The Crucifixion by Tintoretto, 1565

Before Abraham was, I am.

(St. John viii 58)

John Henry Newman reminds us that in the Church’s calendar the first weeks in Lent are spent in repentance…and that… the last weeks [of Lent], are more especially consecrated to the thoughts of those sufferings, whereby Grace and power were purchased for us (Sermon v. JHN) by Jesus Christ. From here on, then, our readings and meditations will have more immediate reference to Him, whose death and resurrection we are soon to commemorate. (Ibid) In the next fourteen days our minds will be drawn to the suffering of Christ, what is called His Passion, so that our faith may find deeper understanding of His love for us and may then more gratefully receive it. Continue Reading