Through our own sufferings in life, we all have stood at the foot of the cross. How comforting it is for us to know that Jesus sees us in our pain and sorrow and says to Our Lady, “Look at your children standing here. They need you.”
I was a freshman in high school when a book fell out of the arms of one of my classmates as we walked to our next class. It was a small book with a blue cover. As it hit the floor, I read the title: The Crusade of Fatima.
In May, the Church asks us to turn again in a special way to Our Mother Mary and contemplate her role in the mystery of her Son Jesus and in our own lives. This year our Holy Father Pope Francis is giving us a tremendous gift in an initiative that he is promoting during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic.
I had a life-changing experience in August of 1998. This experience echoed what happened to the two disciples of Jesus on the road to Emmaus on the day of Our Lord’s resurrection. I was on the road, too, not in Palestine but in southern Poland.
In my own life, the Divine Mercy message fascinated and attracted me from the first moment I heard of it. God’s timing was also impeccable for me when He showed me the need for Divine Mercy. He emphasized it through a conversation I had with a young man studying for the priesthood over thirty years ago.
Since that first Easter when Peter and John made their pilgrimage to the tomb of the Lord and found the burial cloths and the napkin that covered Jesus’ face lying there but His body gone, faithful people through the centuries have been going to that sacred place in Jerusalem. We may not be able to get on a plane or a boat but we can make that pilgrimage by going there in our prayers and especially by going to Mass at Easter
Holy Week is a much deeper reality, a different kind of remembering. It is a remembering that places the very mystery of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection before us. It is about Jesus making Himself really present to us.
La Solemnidad de San José, Esposo de la Santísima Virgen María el 19 de marzo, está a la vuelta de la esquina. Los nueve días antes de su fiesta son una oportunidad de oro para "¡Id a José!" para pedir su ayuda.
I can still hear it. In the early morning calling out rain or shine, in the warmth of summer, in the cold winds of winter, the bell of my parish church rang out a message to us, “Come to Mass…come to Mass!”