Personal Devotion to Christ


Devotion of Saint Francis to Christ - by GRECO, El - from Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao

 

Twenty Centuries have come and gone since His Thirty-Three Years on Earth, and today He is the Central Figure of the Human Race, ...the Leader of Mankind's Progress. All the Armies that ever marched, all the Navies that ever sailed, all the Parliaments that ever sat, all the Kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the Life of Man on Earth as much as One Solitary Life. 

 

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Father Groeschel, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, is an author, lecturer, retreat master, clinical psychologist, spiritual writer and director, and is the Director of Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York. His programs are regularly featured on EWTN.

by Father Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR, EdD

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Strange as it may sound, many people have a False Understanding of Devotion even though, admittedly, this is the Principal Act of the Virtue of Religion. Generally it is thought of as something Soft, Sentimental, somewhat Effeminate.

Some years ago Father Gerald Kelly, S.J., pointed out that people commonly attach high importance to Devotion in every sphere but Religion. He wrote:

In all other affairs devotion has a lofty signification. Men speak with respect and awe of the soldier who is devoted to his country, of a husband devoted to his wife, of parents devoted to their children, of a doctor devoted to his duty, and so forth. In all these uses, devotion means something solid, a spirit of self-sacrifice and of true heroism. Yet, in the religious sphere the word has a 'fluffy' connotation; the mere accidentals are frequently mistaken for the substance.

Devotion, as the Principal Component of the Virtue of Religion, is the highest of all forms of Devotion. It means a Perfect Willingness to fulfill the Will of God in all things; the Readiness to Perform all our Duties and Obligations towards God, no matter what the cost may be. It is concerned with Honoring and Serving God as He deserves to be Honored and Served.

A Man filled with Devotion to God is moved to Serve Him with a Zeal that amounts to Perfect Self-dedication. This is the Goal towards which we must all aspire. Blessed is the Man who Serves his God with his Whole Heart, his Whole Mind, his Whole Strength and his Neighbor as himself! Every Christian is called to this type of Holiness according to the Words of Christ: "Be Perfect as your Heavenly Father is Perfect".

 

What is Christian Devotion?

Devotion of the Martyrs

Devotion to Jesus as the Word of God

Devotion to the King of kings

Devotion to the Crucified King

Devotion to Christ during the Dark Ages

Devotion to the Christ Child

The Oldest Devotion

Devotion to Christ During the Reformation

Devotion and Scripture

Problems with Devotion

Devotion in Our Times

Who will Christ be for us in the New Millennium