“Dear crucified Lord, I fall at the foot of Your Cross and lift my aching heart to You. Lord, I know You are not gone, but the image of Your broken body nailed to the Cross breaks my heart and makes me cringe knowing that my sins are in those nails as well as all of humanity’s. Dear Jesus, Your piercing eyes scan the crowd and then look right into my soul. What do You see? Does it make You cringe or give You joy, comfort and love?
“I feel the deep longing in my heart that leaps to join Yours. Can You see that or is there anything blocking that view? What have I placed upon myself that hinders our loving connection? You pierced my heart with Your sword of love years ago and the only healing remedy is to join our hearts together through that wound and the wound in Your blessed Sacred Heart. My soul groans to be healed, like a dying person’s raspy labored breath. What have I placed in the way of my salvation? What infection slows the healing of my wanton soul?
“Lord, I pray as we begin this Lenten season, that You will take my vision and all my senses and join them with You on the Cross. Let me search the crowd and myself with Your eyes from upon the Cross. Let me love what You love and despise what You despise. Take me to the depths of my soul through Your eyes and show me what to keep and what to discard. May all that remains be a clear path to join our wounded, loving hearts. May we be one; may all of us be one in this way - one body, one holy Catholic and apostolic Church.”