31 Days of Prayer – Saint Paul of the Cross

Today is the optional memorial of Saint Paul of the Cross, the founder of the Passionists religious community.

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Saint Paul had a great appreciation and love for the suffering Jesus. He also had a deep understanding of the meaning of the Cross and its place in our lives. He embraced his sufferings (great and small) and united them to Christ.

I wish I could do that more faithfully! I don’t know about you but I balk at the slightest sufferings. There are certain things I’ve had to deal with because of my cerebral palsy and issues related to my condition; however, I can’t say that I’ve always accepted those issues. Oh no, I’ve fought them more often than not!

I am guessing that I’m not alone here so let’s ask Saint Paul to help us love and accept our Crosses like Jesus did. The following prayer comes from the Christian Prayer book of the Liturgy of the Hours:

Father, You gave your priest Saint Paul a special love for the cross of Christ.
May his example inspire us to embrace our own cross with courage. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one god, for ever and ever. Amen.”

Saint Paul, pray for us!

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. I think the following scripture (the 2nd reading from the feast day’s mass) from Philippians 2:6-11 sums up this feast perfectly:

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Though He was in the From of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at.

Rather, He took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men.

He was known to be of human estate, and it was thus that He humbled himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!

Because of this, God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name above every other name,

So that at Jesus’ name every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father:

JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

I cannot even begin to fathom the awesomeness of God’s mercy in giving us His son, Jesus, to suffer, die and rise for our salvation. It is simply mind-boggling. What an amazing love God has for us! What lengths He went to in order to assure our place in heaven and to bring us into relationship with Him!

May we today, and every day, remember that great love, especially when we go through struggles and difficulties. There is no suffering that we go through that will compare to the sufferings of Jesus. He knows the feelings of desolation, despair, and agony. And because of that, He is able to assist us and be with us in our suffering. Let us try to live in trust and hope knowing God will always be there for us!

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Have Courage

We must always remember that no matter what happens in our lives, God has already won the victory in Christ Jesus. Our job is to take heart and to bear our trials with patience, even when it is not easy. Check out this encouraging quote by St. John of the Cross:

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There will be trials ahead, both personally and as a society, but if we remain fast, persevere with courage, and trust in the Lord, all will work out according to HIS plan, and for our greater good! God bless!

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31 Days With Mary: Day 16

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Mary: at the Foot of the Cross

“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”–John 19:26-27

“When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.” John 19:30

Offering: A sincere Act of Contrition said with true sorrow and devotion.

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