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Happy Easter Everyone!

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It was our little daughter’s first Easter! She did quite well as Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, but it was long, and Easter Vigil was even longer and even later, so we opted for the Sunday morning Mass which was much better!

Easter always comes at the perfect time, just when you can take no more Lent! Holy week is the last, intense burst of Lenten effort, but by the time Good Friday rolls around, I am pretty sure I speak for more than just myself when I admit its been enough. But this year, like a handful of years in the past, I think God might want me to keep up some of what I was trying to do during Lent through the upcoming year (or forever?) It happened once before that I remember, I decided to go to daily mass during Lent when I was 14, and I kept it up for nearly 8 years!

This year I had a hard time deciding what to “give up.” I purposely tried to avoid something would be easy to have mixed motivations for (aka Candy…sacrifice and unnecessary calories… I have a mighty sweet tooth!) so I gave up always choosing the best, when ever there is the opportunity, and trust me, there are LOTS of opportunities when you start looking for them. What looks like the best entrée when we are going out to eat? What is the best brand of diapers to buy for my baby? What is the best seat to sit on? I want the best best best! 

The second best, no name, choice so far always worked just as well, but it is such a sacrifice to choose it!! (store brand cookies instead of Oreos! oh No!) But let me tell you, it was a transformational lent! All those little moments when my preference got trimmed for the sake of Christ made more room in my heart to hear Him and respond to Him. Sometimes the sacrifices led to saving some extra money on groceries, (unintentional I promise!) but that helped with the sponsorship of a second child.  And as always, a tough lent always leads to the Best Easter!

The last 9 days of Lent my husband and I also decided to pray together a novena to Our Lady of Knots, which has been such a great experience! It is always powerful to pray together, it strengthens us as a couple, and its helped us identify the “knots” in our life that we need God’s help to address.

I wanted to share some words from our Holy Father this Easter, I found them inspiring, and I hope you do too. Pope Francis also spoke about how the God action can be surprising (like the women who went to anoint Jesus’ body in the tomb and were surprised by the angels) but we can’t be afraid of God’s surprises and prefer our own predictable boring life, He has such wonderful things in store if we just open up and let Him in our life! Even though, yes, it will at times be a surprise!

Why do you look for the living among the dead? Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves, in sadness and bitterness… and that is where death is. That is not the place to look for the One who is alive! Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do.

Said Pope Francis at Easter Vigil in Rome (Full Text Here)

Jesus is risen, there is hope for you, you are no longer in the power of sin, of evil! Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious!…let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.

from the Popes Urbi et Orbi Message (Full Text Here)

I hope you all have a Holy and Blessed Easter. Remember to keep celebrating for all 50 days!

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I am a big fan of St. Joseph. BIG fan. Patron of the Church, Patron of Canada, always been a fan, and my husband has shared his deep devotion to the best model of a husband and dad with me! So I was very happy when the installation of Pope Francis was going to take place on March 19! I watched as much of the mass as I could, waiting til the last second to turn it off when my living room was full of the teenagers who come over every Tuesday morning for a class. I LOVED the points Pope Francis made in his homily about protection. Protecting creation, our world, protecting life and our families and protecting Christ in our life, our relationship with him and union with him through sacramental grace! There is a work plan for years of life right there!!

Then yesterday I had a strong experience of just how much our world needs Our Lady, the Undoer of Knots.

Pope Francis is clearly very devoted to Our Lady, but one of the Marian devotions he has an affinity for is one you may not be very familiar with! it is Our Lady the Undoer of Knots. As a cardinal, he spread devotion to her through out all Argentina. And as soon as you read a little more about her, you will probably understand why our world needs her so much right now.

The devotion dates back to St. Irenaeus in the 3rd Century who described Mary by her obedience untying the knot that Eve tied with her disobedience. Likewise, Mary is all to happy to intercede for us as we struggle with all the “knots” that are with us in our life;

But what are these knots? There are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution … knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. There are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.(from the website)

If you are seeking freedom from any of those “knots” in your life, join us in a Novena to Mary, the Undoer of Knots! We will be starting today, Saturday, and ending on Easter Sunday! What a beautiful way to stay beside Mary during Holy Week! Please see the novena prayers at the link below, and pray with us! Know that each of you will be specially remembered in our prayers as we pray this novena for the next 9 days.

http://www.theholyrosary.org/maryundoerknots

And then just yesterday… This happened (Click to watch the video)

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In the chapel, the Pope emeritus offered the place of honor to Pope Francis, but he said: “We are brothers,” and wanted them to kneel together in the same pew. Source

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Wow, our world is blessed!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and a blessed and joyful Easter.

Remember, today is a GREAT day to change your life!

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