“…All the mysteries were lived by Jesus for us, in order to grant us to be, some day, with him where He is by right – in the glory of His Father. Yes, each of us can say with St. Paul: Christ ‘loved me and have Himself up for me.’ And His immolation on the cross was not only the crowning point of the mysteries of His earthly life. It was for me, because He loved me, that He accomplished everything.” - Blessed Columba Marmion
At the gateway of Holy Week stands Palm Sunday. Holy Mother Church celebrates with triumphant joy Christ's Kingship, and simultaneously calls to mind the mystery of His reign on the Cross. From her we receive the blessed palms, carrying them in procession as a proclamation of our readiness to die and for Christ, that dying with Him we may also rise with Him. Concerning this mystery, Fr. Pius Parsch writes: "We cannot separate the Cross from the resurrection; they belong together. They belong together, too, in the life of the Christian, a life of grace which consists in conforming to “the likeness of Christ’s death and resurrection”.
CAN we love someone we do not even know? Can we love deeply someone we know only vaguely? Why is Jesus, the adorable, eternal and incarnate Wisdom loved so little if not because he is either too little known or not known at all? - St. Louis Marie de Montfort
APRIL, the first full month of the joyful season of spring, is devoted to the honor of Jesus present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
"...We humbly entreat Thee, that ... Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless † and sanctify † these candles for the service of men and for the health of their bodies and souls..."
"...They found the Child with Mary his Mother and falling down, they adored him. And opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. ...They went back another way..." - Matthew 2
The month of January opens with the day upon which our Savior received His most Holy Name, which day is promptly followed by the liturgical celebration of the sweetness and power of His Name. We are still basking in the glow of Christmastide, our meditation still focused closely upon the creche, learning from Mary and Joseph to silently contemplate our Salvation, when the Church reminds us to dwell upon His precious Name. With the revelation of His Name, He reveals His desire to save us, His yearning for us to call upon Him, His desire to come to our aid. Our Community custom during this time is to invoke His sweet name throughout the day, praying, "Most Holy Name of Jesus, save us!"
"When creating us, God loved us so much that He made us to His own image and likeness; when redeeming us, He loved us so much that He made Himself to our image!" Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen