Thought for the Day – 27 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
The Passion of Our Lord
“The Crucifix is a simple meditation manual, open and intelligible to all, even to the most illiterate.
Anyone who turns to it, can study the sorrowful gaze of Jesus, His heart pierced with love for men.
His head crowned with thorns, His hands and feet transfixed with nails which support His divine body, streaming blood and writhing in anguish.
The Crucifix should be dear and sacred to every Catholic.
It should stand at the head of his bed, hang around his neck and hold a prominent position in his place of work or study.
Above all, however, the Crucifix should have its place in the heart of every fervent Catholic.
At every moment of his life, in time of sadness and of joy, he should remember, that God became man and suffered and died for him.
He should remember also, that this implies an obligation on his part, to work, suffer and die, for the love of God alone.
Many people meditate on the Crucifix.
They kiss it and claim to love it.
But while they love the Crucifix, they have no love for their particular cross, which they try, by every means in their power, to fling far away from them.
Now, it is very certain, that anyone who does not love his own cross, does not really love the Crucifix, for Jesus has told us that, “if anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mt 16:24).”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci
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Have never thought of the Cross this way and so timely that I now do. You know how how special the holy spirit communicates, Several have stated a particular need they feel for me and I have remained silent. Now I know a reply, that is my Cross to bear.¨
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Yes, not any easy thing to “love” our crosses – not always easy to even recognise those crosses. Often we just feel persecuted and make it all about ourselves, instead of thanking God for those hurtful or irritating ‘crosses.’
But your silence Hughie is too, a great virtue!
Thank you, my love, pray I may have the perseverance to carry the load.
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Amen, we pray and remember Christ carrying His Cross and try to emulate Him.