Are you ready to move beyond your comfort zone? Stay with me. There is an Ignatian practice that invites us to meditate on Jesus suffering on the cross. Gaze gently at this twelfth-century image from the Chartres Cathedral.

Now, feel your own suffering and the way it lives within you.

If you can, go deeper into your experience of it.

Now, return to the image of Jesus on the cross. Can you sense any way in which God might understand your suffering?

My Prayer:

Suffering One, No words can express the pain, so I am with it in the silence–with You.

Invitation to Prayer:

Pour your heart out to the One Who Can Understand.

Scriptural Touchstone:

Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46


Jesus’ crucifixion (Mary and John below the cross) from the Passion Window at Chartres Cathedral (1145-55)

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Life and Death
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Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.


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