Tuesday, October 30

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. “This agony of Christ our Savior grew in proportion to the greatness of His charity and the certainty of His knowledge that men would persist in neglecting to profit by His Passion and Death.” (“The Mystical City of God” by Mary of Agreda) One of the things that hurt our Lord so much as He prayed in the garden was that He saw clearly just how many would refuse His sacrifice for them. He understood that for many, by their choice or by their refusal to make a choice, all He was here for was being done in vain. He suffered for these and they did not, would not, care. He suffered for these so that they might know and take part in the Truth and He saw that they would choose ignorance and darkness instead. He saw the people who would choose paganism over Christianity, those that would prefer relativism to solid truth, the ones who would willingly turn a deaf ear to the Gospel in preference to a liberal agenda. And He saw the others, those claiming to follow Him, those going by His Name, who would practice birth control (and so create a shortage of priests and religious by denying them the right to life and the chance to serve God), promote same-sex “marriage”, defy the Magisterium and rightful authority in the name of their version of “truth”, condone abortion, and undermine the faith and morals of others out of a perverse desire to be accepted, not by Him but by the world. He saw the world then, the world to come, the world NOW. And He stayed in the garden praying, and He went to the cross, anyway. Why? Because He wanted us to have the chance to accept the Truth, He wanted to give us the opportunity to embrace the culture of life and stand aloof from the culture of death, safe in His nail scared hands. He prayed, He suffered, for us regardless of our choice. Because He loves us. Now? The choice is ours.

Today … Blessed Jeremiah of Valachia, 1556-1625. He was a member of the Franciscan Order and beatified by Pope John Paul II. This short sentence reflects all I could find about this saint. How wonderful! Being a Franciscan he gave up all so as to attain All and in doing this self was so put aside that he is remembered only for being a faithful follower of the Christ. What a consolation the knowledge of him, and others like him, must have been to Jesus as He prayed in the garden! This gives us a different sort of example. That of being a consolation to the suffering Messiah. Again, the choice is ours. And we make our choice day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, by the way we live.

Mercy … St. Faustina, in her Diary, dwells much on consoling the Sacred Heart of Jesus. ” … Jesus saw her in the depths of His soul even as He was dying on the cross, and this gave Him consolation at that hour.” From Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD, www.thedivinemercy.org. Jesus, by His death, has had mercy on you. And will you, by your life, have mercy on Him?

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