never before formulated so sincerely and with so much love.

    The altar built by the Divine Artist was beautiful, yes, very beautiful… We have not been seen it’s equal in two centuries of Christianity. Doubtless it was the best ever created.

    Jesus was captivated by it, the first one that reproduced His Calvary with such fidelity.

    In His delight the Stigmatic from Calvary did not want to raise His Cross in that altar. With joy He put Padre Pio there, crucified in His image. Let us meditate now.

    – A Mass! Ask an angel — states Padre Pio — what a Mass is and he will answer: I understand what it is and why it is celebrated, but I cannot understand all the value it has. One angel, one thousand angels, all of Paradise thinks the same. And you, you who receive the benefits from it, you do not want to meditate on it?

    – When you go to Mass, continues Padre Pio, concentrate to the maximum on the great mystery being celebrated in your presence: “The redemption of your soul and the reconciliation with God.”

    – Father, does the Lord love the Sacrifice?

    – Yes, because with It He has regenerated the world.

    – How much glory to God does the Mass give?

    – An infinite glory.

    – What should we do during the Mass?

    – Be compassionate and love.

    – Father, how are we supposed to listen to the Mass?

    – The way the Blessed Virgin and pious women attended to the tragedy of Calvary. The same way John attended the Eucharistic Sacrifice and the bloody Sacrifice of the Cross.

    – What kind of fruits do we receive when we hear the Mass?

    – They cannot be enumerated. You will know it only in Paradise.

    Conclusion

    In the new Heaven and the new Earth that John announced for the end of time, the Holy City will once again be a New Jerusalem, which will descend from heaven, adorned as a wife dressed for her husband. It is the new tabernacle of God among men. God will live amidst His people. The mystic of Patmos also says that the New Jerusalem does not need neither sun nor moon, because it is illuminated by the glory of God. The elected souls who will enjoy that light will have the name of the Lamb engraved on their forehead.

    – Father, in Paradise shall we contemplate you crucified?

    – For your greater glory.

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  4. lagarrow48 says:

    A Walk With Jesus
    Let me walk by your side, my Precious Lord,
    As you stand before Pilot, to thine eyes I’ll look toward,
    As the crowds yell and jeer “Crucify him”
    Your heart I’ll console, and ask forgiveness for our sins.
    As soldiers mock and beat you, and brutally deliver your stripes,
    I’ll stay close to your heart, and thank you for eternal life.
    As you journey to Golgotha, where three times you will fall,
    I’ll help Simon carry the cross you bore for us all.
    When you meet Mary your mother, may her heart be in me,
    For her love for you brings us all closer to thee.
    With Veronica, I’ll wipe your face of the spit, blood and tears,
    In mercy and love, we’ll wipe away all of your fears.
    With the women of Jerusalem I’ll weep, sob and grieve,
    As you gently comfort us, knowing soon you must leave.
    Then as soldiers strip you of all your garments and pride,
    I’ll come close to your heart, knowing soon you will die.
    As they nail you to the cross, such pain I’ll never feel,
    There I’ll thank you, dear Lord, by your cross I will kneel.
    “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do”.
    How could we do this? How could we do this to you?
    I’ll console your heart, Lord Jesus, as thine eyes to heaven raise,
    As you cry out “Abba, Father”! in suffering and praise.
    I’ll bow my head, and again to my knees I will fall,
    Hearing your words “I Thirst”, your plea to us all.
    I’ll stand there with three Marys, and blessed St. John,
    As you give us your Mother, to help us go on.
    Then as you go to the Father, as your spirit ascends,
    The gates of heaven are opened, a new era begins!
    I’ll help those who are with you at the foot of your cross,
    To take down your body, as we all now mourn your loss.
    And into the tomb, your body we will lay,
    And I’ll humbly thank you for the gift you gave me this day.
    My Lord, my God, how you suffered and died,
    How many tears were shed, and since then, how many have cried?
    For my sins forgiven, you gave the ultimate sacrifice,
    You suffered and died on a cross, and gave me eternal life.
    We console your heart, Lord Jesus, on this walk with you,
    Please show us your ways, in all we say and do.
    And help us to be your heart, hands and feet,
    Extending your merciful love to everyone we meet.
    For we know Lord Jesus, by showing your face to others we will find,
    More souls to console you, forever with you, eternally thine.

