Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Passion and The Death of Jesus Christ
I've been reading this book by St. Alphonsus de Liguori. It is a collection of his books on this subject and I just finished the first book.
"The divine law imposes on men no other obligation than that of loving their neighbors as themselves; but Jesus has loved man more than himself."
"O Charity, how strong is Thy chain, by which God was able to be bound!"
The main point of this book is to try to convince people that there is nothing better to meditate on than the Passion. It gives quotes from saints about the subject and it talks about each stage along the way of the cross.
I just started on the second book but I'm sure all of them are little goldmines. It tells the story of one religious who was complaining to Jesus of her suffering. She said something like, you only hung on the cross for three hours but I have to keep suffering for years. I definitely get where she's coming from, unfortunately. It's always been hard for me to imagine that Jesus could really have suffered that much since He was perfect and because of all of the knowledge He had. Jesus told her that He had the Passion in His heart since He was conceived and He was always suffering from it.
It will probably take me a while to read through the rest of the books but I would encourage anyone to pick this up.