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A bowl was there, full of cheap wine mixed with vinegar, so a sponge was soaked in it, put on stlk of hyssop and lifted up to his lips.  When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished". John 19:29-30

* Meditation on the Sixth Word

What a sigh of relief!

What a cry of deliverance,

that finally,

after seemingly endless pain

and gasping torment,

it is over at last.

The suffering is ended.

The ordeal is finished

and nothing remains

but the blessed peace of the absence of all sensation.

 

When all there is, is pain

its ceasing is the greatest blessing of all

even when its ceasing comes only with death.

 

But Jesus' cry is more than just welcoming the ending of pain

it is more than joy at the deliverance death brings.

 

He does not merely say, "it is over"

he says, "it is accomplished,

fulfilled,

achieved"

 

Jesus's cry isn't a cry of defeat and despair

 

It is a cry of success and triumph

- even at the moment of death -

that the race has been run

that he has endured to the end

that the strife is over

and the battle is won.

 

Jesus' cry is a cry of relief to be sure

but it is also a cry of victory:

 

"The work I came to do is complete"

there is nothing more to add

"it is finished"

 

By 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)