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Holy Saturday

Today our waiting comes to an end. Christ will rise, and all the events of the last few days will be revealed for what they truly mean. See my reflections here and here for more on the events of this incredible day.

Good Friday

Today, we remember the day Jesus died. We walk through the Stations of the Cross and hear the story of this dark day. We will remember, "The people who walk in darkness will see a great light." Isaiah 9:2 See my reflections here and here for more on the events of this day.

Holy Thursday

We come to the table and eat, remembering this night of Passover, and the Lamb who was slain for us. We walk to the garden and pray to be ready. The Triduum begins. See my reflection here for more on the events of this day.

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If you're in central or north Austin, drop by Catholic Arts and Gifts - 6113 Burnet Rd. - and grab your copy of Walking Through Holy Week. If you're not, you can still place your order now at Ziegler's or Amazon. Holy Thursday is tomorrow. What a beautiful way to walk through each day, whether on your own, with your family, or with someone who is joining the Church. I know that I'm so excited to start that I can hardly stand it. It's the last day of Lent! Are you ready?

United

My third pregnancy was incredibly difficult. Morning sickness grabbed hold of me early and hard and didn’t let go until the day my daughter was born. The medication I took only got me up to the level of feeling terrible. One day as I waited for my prescription to be filled, I went across the street into the sanctuary of our church and began to pray desperately. “Please, Lord, take this from me. I don’t know that I can do it anymore.” I laid my heart before Jesus and cried out in my pain. When I was done, I was gently led to look up. In front of me was Jesus on the cross, and He spoke directly to my heart. “If I can do this for you, can you do this for her?” That wasn’t the answer I wanted to

Why Wait on the Mail?

If you're near downtown Austin, stop by BookPeople and grab your copy of Walking Through Holy Week. If not, place your order now at Ziegler's or Amazon. Holy Thursday is just two days away. Read each chapter the day it happens. What an incredible way to walk these last few days to Easter!

Dinner with a Friend

Just before Jesus enters Jerusalem for the last time, he stops and has a meal with Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. (John 12:1-11) As Jesus is heading to his own death, He has dinner with the man He raised from the dead. Wouldn't you love to be a part of that conversation? What was on Jesus mind? "How was it? I'm only going to be there three days - anything I shouldn't miss? Want me to get something for you? Should I say hello to anyone?" What about Lazarus? How do you live with this new life you have been given? He apparently was the talk of the town, because the chief priests were looking to kill him, too. His life was helping many people to believe in Jesus, and that was too much. Unfortunately

Share your light

Part Seven of an eight-part series of reflections on Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Holy Saturday is my favorite Mass of the year. The readings are incredibly meaningful, the symbolism throughout is beautiful, and I love any Mass that includes candlelight. As we enter the church, we enter in darkness. We are waiting in that time between Jesus’ crucifixion and death and when He rises from the dead. From a blessed fire outside the church, the Pascal candle is lit and processed in with all of the people who will be joining the Catholic Church that night. As they enter, the light of Christ is spread from that one candle to each of our candles. We pass it to each other, and as small as our individua

The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

John 19:39-42 Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by. In the beginning there was a Garden. In the beginning there was a tree. In the beginning there was a fall from grace that started everything here in motion. In the end, as Jesus is laid to rest, there is

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

John 19: 32-34, 38 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body. The end seems so quiet. No more struggle, no more to be done. Just a little clean up. The demands of the crowd have been met. Jesus is dead. Michelangelo’s Pieta poignantly shows us the aftermath of

The Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

Luke 23: 44-46 It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last. It is finished. As we walk this road with Jesus, the entire thing is not very long – less than twenty-four hours actually. Less than twenty-four hours of anticipation, terror, pain, suffering, and death. Most other days, twenty-four hours pass in the blink of an eye, but this day, twenty-four hours is long, arduous, and cruel. As I watched The Passion of the Christ, I remember

The Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

As Jesus hangs from the cross, He has every reason to call down punishment and judgment on the people who placed Him there and on the people who come by to look and jeer at Him. He has the power to condemn any of them, from Judas to Pilate to Peter, but He refuses to do so. Instead, He asks for them to be forgiven. He asks for each and every one of them. Where does He find the strength to forgive them? He can do this because He can see the other side of the story. He can see them through the eyes of their Creator. He can see that this sacrifice must be made, and if they had any idea what they were doing, it would be stopped. He can see that they can’t see, because their eyes have been cloude