    Poem by Laurie Garrow-Harris and the Holy Spirit, begun 06/17/16, completed 6/22/16
    Written as a response to Session 4, Obstacle 1 Fear of Suffering, Question 3 of Consoling the Heart of Jesus Retreat Companion, page 40, “Might things change for you if you were to shift your focus from your own suffering to that of the Lord?”

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, lagarrow.

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    • Karen says:

      Thank you Laurie for sharing your ‘shifting of focus’ in your God-given uniqueness and on the wings of the Holy Spirit. It is Holy Saturday for me now and my focus includes the suffering and the great desire of the Blessed Mother. When I think that Jesus’ suffering includes the reworking of the many acts that make up my pathetic response over a lifetime to this wondrous pouring-out of Love – let alone my sins – then in a natural or worldly way I would want to slink away and hide behind a rock! But no, this Life-giving pouring-out of Love has the incredible purpose of calling me to take my place in His Embrace, my home, and THEN (the generosity and ingenuity of the Father’s plan is beyond human comprehension!) to dive into the Divine Will and find, not only my but everybody’s from Adam to the last one yet to be born, painfully-perfected acts of poor/non love and claim them as MY OWN in order now to offer perfect/ed reciprocal love back to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. How small, but incredibly loved does one feel to be able to perform this joy filled act! What a way to console the Mother!

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  5. “Stabat Mater.” Apparently, the church in the early centuries eventually had to forbid artists from depicting Our Sorrowful Mother crumpled on the ground and weeping beneath the Cross (as Magdalene is typically shown). Our Mother stood beneath the Cross of her beloved Son to the very end. Where she found the strength, though, I do not know….

    So today, perhaps find your favorite translation of Stabat Mater. Here’s one:

    http://www.preces-latinae.org/thesaurus/BVM/SMDolorosa.html

    Or you might listen to this celebrated sacred work:

    God bless you.

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      • Oh, what a painful and moving image, Beckita. Thank you.

        Have a blessed Good Friday, B. I am praying for you and all here these next days.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thanks, Patrick. God bless you on this Good Friday. You, and so many here and around the world, have certainly been suffering through personal Good Friday experiences. I especially want to thank you for all the ways you have been transparent with us in sharing your struggles, past and present. Surely, you have helped others embrace their crosses by your own personal witness to trust and faith in the face of life’s dark nights. I remember a particular message from the Lady of All Nations whom we both love and venerate, as do many here as well as many all over the world. She said when each person embraces, not simply endures, but embraces his/her crosses, True Peace will reign. How we need Christ’s Peace! I continue to pray this for you, me and all here: May we ever be imbued with the Peace of our Redeemer.

          PS Can’t wait to meet up with you one day, Patrick, so we can sit and have that visit you sugested some time ago. We’ll talk all day and evening and into the wee hours of the morning of the wonders of Our Mother, the Co-redemptrix. I’ll bet we could have one mighty campfire experience at Mount Meeker one day. (Sorry, Doug. But I think Kumbaya remains banned. But perhaps YD will be so overwhelmed with the joy of reunion that he just might lift that restriction. 😉 )

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          • I haven’t forgotten, B!

            Well, my situation has afforded me time to read…for leisure! First time in maybe 15 or more years (been reading only textbooks or non-fiction Catholic works). So, I ripped thru the Hobbit, which was THE most memorable book I read as a child. Now, I’m reading Lord of the Rings for the first time ever. (What took me so long to read this “Catholic” masterpiece?)

            Anyway, the book is full of characters sitting ’round campfires, singing songs and telling stories. So we’ll all be at Mount Meeker (the Misty Mountains), with Elrond (Charlie), Gandalf (Yong Duk), you (Lady Galadriel), me (Aragorn, of course…but I’ll hafta wear a wig), Gimli (Doug😀) who never did sing kumbaya, and all the rest….telling of our personal stories of adventure, danger, and courage as we fought the evil forces of Mordor in the final battle of our age.

            I do still look forward to that day.

