While the whole of Lent leads us toward the events of Good Friday and all that will follow, the Fridays of Lent are a special day of reflection upon the Passion and Death of the Lord.
The Church sets aside many days – and months – of the year for our particular consideration in order to assist us in our spiritual lives, and she places the Passion before us on all the Fridays of the year, encouraging us to do something that helps to focus our minds on what the Lord did for us on that first Good Friday; for this reason, one popular perception of Catholics is that we eat ‘fish on Fridays’, having avoided meat as a form of abstinence for this intention.
In my own spiritual life, and to help me to focus more specifically on the Passion, I am in the habit of always carrying a small Crucifix which is attached to my Rosary. I am always aware that it is there and I finger it often throughout the day. I kiss it each morning as a little mark of reverance for what it signifies. My prayers on a Friday focus a little more specifically on the Passion, for the same reason. I never want to be in the position where I am blasé about the Passion, and risk it losing the personal meaning it holds for me; our entire faith, after all, is based on the evnts of those days, from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. For much the same reason, I have a particular love of the Stations of the Cross, especially during Lent – something I missed very greatly last year and again this year.
As Catholics, many of us will have a Crucifix in our homes, placing it there as the very symbol of the faith we profess. That is a good and holy thing to do. Even better, is to pause even if only for an instant before that Crucifix and to remember what it portrays and to offer thanks. Again, Lent is the perfect time in which to try to do this, as the Passion and Death of the Lord is the very thing we are moving towards in a special way at this time.
As we venerate the Crucifix in our homes and at Church on Good Friday (where that is possible), may the grace of that Cross touch our souls.