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Monday, January 11, 2016

Jesus' Greatest Sorrow & Consolation

Today we had Mass at the rock where Jesus underwent his agony in the garden of Gethsemene. The devil came to finish his temptations. Like a crushed olive oozing oil, Jesus sweat blood in anguish over all those who would reject the grace of salvation. This was his greatest sorrow.

However, the Father sent a good angel to strengthen him. His greatest consolation was the knowledge of all those who would accept the grace he was winning for salvation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church holds that, due to his divinity, Jesus "knew and loved us all when he offered his life" (#616).

My friends, every time we repent of sin, cooperate with grace and let the love of God shine - the angels and saints in heaven rejoice and we console the heart of Jesus!

+ Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR