Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. John 19:25-27
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you also were able to pick your Saint of the Year! I got Saint Mary Magdalene. I have much to fill you in on, but I will save it for another time. I do ask for prayer for my family, specifically my mom.
For now, I want to tell you that this Advent and Christmas I spent meditating on the Passion. I do this either through the Sorrowful Mysteries, or by using the 24 hours of the Passion by Luisa Piccarreta. I often find this very fruitful to help me focus on Christ instead of the storm that’s swirling around us. I always try to close my eyes and place myself in the scene while I am praying. On this particular day, which was December 31, 2021, I was meditating on the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary. The following are the images that came to me in my prayer. As always, if the church says what I have written is wrong, the church is correct and I am wrong.
December 31, 2021 – Meditation on the 5th Sorrowful Mystery, the Crucifixion
I close my eyes in prayer and picture staring at Jesus on the cross.
At once, I feel as though I am viewing from a different vantage point, as if a camera lens zoomed out a little and I was standing behind a Priest who was at the foot of the Cross. I knew this Priest to be representative of Saint John, but he is a modern day Priest. We’re both staring at the cross. Suddenly the cross turned into Saint Peters in Rome and it was massively on fire. We are standing there looking at it when above it appeared in the sky the Holy Family, Jesus the Divine Child, in Mary’s arms, Joseph with an arm around Mary and another arm holding his staff. There were a circle of angels surrounding them.
Mary looked at the Priest and handed him the Divine Child who kissed him on the forehead and then nestled in his arms against his chest.
The lens zoomed out further and I saw another modern day Priest who I knew to be representative of Saint Peter. He had his hand on the other Priests shoulder – the way a sponsor would for a confirmandi. He was weeping tremendously. Saint Joseph looked at this Priest and handed him his staff. Then the image of Saint Peters on fire faded as did the Holy Family. The sky turned dark as night but stars were everywhere and they were moving fast as if a time lapse camera was sped up, it was somewhat dizzying. Stars just moving at high speed through the sky. Then the sun appeared and I zoomed out further and there was a field of flowers with people in it and behind the two Priests were other Priests. Everyone was acting as if they had just woken up and a joy and excitement started to spread all over people’s faces. There were families in the field hugging one another like never before.
This is where my meditation ended. It was very intense. It felt as though we passed through a time of immense sorrow, into a time of great joy. And that there are Priests who are like the Apostles who are out there and we must pray for them.
I know many of you are suffering out there. Be not afraid. Just ask Jesus to be in the suffering with you. He isn’t asking you to be perfect, He is asking you to love in the middle of the suffering. Ask Our Lady to be the comforting balm you need. Keep your eyes on the cross and let us see where the God of the Universe takes us, trusting in His will.
Peace be with you.