“Holy Week Pilgrimage to Poland & Rome?! Registration is open till February 1st and we’d love to have you join us! We’ll be walking in the footsteps of St. John Paul II, St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Faustina, and more! Easter Triduum in Roma with the Pope! The full itinerary is at the link in @sarahswafford18’s bio! Please share with anyone who may be interested – thanks so much! Know of our love and prayers for you all!❤️”
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Jesus very much reveals his humanity when he asks his Father to take away the ordeal he is about to face (Luke 22:42), yet he ultimately submits to God’s plan. In difficult situations, we can find comfort in the fact that our Savior understands our dread and unwillingness to move forward. We can follow his example by spending time in prayer and humbly submitting to God’s will for our lives.
The Scourging at the Pillar
Jesus suffered tremendous pain to atone for our sins. The soldiers beat him mercilessly, yet he did not resist. When I think of how much Jesus suffered during the scourging, I resolve to go to Confession as soon as possible. In fact, I add it to the calendar on my smartphone. This important sacrament makes us face our sins and own up to them by saying them aloud. We also receive grace to help us turn away from sin in the future.
The Crowning with Thorns
In this mystery, Jesus continues to suffer at the hands of the Roman soldiers. They mock him, beat him and humiliate him. Jesus returns their hate with love. How often we do the same? When we are humiliated or embarrassed, do we lash out in anger or do we endure the shame with quiet dignity? Do we love our enemies and pray for them? Do we let others see the presence of Christ within us? Our words and actions, while following the example of Jesus, can change hearts and minds.
The Carrying of the Cross
When I ponder this mystery, I often think of the Stations of the Cross. Since they are present in every Catholic church, they can provide a good visual tool for meditation.
While you meditate on this mystery, think of the Seven Last Words of Christ:
1. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do! (Luke 24:34)
2. This day thou shall be with me in Paradise. (Luke 24:43)
3. Woman, behold thy son…. Behold thy mother. (John 19:26, 27)
4. My God, My God! Why have you forsaken me? (Matt 27:26; Mark 15:34)
5. I thirst! (John 19:28)
6. It is finished. (John 19:30)
7. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 24:46)
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ATTENTION!! Your Help is Needed!! The Sisters of the Resurrection have a rich history of serving the Church all over the world. Here in the United States, Youth Ministry is a vital part of their work and these three Sisters need our help, so they can bring a group of young adults from the Albany Diocese to Washington D.C. for the March for Life on January 19th. Can you help make this trip possible for the Sisters and these kids? All money raised goes towards their transportation costs. They will be up early on the 19th leaving by 5:00 am to return very late that same day. They are excited about going and be assured of their prayers on this long train trip to and from our nation’s capital and this important event for the Pro-Life movement.
To donate visit: https://www.youcaring.com/sistersoftheresurrection-1064181
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To the teenagers, college students, young adults, or those who don’t know what they want to be when they grow up… You are not alone. That was me, and in a way that is still me today.
I’ve always been a jack of all trades, master-of-none.
I like doing lots of different things.
I like people.
I like playing with kids.
I like math.
I like reading.
I like art.
I like trying new things.
I like dancing.
I like variety.
I was very lost in my early 20s.
As a result, I turned to self-help books and they all said the same thing… Imagine you could do anything – what would you do?
Or follow your passion! Your passion will lead you to success!
Well, I have many passions.
And if you told me to do just one I would be miserable.
I felt the books were written for everyone else.
For the person who had it all figured out.
For the person who knew who they were.
For the person who knew exactly what they wanted.
I was not into any one thing to bet my life on it.
So I spent most of this time wandering.
I wanted to be purposeful, but I was lost.
I struggled making a commitment, so I tried everything.
I even went back for my MBA because I was still uncertain.
I didn’t know what kind of career I wanted and I felt confused.
And looking back now I wish someone would of told me – It’s ok!
This period is about getting lost.
It’s about embracing the unknown.
It’s about developing who you are.
It’s about trying new things.
It’s about trust.
It’s about faith. *
Every morning start your day with this prayer, “God, today I put my life in your hands.
I trust You are putting me where you need me.”
And let the worries go!
Be present and loving to what is in front of you.
And this will lead you to greatness.
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The Pope had some strong words this week for priests who lead double lives. He said such priests are “sick pastors” and “a wound on the Church.” This is a good reminder for laity to pray for priests and seminarians!! 🙏🏻😇
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“I did many wrong things in my youth, but after many years, I heard God’s call “follow me. Do not be afraid. I love you more than you can imagine.” He said my name with SOOO much love, that I couldn’t resist. Thank you God for giving me so many chances, forgiving me and loving me.
Parents please, don’t lose hope with your children. It took me a long time to realize that my life was empty until I found the One who showed me hope, joy, and mercy, and then He called me to priesthood.”
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’… let us bear in mind that unless we are humble we shall not only do no good, but we shall not be saved. “Unless you … become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” In order, then, to enter into the kingdom of heaven, we must become children, not in age, but in humility. St. Gregory says that as pride is a sign of reprobation, so humility is a mark of predestination.’
–St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Doctor of the Church
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“When I think of Christian homes, I like to imagine them as being full of the light and joy that was found in the home of the Holy Family.” -St. Josemaría Escrivá
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“Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.” –St. Ephraem of Syria
A message @frfrankpavone:
Friends, I am going to go live on Facebook at 12:15 AM Eastern time tonight. (Facebook.com/FatherFrankPavone) After you have had a chance to toast the New Year, come and join me just for five or ten minutes of prayer for God’s blessing on the new year, and for all your loved ones and all your intentions. Would love to have you join me! And please spread the word!
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