Weep Not For Me

The other day my friend mentioned that Lent has been especially difficult for her this year.  Feelings of sadness and unworthiness at the thought of our Lord’s Passion have been wreaking havoc on her spiritual life.  “I sometimes feel grateful that my two year old is a terror in Mass,” she confessed.  “Stepping outside with him gives me a little reprieve from the heaviness of it all.”

The truth is that the Passion of our Lord is sad.  Beyond sad, it’s incomprehensible even.  And this blog post, which I meant to be an encouragement to a dear friend, has taken me a week to write because… I don’t even know what to say.  I’m torn between wanting to comfort her and standing beside her and weeping myself.

Here’s my best advice, meager though it may be.

Show up.

Feel His pain.

Weep.  Let your tears cleanse Him of the blood and filth of the crucifixion.

What Jesus really truly wants is our whole entire hearts.  He wants us to open up and pour out our sorrow to Him (yes, even our sorrow for Him) and to let Him soothe us.  So don’t close your heart, friend.  Today, turn to Jesus and face Him.  Don’t shrink away from Him.  Let Him love you in all of your brokenness and pain.

And as I said last year, don’t be afraid of the crucifix either.  I know a guy who beat one, and He’s throwing a big party on Sunday.




  1. This is probably my favorite Lent/Triduum/Easter post ever. “Don’t be afraid of the crucifix. I know a guy who beat one, and he’s throwing a big party on Sunday.” That, my friend, is golden.

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  2. I’ve been shrinking all day. All week. Maybe all Lent. Thank you for this- it is just the encouragement I needed tonight. It’s not too late to face it.
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