"Only the love of God that reaches as far as the Cross can open a breach in our hardened hearts." ~Cardinal Schonborn~
We still have 1 more week to go but we are most definitely on the home stretch of our Lenten Journey. Lately, I've been reflecting on the busyness of our lives, as a bustling family of 7. It's often difficult for us to find the silence of our hearts among the organized
Holy Week Plans
I would like to preface this by stating that I certainly don't have any holy answers and I certainly don't make any holy claims. I am just an ordinary Mom who is eternally searching for small ways to sanctify my life (and my family's life) one tiny step at a time. It's one step forward, one step back quite often!
These are my 10 Hopes for finding the"holy" in Holy Week:
2. To shut off all noise in the home to include television and computers. I am even stepping away from blogging, starting on Palm Sunday until after Easter. The hope is to concentrate primarily on Holy Week activities, taking in the Word of God and the Cross. I will, however, hope to bring out more spiritual music and chant to fill our ears with holy noise!
3. To make the entire week a meditation on the Passion of Christ, to include praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. We are kicking this off with watching the Passion Of The Christ, for appropriate ages in our house. (I have heard you can also watch it on You Tube)? How can you NOT be in the right frame of mind after watching that movie?
4. Starting on Saturday, we hope to use this book: Encounter The Cross~Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Jesus. The idea is to read one of the seven last words per day through Good Friday. This book looks like a great tool of reflection with discussion questions and a nice prayer to follow each word/phrase and reflection.
5. Monday: Pretzels and Prayer. I'm going to try Lacy's over at Catholic Icing.
6. Tuesday: Way of the Cross with Mary and possible outdoor nature hike to listen to God's voice through the beauty of His creation. We will also read The Purple's Are Coming!
From my Consoling The Heart of Jesus: "Jesus fully revealed Mary's special task shortly before his death. It happened when he looked down from the Cross and said to Mary as she stood with the Apostle John, "Behold your mother" (Jn 19:26-27) At that moment, Jesus gave us one of his greatest gifts: his mother as our mother. Of course, Mary isn't our natural mother. She's our spiritual mother. In short, Mary's job is to help us grow in holiness It's her mission to form us into saints."
There are other helpful sources to include these:
8. Holy Thursday: Adoration, Cross Crafts (below), and Mass. Last year, we used this craft. This year we are trying something new. One of our parish Catechists came up with a neat idea for making crosses, using branches from your backyard! I loved the natural concept, reflecting the true wood of the cross. This will be a great companion craft to our book: The Tale Of Three Trees.