The greatest grace, which God gave us,
is the Eucharist and the priesthood,
thanks to which priests can administer the sacraments to us.
These are the words of the mystic, Blessed Alphonse Marie,
baptismal name Elizabeth Eppinger
1. A Source of a Respect for Priests and Priesthood of the Young Elizabeth
It is right to ask ourselves, how the respect towards priest’s dignity, priests, and priesthood was born in still little Elizabeth.
We have to say that this respect began in her with her upbringing in the Eppinger family.
Her early recollections, about which Elizabeth narrates, lead us to know the atmosphere of her family. In her Autobiography, from her own mouth, we learn how important is the care for good moral and religious education in her family despite hard work and how much she evaluates the principles she has received through the good care of her parents.
How did Blessed Alphonse Marie meditate on the crown of thorns?
She says, “The best way on how to prepare for meditation is to stand in God’s presence and talk as a child: ´My Jesus, I am impelled to meditate on this mystery, but, how can I handle it without your extraordinary grace, help, and support? Look, how poor and weak I am! Say to my heart just one word. Show me Your will. If only I could engrave deep into my heart my resolutions. I am not able to do it; you must do it instead of me, my Jesus. Have mercy on me!´”
The Crown of Thorns
– Iniquity Caused by our offenses
During this Season of Lent, we would like to meditate
– on the crowning of Jesus –
and the cause, why He had to bear it. Continue reading