By Sarah Chichester (Apr 2, 2010)
The following is the ninth in a series of reflections from Ash Wednesday to Easter, written as a dialogue between the Lord and the soul. These reflections are inspired by the Diary of St. Faustina and Scripture.
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Oh Lord, if Mary had not taken me by the hand I would not have been able to follow You along the Way. I was so afraid when I saw You scourged, and when I saw You fall again and again. Even now she grasps my hand and leads me though the chaos to the foot of the Cross. I am afraid, Lord. Coward that I am, I want to run away from the screaming and the jeering of the people. But she does not hesitate.
Holding tightly to her, I stand before You. Here I am Lord. She inspires me to approach You with faith and love. Take this little heart of mine, Lord. Although it is so weak, let it tell You with every beat how much I love You. Don't look at the howling crowd. Look here, Lord. I love You.
After You die I will stay with Mary, now my mom too, so she is not alone. I am sorry for all that I have done to put You on that Cross. With Your grace and the help of Mary, I trust in Your love and mercy. Lord, please let my trust in You console You, especially in these moments. My Lord, my Love.
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Read part 1: The Quiet Call.
Read part 2: Trying God's Patience?
Read part 3: A Trail of Trust.
Read part 4: If You Want Peace ...
Read part 5: In Your Mercy, Preserve My Life
Read part 6: Finding Everyday Masterpieces.
Read part 7: Into Jerusalem
Sarah Chichester works for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, based in Stockbridge, Mass.