Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pouring a Soothing Balm

As we move into Lent we travel with Christ, here shown as a child, but still with the instruments of His future torture and death.

The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church's penitential practice. These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works).

The Loving Heart of Jesus
pours a soothing balm 
even upon things most painful

These lacy, die-cut cards are beautiful, but it's rare to find one in pristine condition.  Here's another version of the image, cropped a little tighter.

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