Are you ready for Holy Week? Holy Week is a wonderful opportunity to grow in virtue and go deeper in relationship with God. Here are 9 simple ideas to make Holy Week a blessed and fruitful time for yourself and your family.
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Give yourself the gift of forgiveness this Holy Week.
Fast or Abstain on More Days
You have to fast and abstain on Good Friday, but maybe you can add a little more sacrifice on other days of the week, to offer it up in preparation for Easter?
If you don;t already have a daily habit of reading the Bible, Holy Week is a great time to get started. You might spend some time with your Bible in the morning or before bed at night. Or tune into the Bible in a Year podcast with Fr. Mike!
Make a Holy Hour
You can do this on your own, or invite your husband or kids to come with you. Find out where there is Eucharistic Adoration near you, and get yourself there!
Go to Confession
No more excuses. You need the grace of the sacrament to combat sin in your life. Go to confession, and bring a friend!
Clean Your House
Decluttering a neglected closet or garage is a tangled experience of the kind of “cleaning out” we are meant to be doing spiritually during Holy Week. Weall have too much stuff. Let go of it and bless someone who could use your clothing, books, or unused appliances.
Who do you need to forgive? We all have injuries,big and small, and we all struggle sometimes to be merciful to those who have hurt us. Holy Week is a perfect time to let go of resentments, reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and forgive someone who has hurt us.
It’s such a noisy world! Your Holy Week will be enriched by the experience of silence. You might keep the radio turned off in your car or leave your phone at home while you run errands, or observe total silence between the hours of 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Good Friday.
Get to the Liturgies
Holy Week is filled with opportunities to go to Mass and practice other devotions like adoration or the Stations of the Cross. Take a look at your schedule and make time to go to as many as possible.
Do Something Tangible
Whether it’s a craft or a recipe, we all “learn” by doing, just like children do. Why not have a little fun with your Holy Week traditions? A couple of recipes I mention are Resurrection Cookies and Resurrection Rolls.
You’re Worth It! A Retreat for Women
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Megan Madden is a homeschooling mother with a passion for writing and speaking on authentic femininity and virtuous womanhood. In 2017, she began graduate studies in marriage and family at the International Theological Institute in Austria. After moving to Kraków, Poland to work with university students, Megan more personally continued her research on the complementarity of man and woman, particularly on the question of what it means to be a woman. She delved into the study of renowned Catholic writers on women such as St. Edith Stein, Gertrude von le Fort, Alice von Hildebrand, St. John Paul II, and St. Teresa of Avila.
The results were the development of Megan’s online ministry A Mother’s Lace, as well as speaking opportunities and her book with Ascension: Mary, Teach Me to Be Your Daughter.
Megan lives outside of Oxford, England with her husband, who is a lecturer in theology, and their five children.