Happy Birthday to one beautiful person – my daughter Mary turns 23 today.
If you’re curious, that’s about as excited as Ms. Mary gets.
Today’s station, the twelfth station , has a beautiful reflection that ties in directly with the purpose of this blog.
Reflection: Not long before his death, Jesus was transfigured before his disciples, confirming his identity as God’s Son. But now the whole community has labeled him a criminal and put him to a tortuous death. Surely his disciples were confused. Surely some doubted who Jesus really was. No wonder they fled the scene. Jesus’ closest friends affirm for us that doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is part of it.
Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is part of it. How many of us are staying home instead of attending Mass on Sunday because of doubt? How many of us feel guilty because we doubt our faith? Some of Jesus’ closest friends had the privilege of seeing Christ transformed before their very eyes and they still doubted, they still fled from their faith as their Savior hung on the Cross. But, thankfully, the story doesn’t stop there. All but for Judas – who succumbed to his doubts and fears, all of them came back to Christ. Did Christ banish them for abandoning Him? Did he cast them aside and look for a new group of apostles? No, Christ forgave them; He confirmed them and baptized them with the Holy Spirit. And what became of them? After all their doubts and fears, they became true evangelists and took the message of Christ to the world. The same can happen for you, for all of us. We must face our doubts and fears. It doesn’t matter how long or for what reason we have fled from our faith – God will always take us back. Today is a great day to come back. I pray that we all do…
Starting Good Friday, I am going to use this blog for the Divine Mercy Novena. Each day leading up to the 8th of April, Divine Mercy Sunday. will have a prayer we can all reflect on and then we can pray the Chaplet as it fits into your schedule for that day. My intention for this Novena will be that my closest friends who are struggling with their faith will come back into full communion with the Church.
May God Bless all of you on your spiritual journey through Holy Week. If you are in the St. Louis area, St. Mary Magdalen will be hearing confessions from 6PM until 9PM tonight. If you haven’t been to confession for some time, tonight would be a great night to do this. Sarah and I will be there to play soft music during those 3 hours. Hope you are able to make it.
Tomorrow night is Tenebre. More on that service tomorrow morning.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid.
Jesus, I trust in You.