“Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. And he said to them: “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (LK 24: 45-47)
Death is an illusion; life goes on. When I believe this (sometime I doubt it) I do not fear death or worry about life. When I meditate (often Centering Prayer) I experience the now more intensely and this becomes my reality for 20 minutes or so. This practice over the years has heightened much of my experience of life leaving me less and less time to doubt, and more and more time to believe. By believing, I can love much easier, even loving the imperfect and needy in myself as well as others.
For me, life without faith is tragedy. Life in faith sees death as an illusion and does not recognize sin as an issue. Jesus taught us about relationships to our god, our neighbor and ourselves.
We are a community of laymen and laywomen who, with vowed Passionists, seek to share in the charism of St. Paul of the Cross through prayer, ongoing spiritual formation, and proclamation of the message of Christ Crucified.