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Pope Benedict XVI speaks to young adults in his Palm Sunday homily! “We are on pilgrimage with the Lord to the heights. We are striving for pure hearts and clean hands, we are seeking truth, we are seeking the face of God.”

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2011/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20110417_palm-sunday_en.html

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Why not switch it up a bit this week, during Holy Week. Why not make each night leading up to Good Friday something different, entertaining, and unifying?…Divide it up a little bit, whether it be with family, friends, or even by yourself. Why not watch a different religious film each night and/or incorporating some verses from the Bible. Here are some ideas:

Monday Night:

BEN HUR – When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

And/or

Read all of Proverbs Chapter 4 and reflect upon the reading

  Tuesday Night:

The Robe – Marcellus is a tribune in the time of Christ. He is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus’ homespun robe after the crucifixion. He is tormented by nightmares and delusions after the event. Hoping to find a way to live with what he has done, and still not believing in Jesus, he returns to Palestine to try and learn what he can of the man he killed.

And/or

Read all of Acts Chapter 28 and reflect upon the reading

Wednesday Night:

The Ten Commandments – The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (Remember that you can always break this movie into two nights because it’s so long.)

And/or

Read all of Isaiah Chapter 6 and reflect upon the reading

  Thursday Night (Holy Thursday):

The Greatest Story Ever Told – The life of Jesus Christ. (If you’d like only watch Jesus’ life up till the scene of the Last Supper so as to leave the Passion for Good Friday…)

Friday Night (Good Friday):

The Passion of Christ- A film detailing the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. (Remember that the movie has very graphic images…)

or

Watching the rest of the movie The Greatest Story Ever Told from where you left off Thursday night.

We thank you, O God, for the Love You have implanted in our hearts. May it always inspire us to be kind in our words, considerate of feeling, and concerned for each other’s needs and wishes. Help us to be understanding and forgiving of human weaknesses and failings. Increase our faith and trust in You and may Your Prudence guide our life and love. Bless our Marriage O God, with Peace and Happiness, and make our love fruitful for Your glory and our Joy both here and in eternity.

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (Apostolic congregation with contemplative lifestyle ministering to families in parishes, schools, hospitals, serving the religious and moral renewal of family life.)

Invitation to all young women interested in considering religious life to Come and See a RETREAT day at the convent in Grand Prairie, TX!

http://www.nazarethcsfn.org

If you wish to join please call (972) 642-5191
OR
email Sr. Mary Paul: smpaul@icgrandprairie.org
OR
email Sr. Boguslawa: sisterbogu@yahoo.com

I found a great Catholic Update article from May 2009 including 10 Tips for Married Couples: Love for the Long Haul. It states that “Your marriage becomes real when our idealistic love for each other is tested, when forgiveness overcomes annoying habits and when it shares in the sacrificial love of Jesus on the cross.” So many couples in our society today find it difficult to forgive resulting in the astonishing divorce rate. (According to enrichment journal on the divorce rates in America, the divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%: http://marriage101.org/divorce-rates-in-america/) We are called to forgive just as Jesus so willingly forgives our sins. During this Lenten Season may we self reflect and seek forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and in return become forgiving individuals in the relationships we encounter. To read the 10 Tips for Married Couples, check out http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0509.asp


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