Confronted on a daily basis with human suffering, I am invited to see it through the eyes of the Crucified Savior.
I leave you to think of the state in which we have been and all that I have suffered particularly. My body must be of iron to resist such violent and continuous emotions of the soul. I recommend that you pray hard to God that he will preserve this dear patient; offer for this intention, to the Lord, the work that you are doing at this moment of his glory. You are on the field of battle and I am at the foot of the cross on which our poor brother is nailed.
Marius Suzanne was dying in the Marseille community house, attached to the church which he had built at the Calvaire. They had just celebrated the feast of the Presentation of Mary in that church, preceded by an octave of prayer.
Never was an octave more brilliant, better followed, more edifying; they sang in the church and I swallowed my tears at the head of the bed of my friend. I administered to him holy viaticum on the very day of the Presentation; what a contrast! The church, splendidly decorated while we come almost stealthily to take the Lord from his tabernacle to carry him to this good servant, to whom we owe the building of this holy building and all the good that never ceases to be done in it.
Letter to Hippolyte Guibert, 26 November 1828, EO VII n 316
“Easter is always the answer to ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!’ “ Madeleine L’Engle