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“Let us nail ourselves to him, resisting the temptation to stand apart, or to join others in mocking him.”
– Pope Benedict
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“I stop once again at the Iglesia de Crucifijo to see if I can feel again what I felt earlier in the morning in this great old church. Well, it isn’t the same, of course; that seldom happens in life. But something slightly different is waiting for me here on this second visit into the crucified one’s world: this camino is already more than a road for me. It is a way. It is his way. I’m on it with him. In spite of so many indications to the contrary, when all is said and done, I realize now, I actually like this way. It is simple and true and. I now know, it is a way that can only be understood by walking along a road like the camino, walking as he walked, gazing at rising suns, passing through sunflower fields, tending to aching feet, eating and drinking with strangers, one step at a time but a million steps all in all. Steps that get me there.”
– Kevin Codd To the Field of Stars
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Closing the Door
Across the world
In the street
shouting angry pain.
Those we depend
choose the wrong side.
I come inside
close the door
and you are watching me
curled on your cross
on the wall.
of sacrifice and love.
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John V Taylor in his excellent collection of sermons The Easter God quotes a Thomas Blackburn poem that describes how he and his wife discovered a broken crucifix in the Alps and brought back the worm-eaten figure to hang in their home:
Because it says nothing reasonable
It explains nothing away,
And just by gazing into darkness
Is able to mean more than words can say.
I haven’t been able to trace the poem this is from. I’d be grateful if anyone can tell me.
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Our Lenten pilgrimage becomes much sharper as we enter Passiontide.
Almighty and everliving God,
in your tender love towards us
you sent your Son to take our nature upon him,
and to suffer death upon the cross;
grant that we may follow the example
of his great humility
and share in his glorious resurrection:
through him who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.