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Day 30: “Father Forgive Them”

St. Peter once asked Our Lord how many times he must forgive an offender. Jesus answered that if necessary, he must forgive “seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22). By the time Jesus mounted the Cross, the number of savage blows He…

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Day 29: Jesus Is Crucified

Speaking of His death, Jesus had once solemnly told His disciples: “I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (John 12:32–33). His prophecy was now fulfilled. As the Cross was raised atop Calvary’s…

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Day 28: Jesus Prays for Us All

What thoughts filled Our Lord’s mind as He waited to receive the nails in His hands? Was He thinking of His innocence ... His pain ... the fast-approaching moment of His death? Given the words He had prayed a few…

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Day 27: Jesus is Stripped Naked

Jesus’ tormentors intended to wound more than His body; they sought to wound His soul as well. So they wrapped the beatings and scourging, nails and thorns in insults and curses, mockery and laughter. The goal was humiliation. This was…

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Day 26: St. Simon Carries the Cross

Consider now Simon of Cyrene, the Everyman of the passion story. Like so many of us, he is a mere passerby as the great events of this world take place, an anonymous shadow ignored by the famous and powerful. He…

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Day 25: Jesus Meets His Mother

Jesus was only a few days old when the aged Simeon had warned His mother that Her Son would stir up trouble, and that she would suffer deeply because of it. She must have pondered those words repeatedly over the…

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Day 24: Jesus Embraces the Cross

As we’ve noted, at the very heart of His sorrowful passion, Our Lord felt some sense of joy because He knew the purpose of His suffering: The letter to the Hebrews tells us, “Jesus ... for the joy that was…

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Day 23: “Who Do You Say that I Am?”

When Pilate went to render judgment, he was forced to entertain a possibility every man and woman must face: Jesus claimed to be the divine Son of God. Could it be true? What is to be made of His claim?…

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Day 22: The Scourging at the Pillar

Scourging is no longer a legal punishment in our society, so we have little appreciation of the horrors it involves. Many today are surprised to know that in the past, floggings were often so brutal as to be fatal. When…

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