Consummatum est – tetélestai – it is finished! Which is to say, it is complete, it is accomplished!

Jesus said, in praying what we know as the great High Priestly prayer, said that He had finished the work that the Father had given Him to do, and He was now on His way to Him.

Some words from ‘The Story of a Soul’, the autobiography of St Thérèse of Lisieux: ‘A few days before her death, this little Saint had said: “The death of Love which I so much desire is that of Jesus upon the Cross.” Her prayer was fully granted. Darkness enveloped her, and her soul was steeped in anguish. And yet, may we not apply to her also that sublime prophecy of St. John of the Cross, referring to souls consumed by the fire of Divine Love: “They die Victims of the onslaughts of Love, in raptured ecstasies—like the swan, whose song grows sweeter as death draws nigh. Wherefore the Psalmist declared: ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints. For then it is that the rivers of love burst forth from the soul and are whelmed in the Ocean of Divine Love”’.

May God bless you this day, and St Thérèse pray for us all.