8th April 2016 – Memorial of the Glorious Wounds

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On 8th April 2016 Passionists celebrate the Memorial of the Glorious Wounds of Jesus Christ –

“To meet the living God we must tenderly kiss the wounds of Jesus in our hungry, poor, sick, imprisoned brothers and sisters. Study, meditation and mortification are not enough to bring us to encounter the living Christ. Like St. Thomas, our life will only be changed when we touch Christ’s wounds present in the poor, sick and needy.” | Pope Francis

“The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That is why on the body of the risen Christ the wounds never pass away; they remain, for those wounds are the enduring sign of God’s love for us.”  | Pope Francis,  27th April 2014

“In my own life, I have so often seen God’s merciful countenance, his patience; I have also seen so many people find the courage to enter the wounds of Jesus by saying to him: Lord, I am here, accept my poverty, hide my sin in your wounds, wash it away with your blood. And I have always seen that God did just that – he accepted them, consoled them, cleansed them, loved them.” | Pope Francis, 7th April 2013

“How can I find the wounds of Jesus today? I cannot see them as Thomas saw them. I find them in doing works of mercy, in giving to the body – to the body and to the soul, but I stress the body – of your injured brethren, for they are hungry, thirsty, naked, humiliated, slaves, in prison, in hospital. These are the wounds of Jesus in our day”. | Pope Francis , 3 July 2013

“Fixing the gaze of our spirit on the glorious wounds of his transfigured body, we can understand the meaning and value of suffering, (and) we can tend the many wounds that continue to disfigure humanity in our day” | Pope Benedict XVI, Easter 2008)

“Let your delights be the wounds of Jesus”. | St. Paul of the Cross to Agnes Grazi, 26th July 1735

“In the morning let your first glance be to the Crucifix, your first sigh his wounds”. | St. Paul of the Cross to Maria Johanna Grazi, 24th March 1737

“Never depart from the holy wounds of Jesus Christ.” | St. Paul of the Cross to Passionist Religious, 2nd May 1750

 

COLLECT
Lord Jesus Christ, your hands, feet and side were pierced and flowed with blood for the world’s salvation. The wounds in your risen body strengthened the faith of the apostles in your glorious resurrection. Deepen our devotion to this proof of your love and unite us more closely to your passion, so that we may rise with you to newness of life, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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