Those who deal with anthroponomy (the science that studies personal names) have a very effective tool to better understand the nature of the one who bears that given name.
Who among you knows the meaning of his own name? And do you recognise yourself in it?
The person and the name I want to tell you about is Veronica, the woman who dried Christ’s face with a cloth in the 6th station of the ‘Via Crucis’.
Veronica means ‘the true icon’, the true image.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF ANOTHER KIND
Pretend for a moment being able to wipe the face of a death row inmate, suffering and in pain.
This face is a challenge; it is the perfect mirror where everyone can reflect on themselves.
A unique opportunity to look into each other’s eyes and have the most memorable meeting of our life; your face is my own.
THERE IS NO TIME TO LOSE
Today, some of us would have photographed this same scene, making a selfie to brag about.
Veronica does not want to miss this unique opportunity.
WHITE AND PURE, MACHINE WASHED
The most striking thing in this scene is the contrast between the sweat, the dust and the blood and that clean cloth Veronica uses to perform her love gesture for Christ.
She wants to look at that face, and she is not afraid to make her way through that angry and howling crowd.
LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME
Veronica is courageous and goes beyond: she wants to establish contact to touch the object of her desire with her own hands.
Thus finally, she and Christ will be united forever. Every situation, even the most painful, always shows a positive aspect, if we are willing to consider events with an open mind and Solomonic impartiality.
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