Holy Week is Here!

Maybe it’s the fasting this Lent. Maybe it’s the pre-1955 liturgies. I don’t know. But I have this overwhelming desire to practically camp out at my parish the next seven days. I’m actually eager to enter into this most solemn week. I am thankful, above all, to my parish priests – good men all who are going above and beyond for the salvation of my soul. Monday may bring bad news but I am not bothered. Our Lady already told us that in the end, we would have only the rosary and the sign of her Son. We are not owed the Mass, though I would be devastated to be without it again. So I am making an extra effort to pray my fifteen decades every day with love and devotion. I am taking a pointer from my mother-in-law and trying to go to two Masses each day this week as I am able. I am dispensing my kids from their book learning in such ways as to be able to teach them what is truly important. I was struck with the thought today at Mass: what if this was the last time I ever received Our Lord’s Body and Blood? I knelt in stunned adoration contemplating that thought. But I believe He is true to His word and He will make it possible – as I ask Him every day at Communion – for me and my family to “ever have access to the daily Latin Mass.”

Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, stained glass, Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg, MD

Over this coming week I will be thinking of and praying for each of you. Those who have been kind enough to write to me over the past several months; I will remember you by name before Our Lord. When they take Him away on Friday, I will spend all night near His tabernacle. I will eat nothing from Holy Thursday Mass until the end of the Sacred Vigil. I will do these things because He has given me to grow in love for Him and I desire nothing more than to give Him my will.

Pray for me, please. I always pray for you.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

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