Meeting Place for Passionist Partners (opinions expressed are the opinions of the particular author and not the Partners)
O pain, here you are again.
I should be used to you.
You visit my Dad so often,
physical, intense pain.
But you can’t stop him from being happy and kind.
You are no match for his beautiful and sweet disposition.
Each new day, with the clouds or sunshine, brings him gratitude and joy.
He is so much stronger than you.
You visit my heart. You pierce me by hurting my Dad.
I hate you but through you, I become closer to God.
I offer you up for souls, for Dad’s soul.
Every time you visit, I cling to the almighty with trust and joy.
Lisa-Marie who is relatively new to the Partners, is our first strictly online Partner. She attended a Passionist retreat in May of 2014 where: “I was then introduced to our sorrowful Mother. I now see the sufferings of Jesus in a whole new light and want to honor Mary by meditating on her sorrows and to permanently keep Christ’s passion in my heart.
Last week I asked what are the commandments Jesus gave us as opposed to the those Moses gave us. This Sunday’s Gospel selection gives us the first two which I believe are the paradigm for all of life: Love God with all your mind, heart and soul; two, love your neighbor as yourself. The other commandments give us a formula to carry these out and how to love life and embrace it more fully even the most difficult aspects of it like our crosses.
Love does not judge it tries to understand and help if possible. Love forgives always and does not carry the burden of resentment or grudges. Those two are best demonstrated by a mother’s love for her child as well as the best example of how we should treat our neighbor. These commandments are about how we should relate to life. Pick up our cross daily and follow Jesus. Embrace life even our crosses. What are the other commandments or are there other commandments?