On the Eve of His Passion, Jesus Showed His Disciples Love, by A. G. Sertillanges

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The Crucifixion Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro) Italian. ca. 1420–23

By A. G. Sertillanges, Catholic Exchange, March 31, 2023

A. G. Sertillanges (1863–1948) wrote the best-selling classic What Jesus Saw from the Cross. His works bridge the gap between theology and the everyday experience of ordinary Christians. Having lived in Jerusalem, he is uniquely qualified to lead readers through the Holy Land into the heart of Christ.

This article is adapted from a chapter in Fr. Sertillanges’s classic book, 33 Years in the Holy Land What: Jesus Saw from Bethlehem to Golgotha. It is available as an ebook or paperback from Sophia Institute Press.


We come to the dark, slow days of the Passion.

The darkness was shed over the soul of Jesus. He drew His dear ones closer to Himself and took them, as it were, into His confidence. Oh, what gentleness, what patience He showed! He spoke to them for the last time on the eve of His death, after they had eaten the Pasch with Him.

The lights were low, and the shadows gathered around; an air of mystery and coming danger pervaded the little company. Jesus told them of the terrible prophecies about to be fulfilled, and then He consoled them with words of such tenderness that only the beloved disciple dared record them. …

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