RP: 7 Last Words 2013

It's Holy Week, brethren.

In case you wanted something to help you better enter into the Passion of Our Lord this week, check out these reflections on the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ given by some of our friends back in 2013.

You can watch all of the videos via the full playlist below, or hit the jump for each of the individual reflections with descriptions.

Have a blessed Holy Week, Y'all.

"Father, forgive them..." - Ambergrace Castro

Parishioner of Holy Spirit Parish, SF State Student, and friend of Be The Straw, Ambergrace Castro shares about God's great love for us, and our call to love deeply in return.

"If you're bitter, that prevents love from ever coming through." - Ambergrace

Seminarian EJ Resinto: "Today you will be with me in Paradise."

Diocese of Honolulu Seminarian EJ Resinto shares a heartfelt story about his uncle who passed, and our own hope for the peace of Paradise that Christ offers each one of us from the Cross.

"Despite the turmoil, the pain, the suffering, there is Peace in Paradise offered by Jesus." - EJ Resinto

Seminarian Ryan Mahar - "... Behold your mother."

Diocese of Sacramento Seminarian Ryan Mahar describes the comfort provided by his relationship with Mama Mary, and how that comfort helps him get through life.

"With her comfort, with her love, I can gaze upon her son, and it is in her son that I find the meaning to my struggles. And it is through her touch that I find the comfort of His grace." - Ryan Mahar

Francisco Ortiz - "My God, why have you forsaken me?

Listen to a reflection on Jesus' words "My God, my God why have you forsaken me?" given by the Music Director of the Church of St. Raphael and Mission San Rafael Arcangel, Francisco Ortiz. With a special experience of God's presence through the Sacrament of Reconciliaton, Francisco reflects on the unceasing love and presence of God.

"I know that my suffering has a reason, and that reason ultimately is love." - Francisco Ortiz

Meg Arguelles - "I thirst."

BTS Intern Meg Arguelles shares with all of us her reflection on the Lord's words "I thirst." She reminds us what we should truly be thirsting for even though at times we might forget. #TheThirstIsReal.

"How many times I've tried to quench my thirst with things of this world, and how many times I've failed. It just reminds me that I'm not meant for this world." - Meg Arguelles

Seminarian Michael Ortiz - "It is finished."

Sacramento Seminarian Michael Ortiz reflects on Jesus' words from the Cross: "It is finished." Reflecting on the death of his father, Michael reminds us that Christ's death on the cross has gained us true and final victory.

"If it is finished, if the battle indeed has already been won, what would your life look like? Where would your drama go? How deep would your peace be?" - Michael Ortiz

Sister Armanda Santos, FSP - "Father, into your hands I commend my Spirit."

Sister Armanda Santos reflects on the call to give our whole lives to God. Using different images and a prayer of Paul VI she shows us how Christ handed his whole life over to the Father, reminding us that we too are called to do the same.

"My prayer for myself and for all of you, at the end of your lives, you too can say with Jesus, 'It is finished' I have accomplished the will of the Father."