I went to Planned Parenthood and prayed with the folks who are the authentic heroes in our diocese. I've always wanted to pray with them on Good Friday and have never been able to make it before this year for various reasons.
I took the children...didn't tell them where we were going, just told them we were meeting with some friends to pray the Stations of the Cross. They were, shall we say, less than enthralled when they looked to their right and saw what was going down! My youngest was really engaged in what we were doing - was so excited when they announced that there were two saves...but my son is at that age where private prayer is his preference. Just the same, there was a twinkle in his eye and a grin on his face as he shook his head getting out of the car.
I've been grappling with "where" I was going to do my Triduum this year. I haven't spent a Sunday away from the authentic relic of the Holy Cross for many years....and after last week's fiasco with the local priest telling us that the Eucharist is really when he washes peoples feet - I went to the Cathedral to see my old friends, venerate our precious Relic and know that I was truly getting the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. The children love our Cathedral - - it's home to them. They love everything about Boston - and spending this most holy day, this beautiful day there was fabulous.
The Pope's meditations were hard hitting again this year. He carried the cross himself - can you imagine?
Lord, we have lost our sense of sin! Today a slick campaign of propaganda is spreading an inane apologia of evil,a senseless cult of Satan, a mindless desire for transgression, a dishonest and frivolous freedom, exalting impulsiveness, immorality and selfishness as if they were new heights of sophistication. Lord Jesus, open our eyes: let us see the filth around us and recognize it for what it is, so that a single tear of sorrow can restore us to purity of heart and the breadth of true freedom. Open our eyes, Lord, Jesus!
At the Ninth Station the Pope decried "the division of our world into belts of prosperity and belts of poverty." The meditation continues: "Our world is made of two rooms: in one room, things go to waste, in the other, people are wasting away."
The meditation for the Seventh Station referred to the attacks on traditional family life as "a kind of anti-Genesis, a counter-plan, a diabolical pride," which seeks to "modify the very grammar of life as planned and willed by God." The theme of human love runs throughout the meditations, and at the Tenth Station the meditation includes the observation: "Only the pure are capable of love;? only the pure can love without cheapening love."
In a series of Good Friday meditations that he will lead in Rome, the Pope will say that society is in the grip of a kind of “anti-Genesis” described as “a diabolical pride aimed at eliminating the family”. He will pray for society to be cleansed of the “filth” that surrounds it and be restored to purity, freed from “decadent narcissism”.
Les Miserables were in front of the Cathedral "protesting", I suppose, the audacity of Christ's Church to keep moving in a forward trajectory. It's a sorrowful sight watching them wallow in their own misery outside the gates of salvation on such a precious day for Christendom. Couldn't help but think of the final lines in the Book of Revelation
Blessed are they who wash their robes so as to have the right to the tree of life and enter the city through its gates.
Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the unchaste, the murderers, the idol-worshipers, and all who love and practice deceit.
"I, Jesus, sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star."
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." Let the hearer say, "Come." Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the one who wants it receive the gift of life-giving water.
I warn everyone who hears the prophetic words in this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
and if anyone takes away from the words in this prophetic book, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city described in this book.
The one who gives this testimony says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!