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Meditation on the Way of the Cross by Naji Mouawad
The Bloodied Face of Jesus

We have no excuse, really.

The instant we die, each and everyone one of us will stand before the Throne of Jesus Christ for our personal judgment and in that instant, Our Lord will deliver strict justice without mercy for the time of mercy is now and here on Earth while we live. When we die, this gift is gone and we must face the judgment. Here is how St. Paul puts it in the Letter to the Romans Chapter 2:5-11

"God[who] will repay everyone according to his works: eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in good works, but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth and obey wickedness. Yes, affliction and distress will come upon every human being who does evil, Jew first and then Greek. But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good, Jew first and then Greek. There is no partiality with God."

Our Lord, who knows our weaknesses and our need has given us the Seven Sacraments within the Catholic Church as a means of salvation. He has opened the gate of Heaven by His death and resurrection and has then give us the Church to guide us safely to that gate. And within the Church, saints have risen who have generously offered themselves in union with the suffering of Christ on the Cross to win for us abundant graces and this devotion is one such grace that Jesus has made available for us out of His love and Compassion.

The Lord did not have to do this. He did not have to stoop so low and make is so easy for us to reach heaven but such is His gracious will that he stops at nothing to make straight the way that leads us to Heaven.

Here is the text of the devotion and the accompagnying talk is a meditation on the blood that Our Lord shed on the way to the Cross. This meditation was given on Ash Monday (Eastern Churches start Lent on Ash Monday whereas the Latin Church starts it on Ash Wednesday).

St. Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary, with St. Matilda and St. Bridget, wishing to know something of the Passion of Jesus Christ, offered fervent and special prayers, upon which Our Lord revealed to them:

To all the faithful who shall recite for 3 years, each day, 2 Our Fathers, 2 Hail Mary’s and 2 Glory Be’s, in honor of the drops of Blood I lost, I will concede the following 5 graces:

  1. The plenary indulgence and remittance of your sins.
  2. You will be free from the pains of Purgatory.
  3. If you should die before completing the said 3 years, for you it will be the same as if you had completed them.
  4. It will be upon your death the same as if you had shed all your blood for the Holy Faith.
  5. I will descend from Heaven to take your soul and that of your relatives, until the fourth generation.

Jesus' face bloodied

Blessed by His Holiness Pope Leo XIII in Rome, April 5, 1890.
Please keep this prayer with others that you say daily to remind you to recite these prayers.
Please record the date you started:____/____/____Mo Day Year

 

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