Holy Saturday and some Saints on Prayer
Saint Irenaeus of Lyons – “The reason God desires our service is that, because He is good and merciful, He wants to bestow blessings on those who persevere in paying Him homage. He does this for His servants because they serve Him, for His followers because they follow Him, and yet He receives nothing in return. He is rich in everything, He is perfect, and needs nothing from us.”
Saint Gregory the Great – “Although Christ was sinless, He suffered. He endured the pain of the Cross for our redemption. He alone offered pure prayer to God, for in the very moment of His Passion He prayed for His persecutors. ‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ What purer kind of prayer can be imagined than that which is of merciful intercession for those who are the cause of one’s suffering? So it came about that our Redeemer’s persecutors eventually believed, and drank the Blood they had spilled in their rage, and proclaimed that He was the Son of God.”
Saint Bonaventure – “In the Lord’s atoning grief be our rest and sweet relief;
Store we deep in heart’s recess
all the same and bitterness:
Thorns and cross and nails and lance,
wounds, our rich inheritance,
Vinegar and gall and reed, and the cry His soul that freed.
May these all our spirits fill,
and with love’s devotion thrill;
In our souls plant virtue’s root,
and mature its glorious fruit.
Crucified, we thee adore;
thee with all our hearts implore,
Us with all thy saints unite in
the realms of heavenly light.”
From “Lent with the Saints: Sayings & Meditations” from Ignatius Press, the Catholic Truth Society, and Lighthouse Catholic Media.