show us what kind of man it is

Christ Crucified Between the Two Thieves – Rembrandt

O Lord, Holy Father,
Show us what kind of man it is
   who is hanging for our sakes on the cross,
   whose suffering causes the rocks themselves
      to crack and crumble with compassion,
   whose death brings the dead back to life.
Let my heart crack and crumble at the sight of him.
Let my soul break apart with compassion for his suffering.
Let it be shattered with grief at my sins for which he died.
And finally let it be softened with devoted love for him.

St Bonaventure 1221 – 1274, Italian scholastic theologian and philosopher


Seven Last Words from the Cross 
Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do. – Luke 23:34
Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother. – John 19:26-27
Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise. – Luke 23:43
My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? – Matthew 27:46
I thirst. – John 19:28
It is… finished. – John 19:30
Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. – Luke 23:46

One thought on “show us what kind of man it is

  1. Thank you for putting the focus exactly where it belongs through this prayer. And thanks for the additional listing of the seven last words.


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