In the commentary on the psalms, St. Augustine tells us that it was our humanity that was hung on the cross and Christ nailing our weakness to the cross cried out with the very voice of our humanity…God could give no greater gift to us than to make his Word our head and join us to him. Therefore, our Lord Jesus Christ prays for us as our priest; he prays in us as our head, and he is the object of our prayers as our God. Suffering is an essential part of being human and Jesus did not hesitate to become a suffering servant for our sake, and “while we thought of him as stricken, struck down by God and afflicted…he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins. Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole. By his wounds we were healed.” (Is. 53: 4-5).
Could there be any greater love? We have not a God who looks down on us from a distance after he created us, but a God who has gone through and knows our sufferings and can sympathize with us in our weaknesses and struggles. If anyone of us is still not convinced of God’s merciful love, let us study the cross and let us go before the Blessed Sacrament, where we can visibly see and experience how madly in love with mankind our God is, who keeps his promise to be with us always, even until the end of time. So through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, we, as contemplative nuns, gather together seven times a day on behalf of the Church and the people of God, to give praise to the Father of mercies and cry out with one voice for God’s grace upon the Church and all her children. Deo Gratias!