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Sister Marie Claire Naidu
(second half of the twentieth century)
Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Bangalore – India

Jesus dies on the Cross

V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Saint Luke. 23:46

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit!” And having said this, he breathed his last.


Jesus hands over his spirit to the Father in serene abandonment. What his persecutors thought to be a moment of defeat proves, in fact, to be a moment of triumph. When a prophet dies for the cause he stood for, he gives the final proof of all that he has said. Christ’s death is something more than that. It brings redemption.[1] “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses.”[2]

With that begins for me a mystic journey: Christ draws me closer to him, until I shall fully belong to him.[3]

“As a deer longs for flowing streams,
So my soul longs for you, O God…
When shall I come and behold the face of God?”[4]


Lord Jesus, it is for my own sins that you were nailed to the Cross. Help me to gain a deeper understanding of the grievousness of my sins and the immensity of your love. For “while we were still weak, Christ died for the ungodly.”[5] I admit my faults as the prophets did long ago:

“We have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly
and rebelled, turning aside
from your commandments and ordinances;
we have not listened to your servants the prophets….” [6]

There was nothing in me to deserve your kindness. Thank you for your immeasurable goodness to me. Help me to live for you, to shape my life after you,[7] to be joined to you and become a new creation.[8]

“Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.”[9]

[1] Cf. Gal 3:13.

[2] Eph 1:7.

[3] Cf. Jn 12:32; Phil 3:12-14; Gal 2:20.

[4] Ps 42:1-2.

[5] Rom 5:6, 8.

[6] Dan 9:5-6.

[7] Cf. 1 Cor 11:1.

[8] Cf. 2 Cor 5:17.

[9]Saint Patrick’s Breastplate” (Eighth-century Irish hymn).



Pater noster, qui es in clis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in clo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
morientem desolatum,
cum emisit spiritum.

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