Monday, February 05, 2018

Dearest St Joseph, who took care of Jesus and Mother Mary so well, please pray for us.


Friday, February 02, 2018

My dearest Jesus, I love You very much!

I haven't had too much time to write here lately and there's this pile of marking still smiling at me. I rather gaze at and admire real beautiful towering snow laden peaks and savour the hard work due to the climb/descent... but, like hiking up / down a mountain, marking has given me some insight into their thoughts and I can't help but wonder at some beautiful pieces of work and marvel also at some, er, not so beautiful pieces of work. 

I couldn't resist posting this. I remember some beautiful conversations about dearest crucified Jesus and I want to remember them (Deo gratias et Mariae):

Thank you my dearest Jesus, for enduring this crown of thorns for us. Words cannot express how much I am in debt of to you, after I realised what this crown of thorns must have done to you and what it means for me, for us... 

Dr Zugibe said that the crowning of thorns was perhaps the most painful pain since it seriously wounded the trigeminal nerve which is like an electric wire…

The trigeminal nerve is the largest cranial nerve and is the great sensory nerve of the head and face, and the motor nerve of the muscles of mastication.

The thorns, affecting the Trigeminal nerve, the 5th cranial nerve and it is the main nerve of the face responsible for sensation (e.g. heat and pain). The 3rd attachment shows clearly where the trigeminal nerve innervates the face (with the different colours). Note that every region of the face is innervated by the trigeminal nerve, top of head, nose, mouth, sides of face, cheeks etc (!) This means that every time Jesus spoke, it must have been very very painful - like many electric shocks(!)

It is really really wonderful that Jesus managed to speak at all throughout His passion (after scourging, talking to P.Pilate, way of the cross a few times, on the cross (7 times!!) amidst all the other pains caused by all the other tortures Jesus had to go through: scourging, carrying the cross, removal of thorns and putting it back on, the actual crucifixion. This makes all of Jesus's words during his Passion really really really precious!

Here, the SEVEN, the words that sparkled faith throughout the whole world! 

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (How can anyone forgive the people who so horribly torture you?)

"Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise" (I am so much looking forward to be in paradise with Jesus and Mother Mary!!!...)

"Woman, behold your son, son, behold your mother" (Dearest Mother Mary!)

"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani..." (Very eloquent words that everyone says whenever suffering, but when Jesus said it, he was not "giving up on God", but when we say it, we sometimes mean "Why God, why did you do this to me?")

"I thirst!" (Jesus thirsts for souls to come to him and drink at his fountain)

"It is finished." (His whole Passion for the salvation of mankind)

"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." (to His Father in heaven, Jesus gives His self to His father)

Most precious words! 

And a prayer for Catholic priests, who are alter Christus (pl. Christi?) 

O Jesus, eternal Priest,
keep Thy priests within the shelter
of Thy Sacred Heart, where none may touch them.

Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Thy Sacred Body.

Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Thy Precious Blood. 

Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.

Let Thy holy love surround them and shield them from the world's contagion. 

Bless their labours with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen. 

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