            BTW, yesterday I was given a significant lifting of that sciatic pain (thank you, all), although it is still clearly present. It is now manageable and tolerable, and I was able to sit through Good Friday mass quite comfortably. I scheduled an MRI and surgery nonetheless.

            And thank you for your touching words. Some posts I wish I had not written, but hopefully even those had some value to others. God bless you.

            Christ’s body lies quietly in the tomb, and soon the sun will set….

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks be to God for your relief in pain, Patrick. Honestly, don’t we all have a history? I affirm you and your brave heart for sharing in hopes that others be heartened. Thank you again. Totally giggling at the characters, partly because I’ve never read the Lord of the Rings either and partly because I just looked up the characters. God bless you and all our friends here.

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          • Patrick,

            I would like to audition for the part of Beacon Tender #2 on the Peak of Min-Rimmon… or maybe the moth that makes a brief appearance in the Two Towers. At any rate, I’m obviously a fan of Tolkien.

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    • Judith says:

      I am reading ‘The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ by Anne Catherine Emmerich. Throughout the narrative, Mary is seen as collapsing and then returning to pray in her sorrow and grief. Always in the divine Will.

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    • Mick says:

      Patrick, I’m glad to hear that your sciatica is feeling somewhat better. Happy Easter to you and to all here. 🙂

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  6. Sean Sullivan says:

    Scott Hahn’s CD (on youtube) is an excellant source of inspiration on the passage “I am thirsty.”

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  7. Lyle Metsker says:

    CHARLEY GAVE THIS WORD TO SPIRIT DAILY:
    “You’ll know for certain that the storm has broken in its fullness when it comes through North Korea. For almost a decade now I have shuddered with an unknown and supernatural dread at the mere mention of North Korea.”
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-may-launch-strike-if-north-korea-reaches-nuclear-n746366

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  8. CrewDog says:

    YUP!! Ya can’t control or even know what “The Big Picture” is in whole but Ya can do good work in that bit of the Picture you occupy.
    “Catholic archbishop teaches Christians how to navigate a culture with ‘growing hostility’ to faith”

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  9. PrayerPartner says:

    Thinking with sadness and sorrow of the suffering and death of Our Lord Jesus.

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  10. katherine says:

    Remembering all here this Good Friday. . . You know, I always tried to feel sad today, and while it really is awful to think of Jesus’ sufferings, and our sins and the misery they have caused, some part of me is always just so happy and thankful and in awe of the limitless love and mercy of our God on Good Friday. He really might have let this cup pass, He might have redeemed us in a number of ways, some theologians have speculated that even just the humiliation of the Incarnation might have been enough . . .but our God does not do just ‘enough’. He is overflowing. He does not just do what is required, He pours Himself out, doing the very greatest for our sake. So today, that’s where my thoughts are as I go about making our traditional Easter preparations. God Bless

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  11. Bob says:

    I was reading the Passion according to John today and was struck by this passage: John chapter 19, Vs. 15
    “They cried out, “Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your king?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”.

    So a choice was being made but it was not for Christ as their King. And we are still faced with the same choice today!

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    • SteveBC says:

      Bob, that is very interesting.

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    • Bob says:

      The Pope’s Stations of the Cross had a reference to Simeon’s prophecy from Luke Chapter 2 Vs 34 and 35 which has the same idea:
      “and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradictedl
      (and you yourself a sword will pierce)* so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
      Holy Mary pray for us!!

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  12. Julia says:

    For a couple of years now, just on Good Friday, I have started saying Holy Rosary and meditating with Blessed Mother, as a grieving mother who has just lost her only Son in such horrible circumstances.
    With each decade, I try to say “Blessed Mother,” for example, at the first joyful mystery, “remember when the Angel came from Heaven that day with the message of the incarnation.” And I try to compassionate Blessed Mother with the memories from the life of Jesus, like we do with our loved ones in mourning.

    This year, I got the courage to imagine Blessed Mother was sitting next to me, with her head leaning on my shoulder, and I with my arm around her as we meditated each decade.

    This is a Rosary for Good Friday evening only in meditating this way. And it stays in my heart all year, until the next Good Friday comes around.

    I don’t know if anyone else meditates Rosary in that way on this momentuos day; but it leaves a powerful bond of love within me for the rest of the year.

