February - Month of the Holy Passion of Our Lord
As Catholics, we are blessed to not shy away from the sufferings Our Lord endured for our salvation. We have crucifixes in our churches, homes, and often around our necks. Paintings of the Passion, Stations of the Cross, and extensive readings of the Passion during Lent and Holy Week are just a few things that are part of our Catholic traditions. Of course, we see all of this in light of the Resurrection, but there is no Resurrection without the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ. This really happened. And He did it for us.
Take the time this month to meditate on Our Lord's Passion. It will prepare you for Lent itself by instilling the proper inner atmosphere of acknowledgement, sorrow, and gratitude for this great gift. Really consider what Our Lord went through for you before you decide what type of prayer, penance, and almsgiving you will practice this Lent. Pray to Jesus and Mary for guidance in that. Then, in just a few short weeks when Lent arrives, walk into it not in a scramble for "what to give up" or depression for the sadness of the season, but with the firm intention to grow closer to Our Lord who created and redeemed us.
- Adapted from the "Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa" blog on The Passion of Our Lord.
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