Greetings in Jesus and Mary...
The cross reveals man to himself and God to man. When we are experiencing our own sorrows…there is no sight like it. There is something comforting in holding our cross, in kissing our cross, in embracing our cross. And if you are suffering today, as we all are, I advise you to get a good size huggable cross. First have it blessed and each day but especially when you are troubled, pick it up, kiss it and embrace it…maybe even shed tears of joy and sadness. I guarantee you that it is better than paying a therapist a couple hundred dollars! YOU WILL BE COMFORTED!
The Cross is the greatest manifestation of the Love of God! Many saints have spent hours before the cross, in contemplation of the love of Jesus. I hate to bring up the great Second Vatican Council again which was perpetrated by the Freemasons upon us; but, since that time, we have THROWN AWAY THE CROSS…REJECTED IT….STOMPED ON IT…DENIED IT. How many churches took down the crucifix and put up the Resurrected Jesus. Yes, He resurrected but what happened to His demonstration of the most intense love … the Crucifixion? Look where we are now since this rejection of His Love! No talk of sin, mortifications, penance, suffering….life is just filled with a bunch of happy clappy thoughts and experiences. The rejection of the cross has led to the destruction of the world. We are now in WW3 and do not even know it because it is a different kind of warfare. We are so satiated with pleasure pleasure pleasure that many will go down in this war probably caught in some kind of act of sin. People will not even understand it. Many are so lost, so misguided, so deceived by the enemy. We belong to God, therefore, it is just to treat Him like our God and give Him our love. We are to love Him with our WHOLE heart, mind and soul. Some think that is SLAVERY. A holy slavery that leads to peace, joy and love. If one chooses their own will over God’s….it will be a slavery to sin which leads to death, despair and destruction. There is a choice of only two sides.
Well…lets get to the dolor. The above paragraph was not in vain. We will now mention some of the horrors that Jesus endured for those sins and so many more.
The thoughts of Mary at His feet as He was nailed to the cross is mind-blowing. How can anyone call themselves “Christian” and not understand what that Mother endured…. and then to think She is not deserving of our love? Only God knew and knows what was in the Heart of Mary at the time of the blows and how each blow was a fresh martyrdom. To see the many atrocities especially as they sat upon His chest to pull the left arm out of place to fit where the hole was on the cross. The thoughts of Our Queen and Mother had to be on the past expressions of His love…of the healings He did with those hands, the places where His feet had trodden to be with the sick, deaf, and mute. And when they finally nailed Him, the cross was brought up and dropped into the hole for all to see their Lord and Master. Blessed be the Most Holy Trinity for the miracles of grace wrought in Mary at that time to see such suffering!
Most of us do not know what crosses we will meet today; sometimes we cannot guess. But we know that if we meet Jesus we will meet a cross. Some men meet Him and turn away. Some see Him far off, and turn down another road. Some come close up, and leap out of the way as if He were going to harm them. Some pass by and pretend they do not know Him. During these past centuries, He has had very few honest greetings. Some follow Him and in sullenness of servile obedience, they dray their cross. Few kneel down and take the cross off His back and shoulder it with love and walk by His side, singing psalms with Him, saying, stay with us, because it is toward evening and the day is now far spent. We can only carry our crosses one way…heavenward. They keep our faces in that direction. As Father Faber says, “They push us uphill like the needle on the compass always pointing up.”
Lesson to learn from the Fifth Dolor – The Crucifixion
Jesus and Mary are going one way…the road to Heaven. Yet, the road that they were traveling led to Calvary. No one’s face is toward Heaven when it is not toward Calvary. At the next turn of the road in life…there is usually a sorrow. How are we to look at that sorrow? Will we unite it to the cross of Christ or will we drag it….or worse…reject it. Let us do now what Mary did then…look at Him who is on the road before us, and see how the beauty of the Sacred Heart is the burning furnace of Eternal Love drawing us ever closer to Him until we are finally Home!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!