Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The School of Reparation

The scene of the Agony in the Garden shows the soul of reparation the road she must take: it is impossible to atone for sins in any other way except by assuming responsibility for them.

There is, moreover, no redemption without suffering and crosses - this is the second lesson of the Garden.  Christ's bloody sweat shows us how costly is our battle with sin whose cosmic power weighing heavily on anyone accepting the sins of another draws down the thunderbolts of God's just wrath.

The Garden of Olives also teaches the soul of reparation the true sense of the guilt which she takes on for the sinner.  Gazing upon Mount Olivet and willing to make reparation the chosen soul must identify herself with the sinner and, simultaneously, must feel the full need of Christ the Redeemer.  Having donned another's sins she must go to Christ to receive from His hands the chalice of His Most Precious Blood, the only means of their remission and of the restoration of the Eternal Father's glory impaired by them.

Becoming aware in this light of the enormity of the world's evil and of its offenses against the Divine Majesty, our reparation must assume the following characteristics:

it must feel guilt for the sins of others; therefore,
it must put on the sins of others;
it must identify itself with the sinner;
it must in union with Christ's Most Precious Blood accept responsibility of reparation for the sins of others; and so,
it must make reparation to the offended God with the superabundance of sacrificial love.

Our reparation, therefore, having the Agony scene set before us for its imitation should know no barriers, no limits in the intensity of its sacrifices, since the agonizing Heart of Jesus in the Garden of Olives, overflowing with pain the the desire for sacrifice is its model.

Reparatory Mysticism
Rev. Francis A. Cegielka