from her body …
disturbing were those whose agonies consisted of their skin being ripped, torn,
or cut from their bodies or those who were burnt alive…
cringing and grimacing in sympathy at just the thought of the unimaginable violence
I found out he was flayed alive, I knew that his horrific pain and sacrifice
needed to remembered and honored.
relics while listening to his story: The skin of the soles of his feet were shaved off before he was forced to walk on salt and through dirt and jagged rocks as he was forced through the town and cemetery on the way to his death. His skeletal remains show that this 13-year-old boy was hit
and punched so mercilessly that his jaw had been shattered and most of his
teeth had been knocked out. He endured all this rather than deny Jesus, shouting “Viva
Christo Rey” – “Long live Christ the King!” before he was killed by a firing squad. (It is so worth reading more about him and watching the movie, For Greater Glory, which
shares his life!)
Church of St. Lawrence in Rome, and venerating the man who died so generously that
he could quip, “Turn me over, I’m done on this side” as they roasted him alive
over a fire.
that they didn’t need to tie him to the stake as they placed him on a pyre to be
set on fire. Perhaps God spared him the pain of being burned alive as a
beautiful smell of baking bread emanated from him and the flames fanned out as
a sail around him – forcing his executioners to kill him through the sword as the
fire could not touch him.
ever experienced if you’re fair skinned like me,
formed on her body… blisters the size of tide pods, which eventually conglomerated
and joined together into a large mass of what looked like boiled skin…
ankles swelled like tree trunks.
of flesh has made getting up to stand or walk unbearable.
it was for her healing …
sought as her skin became ever more leathery looking and her pain and symptoms increased
each day and the doctors we had seen had no idea of how to help her…
knew to be great prayer warriors… I prayed for help and guidance as I didn’t
know where to turn, because I knew that she desperately needed medical attention.
miracles took place – as I was given the advice to call the burn unit at a
local hospital and ask to speak to a nurse.
reach – after waiting for hours and still hearing nothing back from doctors –
this nurse picked up the phone, listened and offered to see my daughter and
help. (I will forever be grateful for this nurse’s kindness and generous help and for those who prayed for her.)
bandaged up with specialized anti bacterial burn dressings that would stay on
for a week.
her pain is ongoing, but she will be well.
exposed, still leaves me mentally cringing and raw.
desperation of striving to find help when no help can be found – perhaps this is all
exasperated by the recent months-long, years-long searching for medical help
for my husband….
who, eventually, through miraculous interventions, is now on a long,
ongoing path toward healing …
helplessly as your loved one suffers…
Cross last night, and meditating on the tenth station, when Jesus’ skin was
ripped from him as they stripped him of his garments right before they
particularly moving for me, but the depth of what he endured for love of us has
never been more real…
watch helplessly as your loved ones suffer… especially if it is your child who
real for me.
agony must have physically traumatized Mary –
Will of God, still you were human!
of watching your child be in torture …
the agony of her skin being ripped from her body was all for my daughter’s
a fraction more of the pain both Jesus and Mary endured out of love for us.
portion of Jesus’ agony, it, likewise, gives her a greater awareness and
appreciation of the cost of her salvation and the depth of suffering Jesus
freely choose in order for her to be in union with Him both now in prayer and
forever in eternity.
Sacrifice penetrates ever more deeply in her soul and inspires her to love him with
ever greater love in return so much so that she longs to live a life ever
closer to Him.
alone, is the only One who can fulfill her and make her whole – being there for
her with perfect love and compassion that helps her carry her crosses, as well as
live a life of such great LOVE of God that she begins to experience ever more her heaven on earth.
have to endure,