Isn’t it Morbid to Think About Jesus’ Sufferings?

An ancient and venerable practice among Christians is to meditate on the passion of our Lord as it is narrated for us in the Gospels. But many find this practice difficult or wonder what is its purpose.

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Actual crucifix used by St. Paul of the Cross in giving a retreat for Benedictine Nuns in Italy. It was from this community that Mother Mary Crucified transferred and became the Superior of the first Passionist Nuns Monastery in 1771.

Isn’t it morbid to focus on the details of Jesus’ sufferings?  No, it cannot be so, because he is alive, risen from the dead!

To meditate on his passion is to begin to be illumined by the fire of divine love that radiates from the heart of Jesus through every moment of his sufferings, to begin to experience that in his passion he loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).

Some of the best ways to do so are to pray the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary, to pray the Stations of the Cross, or to read slowly through the passion account in one of the Gospels or an Old Testament passage such as Isaiah 53 or Psalm 22.

The Gospel of Mark by Mary Healy, page 301

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2 thoughts on “Isn’t it Morbid to Think About Jesus’ Sufferings?

  1. When praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, I invariably start with a short meditation on the Passion, concentrating on the actual Wounds our Lord suffered…His Crown of thorns when He felt the enormous weight of our sins and how that separates humanity from God – how dark that felt to Him. The marks of the Scourging that He bore particularly with regard to our sexual/carnal sins. His utter obeisance, obedience and submission to the Father in allowing His beloved hands and feet to be nailed to the Cross for us, demonstrating that is how we must behave toward Him in our relationship with Him… Finally the wound in His side from which flows the Blood and Water of His Mercy and our salvation…and I can only rest in awe at the demonstration of the immensity of His love and mercy for each one of us.

  2. My OCDS name is Mary Elizabeth of Christ Crucified, & my feast days in the OCDS are Nov. 8th–the feast of Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity, & Good Friday. My life has been filled with immense suffering, but it wasn’t until God provided a spiritual director who understood that God was calling me to be a victim soul that all the suffering took on a very profound meaning for the salvation of souls, especially priestly souls. There are still weeks of deep despair when the suffering becomes overwhelming. But, God eventually provides relief & lets His Love shine through the storm clouds. Suffering is the price of the unprecedented graces that humanity needs at this point in history. And, if we rely on God’s strength & let Him hold us, we can do His Will with joy & love.

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