Well, with Palm Sunday occurring tomorrow we begin Holy Week, the
solemn days of grace. If we are not
careful we will be celebrating Easter and wondering what happened to my time
with the Lord. I have a suggestion. Beginning today, Friday, start praying the
Stations of the Cross. I was under the
weather one day this week and prayed a version of the prayer written by
Dominican Father Peter John Cameron, a version I clipped out of the MAGNIFICAT
missalette several years ago. The reflections contained a word from the Lord that I very much needed at the time.
Perhaps you could pray just one or two stations a day. They are brief but take the time to picture
the moment recalled and pray a simple prayer like: “Lord
Jesus, thank you for suffering and dying for me. I love you, Jesus. Have mercy on me, a sinner.”
When Easter Sunday arrives, you will be so happy that you accompanied the Lord on his way - the way of the Cross - a path that led to His Resurrection.
If the devil can’t
make you bad he’ll make you busy.
Have you ever heard that phrase?
Perhaps it is not theologically sound but I think there is a grain of
truth in it. The evil one has a lot at
stake if he can tempt us to live our lives on the run. Being busy prevents us from growing in our
relationship with God!
culture sets the tempo for our lives. It
takes a lot of spiritual strength and courage to slow down in order to take a
look at our priorities. What is
important – what is not? We
can begin each day by asking God what does He want for my life today?How
does He want me to handle my commitments – to my job, to my family. How does He want me to handle those things
that I have to do and what are those things that I can let go?
are not already making a “Morning Offering” here is one suggestion:
My God, I adore You, and I love You with all my
heart. I thank you for having created me, made me a Christian, and preserved me
this night. I offer You the actions of this day. Grant that all of them may be
in accordance with Your holy Will and for Your greater glory. Protect me from
sin and from all evil. Let Your grace be always with me and with all my dear
As I was putting this note together I
was reminded of a young mother who attends daily Mass. She is very reverent and recollected. However, when Mass is over she is out the door. She jumps into her car, turns on the engine,
flips open her cell phone and off she goes – into the day! I think she might have her priorities
straight – at least she has made a wonderful morning offering!
Perhaps you have already seen this stunning photo of Pope Francis going to Confession and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Peter's Basilica this past Friday. His action took place during a special Penance Service which launched "24 Hours for the Lord" called for by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Dioceses around the world were asked to provide round-the-clock times for Confession in parishes during this fourth week of Lent. On his way to hear confessions himself, the Holy Father walked to this confessional and knelt before the priest. His humility is edifying and convicting.