Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Stational Church: Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

Today's Stational Church is at the Church of St. Marcellus.  Dom Gueranger writes, "At Rome, the Station is in the church of Saint Marcellus, Pope and Martyr. This church was once the house of the holy lady Lucina, who gave it to the Pontiff, that he might consecrate it to God."

For information on this devotion, see the Stational Churches of Lent Homepage. I will post on each Stational Church for Lent. Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius:
A patient sufferer, condemned by his enemies to work in a horse-stable, the good shepherd, Pope Marcellus, is our leader today to the King of Martyrs, Christ, our Good Shepherd.

Why must a human being suffer, physically, spiritually, or both? This has always been and ever will be, the great problem—indeed a problem and a riddle for the worldly individual, but not for the follower of Christ, who finds the answer at the foot of the Cross.

For the Christ-loving soul, there is no suffering for suffering sake, there is suffering only for Easter sake, with its peace and strength and never fading victory. 
The mystery of the Cross is the great answer, a solution, which the carnal-minded man will never find. St. Marcellus found it, and having found it, suffered gladly as a true athlete of Christ. "I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou has upheld me and has not made my enemies to rejoice over me."

Let us pray: Sanctify this fast, O God, and mercifully enlightening the hearts of Thy faithful, do Thou hear favorable those to whom Thou grant the grace of devotion. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

2 comment(s):

del_button March 29, 2007 at 7:44 AM
ukok said...

Just passing through and wanted to wish you a much blessed Holy Week and Easter, I won't be around from Saturday as I'm going away for a week or two and wasn't sure I'd get back over here before I get home.

God Bless you.

del_button March 29, 2007 at 1:24 PM
Matthew said...

Thank you for the kind wishes. I have had a very trying week. I'll post more on it later.

Your comment was truly appreciated.

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