03 March 2009

The Works of Mercy - Bearing Wrongs Patiently

I think March is a good time to focus on the Spiritual Work of Mercy - Bearing Wrongs Patiently. When we think of the agony Jesus endured in the Garden, knowing the suffering he was to undergo for our sins, allowing himself to be humiliated by Judas's kiss and arrest and all despite his innocence, how can we complain of the injustices done to us?

Above is a picture of the Agony of Jesus in the Garden located in the apse of the Church of All Nations in Jerusalem also known as the Basilica of the Agony because it is located on the site of the Garden of Olives. Inside the Church is a rock (picture below) where it is believe Jesus prayed in the Garden before His arrest.

It was revealed to St. Gertrude the Great that reading and meditating on the Passion are far more useful and efficacious than all other spiritual excercises. Here is the first of her short prayers on the Passion.

O Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal sweetness and jubilee of those who love Thee, remember all the presentment of grief Thou didst endure from the moment of Thy conception, and especially at Thy entrance into Thy Passion, when Thou didst say: My soul is sorrowful even unto death; and when, by reason of thy overwhelming dread and anguish and grief, Thou didst sweat, as it were, drops of Blood trickling down upon the ground. Remember all the bitterness of Thy sorrow when Thou wast seized upon, accused by false witnesses, condemned by Thy three judges, buffeted and smitten, spit upon, scourged, and crowned with thorns. O sweetest Jesus, I implore Thee, by all the sorrows and insults Thou didst endure, have mercy on me a sinner. Amem.

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