By: Bruno Hagspiel S.V.D.
Ah! If men would but go to Jesus who, full of mercy. is hanging with outstretched arms, bleeding and dying. on the rough tree of the cross! His entire attitude is an expression of the inexpressible sorrow which fills His soul at the folly of His creatures, who go elsewhere to seek that peace and happiness which He alone can give. Oh! If only our faith were strong enough to realize that Jesus seeks each one of us; that His one great desire is to make us happy! How willingly we would go to Him; how our souls would blossom and bloom in the warm sunshine of the love of our Brother and Friend! Jesus is the divine victim in whom the boundless love of God is made manifest to us. Men must experience this love in order to reciprocate it. In the presence of this God, who becoming man, has laid down His life for us, they will learn to understand the true value of self-sacrifice, self-denial. suffering and pain; of love heightened to the degree of martyrdom. That without them, all human wisdom fades like vapor in the sky and every other endeavor remains fruitless. It is heartrending to see the constantly growing number of those who reject Christ, who perish without faith, hope or love.
Let: us pray. Hear us, O’ God our Saviour; and grant that as we are gladdened by the festival of Blessed Gemma, Thy virgin, so we may learn from her loving devotion towards Thee. Through Christ our Lord. Amen