A personal lesson on the devout affections of the Passion of Christ –Week 3

A personal lesson on the devout affections of the Passion of Christ –Week 3

  I didn’t make it to the hospital for visitations this week, at least not in the usual way. I was at the hospital, but this time it was with my 90 year old mother who had to endure a painful, but necessary operation that included two incisions: one in her abdomen and one in her upper back. It was a very difficult day. She is a soldier of Christ who has borne many crosses throughout her life including war, all the difficulties that come with family life and for the last 20 years almost constant pain and physical suffering. It is she who has taught me what it means to suffer well. But, it was the next day as I was sitting with her helping her in recovery and together watching the Mass on EWTN, I realized that– though she may never have read...

The only weapon she had

The only weapon she had

  Three months after Sudanese woman Miriam Ibrahim was jailed for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, here is her first television interview. “Ibrahim was locked up in prison for four months, facing a sentence of death by hanging for the crime of marrying a Christian man. During that time, she refused to renounce her Christian faith, despite knowing it could spare her the death sentence.   Miriam explained what kept her spirit going, despite the fact her young son was locked up with her, and she was forced to give birth to her second child while behind bars in horrifying conditions.” ( Fox News Insider) Several times during the interview, she said the only weapon she had to survive the ordeal…was faith. She believed God knew her...

What if you’re in prison?

What if you’re in prison?

No one has known Christ better than Paul, nor surpassed him in the careful example he gave of what anyone should be who bears Christ’s name. So precisely did he mirror his Master that he became his very image.   By a painstaking imitation, he was transformed into his model and it seemed to be no longer Paul who lived and spoke, but Christ himself.   —From a treatise on Christian Perfection, by St Gregory of Nyssa, bishop   Is there any greater compliment that could be paid to a follower of Christ?  So transformed was he by God’s grace, that to the Corinthians who desired proof that Christ was speaking in him St Paul says: It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. All the more do I appreciate him as I slowly...

Am I a Gambler ?

Am I a Gambler ?

  (This week I start another class…so my posts might be sparse, but I’m still here.)   I’ve been slowly moving through St Paul’s letter to the Philippians, where the opening sentence sets the tone for the whole letter. He says: From Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus… He is writing to a church where he knows the people will lovingly listen to him; it was the church he was closest to and the one to whom he writes as a friend. Some commentaries say the word ‘servant’ (in the Greek, doulos) is better translated…’slave’. When St Paul calls himself a slave of Christ, he is saying a few things: Christ bought him with a price and he could NEVER belong to anyone else A slave takes His...

A Time of Visitation

A Time of Visitation

    Besides you know the time has come; the moment is here for you to stop sleeping and wake up, because by now our salvation is nearer than when we first began to believe. –Romans 13:11   Maybe it’s the season for angels. I don’t know. I usually don’t have time to stop in the hospital chapel after my visits, but today was different. Today I sensed something in my spirit, something palpable, but hard to put in words; that still small voice gnawing at my soul, vying for my my attention, which for several hours had been preoccupied with the stories of God’s dear people. They, who are worn down with the afflictions of physical suffering are many times over my greatest teachers. But today, I somehow knew I was not to pass...