Minute Meditations

The Mercy of God Is Our Greatest Blessing

And now here they were together again at La Verna, their sacred mountain, preparing for the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, and Leo was praying the Mass of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, his feet planted firmly on the rocky ground. He raised his heart to Leo’s voice in the Introit’s perfect articulation: “Nos autem gloriari opportet in cruce Domini Nostri Jesu Christi: in quo est salus, vita et resurrectio nostra: per quem salvati et liberati sumus. We however should glory in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection through which we are saved and made free.” The wind began to whistle and whine through the pine trees as Brother Leo intoned, “Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.” That cry, like that of the pines, for mercy. Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner. And sinner he had been and was, but lately he seemed to remember more the blessings of Jesus.

— from Murray Bodo, OFM, author of the book Francis and Jesus


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