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Why we call it 'Good' Friday
Catholic Online ^ | 4/10/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier

Posted on 04/10/2009 6:44:48 PM PDT by tcg

I served as Deacon at the solemn “Celebration of the Lords Passion”. This frail couple approached. The wife could barely walk without her husband’s loving firm support. As they drew closer, I could see that the husband’s face was filled with deep wrinkles, the kind of love lines etched in the face from suffering borne with grace. His head was covered with unkempt white hair and framed with a coarse white beard. His eyes were filled with pure love for his beloved wife whom he assisted so tenderly as she came forward to venerate the Holy Cross.Her eyes were distant and her face was beautiful, wrinkled but profoundly feminine, revealing a landscape of embedded sorrows and joys, a full life now coming to its winter. As she drew closer, I could tell that the lines in her face had been accentuated by the progressive ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.

He stooped to kiss the cross and in so doing moved his steady hands and his face momentarily away from her gaze. She looked at first afraid, because his face had left her view for a brief moment. I noticed as he came back into her view that a serene look filled her eyes. She seemed to be asking her beloved a simple question with her expression “What now?” He directed her head toward the base of the Cross and in so doing he caught my eyes with his own. Instantly, I raised the Cross so that she could touch it with her lips as a sign of her surrendered love. He smiled at me and directed his beloved wife back to the pew. Words were useless. I knew, he knew, and the Lord knew.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Prayer
KEYWORDS: cross; goodfriday; love; pain; suffering
I now know a little more deeply why we call it 'Good' Friday - it is good because it reveals the heart of a Good God of boundless merciful love who Himself knows our pain and who, in His Son, transforms it all by redemptive love.
1 posted on 04/10/2009 6:44:49 PM PDT by tcg
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To: tcg
Words were useless.

Sometimes words are not necessary...thank you for sharing.

2 posted on 04/10/2009 6:59:29 PM PDT by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: tcg
In my years I have come across several cases where one man has cared for a disabled wife, or visa-versa, or a parent for a child, for years, and you ask yourself how can they do it? And then you know that it is only with the power God gives can they do it. It is God's grace at work.
3 posted on 04/10/2009 7:44:35 PM PDT by elpadre (nation)
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To: tcg
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4 posted on 04/10/2009 11:04:00 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: elpadre
Beautiful... ask yourself how can they do it?

How can they not?

5 posted on 04/11/2009 12:03:13 AM PDT by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. And NEVER GIVE UP!)
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To: Salvation; tcg; SouthDixie; elpadre; bootless

Thanks for the link; post; comments. bump, bump, bump, bump, bump

6 posted on 04/22/2011 6:10:21 PM PDT by PGalt
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