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And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Elo-i, elo-i, lama sabach-thani?" which means, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Mark 15:33-34

* Meditation on the Fourth Word

Of all the agony of that tortuous day

the lacerations of the scourging

the chafing of the thorns around his head

the convulsions of his tormented, dehydrated body

as it hung in the heat all the day

Nothing reaches the depth of this anguished cry of desolation

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

 

Jesus, who found his purpose and strength in the presence of God

who was sustained by the immediacy of his relationship with God

and who endured all by the tangible power of God always at work

within him,

always a centre of vitality and peace,

found himself totally alone on the cross.

 

Jesus, whose very being was God,

found himself utterly,

absolutely,

despairingly.

cut off from all that gives life and breath

cut off from all that gives purpose and hope

cut off from the source of his being

cut off, even from himself

plumbing the depths of the human condition

to walk in the place of the utter absence of God,

in the place of sinners

in the place of those who reject God.

 

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

 

In these words is the central mystery of the crucifixion

which cannot be fully comprehended,

that there is no despair so deep

or evil so overwhelming

or place so far removed from joy, light, and love

from the very heart of God

that God has not been before us,

and where God cannot meet us

and bring us home.

 

Richard J. Fairchild

Pope Francis Twitter Feed

* Our Way of Life *

 

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)