|Because He spoke this way, many came to believe in
Him. (John 8:30)
Though holy doctors have uncovered many mysteries and wonders, and devout souls
have understood them in this earthly condition of ours, yet the greater part still remains
to be unfolded by them, and even to be understood by them.
We must then dig deeply in Christ. He is like a rich mine with many pockets containing
treasures: however deep we dig, we will never find their end or their limit. Indeed, in
every pocket new seams of fresh riches are discovered on all sides.
For this reason the apostle Paul said of Christ, "In Him are hidden all the treasures
of the wisdom and knowledge of God." The soul cannot enter into these treasures, nor
attain them, unless it first crosses into and enters the thicket of suffering, enduring
interior and exterior labors, and unless it first receives from God very many blessings in
the intellect and in the senses, and has undergone long spiritual training.
The gate that gives entry into these riches of his wisdom is the cross; because it is a
narrow gate, while many seek the joys that can be gained through it, it is given to few to
desire to pass through it. ..Saint John of the Cross
When the Moslem Turks blocked the access to the Holy Land, reproductions of the
Stations of the Cross were erected at popular spiritual centers, including the
Dominican Friary at Cordova and Poor Clare Convent of Messina (early 1400s); Nuremberg
(1468); Louvain (1505); Bamberg, Fribourg and Rhodes (1507); and Antwerp 1520). Many of
these stations were reproduced by renowned artists and are considered masterpieces today.
Sit in the Chapel for fifteen minutes of quiet prayer. Just sit there affirming
your belief in God's presence with you and of God's love for you. Let it be a prayer of
affirmation. Don't ask for anything!
O Lord Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, full of compassion and maker of
peace, you lived in poverty and suffered persecution for the cause of justice. You chose
the Cross as the path to glory to show us the way of salvation. May we receive the word of
the Gospel joyfully and live by Your example as heirs and citizens of Your kingdom. Amen.