Thoughts from Anna Morse……
On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone had been removed from the tomb. She ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “ They have taken the Lord from the tomb and we don’t know where they put him.” They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in and he saw and BELIEVED.
Burial cloths don’t seem like very convincing evidence of the resurrection. Unless this cloth was extraordinary in some way. The cloth that the body of Jesus was buried in still exists and truly is remarkable. You may have noticed the framed images of The Holy Face of Jesus in our parishes. There are two images of the Shroud of Turin and one from the Veil of Veronica circulating between the three churches. The Veil of Veronica is an artist interpretation when the cloth, that was used to wipe Jesus Christ’s face during his passion, was exposed.
The shroud however is different. In 1898 a photographer named Secondo Pia discovered the detailed likeness of a bearded man with visible wounds on his body, when he examined the reverse negative of his photo plate in the darkroom. Under normal conditions, only the vague sepia blur of a human body appears on the fabric. This is the image you see in our parishes. If you would like to know more about the science of the amazing piece of cloth check out some of the videos on FORMED.org
Yeah yeah, Cool the cloth Jesus was buried in. Why do I need to have a devotion to the Holy Face? I already pray, I like to look at the cross, I have my devotions. Well to answer quickly, because Jesus told us to. “I desire that My Face which shows My Soul’s deepest anguish. My heart’s sorrow and love may be more honored. Whoever gazes upon Me already consoles Me. Every time that anyone gazes at my Face. I will pour My love into hearts and by means of My Holy Face… you will repair the damage of our sins, appease God’s anger, convert sinners, save souls and participate in the promises of Jesus Christ.”
(Our Lord Jesus Christ to Blessed Sister Pierina)
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