Today we join Christians from around the world to commemorate Christ’s example of giving himself as a gift of charity to all! The last part of our year’s motto – Lead from the Shrine with trust in Divine Providence and charity to all – is a great challenge. Throughout his public life, Jesus has taught us to practice charity. In his many encounters with people of all walks of life and sin, he acted with charity. But the most eloquent lesson he taught us was the unconditional surrender to the Father’s will. Jesus died for our sins that we may have life. He silently endured the hatred of his accusers and executioners that we may know true love. He assumed our sadness that we may know the joy of Easter.
This day of sorrow becomes a day of hope and joy. The ugliness of Christ crucified has restored divine beauty to our souls. Take some time out to meditate on the Stations of the Cross today. Perhaps you can make a pilgrimage to the Confidentia Shrine to do so or participate in your parish. To commemorate the Year of the Family, Pope Francis commissioned 14 families to write the 14 stations which he presides over today at the Colosseum in Rome. We can join him virtually at 3 pm CST!
Wishing you an abundantly blessed Triduum and Happy Easter!
The Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary