What day of the week most reminds you of Lent? Without a doubt, for me, it is Friday. Every Friday growing up we would go to Mass in the morning (at St. Blaise) and in my last few years, it was an all school Mass celebrated at 11AM. I have such fond memories of those Masses. I would then have my cheese sandwich (1 slice of American Cheese between 2 slices of white bread) – the sandwich I ate for lunch for 12 years of school. After lunch and after a class or two, we would head back to the church for Stations of the Cross and Benediction. I have such great memories of doing that every Friday for the first eight years of my school life.
Since I’ve grown, I don’t go to daily Mass and I haven’t been to Stations of the Cross since I can’t remember when. But I do say my Sorrowful Mysteries each Friday. This morning when I opened up my emails, I found a reflection by Bishop Barron on the Stations of the Cross. I will share them here in this post. I plan on listening to them throughout the day while traveling the streets of St. Louis/Wentzville and reflect on those 14 Stations. I won’t be able to do Benediction at the end of them, but this is a start back to my traditions of my youth.
Do something great for our Lord today – spend some time reflecting on the Stations of the Cross.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.