I had big plans to read a deep spiritual book and to be more peaceful this Lent. I've read a little bit of the book, but it's weighty and I seem to be
interrupted needed whenever I start to read. Or, maybe the problem is that my brain is too crowded right now to focus on the words. Obviously, the peaceful part hasn't been a big success either, except that one day in the garden.
The past two days, I'd hoped to spend time in the garden, but it's been rather windy, and I have had a number of other
excuses reasons for not working outside. April is always a busy month for my family. We have a couple birthdays, Easter, music competitions, and track practice. It seems every time I sit down to write or plan to cook or work in the garden, it's time to get back in the minivan for the next thing on the list.
Ten days remain until Easter Sunday. What can we do to get ready if this Lent wasn't the deep spiritual journey we'd hoped it would be? Here are some suggestions for the remaining days until Easter Sunday:
Thursday: Get to reconciliation.
Friday: Stations of the Cross.
Saturday: Attend a weekday Mass--perhaps try a Latin Mass if one is available in your area.
Sunday: Go to Palm Sunday Mass to begin your celebration of Holy Week. Maybe braid your palms.
Monday: Prepare lovingly for Easter--do laundry, iron, make sure everyone's dress shoes fit. Don't wait until Holy Saturday to prepare your clothing.
Tuesday: Grocery shopping and cookie/bread baking, especially if you're hosting the meal. Again, you don't want to be in the store on Friday or Saturday with everyone who is doing last minute preparations.
Wednesday: Attend a Tenebrae Service or pray an extra rosary.
Thursday: Chrism Mass at a Cathedral and Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper.
Friday: Good Friday Service and color Easter eggs. Begin the Divine Mercy Novena.
Saturday: Holy Saturday morning, take Easter food to be blessed. Attend an Easter Vigil Mass where Catechumens are receiving the sacraments.
Sunday: Easter Sunday, Praise God and love the people He has given to you!
If you haven't had the best preparation for Easter during this Lent, it's not too late to give your attention and heart to Our Lord.
For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, Have Mercy on Us and on the Whole World.