Humor of the Day:
Coincidences happen when God chooses
to remain anonymous.
Jesus Is Taken Down from the Cross
and Laid in Mary’s Arms,
The 6th Sorrow of Mary – John 19: 38-40
Visualize the picture of Mary as she sat beneath the cross with the lifeless, battered, bruised and bloodied body of her Son in her arms, the same child that she held when Simeon prophesied her suffering. Her Heart was pierced with a sword. His Heart was pierced with a lance.
And a sword, too, shall pierce your heart, O Mary!
I thank God that I have not experienced the death of a son. Although I would know my child is with God, the selfishness of my humaness would devistate me. My compassion for Mary at this time would be immense.
From another viewpoint, Mary was probably at peace in knowing that Jesus is finally at peace, and no longer in pain. Jesus’ pain is gone, but Mary’s pain continues.
Mary, I love you and I am sorry for the pain that you had to go through, for our salvation. Jesus and Mary, please be with us now, and at the time of our deaths. Amen.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #24:
To foster communion among members, the council should organize regular and frequent meetings of the community as well as meeting with other Franciscan groups, especially with youth groups. It should adopt appropriate means for growth in Franciscan and ecclesial life and encourage everyone to a life of fraternity. The communion continues with deceased brothers and sisters through prayer for them.