    I tell myself we should embraced and support Blessed Mother until she falls asleep in her grief on the first Good Friday.

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  13. Wonderful and encouraging modern day hymn – He Is Risen (4 minutes);

    Dave

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  14. Phillip Frank says:

    By Lactantius, 4th c.
    Follow the footsteps of my life, and while you look upon my torments and cruel death, remembering my innumerable pangs of body and soul, learn to endure hardships, and to watch over your own safety. These memorials, if at any time you find pleasure in thinking over them, if in your mind there is any confidence to bear anything like my sufferings, if the piety due, and gratitude worthy of my labours shall arise, will be incitements to true virtue, and they will be shields against the snares of an enemy, aroused by which you will be safe, and as a conqueror bear off the palm in every contest.

    If these memorials shall turn away your senses, which are devoted to a perishable world, from the fleeting shadow of earthly beauty, the result will be, that you will not venture, enticed by empty hope, to trust the frail enjoyments of fickle fortune, and to place your hope in the fleeting years of life.

    But, truly, if you thus regard this perishable world, and through your love of a better country deprive yourself of earthly riches and the enjoyment of present things, the prayers of the pious will bring you up in sacred habits, and in the hope of a happy life, amidst severe punishments, will cherish you with heavenly dew, and feed you with the sweetness of the promised good. Until the great favour of God shall recall your happy” soul to the heavenly regions, your body being left after the fates of death. Then freed from all labour, then joyfully beholding the angelic choirs, and the blessed companies of saints in perpetual bliss, it shall reign with me in the happy abode of perpetual peace.

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  15. Molly says:

    Hi beckita, can you please tell me if you promote doctordave777? Thanks molly

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  16. Annie W. says:

    Holy Thursday Mass in the evening and Good Friday services are the times I most love of the whole year. Maybe it is because they ARE solemn, and that depth and solemnity are missing so often the rest of the time. Those who are “older” may understand 🙂 I was moved to tears yesterday when the choir sang “Behold the Cross…” Too moving and beautiful to describe. Happy Easter blessings to all!

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  17. jong says:

    Behold the Cross!, these scene became so moving in me when I happened to find the meaning of God’s name in hebrew YAHWEH, YHVH(Yod Hey Vav Hey)…from ideogram it translated to “BEHOLD THE HANDS, BEHOLD THE NAILS”(from Rhonda article)….as I deeply ponders the words behold it means GAZE/CONTEMPLATE..it answers my question why Jesus allows His Mother to witnessed His Passions, I mean the horror/unfathomable anguished it would cause to Mama Mary seeing His precious child being torn apart cruelly/mercilessly…The answer is in God’s Name ‘YHVH”…If Mama Mary was not present AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS to whom Jesus would addressed those words..For 3 hours Jesus hanging/agonizing on the Cross, beloved St. John can’t grasp fully the Mystery on Mans Redemption more so w/ Mary Magdelene, Mary of Cleofas and the rest of the crowd…and so out of love for mankind (Mary knew this all along;;Simeon prophecy)…Jesus just before He give His last breath…speaking only from the blood in His Sacred Heart…OUT OF PURE LOVE utter the words asking Mama Mary once again BEHOLD YOUR SON…Jesus ENTRUSTED mankind Salvation into Mama Mary’s hand…as Jesus assured & witness the love of Mama Mary to Him “from womb to tomb” Mama Mary never leave her…And it will be for all us also, Mama Mary will never leave us in our life’s journey until we reach our true home in God the Father Kingdom…Let us all heed the call/command of Jesus for our salvation….actually His gift to all of us “BEHOLD YOUR MOTHER”….Let’s welcome Mama Mary’s into our home, our family esp. in our heart.Sweet Heart of Mama Mary be my salvation”.Amen

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome to our community, jong. That’s an interesting translation about the name YAHWEH. I have never heard that before. From Catholic scripture studies, YAHWEH translates to “I AM.”

      We are so blessed that Our Mother remained with her Son at the Foot of the Cross yet Jesus alone is our Redeemer who saves us. Mama Mary, as you affectionately call her, surely participated in His suffering and so do we as the cross comes to each one’s life. God bless you.

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