By: Anne DeSantis
Families who are undergoing trauma and adversity face difficulties and uncertainty sometimes on a daily basis. As the Church celebrates Holy Week, here are some reflections for families who are experiencing crises and ways they can unite their sufferings with the Lord.
When crisis brings uncertainty to family life, it may be difficult to find extra time to pray. However, prayer is the most important thing one can do in order to find peace and strength during hard times. Eucharistic Adoration, Daily Mass, and praying the Liturgy of the Hours are beautiful ways to pray and to unite suffering with Our Lord especially during Holy Week and beyond. If you find it hard to find time in your schedule to do these things, take quiet moments even if just for a few minutes or a portion of an hour to pray and just to be with Jesus. Those prayerful moments are beautiful expressions of love for God. In addition, during this most sacred time, try and pray a Rosary, get to church, or attend Mass during the week when you are able.
The Triduum is one of the most sacred and special times of the entire Liturical year. It includes Holy Thursday, Good, Friday, and Holy Saturday. Taking the time to attend one or any of these services during the Triduum at your parish will be a blessing for you and your family. Unite your own sufferings and that of your family especially as you experience those hardships. Trust God for your future, and trust in His love for your whole family at this time and always.
Easter and Beyond
Attend Easter Mass and live the celebration with joy. Christ has defeated death, and Christ is with you now and always. Lean on Him and His guidance in your life each day as you move forward through the challenging times you are experiencing right now. God loves you, and God will see you through.
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation
Learn about the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith by going to our website at Nonnatus.org. We are a Catholic, non-profit 501c3 which helps and offers pastoral accompaniment to families in crisis. The Church CARES and so does the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation. We are here for you and your family.
God bless you, and have a Blessed Easter season.