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These quotes open up the mystery of Jesus’ death in a whole new way.
The saints all understood that Jesus’ Passion, death and resurrection were the central key to entering into a deeper prayer life. They meditated on the Passion frequently and it led them into a complete union with God.
As St. Bonaventure boldly proclaims, “He who desires to go on advancing from virtue to virtue, from grace to grace, should meditate continually on the Passion of Jesus … there is no practice more profitable for the entire sanctification of the soul than the frequent meditation of the sufferings of Jesus Christ.”
This reality is clearly present in their many writings, which can open up for us the mystery of Jesus’ crucifixion in a entirely new way.
Here are five profound quotes on Jesus’ passion that reveal to us the many mysteries that occurred on Mount Calvary almost 2,000 years ago.
1. St. Francis de Sales
“Mount Calvary is the academy of love.”
2. St. Paul of the Cross
“The holy sufferings of Jesus is a sea of sorrows, but it is also a sea of love. Ask the Lord to teach you to fish in this sea. Immerse yourself in it, and, no matter how deeply you go, you will never reach the bottom. Allow yourself to be penetrated with love and sorrow. In this way, you will make the sufferings of the gentle Jesus your own. Fish for the pearls of the virtues of Jesus. This holy fishing is done without words.”
3. St. Augustine
“The death of the Lord our God should not be a cause of shame for us; rather, it should be our greatest hope, our greatest glory. In taking upon himself the death that he found in us, he has most faithfully promised to give us life in him, such as we cannot have of ourselves.”
4. St. Theodore the Studite
“How precious the gift of the cross, how splendid to contemplate! In the cross there is no mingling of good and evil, as in the tree of paradise: it is wholly beautiful to behold and good to taste. The fruit of this tree is not death but life, not darkness but light. This tree does not cast us out of paradise, but opens the way for our return.”
5. St. Gemma Galgani