Saturday, February 21, 2015
The Agony of Jesus: Opening Prayer
By Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, from his meditation on Christ's agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
"Most Divine Spirit, enlighten and inflame in meditating on the Passion of Jesus, help me to penetrate this mystery of love and suffering of a God, Who, clothed with our humanity, suffers, agonizes and dies for love of the creature!...
The Eternal, the Immortal Who debases Himself to undergo an immense martyrdom, the ignominious death of the Cross, amidst insults, contempt and abuse, to save the creature which offended Him, and which wallows in the slime of sin.
Man rejoices in his sin and his God is sad because of sin, suffers, sweats blood, amidst terrible agony of spirit.
No, I cannot enter this wide ocean of love and pain unless Thou with Thy grace sustain me.
Oh that I could penetrate to the innermost recesses of the Heart of Jesus to read there the essence of His bitterness, which brought Him to the point of death in the Garden; that I could comfort Him in the abandonment by His Father and His own. Oh that I could unite myself with Him in order to expiate with Him.
Mary, Mother of Sorrows, may I unite myself with Thee to follow Jesus and share His pains and Thy sufferings.
My Guardian Angel, guard my faculties and keep them recollected on Jesus suffering, so that they will not stray far from Him."
It seems to me this is a good meditation with which to begin any Lenten practice including the Stations of the Cross or the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. From time to time during Lent, I will post short passages from this meditation with little or no comment from me.
Posted by TLW at 1:44 PM