From Mother Mary Joseph’s Sunday Conference, February 27, 1938
For forty days, we follow Christ to his cross. Are we going to follow as onlookers, or are we going to be real companions to Christ? This is the question we should all ask ourselves. Jesus has called us friends and says: “You are not servants, but friends.” Now, a friend is a person to whom we can look under all circumstances for understanding, consolation, sympathy, and help. The reproaches that are heaped on our friend fall also on us, and we hear Jesus, in the words of the Psalmist, saying: “I have expected reproach and misery, and I looked for one that would grieve together with me, but there was none; and for one that would comfort me, and I found none.” Now let this not be true of us. We, by our very presence here, have even said to the world that we are the friends of Christ. Let us, therefore, be Jesus’s real companions, particularly with him during these days of sorrow.
That is the time we need friends, and that is the time when we, ourselves, if we have friends, yearn to give to them. Now in order to help us to be close to Christ during Lent, let us each pick out some phase of the Passion that makes a particular appeal to us. Let us use that very religiously as the subject of our meditations. Let it become the pivotal thought of our actions. Then, let us take secondly, some fault that we wish to overcome, or a virtue that we wish to acquire or which we wish to strengthen, and examine each in the light of this phase of the Passion we have chosen, and let us go through Lent, trying to eradicate our fault by what we learn during our meditation on the Passion. And so, Sisters, I wish you a very holy and a very happy Lent, because we are happy in proportion as we sacrifice ourselves.