Choosing the better part

Choosing the better part

Friday, April 18, 2014

They returned home beating their breasts

The blood of Jesus gives our hearts the grace of compunction, which is the emotion of penitence.  Those who remained near the cross and watched him breath his final breath, "returned home beating their breasts" (Luke 23:48).  Jesus Christ, dying a cruel death and spilling his innocent blood, poured out a spirit of compunction and penitence upon the whole of Mount Calvary.  We must not let our hearts be hardened.  Let us make Calvary echo with the sound of our sobbing.  Let us weep bitter tears for our sins and turn against ourselves with a holy anger.  Let us break all our unworthy habits and leave behind our worldly lives.  Let us carry in ourselves the death of Jesus Christ.

"Meditations for Lent"
Jacques Bossuet

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