There is nothing worse than knowing that you are impeding your own salvation. When you deliberately commit a sin, knowing beforehand that you are going to do it, and making the excuse that it is an inconsequential matter and that in the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter if you do that action.
It matters to God.
Because I chose to do something I knew was wrong, and even though it wasn't an important matter- it involved convenience and simplifying things- it was still wrong.
These are the things that bring a stop sign to your road of progression for your soul.
Thank you Lord, for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Thank you for continuing to give us second chances.
Thank you for your Divine Mercy.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Sunday, April 5, 2015
The Fourteenth Station
Jesus is laid in the tomb
Laid in the tomb, wrapped in the shroud, the last goodbyes said, the stone rolled in place.
How cold and silent the tomb! How cold our hearts without the living God!
We know that the tomb, for Jesus, was only temporary, that it did not hold Him long. We know that death is part of the work of salvation God planned for Jesus, for our sake. We see that our Savior died, and we know that He rose again. This is our great hope, that the sadness and pain of death will not be the final step in our journey. Jesus showed us the Way. Yes, it is the Way of the Cross. And the reward is great, if we but follow.
The Thirteenth Station
Jesus is taken down from the cross
The disciples carefully lower the body of Christ from the Cross and place Him in the arms of His grieving Mother.
The sadness and grief must have been overwhelming for the disciples and apostles as well as Mary and all of His followers. We all know the empty feeling when someone we love has died, but how much more this must have been for those who knew that He was the Son of God.
That emptiness must be in all those who do not have God in their lives, who deny Him, revile Him, and persecute His followers. That emptiness is in ourselves when we sin.
O Lord Jesus, as we consider Your lifeless body, brought down from the Cross, we know that it was only temporary, and that You rose to new Life, glorified. So let us hope, for ourselves and for others, that we may never die to You again, but always feel Your Presence and the hope You bring us, even in our darkest hour.
Friday, April 3, 2015
The Twelfth Station
Jesus is crucified and dies on the Cross
Imagine the agony of Jesus as the Cross is raised and roughly placed in the hole dug for it. How the nails must have torn the flesh in his hands! The three hours must have been almost unendurable and yet from the Cross, the words He spoke, so full of compassion, give us hope.
As we approach the end of our lives, let us remember always that our souls belong to God, and He wants us to return to Him. Through the suffering and death of Jesus, we have been given the tools we need for our salvation- no, it is not a guarantee that we will make it to heaven the day we die, as Jesus promised the thief, just as a hammer cannot build a house by itself, so we need to take up the tools of repentance, faith, hope, charity, humility and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and apply them to our lives, so that this cruel death will not have been in vain for our particular soul. He pleaded to the Father for forgiveness for us, let us plead also in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He gave us His Mother to help us, let us turn to her for help and comfort. He thirsted for souls- let us thirst for our own soul to be reunited with its Creator in heaven. When we are feeling forsaken and abandoned by God, let us remember that Jesus also felt that, but in the end, He placed Himself in God's hands and surrendered to God's plan of salvation. Jesus was fortified by His Divine nature- we have only the promise of eternal salvation in Heaven to strengthen us; the promise which sustains us in all our trials and grief, and also in all the good times of our lives.
O God, I plead for the grace of final perseverance, for myself and all my loved ones, and yes, even for my enemies. I wish that every soul would turn to You.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Eleventh Station
Jesus is nailed to the Cross
The Cross is prepared. Jesus is cast down upon it, and the soldiers proceed to hold Him down and brutally pound nails through His sacred hands and feet.
He spreads His arms out, this last act encompasses His love for us- a love so strong that He endured this torture for us. For you. For me. We often think of this station as the most gruesome and horrible, but it is also the most beautiful, for Jesus willingly did this. His arms were outstretched in love, His will perfectly in unison with God the Father in the plan for our salvation. We, weak and sinful humans, so loved by God. Look into those eyes, and know that you are loved. Look into your soul, and take all your sins, and nail them to the Cross of your salvation. Give them to Him who died to free us.
O Jesus, I lay my burdens at the foot of the Cross and beg You to forgive me for the pain I have caused You. Every one of my sins is a blow from the hammer and nail. Help me. O Lord, to avoid sin at all cost, and to conform myself to the will of God, even as You did.