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Catholic Corner- Thursday, April 14th

Catholic Corner – Newsletter – April 14

We’ve entered the holiest of weeks. The week when God’s overabundant love is displayed in the lowliest way. Someone asked me once, which liturgical season do you like better? Advent or Lent? I said Lent because it’s an opportunity to try to understand and embrace suffering from a man who experienced suffering that He didn’t deserve but went through, to give us a second chance.

Is not the Way of the Cross the way of every person’s life?

Doesn’t every life have suffering, falls, hurts, and rejection? Can you think about a time in your own life when you suffered the consequences of someone else’s mistakes that had nothing to do with you? How did that make you feel?

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine, we’ll call her, Marie, came over to my house, unexpectedly. Marie was hysterically crying because a friend of hers from college didn’t want to be friends with her anymore because of Marie’s faith. When Marie told me this story, she said it wasn’t so much living out her faith that caused her stress, but the deep rejection she felt from someone she called a friend.

She said to me, “You know, it’s interesting that this happened right at the beginning of Holy Week because this rejection is exactly what Jesus went through countless times on His way to Calvary, even from people He called, friend.” She said, “It’s like that Bible verse, ‘If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you.’” This comes from the Gospel of John, chapter 15, verse 8.

Sorrow is an interesting thing. Sorrow can unite people; it can separate others. It can help us better understand ourselves, and our limitations. Sorrow can feel like a heavyweight on our shoulders, but when acknowledged, it can feel freeing.

There’s something really special about uniting our own suffering with Christ’s, especially during Holy Week. This week during morning assembly, we reflected on the meaning of sorrow and the gift of uniting our suffering with Christ on the Cross. We also reflected on the meaning of sorrow and the gift of uniting our suffering with Mary, who stood by the Cross.

As a school, we prayed through the Stations of the Cross through Mary’s eyes (as if Mary were speaking to us).

Mary is our mother too. She knows the pain that can come with human existence. She sorrows with us as we deal with the struggles of sin, and the events that come with mortal life that are beyond our control, like illness, accidents, and death.

As we enter the Easter Triduum, I encourage you to pray through, Mary’s Way of the Cross, (attached below). Allow her to help you bring all your worries to Christ. Here are a few questions to guide your meditation: what is God asking you to let go of control and to accept this Holy Week? What is He asking you to leave at the foot of the Cross? What sorrow is He asking you to unite with Mary’s?

Our Lady of Sorrow, pray for us!

St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us!

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

May God bless you,

Ms. Bell

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