Holy Monday

“I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.” ~ Isaiah 42: 6-7

God as we celebrate this Holy Monday send your Holy Spirit to give us fortitude to share your light with others, especially the poor and the afflicted.  Let our thoughts, words, and actions be instruments of healing. Jesus Christ’s love was meant to be shared. It is only when we can share it with those imprisoned by hopelessness, misfortune, and pain that we bring about freedom to ourselves and to others.

Palm Sunday

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.” ~ Luke 19:38

On this Palm Sunday, I humbly pray to you Lord Jesus Christ to come in into my life as you enter Jerusalem, as our king and messiah. May my body be a worthy vessel on which you ride triumphantly; May my sacrifices serve as palms that cover the path that leads to increase in faith, hope, and charity; May I be worthy of my cross and humbly carry it as a sacrifice of love proclaiming your crucifixion.

You are the most high priest “who seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up” who offered one sacrifice for our redemption, grant me forgiveness for my sins and evildoing.



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How are we doing this Lent Season?

“Is he not the one they are trying to kill?” This is the question some of
the inhabitants of Jerusalem asked in today’s gospel when they saw
Jesus walking about in Galilee. Imagine how you would feel if you knew
people were trying to kill you because of what you represent. What
would you do? Do you run away? Do you hide? Do you deny who you
are? Christ did none of that. He knew that in order for us to be freed
from sin and death He needed to die for us; that’s love.

Christ’s selfless compassion for us as served as strength to countless
people who have been persecuted, abused, and killed because of their
faith. Like Christ, they were unafraid to stand up for what they believe.

As we go about this Lent Season, let’s reflect on how our thoughts and
actions honor Christ’s sacrifice and the lives of many martyrs who
suffered so we did not have to. Are we praying, fasting, and almsgiving?
That’s a good place to start; may the Holy Spirit help us.