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 them– she understands these prayers of St Gertrude in a way that is nothing short of heroic.  For as she lay patiently enduring all that follows surgery–especially at her age— she observed the cross shown on television with the body of Christ upon it bruised, and beaten and she said:


Imagine that I only have two cuts to my body right now and they’ve fixed it so I don’t feel too much pain.


But, look at Jesus on that cross..Look at all those cuts and bruises…think of all the pain He must have been in.

I can’t imagine what He suffered.


What a blessing this woman is to my life. I’d appreciate your prayers for her continued recovery.


Continuing on  St Gertrude the Great’s meditations on the Passion of Christ, here is the Third Prayer:

O Jesus, Heavenly Physician, remember now the the languor and the pain Thou didst endure

when lifted upon the Cross,

when all Thy bones were out of joint, so that no sorrow was like to Thy sorrow,

because, from the sole of Thy foot to the top of Thy head,

there was no soundness in Thee;

When not withstanding, Thou didst put away the feeling of all Thine own griefs,

and pray to Thy Father for Thine enemies, saying:


Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.


By this, Thy charity and Thy Mercy,

grant that the dignity and worth of Thy Passion ~

may be the entire remission of my sins.





  1. Victor S E Moubarak
    Jan 26, 2015

    Praying for your mother right now.

    God bless you and your family.

    • Caroline
      Jan 29, 2015

      Victor, I can’t thank you enough. Isn’t it one of our greatest riches as Christians– that we can help one another carry the burdens in prayer. Blessings always and +

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