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“Take a look now at Calvary. Jesus has died and there is as yet no sign of his glorious triumph. It is a good time to examine how much we really want to live as Christians, to be holy. Here is our chance to react against our weaknesses with an act of faith. We can trust in God and resolve to put love into the things we do each day. The experience of sin should lead us to sorrow. We should make a more mature and deeper decision to be faithful and truly identify ourselves with Christ, persevering, no matter what it costs, in the priestly mission that he has given every single one of his disciples. That mission should spur us on to be the salt and light of the world.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

+ The Best of Blogging During Holy Week +

1. “God is love. It’s not simply what He does or what He gives, it’s His very nature. It’s His essence. And so it makes sense that our return to Him, our response to Him, would simply be to pour out, like that costly ointment, to pour out our love for Christ at His feet, in the presence of the whole world. Let love be your legacy. You don’t have to have any special gift, or talent, money or position. All we need to be a saint is love. And it doesn’t even start with us, it starts first with receiving the perfect, the profound love, the personal love of God for each and every one of us.

“So I want to leave you with this question today: What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered? We’re talking more than an engraving on a tombstone. When people talk about you, what do you want them to say? Maybe after your death, but yes even now, what legacy do you want to leave in your relationships? For me, I want to spend my life proclaiming Christ, not because it’s the right thing to do, but because I am deeply and passionately in love with Jesus. And I pray today that you would receive His passionate love for you.” – Beth Davis

2. “When Christ was calling out this Psalm (which as a Jew He would have memorized), He was not just expressing a depressed cry of confusion and abandonment. No! This was not just defeat. He was boldly proclaiming that He was indeed the suffering Savior of the world foretold of in the Old Testament. The Jews around Him knew exactly what He was saying by repeating the words of David prophesying about the Savior in the psalms.” – Mariette

3. “Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament … There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

4. Holy Week Traditions for Couples

5. “I saw the Lord Jesus nailed upon the cross amidst great torments. A soft moan issued from His heart,” Saint Faustina wrote in her diary. “After some time He said ‘I thirst. I thirst for the salvation of souls. Help Me, My daughter, to save souls. Join your sufferings to My Passion and offer them to the heavenly Father for sinners.'” God doesn’t ask us to heal our own wounds, or to ignore them. Instead, the Lord offers us a chance to unite our wounds to the wounds of Christ. Mary offers us the perfect example of this as she unites her heart, pierced with seven swords, to the heart of her son, pierced by the lance.” – Chloe Langr

6. “As we come closer to Holy Week, let us consider our particular attachments. What things are preventing us from uniting ourselves completely to Christ? Are we holding onto sins or material goods, such that we cannot be united with Christ as the Father and Son are one? Are we experiencing the loneliness that Christ did on the Cross? Wherever we are in the spiritual life, let us recall the great sacrifice that Christ made on the Cross to die for our sins, and let us unite ourselves with him in his suffering and pain—he will grant us the grace to endure the dark nights, and he will ultimately bless us with his abundant joy (John 10:10).” – Veronica Arntz

7.  “What you see: A woman who leaves Mass early every single week. What you don’t see: She cares for her ill, homebound mother and gets one hour a week of respite while her next door neighbor sits with her. Her neighbor, also Catholic, goes to the Mass immediately following this one, and she needs to leave 5 minutes early so that he can make it to Mass without being late. What you see: A family who comes to Mass weekly, but the mother comes very infrequently. She doesn’t appear ill. What you don’t see: The mother has chronic anemia, or Crohn’s, or rheumatoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia, or a slipped disk in her back, or any number of hidden conditions that frequently render her incapacitated and unable to even get out of bed…” – Colleen

8. Cycle mindfulness: what happens when you teach fertility awareness to teen girls

9. “The beauty of fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) is that respect is built in. These methods require learning about human fertility, learning about a woman’s cycle, and respecting the natural course of her cycle. When used to avoid pregnancy, FABMs require the love and respect to put the wife’s well-being ahead of constantly available sexual gratification.” – Jeanette Flood

10. “Do the big things too when you can, but as Lent draws to a close, let’s try to also develop a habit of love in action with the little things, all the time. That is where we will find ourselves living the life of constant prayer.” – MaryRuth Hackett

11. Two Become One: How to Combine Your Spiritual Lives

12. How Stage IV Cancer Taught Me How to Live

13.  “For those of you who are married, your path to salvation and your journey with the Lord is lived out in the context of your marriage. So this morning, I would like to reflect with you using these last 7 sayings of Jesus asking what they have to teach us about the beautiful sacrament of marriage and how to live your marriage in accord with God’s intention for marriage...” – Rev. Peter Fonseca