By Bridgette Powers Novice, St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph Jesus, in the eighth station of the cross, you meet women on the road to Calvary. These devoted women have braved the crowd to see you. You take the time to notice they are weeping for your pain. In spite of the fact that you are […]
By Ann Anosike Franciscan Community Volunteers, St. Cloud Jesus falls a third time despite having Simon help him carry the cross. In this experience, we witness how far God is willing to go to enmesh himself in the human condition. After falling two times before, he falls a third time from utter weakness and emptiness. […]
By Anita Fischer Chaplain, St. Cloud Hospital We hang crucifixes over doors in our homes, front and center in churches, around necks and fingers and even from rear-view mirrors in cars. The crucifix is a powerful symbol that reminds us of surrender and sacrifice, love and triumph, even fear and hate. The chaos that surrounds […]
By Geralyn Nathe-Evans Member, St. Benedict Parish, Avon, and director of faith formation, St. Peter Parish and St. Paul Parish, St. Cloud This station brings us to the clear reality of Jesus’ death. I pause each and every time I pray this station. The initial thought of death can seem so very final, so sad, […]
By Kristin Molitor New Evangelization coordinator for the parish cluster of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Bowlus; All Saints in Holdingford; and Immaculate Conception in St. Anna Blessed Mother, as I watch you cradle your crucified son in your arms, I feel the need to look away. The beauty and sorrow of this tender moment is […]
By Bishop Donald Kettler Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud John the Apostle, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea and the holy women place Jesus’ body in the tomb, which had been hewn out of rock. The tomb, although they did not know it yet, will be the place of Jesus’ glorious resurrection and life. O, […]
My Jesus, my savior, we are now at the end of the Way of the Cross, and your ultimate triumph. You showed in your great passion, true grace, love and mercy in the face of cruelty and violence. Help me to embrace and trust my Father’s will as you did. Let me be the face […]
Fasting, which has deep roots in many religious traditions, is meant to draw participants into deeper prayer and also link them with those in need. Not only is it one of the three pillars of spiritual practice along with prayer and almsgiving, but it also bookends the period of preparation for Easter.
It’s not the failures that count. Rather, what counts is the repenting and getting back up to live a life transformed by Christ.
Almost half of adult Catholics, 45 percent, typically receive ashes — made from the burned and blessed palms of the previous year’s Palm Sunday — at Ash Wednesday services, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.
By Ann Jonas For The Visitor Lent is a time for reflection, holy reading and spiritual growth. Here are three books that are great resources for Lent and Holy Week spiritual renewal. “O Cross of Christ” by Pope Francis; Liturgical Press; November 2016; 32 pp; $5.95. On Good Friday evenings, Pope Francis has continued the […]
Q: Every year as Lent approaches I think about what I should be doing during this holy season, maybe something new. Do you have any suggestions? A: How about serving as an ambassador for Christ? The Eucharist of Ash Wednesday reminds us of our call to serve as ambassadors as we hear St. Paul telling […]