Are you familiar with the movie It’s a Wonderful Life? In it, George Bailey is facing financial ruin, largely because of his generosity to others. He wishes he had never been born. An angel grants him his wish and he sees the impact he has seen on others. He takes back his wish, but he is still in deep trouble. He returns home, and his wife is overjoyed. She has spread the word that they need help, and the whole town turns up to help him. This act of love can bring tears to the eyes of the sentimental.
Why? Because deep down, what we all need to know more than anything, is that we are loved. It is what our hearts seek. Sometimes it seems like if we really, truly, 100% believed that God loved us, we would not sin. We would be so secure in that love that nothing else would drive us. But we are flawed and we often falter and doubt.
So as an activity, spend some time gazing at the crucifix. Think about the tremendous love that our Lord has for us, and for you individually. Consider the thought, “If you were the only person in need of salvation, Jesus still would have died for you.”
Hear our Lord call you “Beloved”. Be confident in His great love for you. Just gaze at Him and love him back. And let that be your whole world for a few moments.