Holy Week is here, and with it come thoughts of how I spent these forty days of Lent. Or, am I, in this point of my spiritual journey living my Christian life as I intended to? Below are the thoughts of Sister Maria Cristina from Brazil to help us put our ‘remembering’ into context.
Remember how your God led you in the wilderness for all these years (Deuteronomy 8:2).Sapiential Remembering? What does it mean? What does it involve? I like to imagine our memory like a black box of an airplane where everything, is recorded and whenever I wish to call back to mind an action, a date or an event, it is only there that I can find it. But memory is not simply bringing to the surface events or feelings and perhaps crying over ourselves with nostaligia or remorse about what cannot be changed, it also means drawing from it, contemplating it, feeling it, touching it with the heart so as to recall the past, embrace it, celebrate it in such a way that it provokes in me, in us, a response of gratitutde, a sense of responsibility for today; for the present, and sincere and great hope for tomorrow, for the future…(our remembering) will certainly be an exerperience of faith because we will discover that nothing has been lived in vain. We will see the creative and regenerating hand of God. We will feel in our hearts the redeeming and merciful experience of Jesus. We will experience the engaging and awesome action of teh Holy Spirit. And, like Mary, we will proclaim: The Most Holy Trinity has done great things for me…” Speaking to us religious, Pope John Paul II, in his Apostolic Exhortation “Vita Consecrata” n.110, said, “You have not only a glorious history to remember and to recount, but also a great history still to be accomplished! Look to the future, where the Spirit is sending you in order to do even greater things.” – – –
This Lent has been a time of ‘Sapiential Remembering’, as we walked with Christ and His temptation in the desert, to the now ardent task of walking to Jerusalem and, even more, to Calvary.
This icon represents Christ treading the wine press. And who is at His side? None other than Mary who ‘treasured all these things in her heart’. Her remembering every event, every word, every deed involving her Son, helped her when the questions of ‘why’ rose up from within as she gazed upon Jesus from the foot of the Cross.
We Canossians take this vantage point in our contemplation. To stand with Mary at the foot of the Cross, looking up our Lord, and ask to trust like Mary.
Mary, Mother of Sorrows at the Foot of the Cross, Pray for us!