Sermon quotes on
the Passion of the christ
In the history of the Christian church, the tendency has been to evade being identified with the sufferings of Jesus Christ; [people] have sought to procure the carrying out of God’s order by a shortcut of their own. God’s way is always the way of suffering, the way of the “long, long trail.”
The Passion of the Christ opened up on Ash Wednesday, had a Good Friday.
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Francis de Sales
Mount Calvary is the academy of love.
Treatise on the Love of God, Aeterna Press, 1962, p.513.
Ignatius of Loyola
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds hide me. Permit me not to be separated from Thee. From the wicked foe defend me. At the hour of my death call me. And bid me come to Thee. That with Thy saints I may praise Thee For ever and ever. Amen.
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: A New Translation Based on Studies in the Language of the Autograph,1951.
Thomas a Kempis
Let all your thoughts be with the Most High, and direct your humble prayers unceasingly to Christ. If you cannot contemplate high and heavenly things, take refuge in the Passion of Christ, and love to dwell within His Sacred Wounds. For if you devoutly seek the Wounds of Jesus and the precious marks of His Passion, you will find great strength in all troubles.
Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.
Joyful Christian, Simon and Schuster, 1996, p.171.
Suffering is nothing by itself. But suffering shared with the passion of Christ is a wonderful gift, the most beautiful gift, a token of love.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories & Prayers”, New World Library, 2010, p.49.
I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.
The passion stories take up one-fourth to one-third of the total length of the four Gospels, and biblical interpreters generally agree that the material was shaped by the church’s oral traditions prior to being put into written form, in a way that forever indicates the surpassing importance of the suffering of Christ for the life of the earliest Christian communities.
Rainer Maria Rilke
“The Last Supper”
Amazed, bewildered, they are gathered around him, whose pondered resolution comes to rest, withdrawing him from all the ties that bound him–a stranger gliding by with thoughts unguessed. He feels that former loneliness drawn near in which the deep command was comprehended; again the olive slope shall be ascended, and those that love him shall depart in fear.
Rainer Maria Rilke
To the last meal of all they’ve been invited; and (as a shot will scare some new-alighted flock from the wheat) their feeding hands, affrighted from the detail portions by his prophecy, fly up to him and flutter in despair round the round table to escape. But he, like the still twilight hour, is everywhere.
Taken from Rilke: Poems (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets Series) by, Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.