Lent: Your Journey to Calvary and Easter
Christ’s Passion for you: A Virtual Retreat

Welcome to the mini-retreat, “Christ’s Passion for You.”

Which of the following are true?

  • I’ve been wondering if God really and truly cares about me.
  • I’m worried about something, but it seems like God is not as concerned as I feel about it.
  • I have felt let down by God.
  • God is not answering my prayers.
  • I’ve lost someone, and I’m suffering from the loss.
  • I’ve been seeking an answer from God about an important decision, but he has been silent or unclear.
  • I’m not worthy of God’s love.
  • I’m a sinner. I don’t deserve God’s help.

This retreat can provide healing from these sufferings. Take time to meditate and reflect on each segment. Use the photos to help you imagine what the experience of Christ’s sufferings was like for him. As you do this, remember that he did it for you. This is how much he cares about you.

Let’s begin.

Christ Jesus, though He was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, He emptied Himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
He humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
(Philippians 2:6-8)

The Face of ChristYou are about to enter into the timelessness of what Christ did for you, when the experiences of Jesus during the first Holy Week are also the now moment of your life.

Start by making an examination of conscience. You can use our Examination of Conscience Based on the 10 Commandments (this link will open a new browser window so you won’t lose your place here).

In this Virtual Retreat, Jesus is going to reveal his mercy to you. If you have already received forgiveness and absolution for your sins and they no longer control you, this retreat will continue the process of growing in intimacy with Christ.

If there are sins that still have a grip on you, we recommend that you complete the healing that begins in this retreat by calling your parish office to set up an appointment with a priest to receive the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The power of this Sacrament will set you free to enjoy new life in the glory of Christ’s resurrection! Because….

It was our infirmities that He bore,
our sufferings that He endured….
He was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins,
upon Him was the chastisement that makes us whole,
by His stripes we were healed.
We had all gone astray like sheep,
each following our own way;
but the Lord laid upon Him the guilt of us all.

(Isaiah 53:3-6)

In a meditation given to Pope John Paul II on March 15, 2002, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the Papal Household, described what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane, which he called Jesus’ dark night of the soul: “Jesus’ anguish was not caused by simply foreseeing the torments; Jesus took sin upon Himself, the whole sin of the world. At that moment, the fact that He had not committed the sins made no difference; they were His because He freely assumed them: ‘He bore our sins in His body.’ “

Let’s meet Him as He descends the Mount of Olives toward Jerusalem, as He knowingly takes the final steps of His life and enters the dark night of His soul. The photos you will see were taken in the Holy Land (see the Virtual Pilgrimage and photos by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries). The story is paraphrased from Matthew 26:14–27:66, the Gospel reading for Passion Sunday. Whenever you arrive at the cross icon, click on it. To zoom in on the photos, click on them.

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