Friday, April 22, 2011

Love Held Him There

Good Friday thoughts:

... God was so engrafted into humanity that one who was both God and human ran like one in love to the shameful death of the cross.

This incarnate Word wanted to be engrafted onto that tree. And it was not the cross or the nails that held him there. These were not strong enough to hold the God-Man.

No, it was love that held him there.

- Saint Catherine of Siena, d. 1380, Doctor of the Church. The quote is from "Letters of St. Catherine of Siena" translated by Sr. Suzanne Noffke, O.P. (The paragraph breaks are mine.)

The image above is "It Is Finished" or "Consummatum Est" by James Tissot. The image lives at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

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