The world is in flames. Are you impelled to put them out? Look at the cross. From the open heart gushes the blood of the Saviour. This extinguishes the flames of hell. Make your heart free by the faithful fulfillment of your vows; then the flood of divine love will be poured into your heart until it overflows and becomes fruitful to all the ends of the earth.
Do you hear the groans of the wounded on the battlefields in the west and the east? You are not a physician and not a nurse and cannot bind up the wounds. You cannot get to them. Do you hear the anguish of the dying? You would like to be a priest and comfort them. Does the lament of the widows and the orphans distress you? You would like to be an angel of mercy and help them. Look at the Crucified. If you are bound to him by the faithful observance of your holy vows, your being is precious blood. Bound to him, you are omnipresent as he is......Your compassionate love takes you everywhere, this love from the divine heart. Its precious blood is poured everywhere, soothing, healing, saving.
The eyes of the Crucified look down on you, asking, probing. Will you make your covenant with the Crucified anew in all seriousness? What will you answer Him? 'Lord, where shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.' " by Edith Stein, from Bread and Wine, Readings for Lent and Easter.
This is from my reading this Good Friday. Thinking about the sacrifice of the Saviour. Feeling so unworthy. Knowing how far short I fall from this kind of love and mercy. Seeking to become one with Him more each day. These thoughts bring to mind a song from Steven Curtis Chapman from a few years' back: "This is everything I want, this is everything I need; I want this to be my one consuming passion...everything my heart desires, Lord, I want it all to be for you. Jesus, be my MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION."
Blessings on all my readers this Good Friday, as we commemorate the greatest sacrifice ever made.