and Alms for Creation during Holy Week and after
Now 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
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.
of Holy Week
The Seven Last Words
at daybreak on the first day of the week they took
the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
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
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
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
of Catholic Social Justice Teachings
* Two Hearts + One Love *