This Sunday, marks the beginning of our last week of the Lenten season, leading us into the journey of Holy Week. It hardly seems that just a few short weeks ago, I began another annual Lenten journey – receiving the ashen mark of my faith on the forehead and deciding how I might personally mark this season of prayer, sacrifice and almsgiving. Probably, this last week of Lent is a time that each of us might look back to recall if our Lenten journey was what we had hoped for this year, or did we fall short of our expectation or goal? Personally, I know there have been times when I have reached this point during Lent and think, “next year I will do better.” But an amazing Lenten grace from God is to realize that because of Love, our failings can be forgiven and we can begin anew – today. Continue reading →
MEMPHIS, TN – St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School is honored to announce the appointment of Mr. Christopher Burke as the next Dean of St. Dominic School. Mr. Burke is currently serving as the Assistant Principal and Middle School Teacher at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in Indialantic, FL, a position he has held for three years. He also has experience as an Admission Counselor for both the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Florida Institute of Technology and as a Learning Lab Coordinator at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bryan, TX. He has served as a varsity basketball and soccer coach at three separate schools leading two of the schools to state rankings and a “Final Four” finish. Continue reading →
Lent is not defined by our individual programs of suffering and self-denial. As I mused in my February blog, at the heart of the season is “fastening” to God and one another. And if you will indulge me in a little more word-play, the fastening to God involves some nagging difficulties. The Hole and the Whole. The Hole is the neediness we carry from our birth, and the community, the Whole, is both support and trial, blessing and burden. Continue reading →
Beautiful spring-like weather blessed my trip to Washington, DC to attend a meeting of the Win Without War Coalition. It was a diverse group of individuals from 40 nonprofit religious, women’s and peace organizations representing 11 million “activists.” The most touching realization for me was that no matter how different our beliefs might be on other issues, we all are working to bring peace to the world one individual at a time. Continue reading →
Our house community – like so many others – has been intrigued and entertained as we watched the Downton Abbey series on PBS until its finale last evening. After following each of the show’s characters through their many struggles, problems and disasters, we all went away glad that both Mary and Edith were happily married off, Isobel and Dickie are going to marry, the Bates – cleared of all false accusations – now have a new son, and finally the Carsons, along with Mr. Barrow, Mr. Molesley, and even the Dowager Countess seem able to face a future with new possibilities and hope. There is nothing like a happy ending! And it seems that the more tragedies and trials precede it, the happier it is when all turns out well.
As we continue into this fourth week of Lent, with pink marking Laetare Sunday, the drama and mysteries of Holy Week looms before us, just two weeks away. With Christ’s glorious Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem, followed by Judas’ selling out on Wednesday, Jesus’ meaningful and poignant Last Supper on Thursday, the betrayals, and the horror of Christ being handed over into the hands of men to be crucified, an excruciating and shameful death, and finally his burial in a borrowed tomb on Friday – the future couldn’t have seemed more hopeless and bleak for those followed and loved Jesus! But the Good News of Christ is that THERE IS A HAPPY ENDING!
Each year we Christians of every denomination following the Liturgical Calendar enter deeply into the realities of this most holy week, to allow the evil of sin to be unmasked, and the depths of Christ’s love for us to be felt in the marrow of our bones, in the deepest recesses of our heart, and to prepare ourselves to enter more fully into the joy of the Resurrection of Jesus – Easter and the weeks that follow celebrating the happiest ending one could ever imagine!
Julian of Norwich, in her Showings, wrote: “I often wondered why, by the great foreseeing wisdom of God, the onset of sin was not prevented: for then, I thought, all should have been well… But Jesus, in a vision answered with these words and said: ‘It was necessary that there should be sin; but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.’ These words were said most tenderly, showing no manner of blame to me nor to any who shall be saved.”
As I studied and prayed with Julian’s writings, I was inspired to put her words to music in a song:
All Will Be Well.
All will be well, yes, all will be well. Take it now in faith and trust that all will be well. All is made well, so all will be well. Take it now in faith and trust that all will be well. And in the end you will see truly in all fullness and joy that all is made well. So, all will be well.
We can enter deeply into the Paschal Mystery, knowing and believing in the ultimate happy ending – or is it our happy beginning?