The Passionist Nuns who blog at In the Shadow of His Wings wrote about meditating on Jesus’ sufferings. How appropriate! The penitential season of Lent will be here soon. A traditional devotion in most parishes is Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent. Here is a quotation from the Sisters’ post that explains that meditating on the Lord’s passion generates love for Christ in the heart of the believer.
To meditate on his passion is to begin to be illumined by the fire of divine love that radiates from the heart of Jesus through every moment of his sufferings, to begin to experience that in his passion he love me and gave himself for me (See Galatians 2:20).
In addition to the post the Sisters have a poetry page. Two poems are about the Lord’s passion. I found one by my favorite poet, Jessica Powers, who was a Carmelite Nun. I don’t recall having read it before. “With a Flame Inside,” is about the burning love for us that Jesus carried within himself.
I just found out that the Passionists celebrate the titular feast day of their religious congregation today, the Friday preceding Ash Wednesday. Part of their celebration is to commemorate Christ’s Passion “as the most overwhelming sign of God’s love.” You might like to read the Sister’s post about it here. They also have a link to a related homily from 2009, which you can read here. I’d say it’s proof positive that thinking about Jesus’ sufferings is not morbid.