For me writing this post, it is requested that the Religion Desk Editor be scourged and flogged for dereliction of duty.
Holy Week of the Catholic Church began with the Palm Sunday Vigil on Saturday evening, and will end with the celebrations of Easter Sunday. Throughout this week, we will celebrate both the foundation and mystery of our faith. The Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of the ever living God.
Easter also ends the season of Lent. In this holiest time of the Catholic Year, we are asked to make sacrifice and self denial to prepare ourselves for the foundations of our faith which are about to come. Most Catholics begin lent with the best of intentions, but falter along the way in their Lenten promises at some point. This shows that as mere mortals we have a divided heart. In no way different than Peter denying he knew our Master 3 times the evening that he was arrested. Beloved of our Savior, considered the Rock of the Church from before its genesis, even he showed a divided heart when it came down to hard chips. Perfection is difficult for we humans, but Holy Week gives us another chance.
During this week there will be stations of the Cross, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Thursday services to re-enact the Last Supper, Good Friday services to remember and sanctify the beating and crucifixion of our Savior, And in many parishes (by request) blessing of the Easter Food, an old Polish Tradition on Saturday. Sunday's services will joyfully commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus, and his appearances to his followers.
The central core of our Catholic Faith is that the Scripture has been fulfilled, The Christ came to earth in the form of a man, he gave us the good news of the Kingdom of God, healed the sick and brought sinners to God , gave his life for the remissions of our sins, and to open a new covenant between God and Man, re-opening the gates of heaven for our souls. By his triumph over Mortal Death, and his message that he will return to judge the living and the dead, we proclaim the mystery of the faith.
It's up to you. Re-dedicate yourself to the tenets of the Church, and rejoice in them.
I guess a reformed wayward Catholic is as bad as a reformed Smoker, but it's just the way I feel.