Shouldering is a way of moving upwards, out of the darkness and into the light. Not unlike human shoulders that shrug and scrunch, sometimes toward the ears and sometimes back down toward the belly, when a vegetable is good and ready it will scrunch and shoulder toward the sky.
Aligning Our Wills with God’s
My fondest memories of my father focus on the times we worked together. My father knew how to fix everything
The Violence of the Cross and Children
In my experience, many pastors and ministry leaders approach the death of Jesus much too casually with children.
Understanding Jesus’ loneliness on Good Friday
Apparently, there are different kinds of ‘alone.’
Preparing for Holy Week at Home
Palm Sunday will be here in just a few short days and I am not ready for it. I’m not ready for Holy Week as a priest, as a parent, or as an individual person trying to follow Christ. And yet, it’s coming.
Staying in the weighty matters of death on Good Friday
On Palm Sunday, during the reading of the passion gospel, my three and a half year old learned that Jesus died. On the one hand, I was swelling with parental pride for his calm attentiveness and understanding of the story. But on the other hand, I was worried about how this new information would begin processing in his young mind.
Preparing Children for the Passion
It can be difficult for our children to the stories of Holy Week. Here are some tips for preparing children for the Passion.
A Good Friday – Even for the Family
Good Friday displays how God in Christ relates to humans in and through suffering.
As a recovering perfectionist, I know: there’s no perfect way to “do” Holy Week.
This Holy Week, God will be at work in us in ways we cannot yet ask or imagine.
Our Holy Week family traditions vary from year to year.
Hope is the word I’m clinging to during this Lent.