Good Friday — the day we commemorate the execution of Jesus. This year our commemoration reminds me of a quote from Meister Eckert about Christmas. In essence, Eckert asked what good it is for us that Jesus was born 2,000 years ago if he is not also born in us each day — for the Son of God always needs to be born.
GSR Today - We have rediscovered a handful of Lenten, Holy Week and Easter reflections published from years past to inspire you in this Holy Week and into the early Easter season.
An image has haunted me since I first read it in an article about the atrocities taking place in South Sudan. It is very disturbing, and I'd rather move past it quickly, acknowledging this happens but not dwelling on it. However, as I read it, the image of Jesus on the cross appeared in my mind's eye.
Fr. Joseph Goldbrunner taught me a lesson for life that has helped me negotiate some difficult times; his understanding of "betrayal," as exemplified in the Scriptures for Holy Week, has meant much to me.
I venture to say Wilson, a migrant from Guatemala, knows the Passion story in his bones. While the rhetoric in our country would condemn him as a criminal, I see that he is Jesus.
The Eighth Station is a fitting meditation for a cluster of my experiences in India that illustrate how church people continue to live this moment in the passion of Jesus — a moment of compassion.
Horizons - For over a thousand years, millions of pilgrims have walked across Spain to the Catedral de Santiago (Cathedral of St. James). During Holy Week, I will become one of those pilgrims.
"If people have to give up meat on Fridays in Lent, do vegetarians have to give up veggies?" "Do I have to give up things for Lent that I really love, like funny cat videos on YouTube?" We receive many questions like these at A Nun's Life Ministry as Lent approaches. People are eager to learn new ways to deepen their spirituality through the age-old practices of fasting as well as prayer and almsgiving, the three pillars of Lent.
Let us be the women who attune our inner ear to the heartbeat of God, who listen for the whir of wings on the way to prayers, and who find presence in the most empty spaces.
GSR Today - Wouldn't it be great to take out all our old cracked and chipped "stuff" — like old hurts, unresolved differences, a thoughtless word not forgotten — to the trash heap and start over?
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