`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)
11 April 5th Week of Lent
God is not afraid! He is fearless. He is always greater than our plans and schemes. Unafaid of the fringes, he himself became a fringe (Gaudete et exsultate 135).
‘I tell you the truth before Abraham was I am.’
We may imagine that our Lord, the Purest and Holiest, was afflicted with all the most hideous and foul sins, from the sin of Cain down to the last act of evil at the end of the world. No wonder that he sweated blood in his agony. … Yet whatever our Lord bore, he bore out of love for us. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)
10 April 5th Week of Lent
Grace acts in history; ordinarily it takes hold of us and transforms us progressively (Gaudete et exsultate 50).
‘I tell you the truth everyone who sins is a slave to sin.’
The true and genuine law of life is this: Grace does not destroy nature, it elevates and perfects it. … If I am living under the influence of grace, this does not absolve me from the duty to strive for genuine and noble humanity. Holiness must be synonymous with genuine, spontaneous and ennobles humanity. (Retreat 1929 – JK)