Behold Your Mother Reply

Christ’s Third Word from 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)

Our Lord addresses his first word from the cross to the Father, his second word to the repentant sinner (who represents us all), his third to “Woman.” More…

This Day You Will Be with Me in Paradise Reply

Christ’s Second Word from the Cross:

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him: More…

The Non-Negotiable Nature of the Cross in Christian Life 18

“The Cross marks out the militant dimension of our existence. With the cross, it is impossible to negotiate. The cross is either embraced or rejected. If we embrace the cross, then by that very decision, we lose our life. We leave it in the hands of God. If we decide to reject it, our lives are left in our own hands, encased in the petty confines of our short horizons More…

Take up Your Cross Daily 8

“Who do the people say that I am?” For some people, Jesus is no more than a historical figure at best. Others say they believe he is the Son of God, but they do not accept of follow all of his teachings. The Christian is set apart not simply because of his beliefs, but moreover because he lives his commitment to Christian faith and virtue and encourages others to do so for the sake of living a happier life. More…

If You Could Tell the World One Thing Today, What Would You Tell It? 12

September 14, Exaltation of the Holy Cross

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world

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The seventh word: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit!” 1

“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” With a last sigh your head drops slowly towards us, with your chin just above the breast-bone. We can now look up at your face; finally it is relaxed and calm, illuminated with the gentle majesty of God. More…