Last night, despite my weary body’s temptation to dress down and stay home, I attended Stations of the Cross at church. We do stations for the children at school several times during Lent, but I have to admit that it has been years since I went to the Way of the Cross on a Friday night. The service was solemn, prayerful and thought-provoking. Upon entering the church I immediately noticed the reverential atmosphere that had been created there. The church’s lights were dimmed, and the congregation was respectfully silent. The tabernacle was draped in deep purple, and the altar bare.
Regarding the rosary, I have to admit that the sorrowful mysteries are my least favorite. The thought of Christ suffering so much really disturbs and unnerves me, as I know that it should. Last night gave me an opportunity to delve into the great mystery of Christ’s passion and death, and to walk that road to Calvary with Him in my heart and in my mind. It was a moving experience that helped me to feel closer to Jesus, and still more appreciative of the magnitude of suffering that He willingly submitted Himself to for our sake.
In “The Life of Faustina Kowalska,” Sister Faustina said, ” Jesus told me that I please Him best by meditating on His sorrowful Passion, and by such meditation much light falls upon my soul. He who wants to learn true humility should reflect upon the Passion of Jesus.”
Lent is a special time of the liturgical year that affords us this precious opportunity. If we spend this time in meditation of His passion, our joy at Easter will be all the more complete!
(quote taken from: “The Life of Faustina Kowalska the Authorized Biography,” by Sister Sophia Michalenko, C.M.G.T.)