In every situation may the Holy Spirit cause us to contemplate history in light of the risen Jesus (Gaudete et exsultate 139).
“He saw and believe.’
We pray and beg our Lady so often: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. What did Christ promise? He promised the Holy Spirit. What has the Holy Spirit to give us? What did our Lord say? He should introduce us into all that he (Jesus) had said (cf. Jn 14,26). … So we may expect the coming of the Holy Spirit in a special way. “Send forth your Spirit and everything will be re-created”. We want to be transformed inwardly, to become genuine human beings, real men, real women, but at the same time completely supernatural.(26 May 1958 – JK)
We share a happiness that the world will not be able to take from us (Gaudete et exsultate 177).
`The Son of Man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again..’
Joy, perfect joy, has to be understood as central to our religious life; an accompaniment, but also an essential means to become holy. … St Francis of Assissi said: Educate yourselves to be joyful; if it doesn’t dominate, we can be certain that the devil will. That’s not what he said, but gives the meaning. Fr Faber said that joy is the atmosphere of heroic holiness. That is why we have to see education to be joyful as a moral duty and make it the centre of attention. Why? Because joy is a fundamental drive in human nature, and if it isn’t developed, human nature will look for other satisfactions. We cannot live without joy. (Retreat 1934 – JK)
`This is our logic’ says St Bonaventure, pointing to the cross (Gaudete et exsultate 174).
John18:1 – 19:42
‘It is finished.’
I have often said that the saints only began to be saints when they were convinced that God loved them boundlessly. That is why we have to follow up the stations of our Lord’s suffering as stations of love. Saint Paul said: He loved me – not just in a general way: He loved me personally. … He emptied himself, he allowed himself to be destroyed, even to die on the Cross. … He poured out all his blood … Why? Out of love for me. Out of love for the Heavenly Father. … He loved me and gave himself up for me. (17 March 1958 -JK)
The Father readily reveals himself to the lowly! (Gaudete et exsultate 170).
`Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.’
What was Mary Magdalene? A sinner, even a public sinner, a prostitute? What did she become? It is strange how our Lord spent time with such people. He was even blamed for doing so. What was his answer? Not the healthy, but the sick need a doctor. We can apply those words to ourselves. We are all sinners. (7 April 1958 – JK)
Wednesday in Holy Week
We must not domesticate the power of the face of Christ (Gaudete et exsultate 151)
‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bow! with me will betray me.’
We can understand how the spiritual suffering of our Lord caused his body to break down. He was so completely human at this moment. What do we do when we are suffering inwardly? We run from door to door looking for a little consolation. Our Lord did the same. He went to his disciples to be comforted, but they were asleep. … They had absolutely no understanding for what moved him inwardly. …. We must even say that what caused our Lord to sweat blood was the thought, the conviction, that his loved ones, the ones to whom he had given special graces, were often so superficial in their lives, so cold, and wanted to have nothing to do with him. (10 March 1958 – JK)
Tuesday of Holy Week
They do not desert others in bad times; they accompany them in their anxiety and distress, even though doing so may not bring immediate satisfaction (Gaudete et exsultate 112).
‘What you are about to do, do quickly.’
The quiet and deep glow of our love of God drives us to the quiet heroism of joyfully sacrificial love for others. No matter how many weaknesses and limitations we drag around, one faculty has been highly developed: warm and untiring love that leaves us no peace until we have transformed the world around us into a bit of paradise. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)
Monday of Holy Week
May we always feel compelled by his love (2 Corinthians 5:14), (Gaudete et exsultate 130).
`Leave her alone,’ Jesus replied, ‘it was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.’
People who know our time and world complain that today Christianity in all its branches and levels has lost its vitality because the commandment of love is too little understood and practised. Everything can be bought, even love. It can be had for money, at least outwardly that is the condition; and without money the world, and to some extent also the Church, has become an icy cellar. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)
14 April Palm Sunday
We need to remember that contemplation of the face of Jesus, died and risen, restores our humanity even when it has been broken by the troubles of this life or marred by sin (Gaudete et exsultate 151).
Luke 22:14 – 23:56
`This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’
Think of how people dishonoured him! Judas sold him for thirty pieces of silver, which at that time was the price of a cow. Herod treated him like a fool. Pilate compared him with Barabbas. Finally he was given the despised cross, which he had to drag like the worst criminal up to Calvary. … We are gripped by all these proofs of God’s love for us and do not tire of repeating with the Apostle Paul: “He loved me and gave himself up for me.” (Everyday Sanctity – JK)
13 April 5th Week of Lent
For the Lord has chosen each one of us to be holy and blameless before him in love (Ephesians 1:4. 13th (Gaudete et exsultate 2).
Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’
God does everything out of love, through love and for love. … So we can talk about an overwhelming river of life and love uniting God, people and the world, and keeping them united. … Therefore the main motivation of everything I do should be love: everything out of love, through love and for love. Yet for how many Christians today is it fear of God, of his justice! (Retreat 1934 – JK)
12 April 5th Week of Lent
We are called to be holy by living out our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves (Gaudete et exsultate 14).
‘Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because 1 said, “I am God’s son”?’
There is a huge disparity between religion and life today. Many go to church, but they are not Christian. Church membership is not as important as living like a true Christian. … Grace must form noble human beings. Our lives must become a work of art. … People today do not believe words, they only believe in life, in example. (Retreat 1929 – JK)