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The Delighful Wound

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
Sr. Mary of St. Peter

Sr. Mary of St. Peter

May the most holy, most mysterious and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven, on earth and under the earth, by all creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

This Golden Arrow,” according to Our Lord when He revealed it to Sister Mary of Saint Peter, a Carmelite Nun of Tours in 1843, “will wound My Heart delightfully and heal the wounds inflicted by blasphemy.

The “delightful wound” sounds like an oxymoron because wounds are generally painful and we try to avoid them.  But this wound is different than the ordinary kind.  It is a sign of contradiction in every sense of the phrase.  First, it is a contradiction in the way that the cross of the crucifix is visually a contradiction, having a horizontal line that intersects a vertical line.  The moment that the phrase “delightful wound” crosses the mind it intersects the heart with the enigmatic question, “what (or who) is this?”  Second, when we discover Christ, the Lamb of God, and learn of his free choice to suffer so that we might have life, we are wounded by this picture of His love.  It has carefully performed a precision piercing in the crust of our hearts and gently pressed into the soft depths beneath to the place where our treasures have been guarded.  Having entered into our hearts and transformed them, the sign of the crucifixion is then transformed by our hearts from an image of a senseless killing and a bloody victim into the image of our redemption and the perfect subject of our longing.  It is now that the heart begins to see along with the eyes of God the Father how perfect His Son is and how deep our need for His loving sacrifice is.  When a heart wounded by His beauty prays fervently a prayer of reciprocating love for Jesus (such as the Golden Arrow), then it wounds His heart in return.  In this way the love of God transverses a great chasm that man has carved between himself and his creator, his Father.  And that is the third way that the “delightful wound” is a contradiction; adoring the Christ on the cross atones for our sins of disobedience by which we first betrayed and violently wounded Christ because it makes a friend of the one we counted as an enemy.


On the Way to Jesus Christ, Ignatious Press 2005; Chaper Two Pgs 32 – 41: Wounded By the Arrow of Beauty, The Cross and the New Aesthetics of Faith

On the Way to Jesus Christ, Ignatious Press 2005; Chaper Three Pgs 46 – 48: Communication and Culture New Methods of Evangelization in the Third Mellennium

Golden Arrow: The Revelations of Sr. Mary of St. Peter, Tan 1990

© Tim Bartel 2009