Holy week and all of Lent have always been a time of trial for me. Sorrow and joy punch each other in the face until forty days are over. The great mystery of the crucifix is something to really immerse in at this time. The horror, the beauty, the victim and victor a contradiction to all the world holds in esteem. La Recoleta had so many beautiful examples of the crucifix in varying states of preservation and decay aplenty. Perfect to gaze upon as we enter into the thick of holy week and pray for each other and contemplate the purpose of man and briefness of our time here.
Love is stronger than hatred. In the end there will be only the fullness of love… If we accept the whole Christ in faithful self-giving, by choosing and walking in the way of the imitation of Christ, then he will lead us through his Passion and Cross to the glory of the Resurrection. -St. Edith Stein
“I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which faith is deepened. A faith that just accepts is a child’s faith and all right for children, but eventually you have to grow religiously as every other way, though some never do.
― Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being
“Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life. . . . If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.” – St. Teresa of Avila
“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us? When we begin to take the lowest place, to wash the feet of others, to love our brothers [and sisters] with that burning love, that passion, which led to the Cross, then we can truly say, ‘Now I have begun.'” Dorothy Day