Short Reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, by Cameron Daly

Agony in the Garden:

Imagine gearing up to do or have done to you whatever you fear most, and that it’s something eternally unchangeable, to have an idea of what Jesus did for you. (The Church teaches that Christ’s sacrifice “participates in the divine eternity.” I would have to do more research to determine the exact effect of this on Christ’s suffering, but I remember reading or hearing that His suffering is greatest because He suffered it for EVERYONE–maybe it also pertains to the participation in the divine eternity.)

Scourging at the Pillar:

Willingly let yourself be scourged–whether it’s by circumstances, physical ailments, rude or uncaring people–as is necessary to bring God’s love and mercy to others.

Crowning with Thorns:

Rejoice, you who suffer, for the thorns you bear; are not some of the most glorious crowns in the end the ones which held the sharpest thorns?

Carrying of the Cross:

Bear your cross(es) willingly for as long as God wills. Let your suffering be as was Christ’s–not as you will, but as God wills: “Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will” (Mk 14:36, NABRE).

Crucifixion:

Live–and give–your life for others. ALL others, not just your favorites; did Christ not give His as much even for those crucifying Him as He did for His own followers?

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