Oh, the Sacred Head that suffered so tremendously for our selfishness and from it.
He took that punishment we all deserve, even for the most common of sins….
How can we be so gluttonous? So self-serving, barely thinking of others? Of HIM?
He gives Himself so fully to us and we don’t even pay attention to Him! God is all-merciful, all loving, but that doesn’t mean we should abuse His love….
“I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more.” When we say this we should mean it. We may be tempted to eat that whole box of Oreos or that whole cake by ourselves, but we should really share those things with people. Satan loves to get us with those seemingly little things but they’re really not that little. Lord knows I still struggle with resisting sweets and other such indulgences but as long as we don’t continue to resist God’s help (especially when we know He’s trying to help us), we can make it out of these self-destructive mindsets. There is hope for all of us, as long as we cooperate with God’s grace.
When you suffer from scrupulosity, it can be difficult to believe that there is any hope for you. It feels like everything you do can (or will) send you to hell, no matter what. If you’re struggling tonight, here are some quotes from some great saints that may give you hope. They definitely know suffering, so they’re right there with us.
Hallelujah to the King of kings!
He has conquered death for us today,
For the ones who have always loved Him
As well as those who’ve gone astray.
If you’re falling down He’ll lift you up;
All you need is to drink from His cup.
His promises will never be broken,
For he hears our tears both shed and unspoken.
Today is Holy Thursday, the first day of the Easter Triduum. This is when the traditional washing of the feet happens during mass; tonight my grandfather was there and was one of the volunteers to get their feet washed. It truly is a beautiful sight to see…..is there any other religion in which the priests kneel down to do something like this for the laity? When mass is over we headed out the doors and sung the exit song, which I can’t remember the name of right now. We proceeded to the adoration chapel with the scent of incense surrounding us, silently waiting for everyone else to enter behind us. Adoration is until midnight tonight for anyone who wants to stay that long. We stayed for a few minutes but then left to go meet my grandparents outside. I certainly could have stayed longer than we did though….oh well.
We went out to eat with grandma and grandpa after mass and now my parents and I are home, watching Jesus of Nazareth.
Do you know what is so great about Les Miserables?
1.) The music, of course.
2.) This story focuses on real issues.
3.) It was one of the most popular movies during Christmas season and it is a deeply Catholic story.
If you haven’t already seen Les Mis you definitely should. It is amazing! 🙂
Today is Ash Wednesday, and I went to mass this morning in the crazy snow. Usually we go in the evening for this but due to conflicts in schedules we had to do it in the A.M. this year. Anyway, we didn’t didn’t get any questions or comments about it while we were out afterward. (thank goodness for that!) However, I did notice people looking at me strangely; that was kind of funny to see.
Since I couldn’t think of anything to give up physically for Lent I decided to give up something emotionally this year, which is impatience. That is one of my worst vices and I really want to change that. Let’s hope something good comes out of this! 🙂