Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Reflection for March 20, 2016

Endless love: Jesus shows us how to love God, friend, stranger & enemy

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

Throughout his life Jesus opened his arms and heart in compassion, forgiveness, healing and love. He embraced life to the fullest and walked a path of surrender to God. Even as Jesus walked his final journey he continued to open his heart to those who surrounded him – Simon, who helped carry his cross; the women of Jerusalem, who mourned for him; the criminals hanging on the crosses on either side of him; those who stood by him at the foot of the cross. He never stopped thinking about and caring for others.

Upon the cross, those loving, caring arms surrendered totally to God – embracing all of life, all of our fears, all of our sins, and all of our hearts. We know that Jesus’ death was not the end but the beginning of new life giving all of us a glimpse of the glory awaiting us.

Darkness becomes light; pain is gone; joy is beyond measure.


A very beautiful and challenging reflection to begin Holy Week! Thank you.

Well done. Thank you!

The fact that so much good can come from bad never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for the faith-strengthening reminder.

Thank you Sr. Lynne Marie! Your final sentence is one we can hold onto in life and at the time of death.

Jesus is always thinking of us, too. Thank you, Sister Lynn Marie, for the inspiring thoughts.

Thanks for the thoughtful words, Lynne!
I will carry your questions into this week's prayer time!

Thanks for your reflection!


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