The transformation from sensual to spiritual is an ongoing struggle for most of us. Jesus warned His apostles, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 St. Paul talks about this transformation when he says: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 The ‘sensual’ person does what ‘feels good’ but the ‘spiritual’ person does what ‘God says is good’.
When I was a little girl, I used to be amazed by the transformation of caterpillars to butterflies. One day I collected a bunch of caterpillars and put them in a little plastic container. I filled the container with grass, made little holes in the lid and figured in no time I would be growing butterflies in my bedroom. Well, my plan didn’t quite work out because the caterpillars died in the container. The beautiful transformation never took place.
The extraordinary transformation from sensual to spiritual that St. Paul is speaking of in Galatians 2:20, is about as amazing as the furry little caterpillar becoming a beautiful winged creature. This complex process is part of God’s design, but we won’t shed our sensual self easily, it requires God’s divine intervention and it involves much prayer, denial and trust in God.
Just as the caterpillar isn’t transformed in an instant, neither can we become instantly spiritual. Just like the caterpillar, I think we need to form an intimate “cocoon” with Our Saviour, where spiritual growth can occur and we cease being focused on ‘what’s in it for us’ and begin considering ‘what does God will’.
God gave me an amazing gift many years ago. It was like receiving a “key” to open a divine mystery and what I discovered is so precious and so important that I realized I must share this grace.
Seventeen years ago I used to think about meditating on the Passion of Christ, but I was afraid. To encourage me God gave me an amazing grace: He spoke to my heart. I heard His voice speaking within me, saying “Honour me.” It wasn’t an order, just a gentle, kind, tender voice urging me to take a trip to Calvary (the place where Jesus died) to discover something that would change my life. As I began to meditate on the Passion of Christ, God opened a divine mystery that enabled me to acquire an eternal perspective on life that is focused on doing God’s will rather than on fulfilling my own selfish desires.
Soon I found myself meditating on the Passion of Christ every day. Daily I made a spiritual journey with Jesus at the time He died for us, 3pm, that commenced in the Garden of Gethsemane and culminated in the place of His crucifixion. I took little steps forward and each day I became more determined to look deeper into the mystery of God. As I reached the place of Jesus’ crucifixion, I cried filled with sorrow for my sins as I reflected on the torture Jesus endured to redeem us and create a place in heaven for us.
I resolved to take this Walk to Calvary every day and I have been doing this now for well over a decade. On this daily journey my sensual self dies and my spiritual self is reborn stronger and stronger and I too feel crucified with Jesus. Like the caterpillar, I enter into a mysterious cocoon with God, and I fly out changed into a soul determined to give Him glory. His Passion is etched into my heart and is always on my mind. If Jesus could endure so much for me, I am determined to give Him my life!
Jesus gave me the grace to take a life changing journey everyday to Calvary and this experience changed my heart and my life’s priorities. If you meditate on the Passion of Christ, you will enter into your own uniquely created ‘spiritual cocoon’ with Jesus where He will help you to see what’s going right with your life, what’s going wrong and what’s missing. He will show you His divine plan slowly and surely as He reveals His holy will for you and Jesus will leave no doubt in your mind of how much He loves you!
Temptation has lost its grip on me because I have been changed by the daily remembrance of the Passion of Christ. In the last few years I have issued two news releases encouraging Christians all over the world to meditate daily on the Passion of Christ and to stop every day, if but for a few moments, to see Jesus dying on the Cross for our salvation. I have also submitted a formal proposal to Pope Francis asking for the support of the Catholic Church to honour the request that Jesus made to the world via St. Faustina that all souls stop to remember Him at the Hour of Mercy, 3pm.
Please join me and Christians all over the world that are stopping every day at the Time Jesus died for us, 3pm (locally), to remember the greatest love the world has ever known and will ever know, the love of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. At this time take a walk to Calvary and as you remember the Passion of Christ place all your prayer requests at the Foot of the Cross of Jesus. Join us in praying for Jesus to send His Holy Spirit upon our sinful and suffering world to transform our hearts and our lives, one soul at a time. And if 3pm locally does not work for you, just pick another time zone that does work, but don’t let a day go by without remembering how much Jesus suffered to redeem us and prepare an eternal home for us in Paradise.
I can only encourage you to enter into the divine mystery of the Passion of Christ and I can tell you it will change you, but you can only discover this great mystery by taking the spiritual journey to Calvary yourself. It will keep transforming you. This mystery never gets old, it just keeps transforming as it gives our souls the wings to fly!
Thank You Holy Lord for helping me to change and to see the eternal horizon. Thank You for Your infinite love. Please use me to give You glory for I love You so much Jesus! Jesus, You are my Heart’s Desire!
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