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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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!
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 th
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
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 to
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 cam