DPPL 168: Wounds

STA altar at night smallYesterday we began a consideration of the wounds of Christ. These are thought to be among the inspiration for the devotion to the Sacred Heart. The DPPL cites Augustine in a very graphic passage. Do we consider the wound in the Lord’s side as a gate, a way through?

168. These and other texts present Christ as the paschal Lamb, victorious and slain (cf. Apoc 5,6). They were objects of much reflection by the Fathers who unveiled their doctrinal richness. They invited the faithful to penetrate the mysteries of Christ by contemplating the wound opened in his side. Augustine writes: “Access is possible: Christ is the door. It was opened for you when his side was opened by the lance. Remember what flowed out from his side: thus, choose where you want to enter Christ. From the side of Christ as he hung dying upon the Cross there flowed out blood and water, when it was pierced by a lance. Your purification is in that water, your redemption is in that blood”(St. Augustine, Sermo 311, 3: PL 38, 1415).

The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy is online at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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