Palms and Holy Cross
Cut Paper, Jean-Marie Lee, 2019
PLOGS BELOW (JML's Poetic Commentary)
Forgiveness — anonymous
Poem to Judas from Jesus
Judas, if true love never ceases
how could you, my friend, have come to this:
To sell me for thirty silver pieces
and betray me with a kiss?
Judas, remember what I taught you,
do not despair while hanging on the rope.
It's because you sinned that I have sought you;
I came to give you hope.
Judas, let us pray and hang together,
you on your halter, I upon my hill.
Dear friend, even if you loved me never,
you know I love you still.
There’s a point of numbness after feeling
shock or grief or completely hollowed out
by living life and maybe the environment
you live in is awful too. As trite as it sounds—
saying mantra style prayers from memory
can help. The Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet
and Chaplet of Saint Michael can help you
set aside the urgency of the moment you’re
I can’t say that I personally say the Rosary,
Divide Mercy Chaplet, or Chaplet of Saint
Michael all in one day. But I have made a very
serious habit of saying the Chaplet of Saint
Michael every single morning before starting
the day. It’s actually gotten to the point that
if I don’t say it — my whole day is just shot
and I’ve got to stop and say the whole
Chaplet of Saint Michael and just let my mind
and heart get wrapped up in the prayer.
It’s very healing and spiritual and meditative.
That prayer works for me— maybe that’s just
not your scene. My challenge for Lent 2019
is to pick a time for prayer daily. Maybe you
read the Bible, maybe you just say all the things
you’re grateful for, maybe you recite of these
Chaplets or say the Rosary. However you
choose to pray try making it a consistent daily
habit this lent.
Below, I’ve put the Gospels and the entire bible.
I’ve also put the audio of the Rosary and
a PDF of the Rosary along with the audio and
PDF of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Chaplet
of Saint Michael. The Stations of the Cross are also
available in PDF so you can say them at home or
anywhere. And of course— I’ve kept that fabulous
book The Interior Castle on this webpage.
Happy Lent, Happy Prayers, and Happy Reflections!!!
PS. This is Pope Francis’ Lent 2019 Letter
The Holy Bible King James Version audio
The Old Testament
9. 1 Samuel
10. 2 Samuel
11. 1 Kings
12. 2 Kings
13. 1 Chronicles
14. 2 Chronicles
22. Song of Solomon
The New Testament
5. Acts (of the Apostles)
7. 1 Corinthians
8. 2 Corinthians
13. 1 Thessalonians
14. 2 Thessalonians
15. 1 Timothy
16. 2 Timothy
21. 1 Peter
22. 2 Peter
23. 1 John
24. 2 John
25. 3 John
How to Pray the Rosary
The Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet PDF
The Chaplet of Saint Michael PDF
The Stations of the Cross PDF
THE INTERIOR CASTLE
Saint Theresa of Alvia
LETS BRING PEACE EVERYDAY
Plog Post: Thursday, April 11, 2019