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Evelyne and I used to live near a retreat center run by a three-hundred-year-old Catholic order, the Congregation of the Passionists. I led many retreats and often walked the stations of the cross in that sylvan setting among old oak trees.
The order’s emblem intrigued me; it comprised a cross surmounting a heart inscribed with the words “the passion of Jesus Christ.” Why a cross, planted in a somewhat more realistic heart than the kind we see on Valentine’s Day greetings? Because Jesus’ death on the cross was the greatest expression of divine love.
Our Lord’s words in the gospel of John explain the need for his sacrifice: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Love is the cardinal virtue. Therefore, John would write to the church that “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” Nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ.
Wherever we find ourselves this week–in church, at work, among family, or on retreat–let’s give thanks to God for his everlasting love for us in Jesus, and let’s share that kindness with those in our lives.
In Christ’s love,
Join Us This Sunday
February 18, 2024
Old Testament: Exodus 19:1-8
New Testament: Romans 3:1-8
Sermon Title: “The Faithfulness of God”
Quote of the Week:
“O wondrous type! O vision fair of glory that the Church may share, which Christ upon the mountain shows, where brighter than the sun he glows!
With shining face and bright array, Christ deigns to manifest today what glory shall be theirs above who joy in God with perfect love.
O Father, with th’eternal Son and Holy Spirit ever one, we pray you, bring us by your grace to see your glory face to face. — O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair