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Day 40: To Live as Jesus Lived

Both Anne Catherine and Maria sharply condemned the wickedness of the historical figures who took part in the torture and murder of Jesus. But never in the visionaries’ reports do we encounter self-righteous smugness. Instead, we hear the women’s humble…

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Day 39: “Follow Me!”

The old saying bears repeating: God’s grace is free, but it costs us everything. Many of us seem to want just enough grace to “get by.” Not enough to make us uncomfortable. Not enough to ruin our plans or make…

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Day 38: Blood and Water

Our Lord’s suffering had at last come to an end. But the graces flowing from His passion had only just begun to flood the world. They sprang first from the precious fountain of His heart, pierced by the soldier’s lance.…

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Day 37: Satan Is Defeated

St. Gregory Thaumaturgos once spoke wryly of the Incarnation as God’s fishing expedition to snare the Devil. For ages, Satan had gone about devouring human souls as a ferocious shark devours little fish. But now the Devil himself would become…

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Day 36: The Moment of Triumph

Jesus’ last words on the cross are a shout of triumphant faith. The earlier cry of abandonment has now given way to a declaration of supreme confidence in God. Without hesitation, the Son entrusts Himself totally to His Father. Nor…

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Day 35: All Is Now Finished

Before Jesus gave up His spirit to the Father, He cried out two brief declarations: “I thirst” and “It is finished.” Though we may not easily see the relation between them, St. John hints at their inner unity. Only when…

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Day 34: “Why Have Your Forsaken Me?”

Jesus’ cry from the cross that God had forsaken Him should perplex us. How is it possible that God the Father could have abandoned God the Son? Could such a rift actually tear through the heart of the Blessed Trinity?…

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Day 33: “Behold Your Mother”

We may find it startling to hear Jesus address Mary, not as “Mother,” but as “Woman,” in His last words to her before He died. Some have suggested that in their culture, such a form of address would not have…

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Day 32: Darkness Over the Land

When God made the heavenly bodies, He declared: “Let them be for signs and ... to give light upon the earth” (Genesis 1:14–15). On the day Jesus was crucified, as the midday sun hid its face in shame and refused…

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Day 31: One Thief Repents

The two thieves crucified with Christ hang before us like a microcosm of Judgment Day. Enthroned on His Cross between them is the Judge, with the “sheep” at His right hand and the “goat” at His left—one on his way…

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