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Our Participation in Christ's Sacrifice

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH #618 

 The cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ, the “one mediator between God and men” (1 Tim 2:5).  But because in his incarnate divine person he has in some way united himself to every man, “the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery” is offered to all men (GS 22 #5; cf. #2).  He calls his disciples to “take up [their] cross and follow [him], (Mt 16:24) for “Christ also suffered for [us], leaving [us] an example so that [we] should follow in his steps” (1 Pet 2:21).  In fact Jesus desires to associate with his redeeming sacrifice those who were to be its first beneficiaries (Cf. Mk 10:39; Jn 21:18-19; Col 1:24). This is achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his redemptive suffering (Cf. Lk 2:35).  Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.  St. Rose of Lima

OUR LORD’S PASCHAL MYSTERY IS A CONTINUING REALITY.  HE SUFFERS ON THE CROSS EVEN NOW BECAUSE OF OUR SINS.  WE CAN REDUCE HIS SUFFERING AND GIVE HIM CONSOLATION AND JOY THROUGH PENANCE AND CONVERSION.

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH #1085 

. . . His Paschal mystery is a real event that occurred in our history, but it is unique: all other historical events happen once, and then they pass away, swallowed up in the past. The Paschal mystery of Christ, by contrast, cannot remain only in the past, because by his death he destroyed death, and all that Christ is - all that he did and suffered for all men - participates in the divine eternity, and so transcends all times while being made present in them all. The event of the Cross and Resurrection abides and draws everything toward life.

AN EXCERPT FROM THE BLESSED MOTHER’S FIRST MESSAGE IN NAJU, KOREA ON 7/18/1985

 Do you know how the Heart of my Son Jesus is being torn apart?  His Heart is being torn apart continuously, as human sins multiply and disorder spreads.  Make reparations. ─July 18, 1985


Note:  The above photograph of Our Lord suffering on the Cross was received from Fr. Raymond Spies while I was visiting him at his residence near Seoul, Korea in May 1992.  Fr. Spies said he had received this photograph from one of his Belgian friends who had visited Jerusalem.  He took photographs at the location of Our Lord having carried the Cross and crucified, but did not expect this photograph.  We can only understand it as a true image of Our Lord miraculously revealed for us.  ─Benedict Lee, Gresham, Oregon, U.S.A., 11/2/2015.


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