How many today remove the body of Christ from the Crucifix and look only at the empty cross? When a Crucifix is before us, we cannot forget about sin and reparation. Christ’s perfect Sacrifice was accomplished when He said, “It is finished.”
However, we are called to cooperate in Christ’s sufferings. St. Alphonsus explains this as follows: “Can it be that Christ’s passion alone was insufficient to save us? No. It left nothing more to be done; it was more than sufficient to save all men. However, for the merits of the Passion to be applied to us, we need to cooperate by patiently bearing the trials God sends us, so as to become like our head, Christ.”
The infinite merit of Christ’s Passion and Sacrifice enables us to add our daily prayers, labors, trials, and sufferings to those of our Lord. Thus, we become actually co-redeemers with Christ, sharing in His suffering.
Suffering, more than anything else, makes present in the history of humanity the force of the Redemption.
Jesus, make us saints.
Why should we make reparation to God? For two reasons: 1) to repair our own offences against Him, and 2) by virtue of the Communion of the Saints, we can also make satisfaction or reparation for the sins of others.
However, we first need to see ourselves as we really are so we can properly intercede for the souls of others. We do this through frequent Confession.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that every offense committed requires reparation, even if its author has been forgiven. The greatest offering of reparation is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. At the Last Supper he told His disciples to “Do this in memory of me” so that we would have the opportunity to join with Christ.
Since Holy Mass is the representation of Christ’s infinitely perfect Sacrifice of Calvary, it is one of the best means of offering reparation of God’s wrath. St. Therese of Lisieux said the best reparations she could ever make for sin was attending Holy Mass and worthily receiving Holy Communion.
By Barbara Kralis
Jesus, make us saints
Christ’s sacrifice is enough to serve as reparation for all sins. But, think of a mother who asks her child to make cookies with her. The mother has everything she needs to complete this task on her own and knows the task itself is actually easier to complete solo. But, including the child is good for the child and the mother. The mother wants the child to help out of love. It’s not about efficiency, but about love, teaching and building relationship. The child has no idea of the larger picture of making memories, learning skills or even the holiness of helping the mother with a task.
We also may not understand how we could possibly help Christ repair the sins of others. Why would we try to help with something someone else has done so completely? What good could come from suffering? We know that Jesus sees more clearly, loves more dearly and forgives more wholly than we could ever dream.
We do this because He asks us to. Because He loves us and wants us to join Him in performing such an amazing act of love.
Jesus, make us saints!
Reparation is love.
God the Father loved us so much that he sent his son to repair what was broken from the fall . . . Adam and eve’s sin.
Jesus loved His Father and us so much that he came to be a sacrifice to heal what we had broken.
We now are called to love God the Father, and His Divine Son, and each other with the help of the Holy Spirit to repair what we have broken from our sins and the sins of the world.
Jesus, teach us to love!