Christ

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The JOY of Divine Mercy Sunday

“When I see that the burden is beyond my strength, I do not consider or analyze it or probe into it, but I run like a child to the heart of Jesus and say only one word to Him: “You can do all things.” And then I keep silent, because I know that Jesus Himself will intervene in the matter, and as for me, instead of tormenting myself, I use that time to love Him.” –Saint Faustina’s Dairy

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Seven final words

Now you may consider the seven words pronounced by Our Lord from the Cross.  Of these, the first was: ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’.  The second was addressed to the thief: ‘This day thou shalt be with me in paradise’, in the third to His Most Holy Mother: ‘Woman, behold thy Son’.  The fourth: ‘I thirst’.  The fifth: ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’  The sixth: ‘It is consummated’.  The seventh: ‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit’.

Consider, O my soul, with what charity He, in these words, commends His enemies to the Father, with what mercy He welcomes the thief who recognized Him, with what immense love He recommends His pious mother to the beloved disciple, with what thirsting zeal He witnesses to His longing for the salvation of man, in what sorrowful tones He pronounces His prayer and lays His griefs before the divine Majesty, how to the end He remains in the most perfect submission to the Father, and how finally He recommends His soul to Him, and resigns Himself completely into His most holy keeping.  –St Peter of Alcantara ‘Treatise on Prayer & Meditation’

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Divine humility

Jesus Christ as man was perfectly humble because He did not love Himself, but purely and simply adored and loved God. He was not glorified in Himself, but only in God. He humbled Himself in order that He might contemplate only His Father’s glory, and in that glory alone did He take satisfaction. By the light of Christ, therefore, we can define spiritual humility thus: Just as pride of spirit, the pride of Lucifer and of those who accept his dominion, consists in self-love and self-admiration, and self-satisfaction therein, so also humility means loving God, contemplating God, adoring God, and taking satisfaction in Him and in Him alone. Genuine, solid humility is nothing but this simple and pure love of God. Where such pure love dwells, no place remains for self-love. –Blessed Paul Giustiniani quoted by Dom Jean Leclercq in ‘God Alone with God’

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