Holy Week | “A New Life Gained for Us”

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“Holy Week…so very close to the moment when the Redemption of the whole human race was accomplished on Calvary, it seems to be an especially appropriate time for you and me to reflect on how Our Lord Jesus Christ saved us, and to contemplate this love of his — this truly inexpressible love — for poor creatures like us, who have been made from the clay of the earth.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Friends of God, no. 110

Following are a selection of podcasts, articles, and questions for reflection to help guide you in your prayer during Holy Week:

iPray with the Gospel on the St. Josemaria Institute Podcast

Listen to an excerpt from the daily Gospel with a brief reflection to inspire you in your daily conversation with Jesus Christ:

Reflections for Holy Week
By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O Praem.

The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ
Reflections and Prayers from St. Josemaria Escriva

Commentaries on Holy Week | Relive the Moments of Our Redemption
by Most Rev. Javier Echevarria

Questions for Reflection based on the Commentaries on Holy Week
by St. Josemaria Institute

  • Is my self-love an obstacle to allowing God to reign in me and to take possession of my thoughts, words, and actions?
  • Do I acknowledge the good that others are doing around me? Instead of criticizing, gossiping, or judging their actions, do I give thanks for their generosity and follow their good example?
  • Do I reduce charity to the purely material – just giving a few coins or things to the needy? Do I really know and understand the works of mercy? How is God asking me to live charity, not only with the poor and the needy but also with those closest to me?
  • Does Faith inform my whole life? Do I lack faith and a vibrant humility? Do I offer up my challenges and good deeds for an increase of faith?
  • Do I pray for what I need, confident that I will obtain it if it is for good? Do I persevere in my prayers and petitions without becoming discouraged?
  • When a temptation threatens to overwhelm me, do I remember that it’s not worthwhile to exchange my happiness as a child of God for a pleasure that ends right away, leaving the bitter aftertaste of defeat and infidelity?
  • Do I realize that I can influence the whole world and make so many people happy in the place where I am, doing my work well, caring for my family, and serving my friends?
  • Do I ask God to help me to say no, firmly, to everything that separates me from Him?
  • If I feel weak, do I hurry to the Sacrament of Penance knowing that our Lord is waiting for me there like the father in the parable of the prodigal son? When I become discouraged or pessimistic do I remember that God’s mercy and power to lift me up from my falls is even greater?
  • Do I correspond to God’s immense love: by attending Holy Mass with faith and devotion? By preparing myself very well to receive Communion, being clean in soul and body to worthily receive Him? By frequently visiting Jesus hidden in the tabernacle?
  • Do I accept joyfully little daily sacrifices because I don’t want our Lord to carry the Cross alone?
  • Do I take advantage of the ability to love that God has given me, in order to make specific resolutions, to say sincerely: “Lord, never again, never again!”?
  • The people around me are waiting for me to reveal to them the marvel of finding God. Do I have the courage to accept my mission as a Christian and speak to people about the joy of getting to know our Lord?
  • What resolutions of conversion and apostolate can I draw out this Holy Week to identify myself more closely with Jesus Christ and to be more fully concerned with souls?
  • Do I go to Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, to help me understand what it means to follow in the footsteps of Christ and to give my life for others?

“This Holy Week, and afterwards every day, has to be a leap of quality for us, asking our Lord to completely fill our lives. We have to communicate to many people the new life that Jesus gained for us by the Redemption.”
– Most Rev. Javier Echevarria

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