Holy week is here. I feel like holy week can bring a lot of different emotions with it. Normally I feel like I need more time with Lent. More time because is it just me or is time flying these days?! (Perhaps a sign of maturing aka getting older? Maybe?) Anyway, more time because I'm just not fully prepared to enter into Holy Week this year! Yikes....I'm pretty sure that is what Lent is for. To prepare yourself, but for me...I need more time. However, time will continue to go by so with the time I have, I want to make the most of it! As I was looking at different kinds of things you can do to really get into holy week I came across this website: http://www.ewtn.com/faith/lent/holy-week-and-easter.asp I'm so glad I found it because it is such an easy way to observe holy week. For every day this week, there is a bible verse, a reflection, a Lenten fact then something called a Lenten action then a short prayer. I really like the idea of the Lenten action because it gives something practical that day to work on. For example, after today's reflection the Lenten action was to ask the Lord for forgiveness for all of your sins. Tuesday's Lenten action was call a relative that you haven't talked to in a while. Very simple actions that can mean a whole lot. I will be looking into doing this next year as well. Hopefully this is something that can help you out this week as well if you have been wondering how to make one last effort to prepare for Easter.
On a different note, this time also is a time that causes me to reflect back on my journey into the church. I came into the church at the Easter vigil at St. Thomas Aquinas in 2009. I remember that night like it was yesterday. I was really nervous to receive the Eucharist for the first time. I was a ball of nerves about everything really, then something amazing happened. After I was baptized and confirmed I then received Jesus for the first time...and there was nothing but peace. Peace, happiness and it was really just a wonderful night. I had learned so much in RCIA and had so many people praying for me, SUCH a great time in my life.
I pray you all have a blessed holy week and Happy Easter!