A Credible Legend
In one of the beautiful Churches of Cordoba,
Spain, there is a large crucifix which
one distinct peculiarity. The hands
crucified are not both nailed to the
as usual. One, yes, is nailed to the
but the other, the right hand, hangs
beside Christ's body. A legend grew
this crucifix, a legend which might
The story speaks of a sinner who, after
committed many vicious wrongs, felt
the Lord was calling him to start a
God is always running after us 'like
So he went to confession. He entered
church in Cordoba, found a priest,
his sins. The priest dutifully heard
his sins, gave him a word of encouragement,
and administered to him absolution.
A week later, this sinner was back
same church because he had again fallen
his previous sinful ways. This time,
giving him absolution, the priest warned
him, "My son, be careful, see
do not sin again." "I will
yes, Father, I will try hard,"
the poor guy. And indeed he did try,
since he was weak - like me ....and
like you - he fell again into sin.
So there he was again... same church,
priest, same sins. The priest forgave
but this time he admonished him seriously.
He was very clear! "My son, we
put into ridicule God! If you return
with the same sins, I will refuse you
The man tried very hard to resist temptation,
but he did not succeed. And so when
back to the same church and met the
priest and had to confess the same
he knew what to expect. The priest
"No, no, no! This is absurd. I
given you a fair warning. We cannot
God. I refuse to give you absolution."
The poor sinner felt destroyed. Just
moment, a voice was heard coming ....
the altar. The two looked up to see
who had his hands stretched out on
slowly pulling his right hand off the
and raising it up, to give absolution
to the sinner. "Your sins are
my brother. Go in peace!"
Then Jesus turned to the priest and
a serious smile, declared, "My
just a reminder! It was I who shed
for this man ... not you."
In her very last sentence of her autobiography,
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus states
: "It is not because God, in His
Mercy, has preserved my soul from mortal
sin that I go to Him with confidence
love", and she asked Mother Agnes
add, "Really tell them, Mother,
if I had committed all possible crimes,
feel that this whole multitude of offenses
would be like a drop of water thrown
a fiery furnace."
When you feel that the weight of your
are crushing you
when you feel just helpless in front of temptations,
when you feel that your efforts are in vain,
when you feel like despising yourself,
stop for a moment and remember Who loved
Remember who shed His blood for you.
And above all, remember ... that He still
has not given up on you,
He still believes that He can make out of
yes out of YOU,
Just relax in his infinite mercy!
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