Soul of Christ

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Ten (Part One)—From The Malignant Enemy, Defend Me by Marie Paul Curley

September 17, 2018

From Soul of Christ These last couple of petitions of the Anima Christi prayer remind us of the vigilance we need on our journey to transformation in Christ.  This petition acknowledges our powerlessness to live the fullness of the Christian life on our own.  We plead for Christ’s protection from the devil, from the terrible evils of our day, from our own tendencies to sin, and from whatever can lead us into sin. From the malignant enemy… Today, people often think about the devil from one of two popular mindsets, neither of which is helpful in the spiritual life: The materialistic denial or dismissal of the devil’s very existence and power is spiritually dangerous because it deters vigilance and makes it easier for the devil to [...]

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

September 10, 2018

From Soul of Christ Who will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39) Theme for Holy Hour: The Power of Christ’s Eucharistic Love Suggested opening hymn: “Love Divine, All Loves [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Nine (Part One)—Permit Me Not To Be Separated From You by Marie Paul Curley

August 28, 2018

From Soul of Christ The eighth petition of the Soul of Christ is worded negatively but brings us back to the prayer’s overall theme, expressing the goal of our entire spiritual lives: union with Christ. Permit Me Not to be Separated From You I used to think this poetically phrased petition had been put in the wrong place, coming way too late in the prayer. We’ve already prayed to be sanctified, saved, cleansed, and strengthened. Doesn’t all of that presume that we are already united with Christ? But the placing of this petition so late in the prayer reminds us that spiritual vigilance and continual commitment to conversion are crucial to discipleship – no matter where we are on our spiritual journey. It prompts us to ask important [...]

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

August 21, 2018

From Soul of Christ But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.”  But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:24-25) Theme for Holy Hour: Contemplating the Healing Wounds of Christ A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them.  Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it in my side.  Do not doubt but believe.”  [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Eight (Part One)—Within Your Wounds, Hide Me by Marie Paul Curley

August 6, 2018

From Soul of Christ The seventh petition of the Anima Christi prayer is a cry for refuge and connects deeply to the next two petitions.  All of us have moments in our lives when we need strength and encouragement to confront evil, to persevere through the challenges of discipleship, and to love selflessly.  Who better to go to than Jesus, wounded for love of us? Within your wounds… Meditating on the wounds Jesus suffered for us is a way we can take refuge in God’s love.  In moments of weakness, temptation, and frailty, we have one safe place we can turn to: the heart of Jesus.  Jesus opens his heart to us unconditionally, with no limits.  If we need proof of his love for us, we simply need to sit in front of a crucifix and [...]

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

July 30, 2018

From Soul of Christ We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.  For in hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what is seen?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.  Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.  And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  We know that all [...]

ANIMA CHRISTI: Chapter Seven (Part One)—O Good Jesus, Hear Me by Marie Paul Curley

July 23, 2018

From Soul of Christ The sixth petition of the Anima Christi prayer is a simple plea expressing the urgency of our prayerful desires – springing from our hearts directly to the heart of Jesus. Good Jesus… Names are important.  Entire books are dedicated to helping writers choose the best name for their fictional characters. The names we use for God can reveal a lot about our relationship with God: our image of God, how close we feel to God, and our trust (or lack of trust) in him.  We naturally pray with names of God that are familiar and intuitively appealing, but we can also choose to pray with a particular name or title of God.  Regularly using a specific name for God or Christ can then shape our prayer life. “Good Jesus” [...]

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 [...]