The content for the mobile app reflections are taken from the collective writings of Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri (1696-1787). His intent was to motivate each person to cherish a tender daily devotion towards Jesus Christ in His Passion. The events are put in sequence as found in Scripture and Sacred Tradition.
Given the emphasis that St.Alphonsus, as well as other Saints have placed on the frequent & daily reflection of the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have adapted the passion timeline to make it available to believers worldwide on a 24/7 basis, as a means to honor and accompany Jesus the last twenty-four hours of His life on the earth.
The primary goal of this reflection is to engage believers to ponder and reflect on each aspect of the Passion by allowing time & eternity to intersect, by allowing the power of the cross to pour into our daily lives, no matter where we are or what we are doing….for a few moments, to pause and cast a glance at our Lord and permit this awesome, life-changing reality to bear fruit, to illumine, to set free & to save.
The reflection is designed to automatically progress non-stop through the various steps in our Lord’s passion based on a 24 hour schedule. Each meditation will present the user (based on users local time) with the respective passion image. Each image has a corresponding reflection, response as well as suggested prayer intentions. While the believer is encouraged to pray for their own personal intentions, some common intentions are suggested as a sign of our unity, for the body of Christ worldwide.
What the Saints Say
St. Pope John Paul II – “The veneration of Christ’s Cross has shaped the history of Christian piety and has inspired the greatest saints emerging over the centuries from the heart of the Church. All of them have become ‘lovers of the Cross of Christ.’….there is no Christian holiness without devotion to the Passion.”
St. Alphonsus – says that “all the Saints became Saints by devotion to the Passion and that there was no Saint who had not a great love of the Passion; from the crucifix they learned the art of loving God.”
St. Augustine writes that “there is no more profitable occupation for the soul than to meditate daily on the Passion of Our Lord.”
St. Bonaventure says that “he who desires to go on advancing from virtue to virtue, from grace to grace, should meditate continually on the Passion of Jesus.”