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3 Simple & Unique Ways to Meditate on the Passion of Christ

Mar 09, 2017 By Veronica Mena

Praying the rosary is one of the best-known methods for reflecting on the passion of Christ, particularly the Sorrowful Mysteries. But there are also some other wonderful ways to meditate on the sufferings of Jesus, which may be helpful to try.

Here are three spiritual practices you may not have considered before:

1. Recite a poem to Jesus.

This is a beautiful sonnet to Jesus that you should consider reciting. It was originally written in Spanish by an anonymous writer, but some have speculated that it was authored by Saint John of Avila.

A Poem to Recite to Jesus, believed to have been written by St. John of Avila


No me mueve, mi Dios, para quererte

el cielo que me tienes prometido,

ni me mueve el infierno tan temido

para dejar por eso de ofenderte.

Tú me mueves, Señor, muéveme el verte

clavado en una cruz y escarnecido,

muéveme ver tu cuerpo tan herido,

muévenme tus afrentas y tu muerte.

Muéveme, en fin, tu amor, y en tal manera,

que aunque no hubiera cielo, yo te amara,

y aunque no hubiera infierno, te temiera.

No me tienes que dar porque te quiera,

pues aunque lo que espero no esperara,

lo mismo que te quiero te quisiera.



I am not moved, my God, to give You love

by thoughts of heaven that You’ve promised me;

nor am I moved by thoughts of dreaded hell

for that alone, to cease offending Thee.

You are what moves me, Lord; I’m moved to see

You on a cross and mocked with every breath;

I’m moved to see Your body racked with wounds;

I’m moved by Your affronts and by Your death.

I’m moved, in sum, by love for You so great

that I would love You were not heaven there,

and I would fear You, if there were no hell.

You need give me no prize to love You thus,

for even if what I hope I hoped not,

As I now love You I would love You still.


2. Spend time looking at Christian art.

Meditating on the sufferings of Christ can help us to understand our own sufferings. Sometimes visual art is a helpful way to do this, particularly those depicting the crucifixion of Jesus painted by the old Masters. The video below shows you the detail of the stunning painting titled The Descent from the Cross, by Rogier van der Weyden.  It is located in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.


3. Imitate the saints: spend a few quiet moments reflecting on Jesus' passion.

The passion of Jesus has been a beloved theme for prayerful meditation for many of the saints throughout the whole course of Church history.

This is what Saint Alphonsus de Liguori tell us about the Passion of Christ:

"Our time is no time for fear as we are witnesses of a God who gave up His own life out of love for us. The Passion of Jesus was an excess of the love of God, so anyone who meditates on it, will follow Him to the end."

Saint Albert the Great, who had Saint Thomas Aquinas as his student, learned in a revelation that,

"By simply thinking of or meditating on the passion of Jesus Christ, a Christian gains more merit than if he had fasted on bread and water every Friday for a year, or had beaten himself with the discipline once a week til blood flowed, or had recited the whole Book of Psalms every day."

St. Teresa of Avila would often start with spiritual reading to help her begin her meditation. You can find a selection of Catholic books that focus on the Passion of Christ here.

How do you meditate on the Lord in a way that helps your soul the most? Please share with us and our readers!

3 simple & unique ways to love Jesus by meditating on His PassionThis article has been updated and was originally published in March 2016. © The Catholic Company. All rights reserved.


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Mandy Varley
Mandy Varley says
Apr 14 2017 1:37AM
Thank you and God bless you for this.

You also ask for ways we meditate on the Passion of Our Lord.....

Watching films (DVD's) eg: The Passion of The Christ, The Gospel of Matthew, Jesus (1999 film) The Bible, and many others.

Going online to watch or read meditations and reflections on The Passion of Our Lord, eg: Fr Ron Rolheiser OMI, Fr Thomas Keating OCSO.

Listening to hymns and sacred music.
Robin Truett
Robin Truett says
Aug 18 2016 11:40AM
where did you find the last picture? The one with the soldier yelling at Jesus and Him looking at us. Who is the artist? I would love to buy a copy of it.
Robert Andreas
Robert Andreas says
Aug 17 2016 9:30AM
I have a small meditation for each Hail Mary of the Twenty Decades of the Holy Rosary, the meditations for the Sorrowful Mysteries I use for each For the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion of The Divine Mercy Chaplet, and THe Sorrowful Mystery Meditations I use for praying each of thirtythree St.Gertrude Prayers for the Holy souls in Purgatory. I hope this done daily is an adequate meditation each day on Jesus' Life each day.
Sue Dahms
Sue Dahms says
Mar 21 2016 11:11AM
This was wonderful. Thank you so much. I especially loved that poem!
Esperanza says
Mar 20 2016 8:45PM
Me encanta la oracion no me la sabia. Gracias por ayudarnos a prepararnos para comenzar la Semana Santa.
Letty says
Mar 20 2016 1:58AM
Thank you. Made me cry. I will recite poem next week for Holy week. Beautiful !
Marian says
Mar 19 2016 7:06PM
thank you so much..the Sonnet in Spanish was especially moving because that was one of my Mother's favorite..brought back many mom passed away in 1989.
A - I haven't heard of combining those two devotions, so I'm not sure what that would look like. Maybe do each one separately in it's own time?
Hazel says
Mar 18 2016 9:24PM
Thank you for sharing this, it is beautiful. Will recite next week
Erolinda says
Mar 18 2016 5:37PM
Thank you for sharing , I am in need of meditation of Passion n death of Jesus Christ this coming Holy Week
Tita García
Tita García says
Mar 18 2016 3:22PM
Thank you for sharing, Love the poem especially because is in Spanish too.
Linda says
Mar 18 2016 1:44PM
Thank you
Sam Fitzpatrick
Sam Fitzpatrick says
Mar 18 2016 1:08PM
Thanks so much for sharing these valuable ways to enter into the mystery of Christ's saving Passion and Death. I have copied the beautiful poem, sent myself a link to the music/art at You Tube, and have ordered Passion meditation literature for my kindle. All those things will help, I believe, to intensify my participation; my rote prayers are often dry and easily distracted.

I look forward to a more meaningful Holy Week and the last preparations for a Holy Easter.

God bless you.
You are welcome Sam! We are so happy that this post will help prepare your heart for Holy Week!

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