FIFTY MEDITATIONS ON THE PASSION
by Archbishop Alban Goodier, S.J.
Archbishop Goodier published these 50 Meditations in 1925. In his author’s preface he wrote “These notes were written a long time ago in Lent, 1909. At the time a certain religious, now dead, used often to speak with me about prayer, and about the labor she had experienced in prayer. I used to notice how easily she would fly along a line of contemplation if the tiniest suggestion were made to her, and several times I ventured to make such suggestions in the shape of points for meditation. The points here collected were written for this purpose. They were written for two only; but others who have seen them have found them useful and have asked that they may be printed. If they are a help to any in prayer, I can only be grateful to our Lord.”
The publishers at Loreto hope that the modern reader will find in this little volume as much useful material for initiating meditation as did the original readers.
3. Tristis Est Anima Mea
4. The Prayer
5. The Agony
7. The Mob
8. The Disciples
11. The Insults
13. The Night
15. The Interview
18. The Scourging
19. The Crowning
20. Ecce Homo
21. The Cries
22. The Condemnation
23. The Second Station
24. The Women
25. Simon The Cyrenian
27. The Crucifixion
28. The Crucified
29. The Wounds
30. The Title
31. The Companions
32. The Crowd
33. The Cries
34. “Father Forgive”
35. “This Day Thou Shalt Be With Me
36. “This Day Thou Shalt Be With Me
37. “Woman, Behold Thy Son”
38. “Why Hast Thou Deserted Me?”
39. “I Thirst”
40. “It Is Consummated”
41. “Father Into Thy Hands”
42. The Death
43. The Opened Side
44. The Deposition
45. Mater Dolorosa
46. The Anointing
47. The Mourners, The Funeral
48. The Body Buried
49. The Day of Anticipation
50. The Day of Waiting
XXIX. THE WOUNDS
1. “From the crown of his head,” etc.
2. “In the house of them that loved me.”
3. Intra vulnera tua absconde me.
I. THE SIGNIFICANCE
1. The right hand—that gave so much.
2. The left hand—that guarded so much.
3. The right foot—going forward.
4. The left foot—giving way.
5. The heart—broken.
II. INTRA TUA VULNERA ABSCONDE ME
1. In thy left hand—helping others.
2. In thy right hand—giving more.
3. In thy left foot—surrendering to others.
4. In thy right foot—acting boldly.
5. In thy Heart—my love!
1. Sancta Mater, istud agas,
2. Crucifixi fige plagas,
3. Cordi meo valide.
XXX. THE TITLE
1. The obvious “finger of God” throughout.
2. Recognized explicitly by our Lord.
3. Understanding, sorrow, glory in it.
I. THE TITLE
1. Jesus—pure consolation—unmixed.
2. Nazarenus—meanness turned to glory.
3. Rex Judaeorum—glory to meanness.
II. THE SIGNIFICANCE
1. To the Jews—mockery, stumbling.
2. To the Gentiles (Pilate)—folly.
3. To them that believe—power and glory.
III. THE ENTHRONEMENT
1. King of sorrow, and pain, and failure.
2. Throned, when on a cross.
3. “Drawing all to himself.”
1. Adoration, with the pain.
2. Thanksgiving, with the pain.
3. Oblation, with the pain.