"Today Passiontide begins, a time especially consecrated to the remembrance and
loving contemplation of the sorrows of Jesus. The veiled crucifix and statues, the absence of the Gloria Patri in the responsories of the Divine Office,- are all signs of mourning by which the Church commemorates Our Lord's Passion. Pope St. Leo exhorts us to participate "in the Cross of Christ, in order that we also may do something which will unite us to what He has done for
us, for as the Apostle says, 'if we suffer with Him we shall be glorified with Him.' " Therefore, we must not only meditate on Jesus' sufferings, but also take part in them; only by bearing His Passion in our heart and in our body (2 Cor 4, 10) shall we be able to share in its fruits." <a Divine Intimacy