Holy Week is here. Make an extra effort to participate in at least part of the Triduum Liturgy. Thursday – The Washing of the Feet; Friday – Stations of the Cross followed by the Good Friday liturgy; Saturday – Easter Vigil.
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Family prayer gone by the wayside? Start with a quick morning and evening blessing – just trace a cross on the forehead, look into your loved one’s eyes and give a kiss or a hug. Move up to brief, spontaneous prayer, holding hands, each person expressing a brief gratitude and intention. Do I hear Amen?
Want to start a daily prayer time but unsure where to begin? The Bible is a good place. Grab a cup of coffee (or chamomile tea if it is evening), start with the gospel of John and read a chapter a day. Then reflect on your reading, whisper a few words of gratitude and ask God to help you through your day.
Need an easy mantra for anxiety relief? Inhale: Jesus, Mary and Joseph: exhale: I place my trust in you. Repeat until calm. If safe to do so, close your eyes and meditate on the words. Continue to repeat as often as necessary.
Find yourself in a strange church on Sunday? I don’t mean strange as in different; more like strange as in “1970’s anything goes” or “Vatican II should have never happened?” (I have been in both!) When you find a church you plan on going to, call ahead and ask if they are Roman Catholic rite. If they observe any other rite, you may want to keep looking. Note that the Tridentine Mass is an approved rite. Just be careful, if you attend a “Pius V” church, you will hear a lot of anti-vatican II rhetoric. Many Roman rite churches are now including Tridentine Masses in their Sunday schedule.
Have a hard time fitting the rosary into your busy day?
I usually say it while driving, but frequently forget if I’m at home all day. I also tend to forget to get up and move around, away from the computer, sewing machine or practice room. I find taking a walk, for the amount of time it takes to say five decades of the rosary, solves both problems and showers a myriad of blessings upon me at the same time. Sometimes I will follow with the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Need to go to Confession but didn’t have time to prepare? Think about these 5 areas and if you have failed, confess it!
1 – did I purposely miss Mass any Sunday?
2 – have I been unkind in thought, word or deed to anyone?
3 – have I entertained impure thoughts, desires or actions?
4 – have I been deceitful, dishonest or untrustworthy?
5 – have I been the love of Jesus to my friends, family and enemies?
The mortal sins are easy to detect. Usually we need to work on the venial sins.
Get absolution and receive Holy Communion! Get back up and try again!