+ Holy Week

Readings, Reflections, Music, Art, and Prayer for this journey of justice, peace, faith and hope.

Mercy and Alms for Creation during Holy Week and after

palmNow the feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was drawing near and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to put him to death, for they were afraid of the people.

The Sunday of the Lord's Passion of the Palms

A justice and peace meditation for Palm Sunday

The poor will always be with you.

Monday of Holy Week  One of you will betray ME.

Tuesday of Holy Week -- Jesus is Betrayed

They paid him thirty pieces of silver.

Wednesday of Holy Week
Shall we betray Jesus today?

When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. . .

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday Meditation

Gethsemene, Judas, Pilate
a literary redaction of the Gospels for Holy Thursday

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left.

The Passion of Christ
a literary harmony of the Gospels.

A Justice & Peace Meditation for Good Friday


But at daybreak on the first day of the week they took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.

A Justice & Peace Meditation for Easter

Mark's Gospel of Easter

Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised!

Holy Week is an important time and place in the spiritual journeys of Christians. In the Roman Catholic tradition, this is a special week for the rites of initiation. Let us keep all those receiving sacraments this week in our prayers.

During Lent, we have talked about many issues and situations relating to justice and peace. Our discussions ranged far and wide and covered both specific details and broad structures. Holy Week is a time to remind ourselves that ultimately this is a spiritual battle. The Enemy of God is at work in the world, seeking the ruination of many souls. The primary lair of the demons who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls is in legislatures, congresses, and presidential palaces worldwide. As Paul writes, our battle is not against earthly power, but rather against spiritual powers and dominions that work against God and His Providence.

Thus, our work for justice and peace is rooted in our own personal Christian conversion, which happens moment by moment, day by day. As we practice virtue, we grow in the gospel. As we practice the works of mercy and justice and peace (both corporal and spiritual), we grow in our understanding of the spiritual dimensions of this apostolate.

As we consider how to change unjust structures and bring about peace and reconciliation, during Holy Week we are reminded that massive societal changes grow out of the individual change of heart, the personal conversion, that is available to every human being. This isn't to say that changing structures should wait on universal conversion -- the conversion of individual souls and the conversion of societal structures is a "process in tandem".

I hope and pray that all who visit here will be touched by the power of this Week, so that the One whose journey we remember may become a living reality in our lives. May we find the strength and joy that is necessary to live the mysteries of Holy Week every day of our lives. May Jesus who gave His life for the world be resurrected in our lives. May His spirit give us hope and creativity for daily living and for living the works of mercy, justice, and peace. 

Fr. Stanley Rother Prayer for the Common Good
+ O God, Who by the preaching and teaching of the Venerable Stanley Rother has given us an example of fortitude in the face of injustice and political corruption,grant that we who reverence his life and ministry may also imitate his example of fidelity to wisdom, truth, life, justice, and beauty,so that we may order our lives and actions in accordance with those truths and thereby fulfill our responsibility as Christians to protect the common good. We ask these blessings through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

Come, let us go and be with Jesus the son of Mary on this

Outline of Catholic Social Justice Teachings
sources, foundation, principles, documents, and actions

Basic Booklet on Catholic Social Teachings
(Catholic Social Teachings booklet suitable for printing and copying)

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Robert Waldrop, Justpeace webservant