Friday, September 23, 2016

366 Project - Day 267 - "At The Foot Of The Cross"

September 23, 2016 - "At The Foot Of The Cross"

I spent tonight at my church's Perpetual Adoration Chapel, kneeling in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament... tears welling up in my eyes as I think about today - what would have been my brother's 51st birthday.

And as I kneel in prayer I cannot help but think of the subject of "suffering". I think about how much our family has suffered in the almost eighteen months since my brother's death. I think about Padre Pio - whose feast day is today - and how much he suffered during his life... how tormented he was. I think about our Blessed Mother and how much she suffered, standing at the foot of the Cross. And, of course, I think about Our Lord... about how much He suffered... and how no amount of suffering I could ever experience could even remotely compare to what he so willingly took upon Himself... for me.

The thoughts of "why?" such suffering has to exist quickly get replaced with the first of the Mass Readings for today - taken from Ecclesiastes - Chapter 3...

"There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to give birth, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit have workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to mortals to be busied about. God has made everything appropriate to its time, but has put the timeless into their hearts so they cannot find out, from beginning to end, the work which God has done." - Eccl 3:1-11

I think of all of this and I smile... and make my way out of the Adoration Chapel.

I look up at the sky and all I can think is this: "I love you, Bro!"

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(This photo was taken outside the Chapel - and is of the stained glass background behind the altar and tabernacle. The light is coming from within the Chapel - as it was already very dark outside. The image is "backwards" because it's from the outside, looking in.)

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