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The Crucifixion. Catholics revere the Crucifix, because this excruciatingly slow, painful, and humiliating form of death is how God chose to save us.
"Behold, your mother" (Jn 19:26-27). "O Mary, model of a perfect communion, help us to receive Jesus worthily." - Monsignor de Segur. This sums up perfectly the role of the Eucharist and the role of Mary in our salvation: in that Mary is the type of the Church. Like Mary, we are to say "yes" to God (he called, she answered). Like Mary, we are to receive Jesus-- we are to allow Jesus to dwell in us, and our bodies are meant to be tabernacles; temples of the Holy Spirit. To want to recei...