Soul of Christ

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Six (Part Two)—In The Light Of God’s Word by Marie Paul Curley

July 16, 2018

From Soul of Christ When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.  At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.”  And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.”  Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Six (Part One)—Passion Of Christ, Strengthen Me by Marie Paul Curley

July 2, 2018

From Soul of Christ The fifth petition of the Anima Christi prayer focuses on Jesus’s passion as our source of strength.  We can find this strength especially in the Eucharist, where Jesus renews his saving suffering, death, and resurrection for us and for the world. Passion of Christ… In fulfilling his command at the Last Supper, “Do this in memory of me,” the church continuously celebrates the memorial of Christ’s passion and death.  At every Mass, the sacrifice of Jesus is made present on our altars for our sake.  Yet, it is not uncommon to hear Roman Catholics complain, “I don’t get anything out of the Mass.”  Why this tragic lack of understanding? Most Roman Catholics have never studied their faith past First [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Five (Part Two)—In The Light Of God’s Word by Marie Paul Curley

June 25, 2018

From Soul of Christ Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the Sabbath, especially because that Sabbath was a day of great solemnity.  So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed.  Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him.  But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.  Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.  (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe.  His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.)  These things occurred so that the [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Five (Part One)—Water From The Side Of Christ, Wash Me by Marie Paul Curley

June 18, 2018

From Soul of Christ The fourth petition of the Anima Christi prayer focuses on water flowing from the heart of Jesus as a symbol of cleansing and new life – for each of us individually, and for the world. Water From the Side of Christ… “But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.  Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out,” (John 19:33-34).  The Fathers of the church saw a great deal of symbolism in the water mixed with blood flowing from the side of Jesus: an image of the sacramental baptismal waters that cleanse us from our sins, and also a reference to the church, founded on the new life that Jesus came to bring us. Water is [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Four (Part Two)—In The Light Of God’s Word by Marie Paul Curley

June 11, 2018

From Soul of Christ United ourselves to the Precious Blood of Jesus, we place before the Lord our intentions: to alleviate the sufferings of the world, especially of the innocent victims of violence, war, and oppression.  We may wish to pray especially for those who witness to Christ in the face of persecution and threat of death. Theme for Holy Hour: Adoring the Victorious Lamb of God Suggested opening hymn: “Pange Lingua / Tantum Ergo” (written by Saint Thomas Aquinas with various translations into English, such as: “Sing My Tongue the Savior’s Glory,” translated by Edward Caswell).  Spend quiet time in silent adoration. Adoring Jesus In His Word Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come… and [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Four (Part One)—Blood Of Christ, Inebriate Me by Marie Paul Curley

June 4, 2018

From Soul of Christ The third petition of the Anima Christi prayer invites us to enter fully into the new life of the Paschal Mystery – Jesus’s suffering, dying, and rising for us. Blood of Christ… The church has always had a special devotion to the Precious Blood of Christ, as we know from reading the New Testament. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.  He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake.  Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Three (Part Two)—In The Light Of God’s Word by Marie Paul Curley

May 21, 2018

From Soul of Christ Theme for Holy Hour: Jesus, Center of Our Lives Suggested opening hymn: “Center of My Life,” refrain text and music composed by Paul Inwood, verses are Psalm 16. Spend some time in silent adoration. Adoring Jesus In His Word When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.  He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”  Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes.”  Then he took a loaf of bread, and [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Three (Part One)—Body Of Christ, Save Me (continued) by Marie Paul Curley

May 14, 2018

From Soul of Christ In this chapter, we continue to pray with the petition, Body of Christ, save me, focusing particularly on the saving presence of Jesus in the Eucharist – Jesus celebrated, adored, and lived – and how his saving presence transforms us as church into the living Body of Christ in time and space. Body of Christ… Two of the greatest mysteries that define our faith are referred to in this simple phrase.  Both are about God coming closer to us: the Incarnation (the Son of God taking on our humanity to save us) and the Eucharist (the Son of God taking on the form of bread and wine to become our food and drink, to draw us into the embrace of the Trinity).  One profound connection between these two mysteries is how much [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Two (Part Two)—In The Light Of God’s Word by Marie Paul Curley

May 7, 2018

From Soul of Christ They came to Bethsaida.  Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him.  He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see anything?”  And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.”  Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.  Then he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.” (Mark 8:22-26) Quiet time for personal adoration. Adoring Jesus In His Word The Gospel of Mark recounts many unique details in this unusual miracle.  [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Two (Part One)—Body Of Christ, Save Me by Marie Paul Curley

April 30, 2018

From Soul of Christ The second petition of the Anima Christi prayer uses a phrase with multiple meanings: “Body of Christ.”  This chapter focuses on how Jesus saves us by sharing our humanity. Body of Christ… The phrase, “Body of Christ,” acknowledges the mystery of the Incarnation: out of love for us, the Son of God took on our human nature.  The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity took on the limitations of our humanity to draw close to us and to save us.  By itself, this one petition can be repeated as an act of heartfelt praise and thanksgiving. With a human body, Jesus enters fully into our human experience.  Although completely free from sin, he did not exempt himself from the limitations and sufferings of our human [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter One (Part Two)—In The Light Of God’s Word by Marie Paul Curley

April 23, 2018

From Soul of Christ “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.  And you know the way to the place where I am going.”  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going.  How can we know the way?”  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you know me, you will know my Father also.  From now on you do know him and have seen him.” [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter One (Part One)—Soul Of Christ, Sanctify Me by Marie Paul Curley

April 16, 2018

From Soul of Christ The beautiful Anima Christi prayer begins with a deeply personal petition that immediately draws us into a genuine encounter with Christ.  In fact, each of the first six petitions of this prayer focus our attention on a specific aspect of Christ’s humanity, similar to our recalling the cherished qualities of a friend or loved one.  This first line delves into the deep desire of Christ’s soul to encounter us and be united with us. Soul of Christ… “Soul of Christ” is a unique, familiar way to address Jesus, and it sets a personal tone for the entire prayer.  This might not be obvious at first glance, because “soul” is a term with many nuances.  From a Roman Catholic perspective, the soul is understood [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Invitation by Marie Paul Curley

April 9, 2018

From Soul of Christ The Anima Christi or Soul of Christ prayer has long been popular with Roman Catholics.  It dates back to the early fourteenth century, 150 years before Saint Ignatius of Loyola recommended it in his Spirit Exercises, thus ensuring that this beautiful prayer would not be lost over time. What is the ageless appeal of the Soul of Christ prayer?  Its warmth and familiarity with Jesus ease me into praying, especially if I feel dry or distracted.  Right away, it leads me into my relationship with Christ.  But the Soul of Christ is not just intensely personal.  This timeless prayer also connects us with the great mysteries of our faith in a personal way that both comforts and challenges us.  When I pray, “Body of [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Soul Of Christ (Anima Christi) by Marie Paul Curley

April 2, 2018

From Soul of Christ Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Anima Christi, santifica me. Body of Christ, save me. Corpus Christi, salva me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Sanguis Christi, inebria me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. Passio Christi, conforta me. O Good Jesus, hear me. O bone Iesu, exaudi me. Within your wounds, hide me. Intra tua vulnera, absconde me. Permit me not to be separated from you. Ne permittas me separari a te. From the malignant enemy, defend me. Ab hoste maligno, defende me. In the hour of my death, call me. In hora mortis, meae voca me. And bid me come to you, Et iube me venire ad te, That with your saints I may praise you, Ut cum sanctis tuis laudem [...]