History Lesson

Part Six of an eight-part series of reflections on Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Did you notice how much Olympic coverage was spent in telling the backstory of the athletes? The actual events were scattered between interviews and video segments exploring the athlete’s hometown, first time on skates, skis, or a snowboard, and family background. We like a backstory. It helps us understand the person in front of us. It helps us to see why they do what they do. It helps us to put together the meaning behind their actions. On Holy Saturday, we are given lots and lots of backstory. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are understood so much more clearly in the context of the rest of the story. We st

The Tenth Station: Jesus is Stripped of His Clothes

They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be," in order that the passage of scripture might be fulfilled [that says]: "They divided my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots." (John 19:23b-24) Jesus is stripped of His clothing, and the guards each take a piece for themselves. It’s barbaric, and cruel. It is interesting to note here that the tunic was not divided or torn. In the Gospel of John, the mention of the tunic is significant, because the priests in the Temple wore seamless garments. This garment set them apart and marked them as

Radio Interview - March 19

I'm so excited to be on the Jennifer Fulwiler Show! Monday, March 19, 1-3 Central time. Be sure to listen in! I should be on at 2:00. I'll be talking about my book Walking Through Holy Week, Lent, and who knows what else. I can't wait, and I hope you can join me.

The Ninth Station: Jesus Falls a Third Time

Psalm 37:23-24 The valiant one whose steps are guided by the LORD, who will delight in his way, May stumble, but he will never fall, for the LORD holds his hand. When Jesus falls this third time, He can probably within sight of the hill where He is to die. As Jesus continues to stumble with His cross, He knows what He has to do, and He is willing to do it, but He is weak and just can’t go one more step. Then He looks up at the people He loves, looks at the reason He is on this path, and stands up again. It's unfathomable. He is given enough strength to finish the journey and lay down His life for us. If Jesus can struggle with His cross, it is okay that we do, too. We stop, we are in pain, a

The Seventh Station: Jesus Falls the Second Time

Jesus falls again. He is weak, and even with help, he cannot continue and falls under the weight of the cross. Being 2,000 years from the story, it is easy to make it just that – a story. Even more, we reduce it to an almost cliché phrase, “Jesus died for our sins.” The clean, generally well-muscled Jesus that hangs in our churches is less bloody than most children who have fallen on a sidewalk. There might be a little drop of blood on the forehead from a thorn prick, and occasionally there is another drop from the wound on Jesus’ side, but overall, He looks pretty good. Entering into this moment, we start to see that this is much more than a simple sacrifice. This was brutal, and not neat a

The Eighth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

In this station, Jesus has fallen twice, hardly has the strength to go on, and yet He ministers to the women who mourn for Him as He goes to a brutal death. It is amazing that He is able to focus on anything but what is happening to Him. Instead, Jesus makes it clear that His situation is not as bad as what is coming. The problem here is not that Jesus is being crucified and that the world has turned its back on Him. Instead, the problem is that the world is willing to destroy the gift that God has given them. They will not accept the truth that is laid before them, and cling instead to the truth that allows them to continue living as they would like. We are given this choice every day. Do w

Walk with Me

Part Five of an eight-part series of reflections on Lent, Holy Week, and Easter What a blessing it is to be able to go to the Holy Land and walk the streets of Jerusalem as Jesus did. It can be an awe-inspiring thing to stand where Jesus was imprisoned, to climb the hill to the cross, and to go to the tomb where they laid His body. Unfortunately, not everyone can go to Jerusalem. Still, we long for that experience, and look for a way to be a part of that journey. We can read about it, and even look at pictures, but sometimes we desire something more. The Stations of the Cross began as a way to bring Jerusalem and the experience of the Via Dolorosa, or Sorrowful Way, home in order to share th

The Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:40 This is a traditional station that is not mentioned in the Gospel accounts. Veronica approaches Jesus through the guards and the soldiers, risking punishment in order to offer Jesus comfort as He struggles on the road to Calvary. She takes a cloth, wipes His face, and is left with an impression of Jesus’ face on the cloth. Like we saw in the Fourth and Fifth Stations, there is blessing in giving small comforts along the way of suffering. It is hard for many of us to be in the presence of suffering and death. Most of us have no idea what to do or what to say, so we avoid the situati

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