Today is Friday of the 5th Week of Lent. We are about to enter Holy Week, when all Christians, and Christian families, are called to remember vividly the events of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
We are looking forward to spring as it brings so many inviting days for taking nature walks. We recently happened to pass by a shoreline nature preserve where we had walked over a year ago. The memory was vivid as the day was bright with sun, windy, and cold – a perfect winter day for walking.
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“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
Throughout history, encounters with the Blessed Virgin Mary have led to unimaginable blessings and abundant fruits. Mary always draws us into a relationship (or a deeper friendship) with her Son, Jesus; however, the generosity of God shown through Mary has also included leaving the world with some remarkable, enduring graces.
We may have started Lent with hopes of doing something beautiful for God, but it has been God who has been sharing something beautiful with us.
In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, there is a small memorial – you might miss it completely if you did not have a guide –about four feet by four feet square with a small flame in the middle and a baldachin surrounding it. This is the “Armenian Chapel,” also known as the “Station of the Holy Women.”